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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-30-2010, 01:04 AM
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DIY: How to remove & replace a BMW hood ornament (aka badge, decal, emblem, logo)

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How to remove & replace a BMW hood ornament
(aka badge, decal, emblem, logo, decal, marquee, roundel, ornament, etc.)




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Old 01-14-2011, 10:08 AM
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Here's a video from here that shows another method of removing the emblem (and a parts supplier).

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Old 01-14-2011, 11:40 AM
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I did mine a few weeks ago and it was extremely difficult to get off. I found another video on the internet that showed a guy using a pry tool with a cloth underneath it to protect the hood. The fit on my emblem was simply too tight to easily get anything under it. I ended up with several deep scratches around the emblem by using a small pry tool. The cloth I used under the tool to protect the hood really didn't help much.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:54 AM
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:02 PM
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Wish I saw these before doing this to my ride. I used the credit card method and it's nowhere near as simple or effective...works too though.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:05 PM
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Dental floss.
Interestingly, I searched for "dental floss" in Bimmerfest and looked at over 20 threads that had photos attached, and none of them had a photo of the hair dryer and dental floss method in operation.

I'm sure there is a picture of the DIY out there somewhere ... so if anyone knows of it, post a reference here for others to benefit.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:18 PM
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same happened to mine. the pry tool ripped the cloth :/
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:18 PM
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Dental floss and a hair dryer is how to remove the rear model emblem (530i, 528i,540i), it won't work for the roundels.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:42 PM
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Interestingly, I searched for "dental floss" in Bimmerfest and looked at over 20 threads that had photos attached, and none of them had a photo of the hair dryer and dental floss method in operation.

I'm sure there is a picture of the DIY out there somewhere ... so if anyone knows of it, post a reference here for others to benefit.
That's to remove the numbers on the rear, AKA the badge.
Unless someone on here says "BMW badge" you can pretty much guess they are talking about the numbers on the rear.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:08 AM
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yeah, wish i tried this way...i also used a credit card.used the card to slide under the roundel and then slid a screw driver in using the credit card to protect the hood.was really hard to take off.i thought it was bolted on or something.then it just popped off and i almost dug the screw driver into the hood.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:29 PM
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i also used a credit card.used the card to slide under the roundel
As always, so all benefit from every action ...

Here's a DIY posted today of the credit card method to remove the BMW hood roundel ...
- Hood emblem replacement w/pics

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Old 02-09-2011, 09:39 PM
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:18 AM
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did this just last week. worked wonders
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:09 AM
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nice post pitty i used a small sharp thing my bad the cool thing is i crashed so new bonnet ( hood ) no dramas problem solved
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:56 AM
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For the record, the E46 folks posted today a nice way to tell a genuine roundel:
- E46 (1999 - 2006) > How do I ID an OEM hood emblem?

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Old 08-20-2011, 07:27 AM
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Awesome!
Thanks a ton, I've been going nuts that I had to be missing something, and sure enough!
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:10 PM
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If you guys have a suction cup mount for a GPS or cell phone holder that works great and eliminates any change of scratching the paint with a credit card or screw driver.

Mount the suction cup to the emblem and simply pull off. Faster, easier and safer vs credit card.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:24 PM
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Boostted, wouldn't have worked for me.

Guessing the previous owner had the same issue at least once. The roundel got pried off, but the old base was still on because it was COVERED with double stick foam tape and VHB. had to tape down my hood and use two plastic putty knives to pry it off. Ridiculous, but its done!
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:26 PM
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had to tape down my hood and use two plastic putty knives to pry it off
Mine was prior removed also - probably to paint the hood (AFAIK).

BTW, here's a nicely done video showing how to remove the roundel:


I would add the grommets but otherwise, it's a nice read.

That video came from this thread today:
- E60 (2004 - 2010) > White And Black BMW Emblems
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:33 PM
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andyffer, I was looking for a "like" button on that..

Bluebee, I wish mine had been that easy! However, if I can figure out how to wire the new one to my battery, I shouldn't have to replace it again...
*diabolical laugh*

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Old 10-10-2011, 11:27 PM
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For the crosslinked record, BavAuto has a nice video DIY for replacing the roundel ...
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BMW Hood and Trunk Roundel Emblem Replacement Video DIY

It also covers color changes ...

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rear emblem remove

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did this just last week. worked wonders
I used my gps suction cup work very fast like 2 second then clean and wax it snap new one in....***** this work like wonder.
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Just wanted to share my great experience with the Roadshow BMW dealership here in Memphis,TN. I overheard the parts guy mention that the service department will instal the emblem for free and I took upon that offer and bought the emblem with my BMWCCA membership discount for about $28.

The folks in the service department were awesome to put in a fresh set of grommets (that I had not purchased) and instal the emblem for FREE !!
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Thanks for sharing the Video. It took me less than 10 mins to install a new emblem. Thanks you!
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