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Old 09-29-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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Source for rear 1/4 panel?

Well, after spending a lot of time looking closely at the body of the 325e, I've found that it's solid except for the right rr 1/4 panel, which has been heavily bondoed. (looks great, but I don't expect it to for more than a year. ).

Where's a good source for the 1/4 panel? I don't mind doing some cutting and welding, and I plan on keeping the car for a long time, so I'd like to fix it properly. I priced the 1/4 at the dealer: $414 shipped from Germany, which is actually not as bad as I feared. Is there a cheaper source?
Keep in mind this is for the "pre-facelift" era car.

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Old 09-29-2008, 12:36 PM   #2
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carquest has some good stuff i bought some body panels and they are great
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:57 PM   #3
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For that price for an OEM sheet metal piece, I'd go for that. A lot of aftermarket panels are not the best quality and fit for a rear 1/4 panel would be key.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:50 PM   #4
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I would also try getting cutting off a clean 1/4 panel of a parts car or junkyard car. It'll be OEM fit without the new price.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:24 PM   #5
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where were you a week ago - i cut a 325e into pieces :-)

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1984 325e - in car heaven now :-(
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Old 09-30-2008, 06:37 AM   #6
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I'll keep an eye out for a used one.
Thanks all!
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:40 AM   #7
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For that price just get the new OEM one! The time and effort to cut a 1/4 is not worth it...and you still wont be able to find a 100% rust free one, its just not worth taking the risk for the 100-200 bucks you MIGHT save!
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OEM is not that far in price compared for old/used.
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