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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:16 PM
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Swap My Brushed Aluminum Trim for Wood Trim

I just picked up a new 2012 X3 35i M Sport (yes it's brand new, 35 miles) which has the Brushed Aluminum trim on the doors, instrument panel and center console.

I know it's a long shot, but is there anyone out there who has the Fineline Wave or Fineline Siena trim who wants to trade for my Brushed Aluminum? I can order the wood trim pieces but they are pricey.

I'd prefer the Siena but would consider the Wave.

You would have to have the SPORT automatic transmission as comes with the M Sport in order for the center console piece to be compatible with mine. The other 5 pieces are the same for all F25 models. If you have the non-sport transmission, we could still trade the door and instrument panel pieces and would need to buy only the correct center console piece.

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:16 AM
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Curious.... Have you priced these parts at BMW? I may want to change mine too.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:24 AM
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Curious.... Have you priced these parts at BMW? I may want to change mine too.
Yes, discounted price for all 6 pieces in Siena is $770.66.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:49 AM
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Not sure what discount you got but if anyone is a BMWCCA member, some dealer parts departments provide approximately 10-20% discount, depending on the part.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:50 PM
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I also have brushed aluminum and would love to trade for wood trim. However, I heard the trim pieces on the door aren't trivial to remove. I didn't confirm, but they aren't pop in/pop out, but rather screwed in from the opposite side so you'll need to remove all 4 door panels to remove the 4 pieces of trim. Can anyone confirm this?
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:11 PM
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I also have brushed aluminum and would love to trade for wood trim. However, I heard the trim pieces on the door aren't trivial to remove. I didn't confirm, but they aren't pop in/pop out, but rather screwed in from the opposite side so you'll need to remove all 4 door panels to remove the 4 pieces of trim. Can anyone confirm this?
I'm in the process of swapping my fineline siena trim for fineline wave and I can confirm that for the trim pieces on the doors, there are two screws on each piece that secure it to the door panel (in addition to the metal snap clips). Removing the door panel is not too bad once you find the all the screws that secure the panel to the door. There are two screws at the bottom of the door panel on each side of the light and there are two screws under the leather cover of the door handle (the handle you use to pull the door closed). The front leather half of that handle comes off by prying it with a nylon pry tool. The screws are underneath it. Once the screws are off, you just use a pry tool around the perimeter of the door to pop all the nipple clips.

When reinstalling the door panel, remove the rubber window trim and its 6 clips from the door panel and place them on the door. That way you snap the door panel into the rubber trim clips as you are reinstalling the panel back onto the door. It is too hard to try to reinstall the door panel with the rubber window trim already attached to it.

Hope this helps anyone who is swapping trim like me.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:51 AM
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I'm in the process of swapping my fineline siena trim for fineline wave and I can confirm that for the trim pieces on the doors, there are two screws on each piece that secure it to the door panel (in addition to the metal snap clips). Removing the door panel is not too bad once you find the all the screws that secure the panel to the door. There are two screws at the bottom of the door panel on each side of the light and there are two screws under the leather cover of the door handle (the handle you use to pull the door closed). The front leather half of that handle comes off by prying it with a nylon pry tool. The screws are underneath it. Once the screws are off, you just use a pry tool around the perimeter of the door to pop all the nipple clips.

When reinstalling the door panel, remove the rubber window trim and its 6 clips from the door panel and place them on the door. That way you snap the door panel into the rubber trim clips as you are reinstalling the panel back onto the door. It is too hard to try to reinstall the door panel with the rubber window trim already attached to it.

Hope this helps anyone who is swapping trim like me.
We just bought a 2014 X3 28i this week that had everything we wanted except it has Fineline Wave Wood interior trim. We really wanted Brushed Aluminum trim, but we had to get a vehicle that was in stock at the dealer in order to get their discount. I plan to swap it out myself but need to acquire the brushed aluminum trim first.
Is anyone still looking to trade Bushed Aluminum Trim for Fineline Wave Wood trim? We have the normal automatic transmission so the center console trim piece looks like the image below (just in Fineline Wave Wood).

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Old 04-17-2014, 10:04 AM
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We just bought a 2014 X3 28i this week that had everything we wanted except it has Fineline Wave Wood interior trim. We really wanted Brushed Aluminum trim, but we had to get a vehicle that was in stock at the dealer in order to get their discount. I plan to swap it out myself but need to acquire the brushed aluminum trim first.
Is anyone still looking to trade Bushed Aluminum Trim for Fineline Wave Wood trim? We have the normal automatic transmission so the center console trim piece looks like the image below (just in Fineline Wave Wood).

That is fineline siena. Fineline wave is much darker

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:41 PM
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Is there something about the Aluminum Trim you don't like? (Have an order for the black leather and aluminum trim...interested to see what your thoughts are)
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:46 PM
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Is there something about the Aluminum Trim you don't like? (Have an order for the black leather and aluminum trim...interested to see what your thoughts are)
Personally, I just don't like the look. I prefer the looks of the wood.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:53 PM
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Deedward- I have calls into 2 Dallas dealers and haven't received a response- have you gotten a quote for installation on top of the $770? Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:27 PM
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Deedward- I have calls into 2 Dallas dealers and haven't received a response- have you gotten a quote for installation on top of the $770? Thanks!
I plan to do it myself so I didn't get a labor quote.

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Old 01-16-2013, 05:57 PM
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Jafeinst: Check with Joe. It's a drive, but he's cheaper than the dealer. http://joesautobarn.net/bmw-mechanic.htm
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:36 PM
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Is there a website we can order the trim pieces online?
Also, for those who swapped their alums out, anyone interested in selling them?
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:28 PM
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Is there a website we can order the trim pieces online?
Also, for those who swapped their alums out, anyone interested in selling them?
Once I get my wood pieces and get them changed out, yes, I would be interested in selling my aluminum pieces.

What do you have now?
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:40 PM
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Once I get my wood pieces and get them changed out, yes, I would be interested in selling my aluminum pieces.

What do you have now?
Just the plain silver painted trims, they look really cheap.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:43 AM
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Is there a website we can order the trim pieces online?
Also, for those who swapped their alums out, anyone interested in selling them?
Goto realoem.com and enter the last 7 digits of your VIN. Then browse the parts to get the part numbers of the trim pieces you want. Then take those part numbers to www.getbmwparts.com
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:41 PM
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Goto realoem.com and enter the last 7 digits of your VIN. Then browse the parts to get the part numbers of the trim pieces you want. Then take those part numbers to www.getbmwparts.com
thanks for the info!
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:42 PM
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I finally received a quote from BMW of Dallas- they priced the trim components separately at around $1000 total and another $700 for labor which seemed highly excessive! I'll try the guy recommended in Dallas for labor but I'm curious how deed ward got the $770 quote- was it as a package? Do you have the part number(s). Thx.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:47 PM
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I got my prices from Passport BMW in MD. I have ordered from them before and they provide great service and good prices as far as I can tell. The parts were priced individually. The prices from GETBMWPARTS.COM are very similar, some higher, some lower and total about $20 less.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:12 PM
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I finally received a quote from BMW of Dallas- they priced the trim components separately at around $1000 total and another $700 for labor which seemed highly excessive! I'll try the guy recommended in Dallas for labor but I'm curious how deed ward got the $770 quote- was it as a package? Do you have the part number(s). Thx.
I'd check with Joe. He may be able to get them cheaper...but, you'll have to pay for tax and maybe shipping.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:25 PM
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:55 AM
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I changed e92 aluminum to carbon .... $680 on eBay Taiwanese made but top quality.... Piece of cake to change 45 min work max
i wish theres one for the f25
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:38 PM
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I'm biting the bullet and having the trim switched out next week. If anyone is interested in the aluminum- great shape, 9 months old- just let me know.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:33 AM
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i"ll trade you fineline wood for aluminum for a 2013
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