3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
It just pops out. Just grab one side, push down on the top and pull. I did it just using my hands. No screwdrivers necessary. I suppose you could just grab the bottom of the license plate holder and do it the opposite way. And yes, there is just a regular strip that can be bought.
The black plastic strip on either side of the plate holder overlaps it. Pull them off (a bit) first. I saw the dealer do it with a a little plastic knife, but you can also use your fingers. Once you lift either side, you can then lift the plate section off. - it's all snapped in.
You'd then need to replace the plate section with a thin plastic strip like the rest of the molding. I have both for my car. I removed the front plate, and went back to the strip - Might be against the law, but it does look nicer on the ZHP...
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