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Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: About a dozen 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991 sedans, wagons, and 4Matics; drivers, projects, and parts
Location: Just west of Philly
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It's quite easy to replace a front fender on the 124. As far as Cyberbach's "gluing" statement, I've never seen it (on a 124). On every early 124 I've worked on the fender is simply hung on the inner fender flange and then bolted in place. No glue/sealant. Maybe the 90-up are different?
Sedan fenders *are* the same as wagon fenders. As are the hood, front bumper, grill, headlamps, front doors, windshields, front seats, and lots of other stuff.
The procedure my be in the DIY section so do look there. Basically you loosen or remove about 7 front bumper cover bolts to reposition it. You remove the turn signal assembly, the headlamp wiper, and the headlamp assembly. Then you remove about 10 small bolts/capscrews to free the fender. You lift the fender off the inner fender and you're done. There is a plastic partial inner fender and a rubber sealing strip attached to that but you don't have to mess with those.
Try U-Pull-It yards for good used parts cheap. I paid $30 for the last one I bought and it was perfect with original paint. I think you're better off buying a used part since they are already treated with antirust stuff on the back side and will be better prepped and primed than any new replacement part will be.
If you're patient you have a fair chance of getting a part of the same color as your car (I did). Of course that depends on whether you hae a common color like white, black, smoke silver, etc. If you have pajet red metallic, minty green metallic, petrol blue green, or something like that expect to repaint what you find.
Last edited by augapfel; 03-15-2009 at 08:13 AM.