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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:13 PM
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OCD Fanatics: BMW Expanding Rivets Replacements

OK.. i don't know if this has been posted before (new E46 owner) nor this belongs here (mods feel free to close or move) but found a better replacement for the BMW expanding plastic rivets..

did an engine wash a few weeks ago then install a new water pump days after and this is how my rivets looks like under the hood... i really took them out carefully with a thin plastic flat screw and long nose but now matter how careful i am, it still scratches the thing.. it's fugly!

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found this in my dad's garage but pretty sure it's easily available in your local auto store (eg NAPA) - it's much better than OEM because you just unscrew them then it comes in and out easily.. the plastic packaging says it's for GM or chrysler

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side by side comparison between BMW and NAPA rivets..


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Old 01-15-2013, 02:44 PM
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Putting in non OE parts doesnt sound very OCD to me....

..Bustin chops!

Seriously though. That looks good man cleaner than OE if I do say. Good tip.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:46 PM
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Great idea. Do you know what the part is called?
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:01 PM
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Great idea. Do you know what the part is called?
haha no idea.. i didnt even know it's called rivets coz during my Honda days - we call it thumb screw.. will check the writing on it later..

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this http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...109_0006391281 or this one http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...356_0006391281... looks like the latter but really am not sure unless comparing the two side by side..

will post better pictures tom between an OEM and mine (plastic label says napa but the writing can't be read anymore haha)..

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:24 AM
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OP updated..

HTH..
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:01 AM
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Funny thing is that BMW uses phillips head plastic expanding screws elsewhere on the E46 - the aft end of the center console has a pair underneath the ashtray/storage bin.

Next time I pull the intake duct off (which is more often than I'd like), those pesky plastic push rivets are history.
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Funny thing is that BMW uses phillips head plastic expanding screws elsewhere on the E46 - the aft end of the center console has a pair underneath the ashtray/storage bin.

Next time I pull the intake duct off (which is more often than I'd like), those pesky plastic push rivets are history.
They also use them to hold the front air duct to the radiator support.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:08 PM
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