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Old 10-25-2013, 01:27 AM   #1
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Help needed to remove rear panel on an '03 325i touring tailgate

I have a rattle inside the tailgate that's driving me absolutely nuts. Can anyone direct me as to how to remove the rear panel? I don't want to break anything but need to get inside. Thanks

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Old 10-25-2013, 02:01 AM   #2
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:30 AM   #3
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Be careful during the "lift out detents" step while removing the carpet panel - darned things are easy to break.

I noticed a while back that TIS doesn't mention the wire bundle for the light on the hatch bottom. You'll need to disconnect that; just hang the plastic panel from the latch while you do it.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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Yes, becareful with the plastic tabs. I used a plastic tire lever for a bicycle to open up the panel.

Easy does it!
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:22 PM   #5
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Thanks all for the help. The tabs are indeed tricky. Actually broke 2 but resecured the panel by using self tapping screws into the panel and plastic backing. Holds better than OEM! The problem was the LR backup light assembly was not snapped back into its mounting tabs and would rattle when going over small bumps. This was done prior to us purchasing the car by an independent shop. Phew!!!!!
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:27 PM   #6
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I noticed a while back that TIS doesn't mention the wire bundle for the light on the hatch bottom. You'll need to disconnect that; just hang the plastic panel from the latch while you do it.
Actually it does:

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Originally Posted by http://workshop-manuals.com/bmw/3_series_e46/320i_m54_tour/2_repair_instructions/51__body_equipment_(tour)/49__rear_lid_trim_panel/1_ra__removing_and_installing___replacing_trim_panel_for_tru nk_lid_(touring)/
Remove trunk light (on rear lid), refer to 63 31 080.
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