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Old 11-30-2011, 01:43 PM   #101
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Thanks. I had to order the part yesterday so I dont have a visual reference as to how much it wedges under the drip rail.. Hope I can R&R just that piece without replacing anything else.........
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:51 PM   #102
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you should be able to wedge it in there, its only double sided taped.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #103
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Does anyone know what the part number is for this lower door sill piece? I do not see it under exterior trim or glazing in the parts catalog

EDIT: Never mind...found it on another post. Here is it for future reference...these are for a coupe under Bodywork => front door

03 Outer weatherstrip, left GLANZSCHWARZ 1 51327890453 $72.55
03 Outer weatherstrip, right GLANZSCHWARZ 1 51327890454 $72.55
03 Outer weatherstrip, left CHROM 1 51328226105 $54.75
03 Outer weatherstrip, right CHROM 1 51328226106 $54.75
03 Outer weatherstrip, left SCHWARZ 1 51328227625 $26.92
03 Outer weatherstrip, right SCHWARZ 1 51328227626 $26.92
Hi genuity, did you end up buying them? If so where did you buy them? Been looking for the glossy black ones but can't find them and the dealer sells them as a set which includes the top bit!! They're asking for $1000+ for them
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #104
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Can anyone share their experience with replacing just the lower rear trim piece?
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:20 PM   #105
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:10 PM   #106
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...But another problem is the very last clip on the bottom, it wont stay clipped. Keeps popping off and that is I'm sure what led to the failure of the other two further up the line. I'm not sure you can order the side of the clip that is glued to the back of the trim piece....?
Turns out when I compare my passenger side trim to my drivers-side trim, my passenger side seems to be installed further forward, about 1/2" further forward than the other side, and this is causing my alignment issue with the clips. Maybe this will help someone else out with the same problem.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:10 AM   #107
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Turns out when I compare my passenger side trim to my drivers-side trim, my passenger side seems to be installed further forward, about 1/2" further forward than the other side, and this is causing my alignment issue with the clips. Maybe this will help someone else out with the same problem.
I have the same problem but with my driver side. It is protruding forward leaving a gap in the back. Question is, do I have to go buy a new Reveal moulding trim piece, or can I remove it and reseat it? I tried budging it but it won't move...
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #108
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:41 AM   #109
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I have the same problem but with my driver side. It is protruding forward leaving a gap in the back. Question is, do I have to go buy a new Reveal moulding trim piece, or can I remove it and reseat it? I tried budging it but it won't move...
You can remove and re-seat it. Its only held on with clips. Push up and pull out on the trim piece and it should pop off. Start at end end and work your way down. Once I removed about 1/2 of the trim off the car the trim piece was loose enough that I could pull or push it forward with ease. (A relief because I was afraid it was glued on, but its not at all). Once I had it lined up properly I just clipped it back on and it went together easily
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:36 AM   #110
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M3 rear vent window seal rotting DIY

This is my first post. I had the rotting seal outside the rear vent windows on my E46 M3. I just opened the windows disconnected the little shaft that pulls the window shut. Proped the windows open and gutted the rotten part of the seal out with a box cutter. I then inserted some spongy neophrene into the gap and closed the window on it and it came out great. I never open the back windows so Im not even going to bother gluing it in place. The Stealership wanted $770 just for parts. I got everything at Lowes for $20. So easy, Took about 20 minutes. I was going to glue the strips I cut in but after sticking them in to check to make sure they fit right I decided I dont need the glue. 100mph test ride and all is well. I can post pictures and the name and barcode of the stuff from Lowes if anyone needs it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #111
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First post here. Just had to thank the OP for the information, it helped out a lot with this task today.

A word of warning about the B pillar covers if you decide to remove the rear windows (which makes the job a lot easier). The two plastic fasteners at the bottom are easy to lose in the door. Also, you may need to push in the tangs at the top to get the pillar cover to be held snugly.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:26 AM   #112
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help help

i have a leaky window... and i purchased a vent window gasket inner seal in error.. Now i am seeing you guys saying i need a window trim.... and based on what im seeing i may need this piece of rubber...

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325.../Seal/ES93144/


i am serously confused is it the trim that i need or this attachment that i sent...
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:55 PM   #113
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Wow good info parts are finally here for this. Thanx.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:49 AM   #114
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Thanks! Awesome DIY. It's on my list!
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:49 AM   #115
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If I had not spent forever on getting the lower trim junk off the car, the top is a snap. It looks a million times better now. I went ahead and got the lower trim in gloss black to match the upper trim that had been painted. Now I need to do the same thing to my new one.



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Old 02-13-2013, 05:56 PM   #116
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Awesome DIY! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Just fixed my lower rear trim using this. Used some plastic trim removal tools I got from Harbor Freight to do the prying. And a little tape to protect the paint.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #117
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This is my first post. I had the rotting seal outside the rear vent windows on my E46 M3. I just opened the windows disconnected the little shaft that pulls the window shut. Proped the windows open and gutted the rotten part of the seal out with a box cutter. I then inserted some spongy neophrene into the gap and closed the window on it and it came out great. I never open the back windows so Im not even going to bother gluing it in place. The Stealership wanted $770 just for parts. I got everything at Lowes for $20. So easy, Took about 20 minutes. I was going to glue the strips I cut in but after sticking them in to check to make sure they fit right I decided I dont need the glue. 100mph test ride and all is well. I can post pictures and the name and barcode of the stuff from Lowes if anyone needs it.
What's the name or barcode of the neoprene. I've been at Lowe's and the Depot and couldn't find any.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:14 AM   #118
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I took all my trim off this weekend and painted it satin black, very much improved the look of the car so thanks for the DIY. Quick question, seems like a suitable place to post it. I plan to eventually replace my trims with factory black ones since the inside trim parts have come away in sections from the outer trim. In the mean time can anyone suggest what type of glue I could use to hold it in place?
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:36 AM   #119
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:50 AM   #120
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So is the only option for replacement of the upper trim for an E46 M3 this:

http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...3935/ES128461/

Silly expensive when you consider that you need both sides. The lower piece is cheap, and definitely the worst on mine. However, while I am in there I wanted to also replace the upper part which is also rotting.
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