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mr.physics 05-28-2010 10:37 AM

Removing X3 Headliner?
How hard is it? I have the dreaded roof rail corrosion and am considering removing and repainting the rack myself.
How big a deal is taking out the headliner? I can see that the OH console, mirrors, grabs, etc all need to be detached, and the trim on the pillars removed.

Anyone done it? How long should I budget? (competent amateur mechanic, and i want it to go back together correctly.
Thanks for any help. I have searched for DIYs but haven't found any.

Ottawa, Canada

John320 05-30-2010 07:52 AM

Hi Greg , I know I have seen a couple of people have done this, and had hoped they could give you a time frame…I haven’t … but I can send you the instructions if you wish ( just too large to post it all here )
So send me a private msg. with your email if you are interested, and I’ll try and get it off to you..
This looks like a fun but time consuming job. It includes removal of; both sun visors & supports, all handles, all trim panels from all pillar’s, trims, & all ceiling lights…
Also, tell me if you don’t have the panorama sunroof

lewis291 05-15-2011 10:57 AM

The rear panel on the panoramic sunroof jammed open on my wife's E83. Could use the same info to remove the headliner - sending you a private message to that effect as well if you still have those instructions available.


whiterasta 05-15-2011 11:33 PM


I'm in Ottawa as well and I am looking to remove mine. My mechanic said that it would be a couple hour job. So I'm assuming around $200 to have them removed.

If you happen to get it done prior to me let me know. I have that rust as well. I'm looking at taking them off and leaving them off.


relsah 06-02-2011 10:30 AM

do you guys still have the instruction on how to remove the headliner?


klaus_cluj 06-02-2011 10:19 PM

...and,in addition,with the roof rails installation? thank you

td04X3 04-25-2012 08:14 PM

Hi John,

New to the forum, but wondering if you still had a copy of the directions to remove the headliner. Have had some nasty issues with the pano-roof and would like to get access to the track.

Really appreciate any help,

John320 04-26-2012 06:57 AM

Hi Tyler, p/msg received & sent you what I have...good luck, John

jdeday 04-29-2012 01:48 PM

Check this web site out for instructions.

Good luck.


dwarvenlordking 08-21-2012 02:58 AM

Front Head liner
Says you can't remove the front head restraints/rests, but there must be a way? Anyone done this, if so thoughts?

brunke 04-21-2013 07:05 PM

Please send me the headliner removal instructions also

rmerkushen 04-21-2013 07:13 PM

It's not very difficult.. I removed rear to get access to shark fin, all pilar covers have to come off. There are two screws holding each of oh sit handles, with each screw hidden with a snap in cover. Those things were a bit of a pain, but once you get first one out, it is simple. There is usually a Torx screw behind Srs bracket. Take your time, it can be removed in under 2 hours..

Lartslock 05-17-2013 11:41 AM

Headliner instructions

The instructions would be most helpful.



markdm721 10-23-2013 08:57 AM

My sunshade is jammed open (panoramic sunroof doesn't work at all, which I knew when I bought the X3). Will removing the headliner allow me to pull the sunshade forward manually?

swampX3 10-23-2013 10:24 AM

took out an 04 in~90 mins ....lots of plastic clips need a firm yank just like pulling the bench on the rear seat.....most important thing was an assistant .....when it comes free it's a bit of a large boat sail BUT quite rigid .....just need a good pal to help slide it out so it doesn't get soiled or ready with a nice clean spot to lay it down
also ....check the pano roof rear drain lines while at it .....both of these were kinked at about elbow height on a six footer at the rear door electricians fish tape works well to snake down the drain lines for and aft
also ....if the kinks won't stay out you can cut the plastic line either side of the kink and work in a pvc sleeve to provide a full diameter path to drain

metalicgreen318 10-23-2013 06:34 PM


Originally Posted by markdm721 (Post 7913821)
My sunshade is jammed open (panoramic sunroof doesn't work at all, which I knew when I bought the X3). Will removing the headliner allow me to pull the sunshade forward manually?

Back half of my shade just jammed back there. Wondering if it can be pulled out manually.

KingJ 10-24-2013 02:57 PM

Hey John, you still got those instructions? Roof rack is corroding on me now, I'd appreciate some instruction on how to remove the headliner

Kit Fox 10-29-2013 08:17 PM

Ditto please.

John320 10-30-2013 06:16 AM

Yes, send me a P/M with email and I'll get on it

Elio 11-03-2015 03:35 PM

Hi John, You still have the instructions to remove the X3 headliner? I'd appreciate if you can send me those instructions.

swampX3 11-03-2015 06:53 PM

good FEST headliner/sun shade links

2009x3 05-22-2016 01:01 PM

Headliner Removal
Hi, i have an '09 X3 and need to remove my head liner to install a sun roof repair kit.
Are thoese instructions still available?

swampX3 05-22-2016 01:04 PM

FESTCHIVE PANO ROOF and sunshades links
best wishes

2009x3 05-22-2016 02:35 PM

Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated.

pakodogs 03-22-2017 08:29 AM

E83 Headliner removal?
The little rubber gaskets on my front roof rails are sliding out. Are the instructions for the headliner removal still available?

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