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View Poll Results: How many actually had to repair/replace your front bumper?
Only repaint damaged bumper? 6 24.00%
Repair and repaint damaged bumper? 11 44.00%
Replace and paint new bumper? 8 32.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

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As we all have low front bumpers, how many actually caused damage?
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I lowered mine about two inches and knock on wood no damage so far. I do keep an eye out for higher than normal speed bumps.
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I'll be on bumper #3 on the 28th.

The first one happened while I was on the highway heading to Nashville and a truck kicked a box towards my car and I couldn't stop in time.

The second time, just happened this past weekend while driving through north Georgia. A raccoon ran across the road while I was driving through the mountains and I couldn't stop in time.

Georgia grows raccoons the size of dogs. It must have been 20-30 lbs.

As I was reviewing the today's posts....I started to wonder who else has my luck and decided to create this poll.

I hope nobody runs into this kind of luck.

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I had my SLK 350 less than 1 week when I discovered that curbs were not my friend. The bumper was cracked (not too badly) and I was able to get it repaired and repainted without replacing it. Since then, I have been very cautious when parking.
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I've been very cautious about the curbs and such. I stay at least 1-2 feet away since the car is not that long. My issue was that I couldn't stop the objects from coming at me
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A lot of scratches on the bottom, used to bug me but not anymore. Not fixing it as it's bound to happen again and again. I used to think it's low until I brought my Porsche, if there are gravel on the road, I'll hit it.
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I had to replace it because of an accident. Since it's been replaced, there is a scratch from one of those concrete blocks they put at the end of parking spaces.

I'll probably have it repainted when the rest of the bumper starts looking bad.
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I've learned (finally, I hope) to tell what "too close" looks like!
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I've learned (finally, I hope) to tell what "too close" looks like!
know that feeling.
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Georgia grows raccoons the size of dogs. It must have been 20-30 lbs.
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Cripes Dave, you were lucky enough to hit a small one.....

I've got a couple scrapes from a parking curb once, now the CEO just says "Don't hit the curb Stupid"!!
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Got some minor scrapes on the front left corner Not a big deal and will get fixed one day. Probably in the Spring.
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I had my SLK 350 less than 1 week when I discovered that curbs were not my friend. The bumper was cracked (not too badly) and I was able to get it repaired and repainted without replacing it. Since then, I have been very cautious when parking.
How did they do the repair and what did it cost?
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Cripes Dave, you were lucky enough to hit a small one.....

I've got a couple scrapes from a parking curb once, now the CEO just says "Don't hit the curb Stupid"!!
At first I thought I hit a Georgia Bulldog, but I'm glad I didn't because the entire state would be after me.

Then again, I'd have a key to the city in Knoxville.
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To fix, they removed the bumper, used a binding agent (epoxy, I think), repainted, reinstalled. Cost about $700.
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This is an interesting post as we sell some front spoilers one for an SLK 350 and one for an SLK 55 and I have to imagine this shaves at least an inch or so off the ground clearance as well.

http://www.slkstore.com/home.php?cat=272
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I've owned my "other car" for about seven years, it has a very low bumper. Lower than the SLK or close to it. Never damaged it, always careful, until...

about a couple of weeks ago. Go figure, I spaced out ONE time, pulled to close to a curb parking and cracked the underside. That lower bumper is like Chuck Norris, it never sleeps,,, it waits.
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I finally decided to get my front bumper repaired. Thanks to other repliers on this thread I had an idea of what was reasonable and how the repair might be done.
I also had a right front wheel curb abrasion repaired as well.
The bumper work involved bumper removal (as well as clear bra removal in that area) and the repair itself used either a nylon or kevlar material to reinforce.
The wheel repair involved filing to smoothen, then rebuild with metal, and then finally a clear coat to finish.
The total job was about $560.
I also had a complete interior and exterior detail job (normally $225) done for $89, thanks to Groupon, which is how I found them.
The name of this company is called BumperDoc (in Escondido, CA). They have multiple locations and are expanding to other cities.
They also provide special discounts for firefighters, police, seniors (60+) and Porsche Club of America members. I asked if he (francise owner's name is Ron) would provide the same discount to SLK forum members and he said he would.
Before and after pictures are provided.

I was grinning ear to ear when it was all done!







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And so it goes... Returned to my parking spot at the county fair, light truck exited his spot by driving over the fender... Can see the black tire marks on the white panel side. New adventure begins with figuring out the best way to repair/ replace...
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OMG, I have had continual problems with my front bumper. The same spot would tear, chip, etc. I keep getting it patched up cause a new bumper is CRAZY. I also am hesitant because I know that I will do it again......

I wish there was something that I could place on the interior of the bottom of the bumper to make it, INDESTRUCTIBLE. Freaking weld a bar to it or something.

Last time I had it repaired, 2 weeks later my friend pulled up too close to a curb and when backing out, scrape and tear.
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