Bit of a prang - need to source bumper and radiator grille for W124

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by Charles Morgan, May 31, 2011.

  1. Charles Morgan

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    W124 is looking a bit sorry just now - a Porsche Boxster pulled out without looking from a side road this morning and I didn't have the time to stop completely. The bumper is a bit knackered, the radiator grille and trim has been a bit smashed and the nearside wing has been pushed back a couple of millimeters I would say, apart from that car is fine.

    Porsche on the other hand has wing forced into the wheel and a burst radiator. The lady driver was very distressed, so I got it in the neck from the ladies who witnessed it. Such is life...

    I am going to get mine in for a quote, as I would prefer to avoid insurers as costs just get loaded up. Does anybody have a good link to get prices for a new / secondhand bumper and radiator grille they could share please?

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    Do you need a whole grille or just the plastic insert?

    If it's just the insert you'll find that they are cheap from MB, and the metal strips just slide on (and are cheap too).

    You might also find that you can use a heat gun to get the dent out of your bumper insert.
     
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    Thanks Nick - it is really just the plastic insert, the rest is fine.
     
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    Plastic insert A1248880323 - £21.24 from any MB parts dept

    Metal strips A1248880685 - £3.42 again from MB.

    You could get copy/replica inserts, but they were a bit crudely made and not very good quality, so I'd stick to MB parts.
     
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    The front bumper is a fairly complex assembly but is held on with relatively few bolts/screws. There are a couple of small bolts at either end under the wings and 4 bolts holding the entire assembly on at the front. It is very easy to remove the entire assembly-- no panel beating skills required [ only electrical connection is the the temperature sensor held on by one screw behind the number plate unless you have fancy under bumper fog/spot lights or sommat. This makes DIY working on/painting/repairing it fairly easy OR total assembly replacement from a breaker-- cos the bumper bits aren't cheap!!. çàï÷àñòè Mercedes: êîäû çàï÷àñòåé ìåðñåäåñ
    You may have to renew a couple of mounting brackets on the large front bar. çàï÷àñòè Mercedes: êîäû çàï÷àñòåé ìåðñåäåñ

    The bumper insert can be repaired rather than the whole assembly as Nick says. They can be unclipped/ popped out after their end screws are removed. A bumper repair specialist could do this for you or its a perfectly do-able DIY with the correct bumper filler /superglue/ fiberglass etc DIY painting would be easy with your colour and the essentially matt finish of the bumper.
     
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    Thanks all. Looks like the chassis member is bent a bit, so the work may be larger than expected as I discovered when I took it up to Tony Fowkes. Such is life, the W124 is in a much better shape than the Porsche. Much better design to have the radiator protected!
     
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    Sometimes the main chassis leg can split along the seam or get kinked a bit. :( Hopefully they can pull it out on a jig rather than disturb the major factory welds.:thumb: Sounds as if its verging on "insurance job" territory tho.:doh:
     
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    Yes - I've reported it to my insurers and given the other car damage is unlikely to be cheap, I doubt this is going to be fun.
     
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    Do you really think so?

    The bumper brackets, though substantial, are really pretty basic so they may just require a few bashes with a mel.
     
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    It seems hard to believe that the chassis is bent, as you say the bumpers and bumper x-member are very strong.
     
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    If the chassis's bent it's game over for the 124, the whole front end will have to come off to get it jigged...

    Charles, are you sure it's the chassis that's bent?
     
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    Sorry to hear of your woe's Charles, Tony will be able to sort it out.
     
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    Good question Nick - it may be a cross member, I am not quite sure. I am now very worried, as I would hate to see her go like this.

    Anyway, just had a call from the lady's insurers, she has admitted fault and they will pay up for the work, and as I am feeling a bit shocked now, that is one weight off my mind.
     
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    The crossmembers are quite weak on the corners, so rather than the leg being bent I would have thought the corner of the crossmember may have moved a bit, which can be rectified with a bit of panel beating.

    The actual legs and the main bit of the crossmembers are like girders, so I honestly doubt any harm has come to them.
     
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    Thanks Dash. I'll wait to hear on the quote, I'll pop by at some point (hopefully in the 02) but I am not keen to get in a car today now, I am suddenly feeling a bit shaky.
     
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    Nick - the damage area is very much at the corner so I am hoping you are right. I don't think Roger at Tony Fowkes was tutting loudly, so I remain optimistic.
     
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    Charles

    Sorry to hear of another bodywork issue, but glad no one is hurt.

    Let's hope the car can be repaired.
     
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    Sorry to hear of the problems Charles. I reckon Nick is on the money here. When my bumber got pushed back on the offside corner it was only the crossmember that had moved - easy enough to reposition.
     
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    Charles, you really are in the very best of hands here old boy, don't sweat it!!
     

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