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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Exclamation Rear C Pillar Light and Trim Removal

Hey guys, since the 1999-2005 Bentley Service Manual doesn't go into removing the Rear C Pillar Interior Light Assembly and then removing the C Pillar Trim, anyone got suggestions OR is there a DIY Text and/or Video within the Forum? Posted the question here since C Pillar removal question is for a 2003 325 xi. Trying to track down the source of a water leak that puddles under the back seat bottom cushion. Most likely rear sun roof drain(s) but looking to make sure the drain isn't cut, etc.

As a second note; and the Bentley also doesn't say a word about the Sun Roof Drains, where do the drains empty out under the car? Would like to know where the both fronts are supposed to empty/discharge under/outside the car and also where the rear drains are supposed to discharge under/outside the car. Is there a DIY Thread and/or video on this within the forum?

Thanks guys (see, I to have questions and not just advice/answers. If this was an E30, got it wired, LOL).
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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I remove the rubber weatherstriping that covers the edge of pillar cover. I then slide my hand under the pillar cover and pop it out. Disconnect the wire from the light and you're good to go.

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