The BMW X5 you see here was involved in a serious accident, which left most of its left front end missing, along with severe damages to the rest of the body.
Suffice to say, this would’ve been enough to consider it a write off in most Western markets. But not in Russia, apparently, as the SUV has been brought back to life.
When it arrived at the mechanic, who was tasked with replacing the damaged body panels and repairing that A-pillar, this third-gen BMW X5’s suspension was already fixed by its owner. Thus, the work started with some front pillar welding, continued with fixing a dent on the hood and ended with taking care of all gaps.
The BMW X5 was then shipped to the body shop, for a respray. When it came back, the rest of the exterior parts were installed, including the headlights, grilles, decorative wheel arches and that BMW logo on the hood.
So, how much time did it take to literally breathe new life into this wrecked SUV? That would be seven days, including three for fixing the A-pillar and installing the body parts, and four in the paint shop.
You can see most of the repairing process in the following video, which is sprinkled with some comments made by the Russian mechanic. Speaking of whom, this guy has a very steady hand and definitely knows what he’s doing.
By the time the film ends, you might have second thoughts about buying that used car, ‘in great condition’, you’ve been looking at.