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Old 08-08-2009, 10:01 PM   #21
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But it doesn't say E46, jsut says E46 CSL, so im assuming that it only fits what it states.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:28 AM   #22
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Steel wool or mild sandpaper will do the trick. If it's hard to get in there with your fingers, wrap some sandpaper around the end of a pencil and tape it together, then you can be more precise with it. It just happens when corrosion builds up between the metals and disrupts the electrical current.
Agree with this 100%, but in my case, I just use flat screwdriver & just scratch the whole green areas, works well!
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:13 AM   #23
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Do you have the housing just regular 2005 E46 Sedans? Cause it says it only fits CSL
We can source them for the regular E46 no problem.
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:10 PM   #24
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When you do can you please PM me? or let me know some how?
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:18 PM   #25
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Ya this reminds me that I have to buy a whole new assembly. haha, yet another project
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:34 PM   #26
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Where do I go to paint a part like the one below? I'm in Charlotte, NC.

Part # 51 13 8 244 714 Trunk Lid Grip with Key Button (for my 2001 330ci)
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:43 PM   #27
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Had the exact same issue, ended up getting the new one from Tischer and got it painted from another 50$ (if you get it painted make sure you get it matched as color will be off after 5 years of beating the OE paint has taken). You need part # 13 (not #1 as you stated).

In my case while trying to clean the contacts, they were so brittle, that one bulb holder literally broke into pieces while i tried electrical contact cleaner with a small brush.
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You have to replace the entire trunk handle part....and paint it. I think the part costs about $75ish. I got it painted for $20.
Just out of curiosity, why are you guys painting the new piece instead of just using the existing one over?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #28
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Happened to me. Just take the ghetto route. Remove the trunk lid handle, and try to sand them a bit, just to get the rust off. it'll work for the time being, but it is much easier to get new contacts/ handle.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:43 PM   #29
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Is this a difficult job to do yourself? Both my plate bulbs are out and the housing is rusted, and the key button doesn't work either.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:17 AM   #30
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Anyone have a solution for this? I dont want to buy the whole trunk lid just because from the wire to the metal prongs are rusted threw. Looks like I will have to cut off the curroded wire and test for power. Driver side bulb has 4 wires, passenger side has 3, it doesnt make sense to me how the wiring goes? Need some help. Hard to find the metal clips that are soldered onto the wire. the smallest ones I can find are still too big. Is there a led kit available for me to connect right from the wires and replace that whole rusted casing?
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:25 AM   #31
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Help me fix this problem!!!! Last thing I need to do to pass inpsection. I had a headlight out, turns out to be a ignitor seeing i had my headlights in pieces I finally got around to installing some angel eyes : ) Any ideas on fixing my rear licence plate bulbs?
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Hey Sick-Vic, the only real solution is to get a new trunk lid lip (the piece that contains the plate lights and the button for opening the trunk when the doors are open). You can get it at a fair price at a bunch of online dealers (I used BMW South Atlanta). And, it's a fairly easy install (less than 1 hour) and you should be able to reuse the wires that are inside the trunk lid - those never rust out. Once you're done, it'll be as good as new. There's a post somewhere on the forum of someone doing it with pictures and other advice. But, it's fairly simple procedure.
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Hey Sick-Vic, the only real solution is to get a new trunk lid lip (the piece that contains the plate lights and the button for opening the trunk when the doors are open). You can get it at a fair price at a bunch of online dealers (I used BMW South Atlanta). And, it's a fairly easy install (less than 1 hour) and you should be able to reuse the wires that are inside the trunk lid - those never rust out. Once you're done, it'll be as good as new. There's a post somewhere on the forum of someone doing it with pictures and other advice. But, it's fairly simple procedure.
Hey Gepetto,

If you see in my first picture the metal prongs that come from the wires 2 out of the 4 are rusted threw. Plus the plate lights that you are referring too, one of them is rusted thrrew as well. Even if I replace the trunk lid I still have to fix the wiring to plug it into the piece that contains the plate lights.
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