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Old 05-28-2010, 10:37 AM
mr.physics mr.physics is offline
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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.

Greg
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:52 AM
John320 John320 is offline
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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
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:57 AM
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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.

Josh
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:33 PM
whiterasta whiterasta is offline
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Greg,

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.

Brian
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:30 AM
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do you guys still have the instruction on how to remove the headliner?

thanks
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:19 PM
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...and,in addition,with the roof rails installation? thank you
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:14 PM
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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,
Tyler
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:57 AM
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Hi Tyler, p/msg received & sent you what I have...good luck, John
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:48 PM
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http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/s/view.pl?1/09/24/55

Check this web site out for instructions.

Good luck.

Jeff
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:58 AM
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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?
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:05 PM
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headliner

Please send me the headliner removal instructions also
Thanks
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:13 PM
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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..
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:41 AM
Lartslock Lartslock is offline
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Headliner instructions

Hi,

The instructions would be most helpful.

Thanks

Jak
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:57 AM
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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?
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:24 AM
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timing

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 dinged....be 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 .......an 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

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:34 PM
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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.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:57 PM
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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
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:17 PM
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Ditto please.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:16 AM
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Yes, send me a P/M with email and I'll get on it
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