Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 6 Series

6 Series
The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-25-2005, 11:54 PM
lawman800's Avatar
lawman800 lawman800 is offline
Nothing witty here
Location: here
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,606
Mein Auto: here
So I removed the front plate bracket....

and ended up with 2 ugly holes drilled in the front bumper. The plastic was all puckered up like the screws had bored into it too much and started turning the plastic out. I ended up having to put the 2 black screws back in to cover up the holes.

What did you guys do, that had this experience? Does anyone sell plugs? The boxster had the same problem and some dealer sold color matched plugs.

Before and after pics....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1991a.JPG
Views:	91
Size:	59.2 KB
ID:	64418   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN2147a.JPG
Views:	139
Size:	53.4 KB
ID:	64419  
__________________
Lord Irrelevance of the Order of the Roundel - High Protector of the 6erfest
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 12-25-2005, 11:55 PM
lawman800's Avatar
lawman800 lawman800 is offline
Nothing witty here
Location: here
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,606
Mein Auto: here
here's a closeup
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN2135a.JPG
Views:	136
Size:	37.3 KB
ID:	64420  
__________________
Lord Irrelevance of the Order of the Roundel - High Protector of the 6erfest
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-26-2005, 01:23 AM
esoteric esoteric is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 135
Mein Auto: Just about everything
If you are never ever going t put the plate back on, my state it is a law, but I would remove the screws, sand the area smooth, and fill the hole with duramix 40/40 sand smooth, add some light flexable body filler, remove the bumper and have painted.

The other thing, would be to call up your dealer and tell him you want the holes filled, see what they can do for you. t can't be that much, we just spent $600 at the local BMW body shop, because some lady ran into the 760li at a movie theater, and it was dented by the rear drivers tire, and the rear bumper was scratched. So i expect maybe $200 to fix it, which is not really that much when you come to terms, 2 black screws, ugly plate, or a smooth front end.

Jim
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-26-2005, 05:54 AM
coneey coneey is offline
Registered User
Location: westchester, ny
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 84
Mein Auto: 650i
i remembering from reading one of the threads that there is a company that sells plugs to fill the holes.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-26-2005, 07:40 AM
GeneArch's Avatar
GeneArch GeneArch is offline
Living a dream!
Location: So.Cal
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,761
Mein Auto: 2011 535i
www.bumperplugs.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-26-2005, 10:06 AM
XZLR8's Avatar
XZLR8 XZLR8 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Ohio
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,262
Mein Auto: X6M
Luckily, I avoided ever having a plate on my 650, so I didn't have that issue. However, my dealer mistakenly installed the plate bracket on my 745 then had to remove it after I took delivery, leaving me with the same two holes that you're talking about. I went the body shop route, having them filled and painted. It took a little bit of time and was more expensive than plugs, but it looks brand new. (And it didn't hurt that my dealer picked up the tab.)
__________________

2014 BMW X6 ///M | SpaceGray/BlackPerforatedFullMerino/CarbonLeather
2014 BMW 328xi Touring M-Sport | GlacierSilver/BlackDakota/DarkBurlWalnut
2014 BMW X6 35i M-Perf | TitaniumSilver/BlackNappa/DarkBamboo [wife's ride]

BMW HISTORY | '13 650xiGC, '12 650xi, '11 535xi, '11 X6 50i, '09 750i, '09 328xiT, '08 650i, '07 750i, '07 X5 4.8i, '06 650i, '05 745i, '05 325xiT, '03 745i, '02 745i, '01 325Cic, '01 X5 4.4i, and on...
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-26-2005, 10:17 AM
chuck92103's Avatar
chuck92103 chuck92103 is offline
Banned
Location: Socal
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 8,651
Mein Auto: 2005 BMW 645Ci
I was fortunate to get my car without the front plate. However I have the bracket and plate in storage in case I get a fix it ticket. If I end up getting a ticket, I will find a way to velcro it on temporarily but have fake screw heads glued on to give the appearance that it is screwed on.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-26-2005, 10:30 AM
lawman800's Avatar
lawman800 lawman800 is offline
Nothing witty here
Location: here
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,606
Mein Auto: here
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuck92103
I was fortunate to get my car without the front plate. However I have the bracket and plate in storage in case I get a fix it ticket. If I end up getting a ticket, I will find a way to velcro it on temporarily but have fake screw heads glued on to give the appearance that it is screwed on.


Good idea. Screw CVC5200 (front plate law). Never liked it anyway. All it does is give cops a reason to pull you over (probable cause) and for photo radar to catch you.
__________________
Lord Irrelevance of the Order of the Roundel - High Protector of the 6erfest

Last edited by lawman800; 12-26-2005 at 10:38 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-26-2005, 10:43 AM
chuck92103's Avatar
chuck92103 chuck92103 is offline
Banned
Location: Socal
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 8,651
Mein Auto: 2005 BMW 645Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by lawman800


Good idea. Screw CVC5200 (front plate law). Never liked it anyway. All it does is give cops a reason to pull you over (probable cause) and for photo radar to catch you.
A few cops have seen my car when I was parked and struck up a conversation. One had a 3 series bimmer. Each of them ignored the front plate although they looked right at the front of the car.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-26-2005, 01:03 PM
lawman800's Avatar
lawman800 lawman800 is offline
Nothing witty here
Location: here
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,606
Mein Auto: here
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuck92103
A few cops have seen my car when I was parked and struck up a conversation. One had a 3 series bimmer. Each of them ignored the front plate although they looked right at the front of the car.
No front plate, tinted windows, worn tires, defective wipers, cracked windshield, improper headlight alignment, defective horn, etc. You get one of those, you know you pissed the cop off or you just got pulled over by a dick.
__________________
Lord Irrelevance of the Order of the Roundel - High Protector of the 6erfest
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-26-2005, 02:03 PM
Malibubimmer Malibubimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to The 'Fest!
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,975
Mein Auto:
Quote:
Originally Posted by chuck92103
I was fortunate to get my car without the front plate. However I have the bracket and plate in storage in case I get a fix it ticket. If I end up getting a ticket, I will find a way to velcro it on temporarily but have fake screw heads glued on to give the appearance that it is screwed on.
Great minds think alike. If I ever got caught, I was going to get two-sided carpet tape and velcro the license plate frame to the bumper and screw the license plate only into the frame. (Just hope the paint will hold!) I drove three SL500s for 11 years without ever getting caught. BUT all Mercedes have a little white rectangular tag on the windshield that may look like the DMV receipt and the SL500s had a current body style. So, a cop may have thought the cars were new and not yet licensed from the front. (I am thinking of putting a small rectangular piece of paper in the 6er's windshield.)
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-26-2005, 02:08 PM
coneey coneey is offline
Registered User
Location: westchester, ny
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 84
Mein Auto: 650i
just so i understand. everybody is driving around w/out their front plates and nobody has been ticketed??
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-26-2005, 02:16 PM
chuck92103's Avatar
chuck92103 chuck92103 is offline
Banned
Location: Socal
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 8,651
Mein Auto: 2005 BMW 645Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by coneey
just so i understand. everybody is driving around w/out their front plates and nobody has been ticketed??
Correct, and most won't ever get a ticket. Very low odds at least here in CA.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-26-2005, 03:53 PM
lawman800's Avatar
lawman800 lawman800 is offline
Nothing witty here
Location: here
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,606
Mein Auto: here
Haha... back in the Bernie Park days, LAPD sergeants ticketed their own officers in the employee parking lot while the officers were on duty. When the officers got off work and saw their cars, let's just say employee morale took a plummet.
__________________
Lord Irrelevance of the Order of the Roundel - High Protector of the 6erfest
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-26-2005, 06:07 PM
IFly650i's Avatar
IFly650i IFly650i is offline
Anything is possible!
Location: Florida
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 603
Mein Auto: 07 550i, 08 M5
FL is one of those states that does not require a front license plate. I feel so lucky (right cobradav?)
__________________
Lord Gray, the Royal Navigator and Mapmaker!
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-26-2005, 06:11 PM
lawman800's Avatar
lawman800 lawman800 is offline
Nothing witty here
Location: here
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,606
Mein Auto: here
Aside from the occasional hurricane and flooding and alligators in your yard, FL sounds like the place to be. My bud moved there from LA, got his CCW, bought a nice little mansion for $200k and is living it up. He never wants to come back to the PRK (People's Republic of Kaliforniastan).

BTW, love that "Stand your ground" or "Your castle is where you are" law.
__________________
Lord Irrelevance of the Order of the Roundel - High Protector of the 6erfest
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-26-2005, 07:50 PM
cobradav cobradav is offline
Officially Welcomed to The 'Fest
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,421
Mein Auto:
Quote:
Originally Posted by IFly650i
FL is one of those states that does not require a front license plate. I feel so lucky (right cobradav?)
Yep, nice to have that smooooth look and not worry about the fashion police. Another option I just saw was at an auto parts store - double face suction cups
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 6 Series
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fix it ticket, front license plate dkim E60 (2004 - 2010) 20 10-19-2005 04:05 PM
Front License Plate (a different issue) Spartacus_33 E60 (2004 - 2010) 1 07-21-2005 09:49 PM
Work done on front plate holder on return to US? Uncle Fester European Delivery 9 03-15-2005 12:13 PM
E65 V12 debuts nate General BMW 21 07-14-2004 09:04 PM
I replaced the front license plate holder and now have two holes in my bumper ouzlizard Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 10 09-24-2002 11:06 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms