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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 10-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Pillars

So, I bought a 330xi a few weeks ago. I have been on this forum non-stop since. I have had a few bimmers but it's been probably 8 years since and I have been itching for one since I got rid of my last one.

Anyway here is a pic of my baby:

From My Bimmer


And the question I have, the inside is in super great condition except for the Pillars. All of them. Is there a way to fix them or is it just cheaper to replace them. And is replacement fairly easy?

Pic of my front Pillars:

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I see the A/B/C Columns on RealOem for around $46.

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Old 10-12-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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Mine doing the same... peace of shiiitt BMW! FAIL ON RELIABILITY!


no offense! but HONDA does 100x better then BMW on Reliability!

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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i tried the interior cloth spray they sale at parts stores and it didnt work for me. Actually made it worse.. I will eventually purchase new pillars.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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The E46 A pillar wrinkle is a fairly common issue. Recover or replace are your two options, if you are crafty recovering can be an option. I haven't had much luck recovering panels with the stock fabric, so I personally would replace the pillars.

You can find the replacement trim pieces here.


HERE is a DIY showing how to remove the A pillar, HERE is one for the C Pillar, and this post is dealing with a different topic but shows nicely how to remove the B pillar.


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Old 10-12-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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The E46 A pillar wrinkle is a fairly common issue. Recover or replace are your two options, if you are crafty recovering can be an option. I haven't had much luck recovering panels with the stock fabric, so I personally would replace the pillars.

You can find the replacement trim pieces here.


HERE is a DIY showing how to remove the A pillar, HERE is one for the C Pillar, and this post is dealing with a different topic but shows nicely how to remove the B pillar.


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Your awesome! And cheaper than the other sites I have looked at, which is always a plus. I will just replace them.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:16 PM   #6
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wrap them in suede and continue with the headliner in black
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:05 PM   #7
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you can try 3M spray on adhesive.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:00 PM   #8
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Yeah, my C pillars are embarrassing at this point. 40 at ecs, 51 at dealer...
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:28 PM   #9
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Anybody use something different than the 3M #77 adhesive, my a pillar is already starting to come up again (just did it a few weeks ago)

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Old 11-19-2011, 09:08 PM   #10
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The E46 A pillar wrinkle is a fairly common issue. Recover or replace are your two options, if you are crafty recovering can be an option. I haven't had much luck recovering panels with the stock fabric, so I personally would replace the pillars.

You can find the replacement trim pieces here.


HERE is a DIY showing how to remove the A pillar, HERE is one for the C Pillar, and this post is dealing with a different topic but shows nicely how to remove the B pillar.


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Just what I was looking for. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:46 AM   #11
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I was just thinking of sanding them down and painting them

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Old 11-20-2011, 11:45 AM   #12
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Anybody use something different than the 3M #77 adhesive, my a pillar is already starting to come up again (just did it a few weeks ago)
I used #90 on my trim pieces. When it's set it stays.

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If you did that well and matched the color perfectly then maybe. But refelting it is a better option IMO
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:33 AM   #13
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If you did that well and matched the color perfectly then maybe. But refelting it is a better option IMO[/QUOTE]

Nah no color matching just good ole flat black


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Old 11-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #14
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Mine doing the same... peace of shiiitt BMW! FAIL ON RELIABILITY!


no offense! but HONDA does 100x better then BMW on Reliability!

Really dude??? GTFO, honda does not do 100X better for reliability, of interior pieces... give me a break I service cars all day, mainly being hondas, and my 2003 interior..wich still looks new even after 2 wrecks, airbags deployed, and daily abuse looks infinitely better than the cheap plastic econobox interiors of the hondas, acuras, etc that come in... lol not to mention I have ZERO rattles broken clips ETC, lets see a 2003 honda with the same
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:42 PM   #15
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+1 re: how things look after 145,000 miles, and the complete absence of squeaks, rattles, wind noise, etc.

That being said, some of the interior parts have worn kind of poorly, like the center console. I've had to replace two of the pillars, in 145,000 miles. The first was covered by the warranty.

I had a Civic that NEVER went into the shop for repairs, but even when it was new, it felt like it was made from recycled Coke cans. It rattled and squeaked a bit, there was a ton of road and wind noise, and if you looked at it sideways, you'd get another ding in the bodywork. Overall, I'll take the BMW, hands down.
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