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Old 02-21-2011, 12:56   #1 (permalink)
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Question Rear Bumper Replacement for 03 SVT Hatchback (need advice, please!)

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A few weeks ago I was involved in a hit and run where someone slammed into the left rear corner of my Focus. My insurance will cover it but unfortunately my deductible for this is $1,000. Yikes! I can't afford that currently. They estimated the damage to be around $1,865 to repair, and wrote me a check for $865. So for now, my plan is to just use that $865 and get a new rear bumper slapped on and then later go somewhere and get the remaining body work done when I can afford it.

How involved is it to replace a rear bumper? I was thinking about attempting to attach a new one myself, but my experience with working on my car myself is very limited. Is this something a layperson would have trouble doing themselves?

Also, any recommendation for ordering a new bumper online (painted)? I'm really not picky on the type, as long as it fits.

I don't know, I guess I'm just looking for some general advice here and an idea of what kind of cost I might be looking at.

Thanks for you time! I'm linking a video of the damage below.


Oh, and I'm located in Memphis, TN.
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Old 02-21-2011, 13:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Rear Bumper Replacement for 03 SVT Hatchback (need advice, please!)

If you'll check on eBay, you can get a rear bumper cover for under $50. You can also get a Replacement Bumper Absorber for under $50 and Reinforcement (if you need it) for under $100 so your looking at $200 or so for parts. You can take the cover to a body shop and have them match and paint and still come out well under your $865.
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Re: Rear Bumper Replacement for 03 SVT Hatchback (need advice, please!)

This might help you ,

myFordFocus.com - How-To Do-It-Yourself Instructions - Ford Focus Owners Web Site Zetec ZX3 ZX5 Hatchback Sedan Wagon
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Old 02-21-2011, 15:02   #4 (permalink)
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Check here, You may find one your color. Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
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Old 02-21-2011, 17:44   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Rear Bumper Replacement for 03 SVT Hatchback (need advice, please!)

So it seems I need to replace to fender too?

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If you'll check on eBay, you can get a rear bumper cover for under $50. You can also get a Replacement Bumper Absorber for under $50 and Reinforcement (if you need it) for under $100 so your looking at $200 or so for parts. You can take the cover to a body shop and have them match and paint and still come out well under your $865.
Hmm, was shown this one on eBay, but it's $270.00 plus another $70 S&H. Also needs to be painted. I'm not seeing the $50 or cheaper ones.

Thanks, I that should help a lot! Searched for a Fender how-to, but they didn't have one on the site. Hopefully it isn't any worse.

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Check here, You may find one your color. Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
Thanks, did a couple of searches but no luck!
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Re: Rear Bumper Replacement for 03 SVT Hatchback (need advice, please!)

Ah I see. I didn't search for Focus SVT. I searched for ZX3. I'm sorry for the mistake.
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Ah I see. I didn't search for Focus SVT. I searched for ZX3. I'm sorry for the mistake.
I wonder if the ZX3 would still fit nonetheless? Anyone know?
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you need to call steve at FORDSVTPARTS 18003289552 he actually sells kits from bumper issues like yours.
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Old 02-22-2011, 15:23   #9 (permalink)
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