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Old 02-21-2004, 03:39 AM
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Front License Plate Braket???

I've read a few threads about this topic and I am hoping you guys can help me out. I've read that some cars get the front license plate bracket installed at the dealer after the cars get trucked in from the VPC. I've read they get installed at the VPC. I've read they get installed at the factory in Munich. I picked up my car last month in Munich and noticed that the front (usa) licence plate braket was installed but I wasn't sure if the two bottom screws were drilled into the bumper. I called my dealer's parts department and placed an order for the front bumper trim so I can replace the front bracket and give my car a clean look in the front with the replacement strip. Here is what I ordered:

http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp?HC1=...2004&HCM=325Xi

My question is... Given the pics below, can you tell me if there are holes already drilled into my bumper below the trim? My dealer and parts department really have no idea if cars come in pre-drilled or if they get drilled by the Service department or what.

If so, how can I plug up those holes? I'm pretty bummed if the bumper is already drilled with holes because in Pennsylvania a front license plate is not required so I was hoping to keep the front bracket-free.

Here a couple of pics but it is kinda hard to tell. Your opinions are appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2004, 06:42 AM
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I can only speak for the dealer I work at. The sedans come with a piece missing on the bumper. There is an alternate trim piece, it is a license plate delete. Depending on the state, they either will mount the plate bracket or the delete strip. If you look at the plate mount, you can see where it fits in on the bumper, between the bumper strips. The plate mount comes out and the other piece goes in it's place. It is a 5 minute operation. I do not know about the holes on the bottom, seems like a separate issue.

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Old 02-21-2004, 08:31 AM
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I can only speak for the dealer I work at. The sedans come with a piece missing on the bumper. There is an alternate trim piece, it is a license plate delete. Depending on the state, they either will mount the plate bracket or the delete strip. If you look at the plate mount, you can see where it fits in on the bumper, between the bumper strips. The plate mount comes out and the other piece goes in it's place. It is a 5 minute operation. I do not know about the holes on the bottom, seems like a separate issue.
Thanks for the reply. The peeps over at the ED forum have said that there are no holes that penetrate the bumper. The front bracket fits flush with the bumper making it look bolted on but it really just hangs over the lower part of the bumper under the trim. My dealer told me I have to buy the replacement trim and that they do not replace them for customers because their state requires front plates. I found that kind of odd since it is a common practice to buy a car out-of-state? So I'm paying $24 for a front replacement trim. Expensive but worth the clean look, I think.
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