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Old 02-17-2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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Interior trim and headliner contemplations

My red over black Touring has the standard wood trim, along with light gray pillars and headliner. I don't care for either unfortunately, especially since the headliner (and visors) are pretty dingy/dirty in my case. I would love to get some thoughts and opinions on various swap/color options. Seeing Nick's thread where he swapped to piano black and a black headliner really got my wheels turning.

That said, with a black leather Sport interior, I'm hesitant to go all black everything. What do you all think would look good/interesting for trim and headliner? Silver cube from a ZHP? Brushed aluminum? Wrap the existing wood in carbon fiber vinyl (maybe too race-y for a DD wagon)? On the headliner front, I'd really like to go with a charcoal Alcantara, but am fearful of the cost.

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Old 02-17-2017, 11:09 AM   #2
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I have a tiag with black interior and was thinking of doing the same with the headliner. I am swapping the wood trim over for the silver as well as adding an M3 steering wheel but hoping that doesn't clash too much thinking all black with a new black alcantara headliner might be a lot of black. I like the idea of a dark charcoal alcantara though, it wouldn't hurt to get some local quotes from some interior shops though.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:48 PM   #3
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I have a set of Birch Anthracite Individual wood trim that I'm not using if you want to buy that!

Any of the silver trims would like nice and sporty but a bit cheap-looking in my opinion. If money were not a factor and I had your car, I would do the maple wood trim that I think would really nicely accent the red exterior.

The attached image makes it look a lot like the standard myrtle wood but it is really a lot brighter and redder. Very distinctive and cool.
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Old 02-18-2017, 11:39 AM   #4
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Birch Anthracite individual wood trim for touring? (Actually I guess I've never asked this, but is the rear door just the same as the sedan?)

That sounds nice.
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:52 PM   #5
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Birch Anthracite individual wood trim for touring? (Actually I guess I've never asked this, but is the rear door just the same as the sedan?)

That sounds nice.
Yes the sedan and touring sets are the same
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:45 PM   #6
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:15 AM   #7
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And dear god is it gorgeous, fyi.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:41 AM   #8
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I have a set of Birch Anthracite Individual wood trim that I'm not using if you want to buy that!

Any of the silver trims would like nice and sporty but a bit cheap-looking in my opinion. If money were not a factor and I had your car, I would do the maple wood trim that I think would really nicely accent the red exterior.

The attached image makes it look a lot like the standard myrtle wood but it is really a lot brighter and redder. Very distinctive and cool.
Agreed that the Birch is stunning. Really gorgeous. I would love it if it were going in a tan or natural brown interior. But not the look I'm going for in my black interior.

I actually just bought the trim set Nick listed for sale. It's wrapped with what looks like a brushed/satin finish dark silver vinyl. It might not be my final choice, but I'm excited to see it rather than the current wood trim I have.
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Here was the custom headliner I did in my wagon I had black suede a, b, and c pillars.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:18 PM   #10
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Here was the custom headliner I did in my wagon I had black suede a, b, and c pillars.
That is certainly different!

I would love to do Alcantara but am just not sure I could pull it off even remotely economically.
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:03 PM   #11
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That wood is sooo sick.


I love touring
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:27 PM   #12
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Can't go wrong with black seats and black headliner/pillars in my opinion. Trim anything dark silver/grey would look good. Or a brushed finish.

Here's mine, Tanin Red Seats/Black Headliner/Pillars/Piano Black Trim






For reference, with venturing into the M-Sport stuff from Europe, I'm finding some differences in the part numbers for the B & C pillars. The C pillars do indeed fit, but the Euro B pillars are about half the thickness of the US B pillars. I can't find any reason they would be like this, but this also causes the lower B-pillars to be difference to accommodate for the width difference.





I'm ordering some Euro lower B pillars to test fit. Crossing my fingers they will fit, I don't see why they wouldn't though. Will report back.

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Old 03-10-2017, 09:26 PM   #13
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Thought: do they have the sliding upper belt mount? If not maybe that's why they are thinner? Or maybe the americans just got redisgned panels for better side impact scoring?
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:03 PM   #14
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Thought: do they have the sliding upper belt mount? If not maybe that's why they are thinner? Or maybe the americans just got redisgned panels for better side impact scoring?
They do have the sliding upper belt mount. My guess is that for some reason the US belt reel is larger.
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They do have the sliding upper belt mount. My guess is that for some reason the US belt reel is larger.

Well the Euro Lower B-Pillars came in...

They fit! They are the same otherwise, just skinnier near the upper B-pillar.

Will post some comparison photos.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:19 PM   #16
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:39 AM   #17
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Well the Euro Lower B-Pillars came in...

They fit! They are the same otherwise, just skinnier near the upper B-pillar.

Will post some comparison photos.
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good to know!
Outstanding! Absolutely good to know.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:37 AM   #18
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Recovering headliner??

I have a 2004 330Ci Coupe w/Sport Package that has the grey headliner and trim (visors, etc.). I need to redo the headline and A & C pillars and have been giving some thought to using black or dark grey Alcantara but finding (or buying) all the headliner trim in black seems like it will be time consuming to find, or expensive to buy. The OEM grey has both foam backed and thinner (or non foam-backed material). Has anyone soured both in Alcantara, or knows it the ZHP fabric has both? I had a quote of $650 for redoing the headliner and A/B/C pillars in Black Alcantara and $450 to do it all in the OEM grey. The interior shop thought the contrast between the existing grey trim and a black Alcantara would sharp...so I'm not sure I have a lot of confidence in them. I'm skilled enough to consider recovering these myself, but I thought I'd check here for feedback from those that have been through the process (or have also considered this project). Thanks in advance!!
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I have a 2004 330Ci Coupe w/Sport Package that has the grey headliner and trim (visors, etc.). I need to redo the headline and A & C pillars and have been giving some thought to using black or dark grey Alcantara but finding (or buying) all the headliner trim in black seems like it will be time consuming to find, or expensive to buy. The OEM grey has both foam backed and thinner (or non foam-backed material). Has anyone soured both in Alcantara, or knows it the ZHP fabric has both? I had a quote of $650 for redoing the headliner and A/B/C pillars in Black Alcantara and $450 to do it all in the OEM grey. The interior shop thought the contrast between the existing grey trim and a black Alcantara would sharp...so I'm not sure I have a lot of confidence in them. I'm skilled enough to consider recovering these myself, but I thought I'd check here for feedback from those that have been through the process (or have also considered this project). Thanks in advance!!
$650 to re-do the headliner and pillars? That seems like a great price to me. Would it include the little panel where the sunroof controller is? And the small panel aft of the sunroof? Heck, I paid $400 or $450 (can't recall exactly) to re-do just the headliner of my e46 M3, which was a slicktop. And the material they used looked like crap.
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