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Old 11-17-2009, 07:09 PM   #41
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Centre Trims.



i have a 04 330ci and the previous owner also decided to put one of those ugly cell fone thingys on there but its on the center trim n i want to know rxactly how to take it off without me trying to just pop it out without knowing what im doing lol ... so, how do i take the center trim off?..


o and my car is a left hand drive unlike yours :-/
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:33 PM   #42
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if you're asking about the piece of trim above the radio, it's quite simple.

get a plastic car trim tool, or a flathead screwdriver wrapped in something to ensure you don't mar the finish, and start on the door side of the passenger's trim. work your way toward the head unit and there should be about four pins that are tightly held in place by clips that look like the little red one in the lower left of the second pic of your post.

once you have the passenger side removed, you can pull the center trim piece off, wiggling it slightly near the steering wheel (since there is also a pin holding it down on that side.)

it's pretty easy, just go slow. good luck!
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:41 AM   #43
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As above, get underneath it with your fingernails or a blunt plastic tool (don't use a screwdriver because if you slip it will get ugly) then just pull it away from the dash slowly but firmly. There's nothing to break as they are just press fit - attack!
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:46 PM   #44
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should have ordered a vinyl repair kit and that would be much easier and cheaper...
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:54 PM   #45
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should have ordered a vinyl repair kit and that would be much easier and cheaper...
Did you read the earlier posts?

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Old 11-28-2009, 12:29 PM   #46
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you are the Ideal BMW fanatic, to go through that much work for some holes!!! enjoy the Ride bro! good job!!!
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Old 11-29-2009, 03:05 PM   #47
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Cheers dude - but again, it wasn't just for holes, I was also doing a fairly involved install back there (bluetooth, steering controller, heated seat loom and ipod controller) so I needed to take 40% of it off anyway. Plus a clean dash was only £40 - why not?
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:17 PM   #48
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im def doing this like in 2 weeks
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:37 PM   #49
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I just pulled the dash from a RHD parts car and it was pretty easy thanks to this post. I grabbed the Rain-Light-Sensor harness as far down as I could cut it from the main harness. Took about 3 hours going nice and slow.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:41 PM   #50
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About how long did it take you to remove the old and install the new? Im considering gutting out my whole interior and switching it from grey to black.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:26 PM   #51
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I did the full install today. Ripped out the carpet as well to swap for black carpet!
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:41 PM   #52
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I did the full install today. Ripped out the carpet as well to swap for black carpet!
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:13 PM   #53
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Awesome! Thanks for all the hard work and keeping track of it!
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:09 AM   #54
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:13 PM   #55
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I have just changed my heater today. I followed your guide, but i have to say there i some "holes" in it...!

1)How to take the cover of the side-airbags
2)It is much easier to remove passenger airbag and brackets
3)The time it takes på rip everything apart, and assemble it again. I would rather say 6 hours than 2,5 -somebody said?! But again that depends on each expertise and so on. This was my cabins first disassembling....
4)The best guide i can find on the internet for doing dashboard removal/replacement
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:55 PM   #56
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:03 AM   #57
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I have just changed my heater today. I followed your guide, but i have to say there i some "holes" in it...!

1)How to take the cover of the side-airbags
2)It is much easier to remove passenger airbag and brackets
3)The time it takes på rip everything apart, and assemble it again. I would rather say 6 hours than 2,5 -somebody said?! But again that depends on each expertise and so on. This was my cabins first disassembling....
4)The best guide i can find on the internet for doing dashboard removal/replacement
Side airbags you mean the passenger airbag - not the door airbags. That just comes away at the seam - press fit. The airbag I think you can leave in as it's attached to the chassis frame - I just took out to be safe.

I'd say 4 hours to remove and replace if you're competent - 5 max first time.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:58 PM   #58
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I dont now the exact word for those.. but they cover the airbags in both sides and sit between the door and the windscreen. You have to remove them to get the dashboard out because of some clips
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #59
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nice writeup...for a sec i thought u took pics in a mirror!LOL...i used ur air vent pic to take mines out yesterday and fix it!
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:54 PM   #60
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Followed this guide to the letter last weekend, couldnt have done it without this DIY, thanks for putting in the extra effort to document your work. Incase you're wondering ... to remove the old dash, seats and carpets and replace with new ones took me 7 hours start to finish :-)
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