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ZEEBOY 09-06-2012 07:39 AM

Z3 Coupe Windshield Trim Install
Seems like I saw a reference to this before, but now can not find it. I want to replace the one piece plastic/rubber windshield surrround trim piece that goes around the top and sides of the windshield on my 2001 Z3 coupe. (my current one has a couple of imperfections ) Dealer wants $80 for the trim piece and $150 to install. Seems kind of high. Does anyone have any experience installing this piece? Is it easy or best left to the stealer?

johnsock 09-06-2012 02:18 PM

Not sure how hard it is, but I had the trim on my Z4 replaced twice by the dealer under warranty. It took three trips to the dealer and a total of about 10 days without my car.

On the first visit they called me the next morning to tell me that they didn't have the part in stock. (so much for appointments)

On the second visit, the trim was replaced. It took a couple of days and they did a craptastic job. I sent it back for a do-over the following week.

On the third visit, they ended up breaking my windshield while removing the trim replaced on the previous visit. This left me without my car for about a week. On the upside, there was much apologizing and a nice 535 loaner.

I'm not sure if this means that the trim replacement is difficult or if my dealer just had incompetent window people. Do you have a trusted place that does window glass repair? If so, you might see if they will do it for less and you can order the trim yourself.

Leaping 09-06-2012 04:16 PM

I installed one on my 03 Z4 and it took about 15 minutes start to finish. And I am not very mechanically inclined. Something like a plastic putty knife will be handy to get old one off. I bought mine off the internet and if I remember the cost was $35-40 range.

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