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Old 08-24-2008, 12:08 PM   #1
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Front Grill is FALLING OFF

I have a 2001 330i. it is my second 3 series car, and I have also had a Porsche, Saab, Acura, Volvo, etc...I love the way the bimmer drives, but little stuff is breaking right and left. I am really struggling with these little issues. I will not take it to the dealer, they rarely fix the problem and usually break something else in the process. My old mechanic "WOLFGANG" has retired, so, I'm on my own now.

The latest are the front grill inserts. one was just hanging loose one day and the second was loose too. It seems that the inserts (PLASTIC) snap into the hood assembly with plastic clips, and these had fatigued and most were broken.

So now the grill inserts are both in my trunk while I figure out how to fix the problem. Does anyone have any experience in fixing or replacing these parts.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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If you located all the tabs that broke off, you can glue them back to the grill and snap it back into place, but there's no guarantee that they won't break off again, soon.

The alternative is to buy new inserts. Most of the sponsors sell the whole grills (packaged together with the part with the vertical slats), but I think I remember some only selling the inserts. It's going to be a bit costlier than just fixing them, but if you buy new ones, you get the added benefit of proper tabs that haven't turned brittle with heat and vibration. Plus you can either go with matte black inserts or body color.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:24 PM   #3
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just buy some new ones there not that expensive.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:21 PM   #4
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glue that sucker back
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:47 PM   #5
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you can buy the flat black ones for like $49 brand new from jlevisw.com

just get new ones.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:48 PM   #6
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you can buy the flat black ones for like $49 brand new from jlevisw.com

just get new ones.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the LINK that is what I needed!
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