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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 06-02-2007, 09:37 AM
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Question Roller Sun Blind

I noticed in my owner's manual ('03 330i) that there is a factory option for an electrically controlled roller blind. I didn't even know such an option existed and I've never seen one. Does anyone have that option on an E46? How well does it work? Does it function for both front and rear glass? And does anyone know if can be added later? Any details would be helpful. The manual only shows the location of the button to activate it.
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:44 AM
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I noticed in my owner's manual ('03 330i) that there is a factory option for an electrically controlled roller blind. I didn't even know such an option existed and I've never seen one. Does anyone have that option on an E46? How well does it work? Does it function for both front and rear glass? And does anyone know if can be added later? Any details would be helpful. The manual only shows the location of the button to activate it.


It's a very rare option. It only operates on the rear window. There were a few people who have retrofitted it, but it's a LOT of work (8+hours). Search, you may find posts about it.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:07 AM
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Yes, I have one.

It's manually operated, and I did the DIY after I bought the car.

It works very well indeed, I don't think you'd need the electric version as really for me its either up or down for long periods, up in summer, down in winter.

I did a thread about it, and posted some pictures.

It involves taking out the seat base, seat back, C pillars, and rear deck.

After that, you drill three holes for the cassette, then mount the blind. You can kind of tell how it goes in by looking at the "V" in the rear deck (my car is a 2003.)

Anyway, after than, you put everything back in. The blind hooks to two fittings you wriggle in to the top of the C-pillar. These are a little fiddly.

I would agree its about an 8 hour DIY.

But very useful.

I also have the OEM rear side-shades installed as well. These are also very useful.

I will see if I can dig up the post.

PM me if you want any more details, or just post questions here.
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:09 AM
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Here ya go:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=roller+blind

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Old 06-02-2007, 11:09 AM
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A bunch of us have retrofitted the manual version of the sunblind - the rear interior needs to be removed. The original option is a challenge to retrofit and the parts are somewhat of a mystery to order.

Go here for the manual version:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...shade+saturday
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:08 PM
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Great. Thanks for the detailed info.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:40 PM
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I also added the manual rear sunshade to my car last weekend. Having installed one in my previous car, an E36 328i, I found the job a lot easier because the steps were just about the same. The shade works great, especially in conjunction with the rear window side shades.

While I had the rear parcel shelf out of the car, I took the opportunity to do a few extra things:
  • I treated the shelf and the C-pillar trim pieces with 303 High Tech Fabric Guard in the hopes that it would lend some fade resistance to the fabric. The black shelf already shows signs of fading.
  • I also blacked out the two aluminum H/K speaker grille trim pieces. Their reflection in the rear window was a little distracting whenever I looked in the rear view mirror.
  • Lastly, I polished the haze out of the clear plastic C-pillar lights.
You could also put in a satellite radio or GPS antenna if you were so inclined.

Be sure to wear gloves when handling the parcel shelf - it is made of fiberglass, and little glass fibers will embed themselves in your skin if you run your bare fingers along the edges or cutouts in the shelf.

When you buy the rear sunshade, ask the parts guy to print out the installation instructions for you. They're not included with the kit.

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Old 06-04-2007, 06:29 PM
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i have the automatic one from BMW in my car....dont see da use of it since its never sunny in london anyways.......its on the rear window and at the touch of a button....viola! sunblind on the rear window(booring really)
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:30 PM
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besides .....i just tinted my car
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