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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.


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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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Old 03-22-2010, 09:35 AM
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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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Old 03-22-2010, 01:17 PM
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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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Has anyone ever done the retrofit?
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:19 PM
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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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Old 09-02-2015, 09:40 AM
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I did the retrofit for the rear hooks - it's not hard

So my car also came without the cargo net. I really wanted this feature for my dogs - which I like to have along with us but prefer they don't get on the seats..

I bought the rear shade/net from someone on eBay for $100. Looks brand new. Funny side note: I sold my original shade without net on eBay for $125...

I then bought the parts numbered 21, 22, 23 and 24 (both right and left side) shown on the exploded parts diagram shown earlier in this thread. For each side you need the metal bracket which screws into pre existing threaded holes in the roof, an inner plastic frame that snaps to the bracket that sits beneath the headliner, and the plastic decorative cover plate that snaps into the plastic frame but sits outside of the headliner (this part is available in beige or grey to match your headliner). I also bought the 6 m6 torx cap screws (3 each side) that mounts the brackets to the roof...
Total cost from getbmwparts.com was $48

I only wanted the rear hooks for the cargo area and not the ones further forward so those are the only ones I installed.. It's good I only wanted the rear hooks, because I imagine the headliner might have to come out to install those... Second thought, maybe not... If the grab handles, and the b and c pillar trim is removed, there may be enough deflection in the headliner to get the brackets and your hand in there....

Sorry, this job was so quick and easy, I did both sides in 45 mins and never stopped to take pics... You won't need pics. I'll try to explain in detail.

To install the rear cargo area hooks:

Remove the rear corner cargo area interior trim pieces. One screw where the cargo shade hooks into and a second screw under the removable side storage covers. They then pull off easily having only two snap fasteners holding the top edge into the d pillar.. Disconnect the light harnesses that are on both sides

Remove the rubber weather strip on the car body for the tailgate - only the top edge and down both sides is necessary.. This simply pulls off, you can leave it hanging to the ground.

Since i needed to cut holes in the headliner, I thought it was smarter to mount the brackets and plastic frames to the roof first so I could then see where to start the cutting to minimize risk of screwing up the headliner.

To get under the headliner and mount the brackets and frames I pulled down the rear corner of the headliner until I felt resistance (do NOT pull down too far or you will break the inside of the headliner and leave a large ugly crease in the fabric!). You only need to pull down the rear corner of the headliner a bit - it is best to do this each corner at a time when working on each side. You should NOT pull down the whole rear edge of the headliner to get access to both sides at the same time! That I imagine could definitely kink the headliner..

I found what worked great was to shove a tennis ball between the headliner and the roof and slowly push it towards the center of the roof until it seemed the headliner had deflected the most it could before permanent damage occurred (this sounds dicey the way I have written this, but if you are a little careful it's no big deal).

Once the tennis ball is in place, the rear corner of the headliner was pushed down maybe 5 inches... This left enough room to see the three threaded screw holes where the bracket would mount to. I then used a small socket wrench with a torx bit that fit the screws and fastened the bracket to the roof (it is tight, but it's only 3 screws a side and not too cumbersome).
I then snapped the plastic frame to the bracket.

From there you can kinda see where the center of the bracket lines up with the headliner. I then removed the tennis ball, took an x-acto knife with a new blade and pierced the blade thru the headliner from the inside of the headliner out - eyeing up where the center of the bracket lines up with the inside of the headliner (there is plenty margin for error this way). I then can see where the blade came thru on the outside of the headliner. This should roughly be the middle of what turns out to be a little more than a 2 inch by 2 inch square hole you need to cut for the decorative cover tabs and its center hole to fit thru. The tabs on the decorative cover will ultimately snap into the plastic frame that is now installed inside the headliner. I was cautious so I started by making the hole about 1 inch square. You can almost use the square hole in the middle of the plastic frame as a stop for the knife blade as you cut out the headliner. Removing a little headliner at a time was what I did - just enough so that the cover tabs fit thru the square hole I made but important that I still left enough headliner so the the edges of the cover still went over the headliner.

Once the hole is just big enough for the tabs and center hole of the cover to fit thru, you can line up the cover tabs to the the slots in the plastic frame and push it in until all four tabs click into the plastic frame... Once it clicks in the cover actually sinks into the headliner a bit and looks absolutely factory!!!.. You are now done with one side.. Same instructions for other side and reverse instructions for reassembling the cargo area.

Sorry this is only for the rear cargo area hooks, but for me that is all I wanted anyway, and I have proved the naysayers and dealers wrong by not removing the headliner and paying only $25 in parts after selling my cover (and burning an hour of my time)... Hope this helps some of you out there!

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