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Old 03-21-2010, 03:57 PM
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Cargo Net Option

Hello,

Could anybody possibly post a picture of where the retractable cargo net attaches behind the front and rear seats on the headliner?

This is a factory order option that is not considered an accessory. However, the RealOEM website does not show a different part number for a headliner with or without a cargo net. I'm just trying to figure out if the headliner would have to be cut for the mounting brackets/trim or if this is done another way.

I have searched all the used car websites for pictures, but no one really takes a picture of that area (why would they, I guess).

This is becoming a deal breaker for me on purchasing an '08 or '09 because most vehicles did not seem to be ordered with that option.

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Old 03-21-2010, 07:06 PM
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There are a handful of additional parts needed for vehicles with the cargo net, and yes, it would involve cutting your headliner. I have the cargo net option.


Dachhimmel / Haltegriff Panoramadach - BMW Teilekatalog

Basically, the parts #16 down are for vehicles with the net.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:29 PM
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Thanks, AzNMpower32.

So, since there are only 2 headliner part numbers (sunroof & non-sunroof), a service technician would have to make the 4 cutouts if a headliner had to be replaced on a cargo net equipped X3?

That's the part I don't get. I can't imagine BMW leaving it up to the tech. to make those cuts 4 times on such an expensive and delicate part like a headliner.

If you would have a second to snap a picture of just one of your headliner net connectors that would be fantastic. I have only seen the cargo net in person one time and did not know (at the time) that it was an option.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:47 AM
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I recall in the past somebody posted the dealer charge to install the cargo net. It was really high.
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Don't be afraid to use the search function

Don't be afraid to use the search function available on the forum. In doing so I think I found info of use to you-

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...o+net+retrofit

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...go+net+install
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I took the pics today. There's kind of a box inside the headliner that houses the cutout and the knobs at the ends of the cargo net when it's secured.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:29 PM
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Thank you guys for your responses.

I could have sworn I performed a search on this site, but that information does help. The pictures really help me to identify the correct location.

It appears that all the headliners are marked on the backside as to where they need to be cut for the cargo net mounting points. It looks like the parts would be about $900 or so (most of that is the cargo cover/net assembly). The rest would just be my labor. Since the X3 is an SUV, removing the headliner won't be quite as bad due to the rear lift gate.

It seems that most of the orders placed in Southern California did not include the cargo net option. This is an expensive pill to swallow for a $150 option.

If I can't find the X3 that I'm looking for with the cargo net option, I will have to get one without it and install it myself or try to make an arrangement with the dealership.

Once again, thank you for your assistance.
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For hard-to-find options on used vehicles, I always suggest that you travel to find the right one you want. It's kind of like finding a manual-gearbox X3; it takes time to search but they're out there.
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:12 PM
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Yes, you definitely must have patience when looking for a used car.

Unfortunately, I have been looking since the beginning of December.

It does make it a bit easier since I now know that I can install the cargo net. I wish BMW would make these standard in the X3. It just seems like a given.
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...It looks like the parts would be about $900 or so (most of that is the cargo cover/net assembly).
For the cargo cover/net assembly check the wreckers or kijiji. My x3 came with the option but for some reason it only had the regular cargo cover. Found a black cargo cover/net assembly on kijij. The guy wanted $100 but ended up getting it for $80.
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