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Old 09-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Front grille HELP

my front grill assembly is broken to the point where it won't hold the grill in anymore, so I have it held in in a makeshift fashion until I find a solution. Can anyone direct me to wear I can get new brackets and/or how to solve my problem??

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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You'll have to buy a whole new grill assembly

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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Yeah over time the plastic tends to get brittle and they start to pop out. Mine are pretty loose too.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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Craaaaaap. How much is that going to cost me?

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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Yeah over time the plastic tends to get brittle and they start to pop out. Mine are pretty loose too.
Yeah I want to get an all black or carbon fiber grille but I guess ill have to fix that first? Or does it come with the assembly

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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You can get a matte black grill from www.khoalty.com
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #7
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:41 PM   #8
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We have Matte Black Grilles E46 Coupe/Sedan/M3 available as well. It'll give the car a more sporty look and is definitely the preferred choice over the stock chrome grills!

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:53 PM   #9
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WJLEGG, if you haven't bought a new grill(s) and yours are chrome, I have a set that I took out of my '03 330xi and replaced with black-out grills. Will sell em to you rather cheap plus shipping from PA to NC. If interested, contact me at tomoyer@verizon.net.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:05 PM   #10
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I have had two new sets of grilles. One matte black and the other was the Glossy Black. (Both from Khoalty.)

Not sure if they don't attach correctly to my hood (which a lot seem happy with theirs) or I am just stupid when it comes to installing them.

Both very loose. If you don't want a black kidney grille you can buy used from a member here or just pay whatever exorbitant amount for a new set from the dealer.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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I picked up my gloss black grills at the local BMW stealership for $120. The clips on my OEM chrome grills pretty much shattered they were so brittle....
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:48 PM   #12
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Anyone have any experiences with the khoalty piano grilles? hows the quality of the finish and the fitment?
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #13
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It definitely tends to happen. My driver side grill is always coming loose.

I can't decide if I want to stick to the chrome, or go back to the black grill with the chrome outline that I had beforehand...
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:50 PM   #14
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My grills are ok but the plastic pieces behind them are broken causing them to fall out. I have 2 pieces coming for it tomorrow. $29.00 each from BMW. I'll let you know how it works out.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:33 PM   #15
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I bought Koalty piano grilles. They came broken.

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Old 11-07-2012, 08:55 PM   #16
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Got my parts today. They are complete chrome grills with the backings for $29.00 ea.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:20 AM   #17
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Dude how about this. Find a salvage yard, get a set of front grills+assembly for like 50, and then spray paint them. I build custom controllers for a living, and the custom paint work is the highest demanding. Please tell me you know how to properly spray paint.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:31 AM   #18
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Seriously another one of my cheap Azz solution I fawking put screws in me grilles and gleud one side the other and painted them with engine paint, yeah y'all didn't think I was that ghetto but here I am
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