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Old 21 Jan 2011, 05:59 am
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Default Cracked / dented rear bumper cover

Hey all,

So yesterday morning I managed to reverse into a bollard and crack the rear bumper on my 04 Cruiser... one of those stupid things, thought I had space to turn but didn't count on sliding on the ice...

Looks like I will need to replace the plastic bumper cover at least - or is it likely the foam/inners will need changing too? Any ideas?

I'm guessing the replacement bumper covers come unpainted? Anyone have any guess at likely repair cost? Trying to gauge whether to claim on insurance or not...

Thanks
Steve
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 07:55 am
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Steve,

Hard to tell without you posting a picture of the amount of damage. Plenty of places give free estimates of what the cost will be to repair or replace the bumper. Look in the yellow pages for a shop near you.
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 08:01 am
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As to the bumper pads, really depends on how hard you smacked it. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not. What color is your PT? Reason I ask is I just saw two PT's this morning that the front ends were wrecked but the rears were in perfect shape.

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Old 21 Jan 2011, 09:14 am
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Hey,

Thanks for the responses - I think the damage is pretty minor, but as the car was in perfect condition before I'm keen to keep it tidy.

I forget that this forum is worldwide - should have mentioned it's a UK / Export PT.

Few pics:





Unfortunately local body shops here don't want to touch it with the exception of Chrysler themselves who might be able to give me a estimate sometime next week.

Any ideas if the bumper covers (looks like all I need) are easy to fit?
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 09:32 am
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I've had both front and rear covers off now several times. I think the rear is a PITA to remove, but still very do-able. And I doubt you'll find one that color, you'd do best getting a primed one and having it painted.
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Old 21 Jan 2011, 09:36 am
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I think a body shop would replace the whole thing.

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Old 21 Jan 2011, 10:40 am
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I think a body shop would replace the whole thing.

Yeah I think you're right - also can't track down a pre-painted bumper in the right colour so its looking like costs will make it worth an insurance claim.

Thanks for the pointers guys.
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Old 24 Jan 2011, 08:47 am
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It's pretty easy to remove... I did this when I was going to build my ratrod. In fact, I have a roll pan I could sell you to replace it if you want to customize it a little... $200.00 plus shipping... Just let me know - I'll post up some pics if you're interested (or look in the PT Cruiser Rat Rod Build thread)...
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I managed to reverse into a bollard and crack the rear bumper on my 04 Cruiser... one of those stupid things, thought I had space to turn but didn't count on sliding on the ice...

Looks like I will need to replace the plastic bumper cover at least - or is it likely the foam/inners will need changing too? Any ideas?

I'm guessing the replacement bumper covers come unpainted? Anyone have any guess at likely repair cost? Trying to gauge whether to claim on insurance or not...
Once you replaced the bumper cover whether in the rear or on the front there are revisions on the foam needed to be done unless the bumper cover are the exact replica of the old one.

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Old 27 Jun 2011, 04:37 pm
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To bad you weren't local...
I have one. I updated mine to the 06-10 style..

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