Originally Posted by SiR
thats what that part is. the rear tail section.
its not very expensive($2xx) but labour will be up there.
From what I remember, that piece is welded on.
- Right and left inside the trunk, and also outside.
- That's a lot of labour!!
It's not worth replacing the piece (unless you had an accident).
You would be better off cutting around the rusted area, and put a patch panel in.
Also remember, the trunk rubber seal seems to have a thin bead of metal in the rubber (lower portion). This seems to be where the rust starts, and spreads to the body.
Have that rubber checked/replaced.
(Seals and Moldings with metal inside always rusts. It's a bad design. The early 90's Honda had this type of trim. Most companies have moved away from that.
AlpWhitE46, your trunk rust is pretty big though.
It's not really surface rust at this point. You will have deep pits.
The panel can be saved though at minimal cost.
EuropeanAutobody is really over kill for an E46.
You really shouldn't be spending more than 1/4 of the car's value on body work.
It's not worth it unless you plan on keeping it for the next 10 years or it's a classic.
Before you do rust work, take pictures.
You should keep some documentation that it was only rust and not an accident, when you are selling the car.
Take a look at this GroupBy.. (just googled it)...
e90 Paint Match Review
Check Out CarStar as well. A lot of locations do great paint matching!