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Old 09-02-2004, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all - brand spanking newbie here and I'm on the threshold of buying a 2001 330i and I'm up against two barriers.

One: it's going to be my wife's car and I'm having a really hard time keeping her in a manual transmission, but I think I can do it if we find the right car.

Two: we FOUND a car that's all perfect EXCEPT that it has the aluminum-look interior trim, and she REALLY wants the woodgrain trim (which I normally don't care for, but in the black-on-black it looks pretty classy).

In my test driving experience, the factory trim isn't OUTSTANDING quality in fit and finish, so I wouldn't mind replacing it to get the look that she wants (if it will get her into that 5-speed!). Seems that most places I've seen only have dash kits for the E36 though. Has anyone found a GOOD quality interior wood trim set for the E46s? I'd love to hear about it!

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Old 09-02-2004, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i have an 03' xi in wood that im trying to get rid of. Its in great condition and i would be down for an even trade? Just thought i would put the offer out there
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Old 09-03-2004, 07:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i have an 03' xi in wood that im trying to get rid of. Its in great condition and i would be down for an even trade? Just thought i would put the offer out there
I was thinkin the same damn thing. I guess you beat me to it! ghead
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like most people prefer the aluminum and I could manage a trade pretty easily, eh? I honestly like the aluminum better myself, but it's HER car and I'd rather make the car the way she wants it if I possibly can, you know?

How difficult is it to remove and reinstall that stuff? I'd be interested in doing a trade with an interested party for sure. (Still assuming we actually purchase this car today... fingers crossed).
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I'm just about to buy a 2001 325 sports Tourer but it has the birch wood trimstrips which are absolutley horrid.

I'm not saying they alll are, and everyone has different tastes, but for me this is a big NO to buying the car.

I told the dealer this and he offered to swap the trim stips with any other (similar) car on the lot, and all I have to pay is a small labour charge.

Are you buying from a dealer? Not to do the above offers harm but unless someone knows how easy this is to change?
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Hi all,
I had to temporarily remove my wood trim when I straightwired my radar detector. It all comes out pretty easily. You just have to work it back and forth and be patient. A large flat headed screw driver covered in a soft rag prevents any scratching. For the most part, it is a male prong into a female hole. :P
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I have aluminum interior in mint shape from my 2002 325ci if anyone wants to trade for wood??? Complete set. Email me - mercyking1@yahoo.com
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I have the wood trim in my 2000 323Ci that I'd like to replace with the aluminum... Let me know if anyone's up for a trade. knappy@fedbackwards.com
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hey mercyking def. interested e-mail sent! although im not sure if it would work seeing as tho i have a sedan? Anyone know?
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hey mercyking def. interested e-mail sent! although im not sure if it would work seeing as tho i have a sedan? Anyone know?
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Whoa, no way. It won't work. I have a 330Ci and there is no way a sedan's trim can be swapped with it. Not sure if the front doors will swap but for sure the rear coupe trimmings will not fit on a sedan's rear doors.
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