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Old 08-12-2011, 02:53 PM
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How Hard is it to change the interior trim?

I really liked the black leather / brushed aluminum look - but most of the cars I'm seeing for sale have the wood grain - bleh.

Is it possible to buy one with the wood grain and change it out to the brushed aluminum - and it still look completely stock?
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:58 PM
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My guess would be yes you can, but are you sure you want to spend that much? Have you priced how much it would all cost? I don't have an answer, but in my limited experiences, BMW charges a LOT for these types of things. Then you have the labor costs- or is this going to be DIY?

Ok I looked up your recent posts. I take it you are eyeing '07 335i's with 50k miles in order to save some coin. Changing out your trim will eat a lot of these savings.

My advice is to simply be very patient (I was, especially on the hunt for a MT, in excellent condition and low miles, single owner, blah blah). Either that, or keep saving up and take a trip to Germany for ED.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:00 PM
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Well I was hoping DIY - should be that hard right?

I would like to be patient, but we had a buyer for my lexus too fast, and now it's sold.

So now I'm driving the yukon to work while my wife/kids are at home car-less. Running out of patience =(
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:02 PM
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Is it possible to buy one with the wood grain and change it out to the brushed aluminum - and it still look completely stock?
It's pretty simple if you know what you're doing. And if you don't know what you're doing, just get a set of plastic trim removal tools and go slow and easy. Your net cost can be as low as $500 (buy new or good used set, less what you get for selling your old set).
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:04 PM
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Well I was hoping DIY - should be that hard right?

I would like to be patient, but we had a buyer for my lexus too fast, and now it's sold.

So now I'm driving the yukon to work while my wife/kids are at home car-less. Running out of patience =(
Ah, I see your predicament.

1 minute of googling:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8071

edit: it is an older thread, and it's E90 in particular. However, I'm sure you can find what you need to know . . .
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:10 PM
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Your net cost can be as low as $500 (buy new or good used set, less what you get for selling your old set).
If true that is a lot less than I feared. Well, go for it then!

Depending on the age of the used trim, or if you want to bring back some luster/shine in the future, get a little bottle of Klasse AIO, and some Menzerna (non-abrasive) aluminum polish.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:10 PM
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On ebay today: BMW OEM E90 E91 M Aluminum Glacier Silver Interior Trim from green star seller 99.8% positive feedback $799.95 + $40 s/h. If you can sell your used wood set for $250 to $500 = winning!
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:11 PM
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Well, hot damn.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:19 PM
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Trim removal tools. Quality ranges from cheap plastic to sturdy nylon. Maybe $10 to $16 for a set.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:59 PM
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The bamboo anthracite wood trim also looks great. The grain gives the interior a more sporty feel, while the wood still keeps it feeling warm and premium.
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Trim removal tools. Quality ranges from cheap plastic to sturdy nylon. Maybe $10 to $16 for a set.
After I bought mine on Amazon for $9.99 with Prime free shipping, I found out that my local Harbor Freight had a coupon for the same set for $4.99.
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Occasionally sole one is interested in a trade. The trick making sure the two cars match (idrive etc.).

I feel you though, most of the wood trims look stodgy to me so I went with the aluminum. If it had been an option on the 335d I may gone with the bamboo.
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Just another option to consider. There is some really, really good faux carbon fiber trim applications out there. Some vendors here sell it. You can get black, titanium, silver and other colors.

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Old 08-13-2011, 08:11 PM
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I thought I wanted aluminum but after shopping it I decided I liked the look of the wood better, just a bit classier IMO. but yes I really like the CF trim as well.
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Ofcourse you can swap them out, im sure its an expensive mod tho....I personally prefer the wood but depends on which wood some woods do look horrible.
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