Well, my GXP bumper didn't last long.
Last Tuesday my car was parallel-parked in front of my office. An old man went to park behind me, and from the witnesses statements he stepped out of his car while it was still in gear, driving forward into my rear bumper with enough force to move my car more than two feet forward until it was stopped...by the tow hitch of an SUV.
Long story short, the back bumper suffered serious paint damage and got bent. The photos don't show any denting, because the rear shock absorber did a good job distributing the impact force, but the gap between the bumper and the other body panels, especially around the rear brake lights, became warped and bowed. The lower diffuser had a minor scratch put in it.
Perhaps most notably, however, was the TOW HITCH EMBEDDED IN MY BRAND NEW BUMPER. Yup, another bumper bites the dust. One of my rims also suffered some minor rash.
So the insurance company appraiser said the front and rear bumpers needed replaced, as well as one of the GT rims. GM cost on ONE rim is $1058! So they cut me a check for $4200, but I have hook ups in the body shop world, and the repairs are only going to run me $1900.
In other words: MOD MONEY!
So far I've ordered: Slotted/Drilled rotors and ceramic pads, custom exhaust, and a RotoFab CAI. Also, my body shop will be professionally cleaning and painting my calipers and Roto-Fab intake tube liquid red, and the dust covers gloss black.
Eibach lowering suspension will be coming soon as well.
I will also be pursuing a diminished value claim on the vehicle, since there was substantial damage that will be reported and thus impact the resale value. Granted, I don't plan on selling the car, so that just means more mod money!