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    I have some rust on the passenger side rear arch, sill and front door,one place quoted me 220 to do it but cant gaurantee how long itll last
    And another place quoted me 600-700 to fit a new arch and sill
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    so.....what would you do?
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    I'd go for the £220 option but try getting a few other quotes and see what they say regarding how long the repair will last.

    Provided they gring the rust back and treat the areas properly before building it back up and painting, the repair should last a good few years.
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    Thats good then, was wonderin how long they meant, they said theyd grind it out and treat it with some acid thing?Yeah ill get a few more quotes before i do anything,cheers DSK
     
     

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    Does £220 seem reasonable? I mean its not too expensive or too cheap that you`d question the quality of it?
     
     

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    £220 seems fair as its a few small bits that need treating. Sounds very fair, but iw ould still get a few more quotes and enquire how each of them is going to go about the repair and then you can compare them against one another etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveyBoy View Post
    Does £220 seem reasonable? I mean its not too expensive or too cheap that you`d question the quality of it?
    Id have to disagree with DSK on this Im afraid (sorry mate )

    Going on past experience with BMW bodywork issues (and other car bodywork stuff), £200 seems very cheap to properly repair that rust problem.

    The rust may have spread further than it looks and to do it right they need to cut out in to clean metal (rust is like cancer for cars and spreads through the fabric of the metal)

    I had a similiar issue with front arches on my last E36 and I went 'cheap' and ended up getting a totally cr*p job and it cost me £450!! (for 2 new wings supplied by me + door rust patch and tailgate rust patch up )

    If I had taken it to the other place that quoted me £600 (a WELL respected classic car bodyshop that also does porsches etc) I would have got a pukka job having seen their work since..

    If you patch the rust on the rear arches using filler etc you may get 2 months, you may get 12 months before it starts coming back through....

    but it WILL do unfortunately...

    I would say £700 is a bit pricey but doing a proper job is VERY labour intensive so its not that bad.

    See if you can get a few more quotes because £200 is soo cheap I woudl question the quality of their job to be honest.
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    £700?
    Buy a new car I say.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mylo View Post
    £700?
    Buy a new car I say.
    Yeah im not payin that much
    Yeah I thought 220 sounded a bit cheap, ill get some more quotes.
    Does anyone know anywhere decent in Lincolnshire???
     
     

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    for the sake of the value of the car etc I'd be tempted to do it myself. Both mine and the mothers E36's are bright red (or as 'ze germans' call it, brillantrot. the rot part being ironic..) and I've just sanded back, killed it, filled it, sprayed it.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by badj View Post
    for the sake of the value of the car etc I'd be tempted to do it myself. Both mine and the mothers E36's are bright red (or as 'ze germans' call it, brillantrot. the rot part being ironic..) and I've just sanded back, killed it, filled it, sprayed it.
    Good idea from badj

    its a learning curve and hard work...but very satisfying and much cheaper!!

    To the poster saying 'buy a new car'.

    Any other low budget E36 will also have rust issues (either hidden or visible)
     
     

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