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wildag
11-03-2006, 09:32 AM
Howdy guys. The dash "Cover" strip under the windshield of my Z3 is cracked. Its number 21 in this link diagram from RealOem:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=CN53&mospid=48096&btnr=51_4082&hg=51&fg=30


I tried prying the little covers up, but was unsucessful because I didn't want to crack anythingelse.

Anyone know what it takes to replace this strip? :dunno:


Thanks! :thumbup:

JonM
11-03-2006, 09:43 AM
I didn't realize that was a separate part. If it is, it is not on cars with extended leather or on M cars. I have had part 1 out of the car. It comes out as one whole unit. The 3 round caps at the bottom of the windshield glass with pop out and there are screws underneath. You should be able to get those out without too mcuh trouble. Then look again to verify you have a part 21 on your car. I think BMW added that when they changed from painted plastic to vinyl covered I-panels.

wildag
11-03-2006, 10:01 AM
Yea, it doesn't make much sense that that part would exist, unless there's a bunch of moving and streching that goes on in that area and BMW didn't want people to pay for a whole new dash because one little part in the front broke.

JonM
11-03-2006, 10:05 AM
If no one knows for sure (after a few days), in cases like this, I usually order the part. When you get the new one, you can look at it and usually figure out how it attaches to the car. Then start wrenching on your old one.

RichF
08-28-2008, 04:08 PM
This is a really old thread, but I just discovered it, as I have exactly the same problem (cracked part #21) on my 2000 Z3. I was able to easily remove the center cracked portion that was held in by the center screw, but the two sides seemed to have some resistance and I didn't want to break part 21 further. I was hoping to get all three pieces out, glue them back together somehow, and reinstall. Perhaps that is a bad idea, and ordering replacement part is the way to go.
If someone knows the secret to removing part 21 without further damaging it, pleeeez let me know!
Rich

02Z3COUPE
08-29-2008, 06:23 AM
I had a 2000 roadster that had the same problem. I hit a ledge in the pavement, squarely with both front wheels at about 20mph and #21 cracked in 2 places. Straight back from the windshield to the dash. I did not have the chance to fix as the car was totalled soon thereafter. I was thinking it would've been easier to fix by removing the windshield first. Conv bodies tend to have flex and it would seem that the Z3's like to flex at this spot.

RichF
09-22-2008, 08:57 PM
Well, I just learned that part 21 has screws from the top AND the bottom. I had asked my BMW shop to order the part and replace it for me, and they can't do it without taking the whole dashboard apart, which is prohibitively expensive. No go. I guess my next thought is that perhaps I should put some sort of dash cover on the entire dash. If it covered that unsightly broken part, perhaps it would be a mildly disappointing but workable resolution. Any recommendations on dash covers?

wildag
05-19-2009, 10:53 PM
I'm back to looking at this problem. The bentley manual says that the entire dash can be removed by first removing these

- passenger air bag
- glove box
- steering wheel
- steering column stems
- headlight knob
- the driver's side kick panel

wow.

GBimmer
05-20-2009, 06:58 AM
I'm back to looking at this problem. The bentley manual says that the entire dash can be removed by first removing these

- passenger air bag
- glove box
- steering wheel
- steering column stems
- headlight knob
- the driver's side kick panel

wow.

...that's only about 2 days worth of work.... :dunno:

morrieschoice
05-20-2009, 07:56 PM
Hey Wildag

I have removed my glovebox twice...just recently so that an a/c leak can be found...think it could be the expansion valve...which requires the removal of the glove box to gain access to it...won't know until I take it back to the garage to see where the dye is leaking. Anyway, it's not tooooo...difficult. Don't know about the dash, but if you decide to tackle the job, PLEASE keep me posted, because I have some extended leather issues on the dash and unfortunately removing the dash is the ONLY way to have the leather replaced...yuck!!:cry:

Pablo Rivera
09-18-2014, 11:13 AM
Hi guy I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to know if you guys found a solution to fix or replace part #21. I just went online and found the part here http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-Z3-2.3-M52_2.5L/ES119220/
but sounds like the main issue is removing the broken one right?
it would be great to hear what you guys did,

thanks

ashevillez3
09-18-2014, 11:49 AM
I've got a crack in this trim as well. No way am I going to pull the entire dash. I wonder if the original one can be removed by breaking it out and simply laying the replacement in place with double sided tape or velcro.

Dale K
09-18-2014, 01:24 PM
The strip can apparently be replaced easily with the windshield removed. That's MUCH easier/cheaper than dash removal. If you happen to sort-of need a new windshield anyway, due to sandblasting over the years or whatever, it would be a good time to take care of both issues.

Interestingly, some cars don't even have this strip, from the factory. My coupe doesn't. From other threads (some on other sites), some convertibles don't have it, but most do. This makes me wonder if you could just remove the strip (in pieces) and everything would still look good. (You'd probably need some screw covers that the non-strip versions have).

Pablo Rivera
09-18-2014, 02:08 PM
Thanks for the info Dale, yea it seem like too much work for something so simple.. I may cover it or see if I can remove it all.. If anyone finds another solution lets us know please


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Bucko521
09-21-2014, 12:40 AM
Interestingly, some cars don't even have this strip, from the factory. My coupe doesn't. From other threads (some on other sites), some convertibles don't have it, but most do. This makes me wonder if you could just remove the strip (in pieces) and everything would still look good. (You'd probably need some screw covers that the non-strip versions have).

Mine is cracked just like as others. It would be interesting to see what a car looks like with out one. Can you post a picture?

Thanks,

Dale K
09-21-2014, 09:09 AM
http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a506/DaleCoupe/084_zpsfd996ab9.jpg

This is the only photo I have. Hope it helps.

Bucko521
09-21-2014, 10:47 AM
http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a506/DaleCoupe/084_zpsfd996ab9.jpg

This is the only photo I have. Hope it helps.

Yes it does help.

Thanks,

vintage42
09-21-2014, 12:19 PM
Mine is cracked just like as others. It would be interesting to see what a car looks like with out one. Can you post a picture?.. Here's the whole dash out, showing what's underneath the cover strip along the windshield...
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-Z3-2.3-M52_2.5L/Interior/Dashboard/ES119232/
Also found a RHD dash out, showing that the metal structure is covered with what appears to be a rigid foam covering which has been removed in the center...

ashevillez3
09-25-2014, 02:55 PM
Seems the only issue is the 3 screws from the bottom. When I have a chance, probably next Spring while installing a new rag top, I'm just going to break apart the trim, remove it and install replacement using the 3 screws from above. That should do the trick and allow me to easily replace the trim in the future if need be. I'll post pics when I do it.

mstabile
09-25-2014, 06:40 PM
Honestly, you're probably going to end up pulling the dash to install it the correct way. I just had to replace mine and took the opportunity to reupholster the center section in black (vs the beige all around).

As I believe i recall, the three holes do not secure that piece as much as the actual larger dash. That piece is held by about 8 screws from beneath.

When you get it, be sure to hit it with Krylon clear UV acrylic matte protectant spray paint. The plastic is very thin and prone to cracking in the extreme conditions. We found it at a Michael's craft store, of all places.

While you have your dash out you can clean all the vents and replace the foam seals and ensure they are tight (duct tape finally got used on ducts!)

Enjoy! It's a lot of work, but did it all in a very long day and has been my most gratifying project yet.


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