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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 06-07-2011, 07:03 PM
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Deteriorated Window Trim DIY

Hello all, Iím sure a lot of us are having this window molding cracking / drying issue so I decided to post a DIY on replacing the rear window trim. I hope you guys find this useful.

Here's what you'll need:

1) Go to your local dealer and pick up the molding. I paid (including taxes) $44.17 for mine. I couldnít get it any less than that anywhere online.
2) I used an orange peeling tool, it worked great because its plastic and has a pointed tip. I also used a paint can opener for the stubborn areas where I needed some rigidity; Of course you can use whatever tool you have that will not scratch the paint.
3)I also used some off the shelf rubber /plastic care product I had in the garage as a lubricant. You can use soapy water or anything else that will act as a lubricant when installing the new trim piece.
4) Have some window cleaner and some sort of gunk remover, I used goo gone.


Here we go!


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I started by flaking off as much dry rot as I could to make the removal of the metal part a bit easier
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Once I had most of the loose stuff out of the way, I pried out the metal part with my fingers as much as I could to separate it from the glass
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Once I got it separated I lifted up on the corner and pulled upwards on the rest of it
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Now that I have removed all 3 sides, I was left with rubber smudges and lots of clean up. I used the goo gone to clean the smudges and window cleaner the completely clean the trim channel.
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Time to install the new molding, I used the Teflon rubber /trim care spray and strayed the bottom side of the trim so as to act as a lubricant. I started from the top right hand corner.
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While pressing down on the trim I slide my fingers across as the metal trim channel works its way into the window edge.
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And finally its completed and look beautiful again
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Thanks for looking everyone, by the way I have another DIY on installing and AUX adapter, Here's the link AUX DIY


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Old 06-07-2011, 08:34 PM
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Thanks bro!
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:17 PM
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When I did this I started the removal at the bottom, where it connects with the trunk rubber and just pulled it up. A lot faster that way, but thanks for the write up.
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:28 AM
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When I did this I started the removal at the bottom, where it connects with the trunk rubber and just pulled it up. A lot faster that way, but thanks for the write up.
Yea I tried that too, but it would not budge from the bottom and I didn't want to force i. I was trying to be as gentle as posible for fear of shattering that glass being that it was my first time doing it. By the way if anyone is wondering its a 2006. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:16 PM
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Excellent write up and photos. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:26 PM
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When I did this I started the removal at the bottom, where it connects with the trunk rubber and just pulled it up. A lot faster that way, but thanks for the write up.
+1

It's easier to start from the bottom and work your way up and around the glass. I did not need any tools to remove mine.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:30 PM
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That's an '06 5 Series and the trim was that bad? I see you're from FLA so I guess that makes sense. Do you park outdoors? I have an '05 in Ohio, garaged and it doesn't look anything like that. Thanks for the info!
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Old 06-08-2011, 03:39 PM
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That's an '06 5 Series and the trim was that bad? I see you're from FLA so I guess that makes sense. Do you park outdoors? I have an '05 in Ohio, garaged and it doesn't look anything like that. Thanks for the info!
I realize the hot sun bakes the hell out of cars but damn it ate up this molding! Aside from fading, Ive never seen this happen with any other vehicles Ive owned. I read in another post that BMW makes these trim pieces out of biodegradable material, hence the reason they deteriorate so quickly, I don't know how true that is but I'm starting to believe it.

Thanks for the positive comments guys!
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:48 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. I learned a great deal.
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:06 PM
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Mine is just as bad.. will order the parts didn't know it was DIY job... The stealer told me the glass needed to be replaced..
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:09 PM
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I'm definetly in neeed of this fix. My trim looks bad. What's the part number?
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:59 AM
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This is the part number i got for realoem.com 51317057415 for my 07 550i... It should be pretty much the same for all E60's.. Double check it though before you buy it..

Good luck!

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I'm definetly in neeed of this fix. My trim looks bad. What's the part number?
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:18 PM
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NICE DIY!!!! this needs to be a sticky!!! also share this on 5 seires fourms!! nice!
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:26 PM
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Great diy, thanks for posting! Need to do the same to my '05 - looks about the same as yours.
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:11 AM
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Thanks for the info...
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:17 PM
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Great write up. I'm going to have to do this on my 5 because it's looking nasty back there!
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:46 PM
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Excellent write up. Went to realoem website and there are two rear window molding options. One molding is for safety vehicle,comfort laminated or protective glazing rear glass. How do know what type of rear glass your vehicle has?

Also, is there a similar write up for replacing the front windshield Cover molding along the top?
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:08 AM
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Excellent writeup Croket!!! I'll be doing this ASAP... I'm so sick of my crumbly trim... that Goo Gone is incredible stuff.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:41 AM
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This might be an dumb question: does it require any type of glue to hold the trim in place?
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:26 PM
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This might be an dumb question: does it require any type of glue to hold the trim in place?
no.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:21 PM
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BTW, this is a loooooong standing problem of BMW using substandard components for the window trim!

From the bestlinks ...

- WINDSHIELD MOLDING CRUMBLES: heat labile rubber windshield & back window molding that crumbles in three years due to poor choice of recycled materials (1) (2)


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Old 10-08-2011, 01:11 PM
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Crocket this was a great display of detail, I did my front and rear in about 35 mins for both, great info, I appreciate it
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:09 PM
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gREAT!!!! thanks for the upload of those awesome detailed pictures! i'm gonna do mine too now!
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:59 PM
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just finished mine and i love it!

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Old 11-03-2011, 02:08 AM
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Thank you for your time!!
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