Damage to the valance and fender of my daughter’s VW TDI

Posted By on November 27, 2011


Most Volkswagen Jetta owners have experienced the “low front valance” problem with their cars (probably other models too) … be it a bump in the road, steep drive or the infamous parking curb. In my daughter’s case, it was a parking curb with the steel hold-down rebar protruding way too high and catching enough to give the entire valance and bumper a good yank when she backed out. Low and behold the damage was more than just snapping off the valance.

The “yank” pulled the bumper cover, tore the valance in half and split the front fender where rust had weakened it at the top of the wheel well. My project for the Thanksgiving day weekend was to shore up the valance (added aluminum backing with airplane rivets), refastened the valance with small stainless steel bolts and nuts to the bumper cover, added a new reinforcement for the cover and added new metal and body filler to her fender. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to do much more than prime the repair … still it is sturdy and should prevent any additional rust. (thought of my friend Jacob who owns my old TDI and was “just” dealing with a similar rust problem this past week)

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  • I consider myself fortunate, but also know my time will come.  No damage yet to my valances or my fenders on my 02 Golf.  Good to know you have the fixing procedure down so I have a place to go 🙂

    • It was a busy weekend trying to get things patched up and still enjoy the Thanksgiving time with family. I was “thankful” not to have to go out on Black Friday!
      As for “fixing procedure” … I pretty much did the ol’ farmers baling wire and duct tape kind of repair … AKA: temporary.

  • Don

    Does anyone know where I can get a passenger fender and front bumper for a 2011 jetta TDI. Dealer wants too much money !
    Thanks, Don

    • Sorry Don … a 2011 is a pretty new car. If you can find one, it will probably be expensive no matter where you find it.

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