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Old 02-19-2010, 03:02 PM   #1
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My 2000 Bonny SSEi got rear ended and the rear bumper cover cracked. Insurance is going to replace it. I remember reading that Sawgunner converted his 2000 SSEI rear bumper cover to a 2004 GXP bumper cover. Inquiring to see if anyone knows if it is a seemless exchange of parts. Also, the insurance is providing a remanufactured rear bumper cover for $480(parts only).
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hey sorry to hear you got hit!! if you have an SLE/SSEi cover already then it is a seamless swap over between the two. all the guts are the same inside. the only difference is the cover.

that being said did your foam break or is it still intact. if it is still intact your all set just need the GXP cover. which from GM new is $526. i can get it cheaper for ya but shipping will kill ya on it round about $200 to ship something that weighs 8lbs
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Thanks M249,

Not sure if the foam broke, insurance adjustor stated to call him when the cover was removed if the foam did in fact break. The body shop is ordering the parts so I hope he can figure this out.
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Just FYI here. My body shop refused a re manufactured one stating the covers are to thin and regardless of how much you repair them from behind, they end up cracking in the front. Just what I was told by a shop with many awards. If your insurance is paying, I would insist on new. You've paid the premiums all along. now you've had an accident and they should provide new parts to bring it back to OEM.
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Thanks for the comment. The body shop, after telling them I wanted a 2004 rear cover, brought in a 2000-2003 cover. I speculate that they got a deal on the cover and can make extra coin on it that way. I just e-mailed the insurance guy using the information you provided. Maybe I will have some fun and take them to court. Shortly after the accident my rear window regulators failed.... maybe they should pay for those also. Only a 200 difference between used and new, these guys shouldn't play games. I may get OCD on this and take them to small claims- I am not claiming back problems, etc- just pay for a fix and lets move on.

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so your not getting the GXP cover now? that'* bull!!! everytime my vehicles have gone in for damage repair paid for by insurance i could swap parts all i wanted just pay the difference on them. the GXP cover is actually cheaper than the SLE/SSEi cover and there is less prep time with the GXP one given how smooth it is.

i say give them hell till you get what you want!! JMO
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Thanks- I am heading to the Body Shop to challenge this. The insurance company provided $480 for a used bumper- I speculate the BS got a used one for under $100, based on the fact he had it in his shop the hours after the insurance estimate arrived. He knew I wanted the GXP- he may have thought I would roll over.

BTW- does he paint the cover on or off the car? I would also like front bumper cover painted and will see how much more he wants. WOuld really like the hood cancer fixed but next thing I know I am paying on a car that I love but don't want to put extra cash into.
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the covers get painted off the car.

as for the hood herpes i talked to my guy and there is a fix but no garuntee that it wont come back possibly worse better off to get a new hood. http://www.certifit.com/online_catalog.asp $200 plus tax out of chicago.

front cover painted should be no more than $300 provided there is no damage just a scuff and paint.

$526 subtract $480 oh wow $46 difference and you get the cover you want. this guy is screwing with you and yes he does want to pocket the cash he pays a guy $10/hr to scuff and paint it which in all actuallity takes about 45 mins and charges you $44-65/hr (usually 4 hours charged) plus paint costs.
make sure you get the cover you want if you were closer i could get you one out of NY for $300 complete assembly that is silver
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That Certifit is a good catalog, resource!!!
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"for $300 complete assembly that is silver "

Do you think the silver is a close match to the OEM Silver on a 2001 Bonny? At that price and in silver it might be worth a road trip....
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