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Old 02-21-2013, 12:04 AM   #21
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I'm glad I found this thread right now cause I was about to make a new thread about almost the same thing asked here by op lol.. I just saw that one of my license plate lights is out, I changed the bulb and nothing! But the other side works fine! So I took the hole handle off like op was doing, but stopped right after I couldn't take off the wire. I think I might need to replace the handle... Anyone know how much that handle is?

Don't mean to thread jack op!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:17 AM   #22
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well i took the trunk liner off and i see where it all connects to the one main wire and i even unhooked it but after removing the 4 torx bolts on the exterior, the license plate lights, and a little gentle prying, it still seems connected somewhere and i just want to be able to take it off and paint it. painting it while on the car is my last option. i will say though its a good time to clean the license plate light lenses
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:47 PM   #23
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I just took mine off yesterday with no issues.

Undo some of your trunk liner on your trunk and take out a black plastic piece. Then reach your hand up there and find where the wires are that are going to the license plate lights/trunk handle. They're kinda clipped together, so you just undo that and your trunk grip should come right out.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:44 PM   #24
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Glad to find this thread. I've got the same corrosion problem with my post-facelift sedan. After undoing the torx screws I thought FOR SURE that the wiring harness would simply unclip off the back of the handle. Glad I didn't force them. Why oh why would BMW bury the connector up inside the trunk lid?!

Has anyone figured out how to separate the painted trim portion from the corroded guts so it can be reused? I'd really rather not have to hire a body shop to paint a new one.
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