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Old 09-08-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Vue body work... need some advice.

I hit a deer a few weeks ago, and the insurance company has said my vue is a total loss . I put 150k trouble free miles on this thing, and just put new tires/brakes on it the week before this happened!

I can buy it back and still have ~$4k to work with to repair it myself... just wanted to get some thoughts on this route.

I'm a decent mechanic, but have never really done bodywork. My plan is to purchase a front clip from a salvage yard, and bolt it on. I'm not the picky-est guy, so if it's not 100%, I won't be upset.

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Old 09-08-2011, 10:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Vue body work... need some advice.

My thought would be to go for it as long as there does not seem to be major damage in the engine bay. Also did the airbags deploy? I know those would majorly eat in to your repair money if they did.

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Old 09-08-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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My thought would be to go for it as long as there does not seem to be major damage in the engine bay. Also did the airbags deploy? I know those would majorly eat in to your repair money if they did.
No air bag deployment. All of the impact was above the bumper.

I'm just looking for someone with experience who knows what's underneath. I don't know if there is a ton of little stuff underneath that I'm not aware of.

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Old 09-08-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: Vue body work... need some advice.

I recently rebuilt the front-end of one daughters "totaled" Forester for $1700 - including painting of the hood and one fender to match rest of vehicle.

I've thought about buying a rebuild-able 2005 Vue from a local wrecking yard just to have something to do in spare time ... and the thought is not dead.

Just about all the items damaged or destroyed by the deer collision can be swapped out in a few hours.

The big ticket item could be the airbags - if they didn't deploy, you could be back on the road for less than you expect.

Why not go to RockAuto and compile price list for replacement parts, such as following:

headlamps
parking lamps
fog lamps
bumper cover
grill
A/C condensor
hood
radiator
radiator support
fan(s) 1 or 2, depending on engine

You could also check with a salvage yard for any of the above, but the tendency now (where I live), is you can get new Pac-Rim body parts cheaper than buying salvage.

It goes without saying the new parts are lesser quality copies but I've never been unhappy with part quality - considering price paid.

Just to show you what a non-pro can do - working part-time over two weeks - I've attached before and after pix of the Suby (yes, I know, wrong forum).
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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Wow you do nice work far2grumpy great job on the repair!

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Old 09-08-2011, 11:23 AM   #6
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I should make clear - although I hung all the new parts - I had a professional painter spray the new hood and fenders (I did pre-paint prep).

Total charge for painting was $325 - which was included in the $1700 total cost to repair.

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Old 09-08-2011, 11:24 AM   #7
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I recently rebuilt the front-end of one daughters "totaled" Forester for $1700 - including painting of the hood and one fender to match rest of vehicle.

I've thought about buying a rebuild-able 2005 Vue from a local wrecking yard just to have something to do in spare time ... and the thought is not dead.

Just about all the items damaged or destroyed by the deer collision can be swapped out in a few hours.

The big ticket item could be the airbags - if they didn't deploy, you could be back on the road for less than you expect.

Why not go to RockAuto and compile price list for replacement parts, such as following:

headlamps
parking lamps
fog lamps
bumper cover
grill
A/C condensor
hood
radiator
radiator support
fan(s) 1 or 2, depending on engine

You could also check with a salvage yard for any of the above, but the tendency now (where I live), is you can get new Pac-Rim body parts cheaper than buying salvage.

It goes without saying the new parts are lesser quality copies but I've never been unhappy with part quality - considering price paid.

Just to show you what a non-pro can do - working part-time over two weeks - I've attached before and after pix of the Suby (yes, I know, wrong forum).
Thanks for the heads up on rockauto... didn't realize they had body parts... looks like they have everything I need.

Screw it, I'm up for an adventure!

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Old 09-08-2011, 01:47 PM   #8
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Mind if I ask whereabouts you were when you brought down Bambi? I live in BG and take rt 6 and 25 a lot. Certain times of the year, I refer to my route as "Deer run" and I try not to drive at night!

As someone local to you, I wish I could say that I've taken apart the front end of our VUE and could offer some assistance but alas, I have left it in-tact. I've pulled apart the front of my Civic a number of times and successfully put it back together.

I'm kinda surprised they called it a total loss. It honestly looks like something you could fix on your own, on the weekend.

Best of luck to you! Keep us posted. If you source any parts from local scrap yards, please let me know which ones have a VUE. I'm in need of a new rear bumper fascia as mine is bang'd up as the result of mixing a 16-year-old, his 16-year-old girlfriend, and his Honda civic.

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Old 09-08-2011, 02:59 PM   #9
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Mind if I ask whereabouts you were when you brought down Bambi? I live in BG and take rt 6 and 25 a lot. Certain times of the year, I refer to my route as "Deer run" and I try not to drive at night!

As someone local to you, I wish I could say that I've taken apart the front end of our VUE and could offer some assistance but alas, I have left it in-tact. I've pulled apart the front of my Civic a number of times and successfully put it back together.

I'm kinda surprised they called it a total loss. It honestly looks like something you could fix on your own, on the weekend.

Best of luck to you! Keep us posted. If you source any parts from local scrap yards, please let me know which ones have a VUE. I'm in need of a new rear bumper fascia as mine is bang'd up as the result of mixing a 16-year-old, his 16-year-old girlfriend, and his Honda civic.
I hit the deer on I-69 about an hour north of Indianapolis. I was going over there for the MotoGP race a few weeks ago.

My commute to work is 75S to OH6E, so I know the area where you're at.

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Old 09-08-2011, 04:03 PM   #10
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Yep. I live on the S. Side of BG right near 6.

Be sure to keep us posted on your progress!

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Old 09-08-2011, 04:47 PM   #11
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With a 4k budget, I know i've seen a $1500 blown tranny'd Vue on Craigslist in my area, if this is a situation I encountered, I'd grab a parts car up, and get at it! you start pulling the front end apart, you will know, or can decide what would need replacing.

I wish you luck in your project, No airbags off would be my biggest sigh of relief! Hubby's fixing a front end of a 07 exploder for a friend, and that airbag garbage is gonna set them back pretty good. They're avoiding going through insurance, so it's all out of pocket!!


F2G- you did a pretty good job, even without the painting yourself, Everything looks lined up perfectly! I'd never know it was in an accident myself.

And really....another Vue just for a project?? hehe...2 there isn't enough!! lol!!

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:23 PM   #12
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:26 PM   #13
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It's hard to tell with the plastic bumper still on it but the damage looks light to me. Possibly some upper tie bar (Radiator support) damage. Likely condenser and radiator damage if it went far enough to damage the tie bar, but again it's really hard to tell whats under the plastic.

If you get lucky you might find the correct color replacement body parts on car-part.com. That will save you lots on painting. The paint colors seem very consistent on the plastic Saturns. I don't think I'd go with a front clip unless it was a great deal. There's too much you won't need on an entire clip.

I've built 6 Vues from salvage auctions, most having front end damage. Click on my pictures to see some of them.

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I have a 2005 Vue and need a front fender. What year range will work on a 2005?

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Looks like 2003-2007
Do a search on http://car-part.com.

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I was coming up with 2003 to 2006 but this is a great resource and ill use it going forward. Thank you!.

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When I bought a steering wheel at a jy to install cruise in my 2000 SL, the wheel with airbag was $50, wheel only, $20.

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