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Old 06-03-2006, 11:31 AM   #21
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"At the rear of the car, remove (pull it loose by releaseing some of the plastic slide in retainers) the lower trim panel on the bumper cover. This allows access to 2 large bolts that go through the bumper cover, and secure it to the bumper itself."

Is this the black plastic trim where the rear parking sensors are located, or the slightly larger colour coded trim that runs the length of the lower 1/4 of the bumper?

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edit: having seen the pictures again, i think i can just about see the plastic part that was removed. looks like the area where the rear parking sensors go. is it pretty simple to remove?.. are there any plastic lugs holding it in place, or just plastic tabs?

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Old 06-11-2006, 03:02 PM   #22
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All bumper covers are not exact

Instructions read within this forum may be clear to some, but not to others. It appears that all bumper covers and not the same. I suppose it depends on production build.

With that in mine, my vehicle is production build 5/01. So then I need clear instructions for my particular build. If you have done the removal yourself, that is much preferred. Please see the attached photos for details of my vehicle.

Thank for any help in advance!
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:23 AM   #23
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MORE INFO: I found the two torx 50 bolts easily enough, but I can't figure out what else is holding the bumper on

I see a clip and a slide out gizmo connecting part of the bumper cover to the black plastic wheel well cover. How do I unhook the bumper from this area?
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:26 PM   #24
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With further assistance, I got the bumper cover off. It was actually pretty easy. So let me know if you need help. One thing though, if your bumper cover is exactly like mine, production build 5/01, then it'd be a snap. But I found out the hard way from other folks trying to help me, that their bumper cover was somewhat different than mine.
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:02 AM   #25
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Hi mate,
Managed to get round to fitting my mtec rear bumper and side skirts yesterday. Its pretty simple really. Putting the front end on today, should be straight forward.

Heres a few pics of the before and after..






...it costs an arm and a leg to get colour coded pdc sensors from the dealer; 100 GBP +vat EACH!. I'd rather wait and see if i can pick them up cheaper elsewhere.
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:20 PM   #26
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Smile

as promised, i put the front end on today, heres a before and after:


BEFORE:


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i've never taken a bumper off in my life, and managed to change the whole kit without a problem!
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Old 06-25-2006, 10:00 PM   #27
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F'n nice!
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Old 06-28-2006, 09:41 AM   #28
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A quick update:

The dealer told me not to paint the rear pdc parking sensors because i'd get a constant "beep" from the warning system. They told me it would be better to purchase pre-painted ones, but they cost too much here in the UK.

An independent BMW specialist told me that 9/10 times the sensors will play up if you paint them, unless u get a REALLY GOOD bodyshop to give them a very light coat of paint.

..well i did neither of them. I purchased a Titan Silver spray kit from BMW and gave the sensors a light coating of paint myself. Infact i gave them 2 coats, as one coat was too transparant and was showing through some of the black plastic.

I've fully tested the senors by reversing upto other cars (freaking my neighbours out! haha) and im pleased to say the sensors work fine. I just hope they will be ok in the long run (i don't see why not, im just hoping the sensors wont be working 'overtime' and turn faulty prematurely - but maybe im just being paranoid! )

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I don't see how two thin coats of paint would in any way interfere with an ultrasonic based sensor.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:19 PM   #30
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I don't see how two thin coats of paint would in any way interfere with an ultrasonic based sensor.
well thats ok for me then. apperently if the paint was applied too thick, it would think there is an obstruction in the way. thats the advice from bmw anyway.

try putting a couple of layers of regular tape over your sensors, you'd see that they think theres an obstruction and you'll get a constant beep from the warning system!..

as long as the paint is thin, you'll be ok.
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well i'd understand that as paint and tape have entirely different physical characteristics. just try not to back up into any tape.
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:50 PM   #32
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thanks for the DIY
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:15 AM   #34
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Thanks for the guide I will attempt this soon as both side of the bumper near the wheel arch is sagging. The dealer wants $250 labour just for this ....
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:25 AM   #35
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Hi guys, this is not really rocket science: have just removed my 2000 coupe rear bumper following the above great pictures. Just a few notes : the clips on the wings at the front may just be simply released with a 10mm ring spanner( my car is German built) but careful with the slide in clips on either side that take the bulk of the bumper wings they may have broken front pieces that mount the wheel well liner in the middle. The Torx 50 bolts will drop down so far and then stop just lever the aperture edges with a cloth covered hard wood stick and they will fall inwards on to the inside of the bumper. Then lay some blankets and pull straight back - it's not heavy. Now to give the offending object over to the tender mercies of the spraypainters. Good luck Anthonjames
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Kinda off topic, but anyone know where the side bumper clips in the last photo can be found? Or perhaps the part number. My rear driver side bumper section is sagging a little. Thanks in advance.
i'm looking for these clips as well. anyone know the part#?
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i'm looking for these clips as well. anyone know the part#?
You should be able to go to RealOEM.com and find your diagram with all part numbers and what not. But ignore the prices because I have learned that those are the at cost prices.
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Kinda off topic, but anyone know where the side bumper clips in the last photo can be found? Or perhaps the part number. My rear driver side bumper section is sagging a little. Thanks in advance.
thanks, i saw the post for that link earlier, but i'm a bit ignorant and i'm having trouble locating that part in the mass amounts of tiny diagrams on that site.
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thanks, i saw the post for that link earlier, but i'm a bit ignorant and i'm having trouble locating that part in the mass amounts of tiny diagrams on that site.
what's the make, year, and build month of your car?
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my bumper has dropped a little and flares out on the sides about a 1/4 inch at the wheel well. it bugs the crap out of me. I don't have these clips on mine, so I'm hoping this helps fix it. I've tried a few things. next up is a new bumper.
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