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Old 11-10-2004, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to replace the plastic exterior trim pieces on my 328i (side moldings that run the length of the car) . I have tried using Back to Black on them but they still look oxidated.

Any ideas (other than eBay, tried that) on where to get these? Also, are they easy to replace or is it best left to the stealership?

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I know BavAuto has them....
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When it comes to trim peices, I go to the dealer. I basically put a cap on what I spend with them when I go. Usually no part over $75.00. But I always do my research through the net. Try Google, keyword "used BMW parts". I have bought a few minor things from those places online and have been satisfied with what I received. I replaced one of those pieces and found that that are easy. One thing to keep in mind though is that the hardware (grommet and plastic clip) that holds them on may be corroded and will need to be replaced. Go with new for those = less headaches later.
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When it comes to trim peices, I go to the dealer. I basically put a cap on what I spend with them when I go. Usually no part over $75.00. But I always do my research through the net. Try Google, keyword "used BMW parts". I have bought a few minor things from those places online and have been satisfied with what I received. I replaced one of those pieces and found that that are easy. One thing to keep in mind though is that the hardware (grommet and plastic clip) that holds them on may be corroded and will need to be replaced. Go with new for those = less headaches later.
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I had to get a replacement trim peice for the back side of my car...

I shopped around... but it still cost $50!
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BMW's are not cheap to maintain, if you want the looks to be maintained you gotta pay, that's life.
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anything the dealer can do you can do to your car yourself, they not that skilled, take a little test and your a bmw mechanic, anything there is to do to your bmw can be found on the internet with step by step instructions to lead you through it, i havenot taken my bmw to the dealership one time for maintenance, doin everything your self will save you an assload of money, most of the shit isnt even difficult to do
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Um, thanks for that bit of wisdom.
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Pelican Parts - Exterior Trim

I think you'll find what you're looking for there.

btw I'm new to the forums and I got a 1992 325i on monday. (black with clear corners & M3 wheels.)
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