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Old 01-12-2017, 12:45 AM   #1
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What are the differences between the coupe & convertible interiors?

I have a facelift 330ci with an interior thats getting pretty worn out, and I was wondering what the differences between the coupe interior and the convertible interior are (other than the obvious rear deck)?

Im hoping to find a good condition black interior to swap out with my tan one.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:23 AM   #2
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Front seats. Seat belts are intengral to the front seats on verts
Rear head rests are also different due to roll over protection bars.

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Old 01-12-2017, 10:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for that. So the carpet, door panels, center console, rear seats and rear side panels are all the same?
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:01 AM   #4
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The center console takes a different trim panel around the shifter and the armrests at the rear side panels are different sizes. I also believe the carpet is different because when ordering the floor mats, the sizes are not the same. The ash tray for the rear of the console may also be different.
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:28 AM   #5
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So basically everything except the door cards has to come from a convertible
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:23 PM   #6
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The center console takes a different trim panel around the shifter and the armrests at the rear side panels are different sizes. I also believe the carpet is different because when ordering the floor mats, the sizes are not the same. The ash tray for the rear of the console may also be different.

Carpet is different but armerest thing is the same for all e46

you can use vert's seats on coupe but not viceversa
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:45 PM   #7
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What are the differences between the coupe & convertible interiors?

On Realoem, find the part for your model, then click the part number and it will show a link that will list other models that use the part.

Strongly recommend you be patient and find a car that is at a recycler and buy the whole interior. Individual pieces can get very expensive.

I just did a convertible ran to black swap, so please feel free to reach out with questions. The hardest part by far is the dashboard and the front carpet. Do not listen to the postings that say you have to cut the carpet - YOU DO NOT!

Unique to convertible:
1. Front seats
2. Rear seats and body panels
3. Shifter trim plate - though you can use the sedan one
4. Center console is the same piece, but you need to cut the rear - a new console comes with a cutting template.
5. Critical! The latch and front of the convertible glovebox are different! The convertible has an electric latch that will lock the glovebox, the coupe and sedan do not. The wire is embedded in the front. Reuse your existing latch. Asmodeus has these.
6. If you buy upper trim panels (the top surface of the rear seat side panels) there are two designs, one from early models and one later. The later version is much less failure prone but not backwards compatible. The actual hinge is different between the earlier spring and post design and the later direct armature.

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Old 01-12-2017, 01:48 PM   #8
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Here's what's different on a convertible: Front seats, rear seats (narrower, plus the subwoofer/ski pass-thru), rear cards, rear armrests (shorter in the convertible), carpet.
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