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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 05:54:25 PM   #1
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Question She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

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So I was rearended at a light by an idiot not paying attention to the traffic stopping ahead. I knew it was a few grand in damage but didn't think it was enough to total the car. His insurance company called this morning to inform me it was totaled.

I've owned this car going on 7 years now, and put 90k miles on it. It now sits at 131k and I hate to see it go like this. I've put countless hours and dollars into it, maintaining it meticulously and beefing up a few performance aspects.

Do I buy it back? They have not come back with the buy back price. Could I sell it as is, or would I have to part it out? Just some of the upgrades/highlights include:

Near flawless black Vaders and rear M-striped seats
Total cooling system overhaul by RRT last summer (radiator, therm, water pump w/ metal impellar all OE)
New front wheel bearings last summer
New front UUC rotors and Axxis ultimate pads last summer
European Bosch OE projector headlights w/ city lights
6k Prolumen HIDs
JTD aluminum underpanel
UUC Evo3 SSK
OEM Illuminated shift knob
GC RSMs
Billstein sports/H&R sports
Powerflex RTABs
AA Track Pipe
AA Gen3 exhaust

I feel like I could get good money for these parts, but is it worth the time/effort for those who have parted a car before? Or should I buy it back and sell AS IS? Or do I just take the settlement check and move on? It's a sad day in the ///M world
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 05:59:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

Too bad. Sorry to see.

It really depends on if you have the capacity (space and tools etc.) to part it out.
I really like parting things out. I spend a lot of time taking pictures and describing parts to the best of my knowledge. Part numbers and condition. Arranging meet times and places.

Heck, it might even be worth fixing, if you don't mind a SALVAGE status.

My vote: Buy it Back!!
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 06:07:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

i'd buy it back.

sell me those LTWs!!!
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 06:20:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

Sh!t man, sucks to hear about this.
Where is the car now? A body shop should be able to give you an estimate. Then you can decide if you'd like to buy it back. You could probably sell it to someone looking to build a track car.
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 06:23:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

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So I was rearended at a light by an idiot not paying attention to the traffic stopping ahead. I knew it was a few grand in damage but didn't think it was enough to total the car. His insurance company called this morning to inform me it was totaled.

I've owned this car going on 7 years now, and put 90k miles on it. It now sits at 131k and I hate to see it go like this. I've put countless hours and dollars into it, maintaining it meticulously and beefing up a few performance aspects.

Do I buy it back? They have not come back with the buy back price. Could I sell it as is, or would I have to part it out? Just some of the upgrades/highlights include:

Near flawless black Vaders and rear M-striped seats
Total cooling system overhaul by RRT last summer (radiator, therm, water pump w/ metal impellar all OE)
New front wheel bearings last summer
New front UUC rotors and Axxis ultimate pads last summer
European Bosch OE projector headlights w/ city lights
6k Prolumen HIDs
JTD aluminum underpanel
UUC Evo3 SSK
OEM Illuminated shift knob
GC RSMs
Billstein sports/H&R sports
Powerflex RTABs
AA Track Pipe
AA Gen3 exhaust

I feel like I could get good money for these parts, but is it worth the time/effort for those who have parted a car before? Or should I buy it back and sell AS IS? Or do I just take the settlement check and move on? It's a sad day in the ///M world
Sorry man. IMHO, buy it back
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 06:26:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

Bought one last year with more damage, that needed rear lights, trunk, rear bumper, lots of body work and paint for $2000. After fixing it, sold it and made some profit. If you were local I would give you $500 on top of your buy back price from the insurance. Sorry about your car!
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 06:36:29 PM   #7
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I would buy it back and fix it with the salvage title
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 06:38:03 PM   #8
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

Ah, that's terrible. I say buy it back, buy another ///M, transfer your best bits to the new one and part out everything else...

Definitely can't let minty vaders, LTWs and all those other fun doodads go to the salvage yard...

Edit: Heck, I see a couple things there I'd take off your hands if you part it...
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

id buy that back.

Sorry to hear.

this seems to be happening way to mcuh
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Old Thu, Mar-03-2011, 07:37:17 PM   #10
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Default Re: She's gone, total loss...opinions? thoughts?

So the insurance company is saying "$3,200" to buy it back. That seems awfully high to me.

I told them I would definitely consider buying it back for $2,000 - they're getting back to me tomorrow. What would be a good buy back price?
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