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7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008)
Discussion of BMW's 4th generation E65/E66 7 Series flagship. The E65 generated much controversy, due to its radical styling and iDrive user difficulties. Nonetheless, the E65 broke records to become the best-selling 7-series iteration ever, especially after its 2005 facelift.

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:04 AM
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has anyone had their aluminum trim replaced? how expensive is this? I dropped a water hose nozzle and it chipped the trim on my drivers side on 760 li...looks nasty...Is there any type of repair kit out for this that anyone knows of?
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:03 AM
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has anyone had their aluminum trim replaced? how expensive is this? I dropped a water hose nozzle and it chipped the trim on my drivers side on 760 li...looks nasty...Is there any type of repair kit out for this that anyone knows of?
are you referring to the chrome? if so..each piece is about $150 and needs to be painted. i had an itemized estimate to get my chrome replaced with black from the dealer
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:08 AM
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are you referring to the chrome? if so..each piece is about $150 and needs to be painted. i had an itemized estimate to get my chrome replaced with black from the dealer
that sounds about right. I had mine replaced under warranty because it was oxidized, but I think the guy told me about $160 per side if I had to pay for it (parts only).
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:02 PM
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I just painted all mine for $300 at a body shop. Looks Perfect!
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:23 AM
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I just painted all mine for $300 at a body shop. Looks Perfect!
You had your chrome trim painted?
I thaught it was vinyl?

Anyways, how much to paint both window trims, the roofline trim, and the front & back fender trim?
Oh and was the grille painted at that time? or is the grill an aftermarket (already black) ?
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:48 PM
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You had your chrome trim painted?
I thaught it was vinyl?

Anyways, how much to paint both window trims, the roofline trim, and the front & back fender trim?
Oh and was the grille painted at that time? or is the grill an aftermarket (already black) ?
It's not vinyl... It's metal that can be scuffed, primed, and painted.
$300 to paint the roofline and windows... You need to replace all the bumper trim and have that painted as well. (Not part of the $300) .

The grill is an aftermarket 760 black chrome grill
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:09 AM
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More info for everyone. I beleive what we are discussing here is the difference between the Sport Package and regular 7's. On Sport the "chrome" finished trim, which is actually just polished aluminum, was black. In many peoples minds, the black looks much cleaner with nice tinted windows...depending on the color of the car as well.

Anyhow, to replace ALL 10 pieces, I had BMW quote almost $1,000. They snap off the car and are replaceable. Taking them off is a delicate job as you don't want to bend them...which is very possible if you don't take your time. Putting them back on is a bit of a pain as you have to guide the weather strip into fairly small grooves. Not impossible...but will require some patience and a bit of skill.

As for painting them...this is the route I went since I painted my 7 a RootBeer color and wanted the trim to match perfectly. I painted them first by scuffing with sandpaper as you would with paint finishes. Glidden recommended using self-etching primer after the scuff with 800 sandpaper. Let me save you some trouble, it flaked in a few areas within weeks even after following their instructions. I then took the pieces off and took them to an industrial sandblaster. They charged me $120 to blast all 10 pieces. We painted them again and they appear to be 100% solid now...no flaking...very durable thus far. I did use the self-etching primer again after the blasting to smooth the surface. The blasting left them feeling very rough to the touch. But this is what you need in order for the paint to adhere correctly.

Hope that extra info helps...
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:30 AM
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Maybe Im being mistaken, I simply mean the wood thats inside the car, like the dashboard and console near the gear shifter, not outside the vehicle but inside of it.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:56 AM
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we are talking about the aluminum trim outside of the car around the window and roof.
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:13 PM
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http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...04&hg=51&fg=20
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Is there a DIY floating around on how to remove the trim?
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