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Old 03-12-2005, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know many of you on the forum have replaced your OEM audio speakers. Anyone have a grey tweeter they want to get rid of? I have a 1997 328i sedan. You can see the trim is broken on the speaker.

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Old 03-12-2005, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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umm.. i mean, i know u can get them from the dealer.. u don't need a whole new tweeter.. all u need it the surround...

u can get a whole new kit, (ex. wood grain) but its not worth 300 bucks!!

anyways, u should pass by the dealer..
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I have not pulled it apart yet and just assumed the trim was part of the speaker. Figured I'd get the replacement in hand before I took the door panel off and popped all of theplastic pieces.

Are you saying that the trim ring can be gotten separately from the dealer?

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Sorry but NO you can't. This is a very common problem with these cars. I have looked into it at a couple of bmw places including dealerships and online. The trim is not a separate piece that you can buy you would have to replace the whole speaker, the set of two small tweeters was $80 from my dealer when I checked. Your best bet is either to live with it or replace the speaker. As for a replacement, I would check around for a used one maybe from a wrecked car or something(classifieds here get alot of people parting out wrecked cars). I have also heard(although never tried) that removing the door panel to get to the speakers is a huge pain in the %$#. This is coming from the install guy at the audio place. That kind of scared me away from removing the thing myself and not worrying about it for now.
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I figured it was a unit.

Regarding removing the door panel. I have removed it a couple of times. YOo have to be very careful not to pull the plastic grommet from the door panel itself. In other words, there is a trim removal tool that allows you to "pop" out each grommet from the metal inner skin of the the door (a decent flat bladed screw driver works almost as well, the toolis shaped like a crow's foot and applies pressure on each side of the grommet). The trick is to not pull the grommet away from the door panel. I did this to one of the grommet locations and its difficult to find an adheasive that will hold the mounting point to the door trim.

The other thing that I thought was a rip off was the cost of the replacement gromments themselves. Once you pull them out once or twice you either end up breaking them or wearing them out and they no longer hold the door panel tight. Went to the stealer, $2.00 each. Not bad but ther are 12 -13 per door........$25 per side. Chevy would me $0.25 and available at local Auto parts store.

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^^^^^^^^ exactly!
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