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Old 12-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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4dr E46 B Pillar Removal w/Photo's

I wasn't able to find anything showing how to remove the B-pillar(s) with pictures online so decided to put one together.
This was done on a 2004 330i 4dr different models may vary.

1. Remove front and rear door sills.




2. Lift up (hard) and out on the lower b-pillar trim panel



Notice the rivets that you pulled the lower b-pillar over. (I found it difficult to get the lower b-pillar back over these when I was putting it back together so I replaced them and put them in the lower b-pillar first and it snapped in no problem.)




3. Remove the expanding rivets at the bottom of the upper b-pillar.





4. Pull down on upper b-pillar and it's free.



SEAT BELT

A. Start at the rear of the seat to take the control module cover off




B. Take the cover off. There are clips that are connected underneath the cover; make sure not to break them.




C. There is a lug nut that keeps your seat belt in place, remove it.




D. Fin




Hope this helps anyone who needed a visual aid on how to remove their b-pillars.
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Exactly what I needed. I'm swapping out my B pillars right now. Thanks for the DIY
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Exactly what I needed. I'm swapping out my B pillars right now. Thanks for the DIY
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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I want to replace mine as they have seat belt wear marks. This will make the job much easier for me. Thanks for posting it!
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It looks so sad to be out
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Same process for the passenger side?
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Same process for the passenger side?
Yes it is the same process.
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Nicely done.
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Thanks for this!!!! shouldnt be too much different for coupes i hope
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Thanks for this!!!! shouldnt be too much different for coupes i hope
Slightly but not by much. Here is a link for the coupe though.

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