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prstaples
05-30-2010, 06:58 AM
After a very long delay I finally got my Pentan trim installed by a local BMW shop. The door trim and center console trim went in great. There is an issue with the large dash piece. It appears to protrude (bow) near the middle, just to the right of the center vent. As you can see in the picture below, there is a distinct gap between the back/top of the trim and the actual dash of the car by the monitor.

From the front view, the trim overhangs the HVAC controls on the right side :thumbdwn: and is recessed on the left :). This could indicate a failed clip or a misalignment of some sort with the middle tabs or slots. At first I thought the HVAC controls got moved, but the gap on the top of the trim would indicate that the trim itself is bowed or just not flush. It was not visibly bowed before the install.

Does anyone have experience with how the trim is secured in the middle and what can be done to make is sit more flush with the dash :dunno:.

Thanks,

Paul

Notice how the trim bows resulting in a gap between the back of the trim and the dash itself:

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Here you can see the subtle (not really to the naked eye) overhang above the passenger HVAC control. The left side is recessed as it should be:

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This is how the stock wood trim fit. Notice the big difference in how it mates recessed to the HVAC controls?

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This picture shows the overhang above the passenger HVAC control better:

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prstaples
06-01-2010, 05:57 PM
Shop has agreed to reinstall trim but it appears to be a trim versus install problem.

hull22
06-01-2010, 06:10 PM
i'm not sure the aluminum trim doesn't make the car look cheaper..sorry

prstaples
06-01-2010, 06:52 PM
While I appreciate your feedback you really need to see it in person. It's a dark gray and sort of reflects the blue interior to form a more cohesive look.

-Howitzer-
06-01-2010, 07:04 PM
Very sporty. I like it.

hull22
06-01-2010, 07:39 PM
sporty, yes. Kinda like the aluminum trim on my last car, Infiniti FX35. I take your word that it looks better in person than standard metal trims

sbrown712
06-02-2010, 12:06 AM
I like it very much. Seems like you need to get those issues resolved before they become really irritating to you.

mfumbesi
06-02-2010, 12:32 AM
Me like it long time.
It make it look sporty, I actually would prefer aluminum to wood trim.

jeffbtx
06-02-2010, 06:06 AM
I think it looks good too. Were these BMW trim pieces or aftermarket? Do you have the part numbers you could share? Approx cost for parts and install?

prstaples
06-02-2010, 07:11 AM
The trim is a factory part. I was never really happy with the wood trim (which is for sale BTW). The trim is part of the sport or M package I think. It is far less expensive than the wood trim options (e.g., anthracite bamboo), which run nearly $2,500-$3,000 just for the parts. These parts came in at about $1,200 with a discount. Labor ran me about $300 at the shop. However, a dealer was going to go by the book and charge me based on the hours it said it would take to install. That figure was 8 hours at over $100 an hour. My guy did it in less than 3 hours so that tells you a little something about BMW's time estimates and reality.

Apart from the fitment issue on the one piece, I really like the look.

SailinSand
06-02-2010, 07:14 AM
I had similar trim on my 3er and it scratched VERY easily; be careful! ...the 'wood' stuff on my 5er seems to be indestructible.

I'll be it looks good in person! ...agree with previous posters...looks sporty! :thumbup:

prstaples
06-02-2010, 09:30 AM
The shop showed me how the dash piece installs. There are two clips, one on either side and about four posts that merely insert into female equivalents in the dash. These posts just align the piece, they do not retain the piece through friction or otherwise. Therefore, if the piece is too convex, it will naturally not align properly near the middle. I suspect that the pieces installed at the factory never have time to contort, but those sitting in a box have the opportunity to get out of shape.

a4kasper
06-02-2010, 12:37 PM
The trim is a factory part. I was never really happy with the wood trim (which is for sale BTW). The trim is part of the sport or M package I think. It is far less expensive than the wood trim options (e.g., anthracite bamboo), which run nearly $2,500-$3,000 just for the parts. These parts came in at about $1,200 with a discount. Labor ran me about $300 at the shop. However, a dealer was going to go by the book and charge me based on the hours it said it would take to install. That figure was 8 hours at over $100 an hour. My guy did it in less than 3 hours so that tells you a little something about BMW's time estimates and reality.

Apart from the fitment issue on the one piece, I really like the look.


How much are you looking to sell the old trim for?

prstaples
06-02-2010, 03:26 PM
I don't know how much. Let me take inventory to make sure I have all the parts back and the condition of the parts. I will get back to you in a day or so.

a4kasper
06-03-2010, 10:52 AM
I don't know how much. Let me take inventory to make sure I have all the parts back and the condition of the parts. I will get back to you in a day or so.

the condition doesnt matter much, i will just be using them to make molds. thank you

prstaples
06-03-2010, 11:22 AM
the condition doesnt matter much, i will just be using them to make molds. thank you

I have all the pieces and they are in very good (like new) condition. There is one small scratch on the driver's door piece, but you would only know its there if you looked for it. I have not set a price yet, but as these parts go for several thousand new, I am thinking $750 is a floor. If you have still have interest, send me a PM.