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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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Old 12-21-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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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 12-21-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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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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Old 04-09-2013, 02:28 AM   #6
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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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Old 06-19-2013, 05:41 AM   #10
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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.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=948819
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If my b pillar is broke, what would I need to replace it, the seat belt and lower portion won't stay in place

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You have a picture of the broken portion? If it's where the plugs go into to keep in place, try using a washer if there is still some plastic left. If not you could get another b-pillar and just go about it that way.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...Trim/B_Pillar/
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You have a picture of the broken portion? If it's where the plugs go into to keep in place, try using a washer if there is still some plastic left. If not you could get another b-pillar and just go about it that way.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...Trim/B_Pillar/
I think it's the plus are missing but not 100 percent sure, but I'll send pictures when home.

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The seat belt won't stay in place, i gave managed to get it to stay but if the doors are slammed or the seat belt is pulled hard, the top portion holding the seat belt uasuly comes out

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Here are some pictures of it just sitting in place, the main question I'm asking is, will I need a new pillar or just plugs?

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I would suggest a new pillar. Looking at the one in the picture you posted it looks like the portion where the plugs are used to keep it in place are broken off. Someone may know a way to jerry rig it but I don't.

I attached the last picture from above so you can see what I am referring to with the two holes at the bottom of the pillar. Those are used to keep the pillar in place. In the picture you posted those two parts are broken and the bottom half (of the hole) are missing.



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I would suggest a new pillar. Looking at the one in the picture you posted it looks like the portion where the plugs are used to keep it in place are broken off. Someone may know a way to jerry rig it but I don't.

I attached the last picture from above so you can see what I am referring to with the two holes at the bottom of the pillar. Those are used to keep the pillar in place. In the picture you posted those two parts are broken and the bottom half (of the hole) are missing.



Hope this helps.
Well what about the bottom portion, the areas that secure the bottom portion seam to just be missing the plugs/screws, i ordered some off eBay but not sure if their what I need for it. And earlier some guy mentioned using washers and then placing the plug through that. I could try that

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Well what about the bottom portion, the areas that secure the bottom portion seam to just be missing the plugs/screws, i ordered some off eBay but not sure if their what I need for it. And earlier some guy mentioned using washers and then placing the plug through that. I could try that

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The washers might work and if you're trying to keep spending low it may be a good route to go. Worth a try, washers are pretty cheap.

The bottom portion of the b-pillar need the plugs to keep it in place.
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