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Broken grill

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Rex, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Well, it started as a nice day out to Weston-Super-Mare to see the new pier and upon our return to the car found someone had reversed to it :-((.

    Okay, it could be worse, but the grill is well and truly shattered and there is a dent in the centre of the bumper.

    From the shape of the damage, it looks like the car had a towing hitch. There was a white (Astra??) van with a hitch parked in front when we parked!!

    Know any grills going spare??

    Rex.
     
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  2. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    An update......

    The dealers want £190.74 PLUS VAT for a new grill- :eek: ridiculous!!!!! If anyone wants a reason NOT to buy a Copen - it has got to the cost of spares!

    So it looks like I'll be buying THIS little beauty from ChomDesign. I have admired it for some time, but could never justify the cost (139 Euro). Now I certainly can ;)

    In a strange coincidence - when I pulled into work today, there was a parking space next too a ..... White Astra Van with a tow hitch :eek:



    Rex.
     
  3. copenworld

    copenworld Copenworld Founder Staff Member

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    Sounds like you're having a really bad day! That does sound like a rather high price for a grill.

    Some photos of your replacement would be good when you get it. Even better would be some photos and a description of the replacement, which would be nice for the "how to" section. :)
     
  4. Coxsie

    Coxsie Copenworld Member

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    Already got one !

    Hi Rex,

    Sorry to hear about your back luck, can't believe the cost of a new one from Daihatsu,
    I already have a new grille from ChomDesign. Excellent service from this company with speedy delivery.:)

    Not the best photo in the world, a bit glarey (not sure that's a word) due to the sun, and only using my iphone.:think:

    Looks a lot better in the flesh, I will try to get some better photo's next time.:D

    Click on pic below for larger view


    grille 1.jpg
     
  5. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Well Coxsie,
    Your great picture did it.... I've ordered the new grill from ChromDesign.

    Now, I've heard you can get small dents out of plastic panels using a hair dryer. Hummmm, I'll have to wait until the wife is out to try that one :p

    Rex.
     
  6. machinehead

    machinehead Copenworld Pioneer

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    That grill looks very similar to the one on my Copen. Very nice, if a little expensive.

    You can see pics of mine in the "modifications" section along with some other mods Note the copen badge on the grill.
    M.
     
  7. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Where did you get the badge from M ?

    Rex.
     
  8. machinehead

    machinehead Copenworld Pioneer

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    Unfortunately I can't help Rex.

    All the parts were on the car from the dealer. It was a fancy demo model.

    I did find a (Japanese I think) website selling all the gear on my car.

    When I added the cost of all the parts up, without fitting costs, it came to an astonishing £2500ish.:eek::eek:

    I'll rty to find the website. I think there migght be a link on this site?

    M.
     
  9. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    2nd update...

    Grill hasn't arrived yet.
    Hair dryer idea on the bumper didn't work, so got price for a fill and spray job - £50 -
    So booked in for next week. At least I won't have to look at the dent every day then.

    Rex.
     
  10. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Final update...

    The dent in the bumper has been filled and painted - really good job for £50.

    New grill arrived and fitted. It really is good quality and very well packed.

    The 2nd picture shows the REVERSE side, showing the mesh weld details - not seen from the front!

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    Fitting is very easy... Just the three screws at the top. The bottom has two lugs that fit into the existing holes.

    Here is the final product :D


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    I think it look much better than the plastic original !!!

    Rex.
     
  11. smx

    smx Copenworld Member

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    Very nice, i like!
     
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