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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-22-2014, 04:27 AM
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BMW 325i Convertible 2-door - need a door trim panel

I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am restoring a 1994 BMW 325i Convertible and was looking for the driver side front door trim panel. The one on the car is black, with 2 plastic pockets and 2 speakers. I have tried a number of junkyards, but it seems that they have the door panel, but it is missing the big front plastic pocket. The pocket is angled, so you cannot swap a driver side pocket with a passenger side pocket.

A guy in New York had everything except the pocket. If I could get that pocket, I would drive 4 hours to pick up the door panel. I don't mind buying the entire thing if someone has one. The dealer will sell me one of the last 8 left in Germany for $800, which is ridiculous. They won't sell me the plastic pocket alone. My assumption is that they don't have any left.

I also plan to re-skin the covering, which I just did with the passenger side. Apparently there is a glue longevity issue.

If someone could point me in the right direction and help me figure out where to get this panel, or pocket, I would be most grateful. I live in Baltimore and don't mind driving or having it shipped. If someone is going to ship it, I would need to see a picture of the panel, front and back as there are key pieces that are needed, or the panel will not work.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:20 AM
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A coupe door panel will also fit, that should help with your search some.

Could also take a look at our classifieds section here, there's always someone parting out a car. Bimmerforums.com has a very active classifieds section too.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:29 PM
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thank you for the reply. I will look at the classifieds here on bimmerfest.

I have tried the coupe's as well. I can find a black one, but the long front plastic pocket is always missing. It is unbelievable.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:31 PM
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Welcome to the world of E36s. Possibly the WORST interior ever made by BMW. They deteriorate so badly the supply of good parts has nearly dried up. Those you find will be (1) just as bad as what you have now, or (2) appear better, but will shortly fall apart, or (3) cost an astronomical amount, and will STILL fall apart in a few years.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:27 AM
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I know. I am totally redoing the panels. I have already had the passenger side done and it came out fantastic. I just need a driver side door panel with both plastic pockets in a black color. I have enough other panels that I can piece them together. If you can assist with finding these pockets, I would be most grateful.
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