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Old 08-08-2012, 06:11 PM
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[Q]2013 X3 - How to attach the front license plate

Got my 2013 X3 delivered at Performance Center couple of weeks ago and just received the license plates. Now I fixed the rear one without any issues but the there doesn't seem to be any holes for the front one.

The holder for the front plate came with the car but it appears to need special screws, the ones for the rear plate wouldn't fit. Also there doesn't seem to be any holes on the front bumper.

Is there an easy solution (other than taking it to the dealer, which is not very easy for me)? I'd prefer not to drill any holes unless that's the easiest way.

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:35 PM
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This thread may help you: http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690725
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:09 PM
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there's also a holder that fits on your tow hook.
http://www.bimmian.com/Tow-Hook-Lice...der-for-BMW-X3
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:45 AM
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Dealer has always done mine even if I purchased it elsewhere, but there is a holder you need. Did you check the cargo or spare tire area? They sometimes put the bracket there.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:35 PM
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Thanks guys. I'll take the car to a local dealer.

Lance, I have the holder. Just not the right screws and the bumper has a place for the holder but not the holes.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:30 PM
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Thanks guys. I'll take the car to a local dealer.

Lance, I have the holder. Just not the right screws and the bumper has a place for the holder but not the holes.
Are you still looking for attaching the front license plate holder? I have been down this road and found a happy solution without any screw holes.

There is a kinda expensive way to do it in that you have to buy something that is not really cheap. But, if you are handy with a vice, drill, etc., you can fabricate one yourself relatively easy.

Let me know if you want to know.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:18 AM
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Got my 2013 X3 delivered at Performance Center couple of weeks ago and just received the license plates. Now I fixed the rear one without any issues but the there doesn't seem to be any holes for the front one.

The holder for the front plate came with the car but it appears to need special screws, the ones for the rear plate wouldn't fit. Also there doesn't seem to be any holes on the front bumper.

Is there an easy solution (other than taking it to the dealer, which is not very easy for me)? I'd prefer not to drill any holes unless that's the easiest way.

Thanks.
Here is a link to how I installed front license plate without holes in bumper with inexpensive cable ties on my new 2014 X1 xDrive28i.

http://www.bmwfrontlicenseplate.tumblr.com/
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:17 PM
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Here is a link to how I installed front license plate without holes in bumper with inexpensive cable ties on my new 2014 X1 xDrive28i.

http://www.bmwfrontlicenseplate.tumblr.com/
Creative....and no holes. Nice job.
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[Q]2013 X3 - How to attach the front license plate

I said F*** it and decided to drill into my bumper. My buddy move slightly while holding it and before u know it I have an extra hole in by bumper. Annoyed the hell out of me at first but no one will ever see it as I always need the front license plate anyways. Living in NY sucks as I wanted front bumper protection but no one makes a front bar grill. So I had to drill into the bumper to add the license plate and install the "bump shock" on the front.


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