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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 03-13-2010, 03:02 PM
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Car wash broke selector lever trim

Hello all,

So I inspected my car today after having it washed and I discovered that while cleaning the interior, the car wash people managed to chip off a piece of my selector lever trim (I've attached a stock picture with a red circle showing where the chip is on my car).

I talked to the manager, and it seems like they're going to reimburse me to have it fixed (even if they don't, I'm going to get it fixed anyways). This leaves me with a few questions:
  1. From where can I order an OEM replacement part?
  2. How can I figure out the exact color of my interior wood trim so that the new part matches?
  3. Is this easy to replace? Should I do it myself or take it somewhere?

My car is an '04 325ci ZPP ZSP.

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Old 03-13-2010, 03:17 PM
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Now would be the perfect time to cover that wood with some CF or Alcantara....
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:22 PM
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I like the wood trim!
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:25 PM
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Its good that they are will to reimburse you, instead of trying to denying it!

Does realOEM provide places where you can purchase or is it just part #'s
(its been awhile since I was on there)

Also you can check out E46Fanatics classified section
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:43 PM
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Is this the right part?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...98&hg=51&fg=35
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:54 PM
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From that diagram, 51168209568 should be the part you need as myrtle was the wood option offered on your car. If you pull the shift boot out of the trim you'll see a couple of phillips head screws underneath - those are what holds it in. Check Tischer for a new part.

edit: is the photo you posted from your car, or from a catalog? It's too light for myrtle.

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Old 03-13-2010, 04:03 PM
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Hi Cliff,

Thanks for the info and the link, both are very useful. I'm having a hard time finding the exact part at the Tischer website. Do you know what the name is there?

Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:12 PM
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If you pull the shift boot out of the trim you'll see a couple of phillips head screws underneath - those are what holds it in.
yeah, extremely easy to replace!
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:13 PM
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Excellent! Looks like an easy fix. Now I just need to find the right part...
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:13 PM
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I have attached a screenshot of what is displayed when I search on that part number on the Tischer site. I would send Tischer an email asking them why that part number is described as maple when it should be myrtle. You can also confirm that it is otherwise the right part at the same time.
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edit: is the photo you posted from your car, or from a catalog? It's too light for myrtle.
Catalog. My car's trim is darker.
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Its easy to order the part, but let me tell you, it will not be an exact match. I have had to re-order one piece before and although it was the same color, it was not exact. BMW says its because the wood is real wood not all wood takes the dye the same way. Plus you have to add in the aging factor.
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I have attached a screenshot of what is displayed when I search on that part number on the Tischer site. I would send Tischer an email asking them why that part number is described as maple when it should be myrtle. You can also confirm that it is otherwise the right part at the same time.
That happens sometimes. Just make sure the part# matches and you will be fine. Myrtle is the stock wood trim color.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:20 PM
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That happens sometimes. Just make sure the part# matches and you will be fine. Myrtle is the stock wood trim color.
I know, myrtle is what is in my car. Still, if it were me, it is something I would want to confirm before placing the order.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:23 PM
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jryguyi and Cliff,

Thank you guys so much! I just sent them an email.
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It would be in your interest to look at a bmw recycler, craigslist, and bmw specific forum classifieds. So many people swap trim, especially at Fanatics, I bet you can find a replacement that will be properly aged just like yours is.

Bavarian Recyclers in Rancho Cordova, CA are excellent to deal with and they have a store on eBay. I've done business with them and their service is top notch. They get a ton of E46s into their inventory. When a bunch of us were looking for differentials to swap they had a dozen of them which means they had a dozen E46 automatics in their yard. I'd give them a call and see if they can hook you up.

Also, if you still have the piece that broke off, you could probably use a little wood glue and put it right back where it was and barely notice it. I bet it broke pretty clean.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:47 PM
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Bavarian Recyclers in Rancho Cordova, CA are excellent to deal with and they have a store on eBay.
Thanks for mentioning them. I ran across their site while looking for something and I wondered about them. I should probably get on their waiting list for a 6 speed tranny...

http://stores.ebay.com/Bavarian-Auto-Recycling-Inc
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:16 PM
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I gave Bavarian Recyclers a call but they're closed until Monday. I will call them then. That might be a good route to go; thanks for the heads-up!
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