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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:23 PM
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Door dings

I park as far away from other cars as practicable, but sometimes there's no choice. I was surprised there is no body molding on the car.

Anybody entertain the idea of aftermarket molding?
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:29 PM
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Its almost a crime to put side molding on those beautiful lines on the 3 series. BMW does not make a OEM molding, I think I rather have risk a ding than to put on those cheap after market Ebay side moldings.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:30 PM
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Its almost a crime to put side molding on those beautiful lines on the 3 series. BMW does not make a OEM molding, I think I rather have risk a ding than to put on those cheap after market Ebay side moldings.
Yeah I suppose. My E46 M3 has a color matched strip that is a lot better than nothing. But it is OEM.
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I was a little dismayed when I first saw they had left moldings off of the E9x redesign, but the doors seem to hold up quite well. I've looked at lots of used E9x's and the vast majority do not have door dings.
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Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can be used to remove door dings. This is relatively new technology that really works. I am glad my E46 has side mouldings, but they are no match for the doors of a high-sitting SUV that decides to park next to me. I always try to park far away from all other vehicles.

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:10 PM
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I have paid for PDR about 5 years ago on my other car it's a GREAT alternative to body work. Got ALL my door dings out for me it was worth every penny. $60 each. It adds up fast.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:17 PM
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Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can be used to remove door dings. This is relatively new technology that really works. I am glad my E46 has side mouldings, but they are no match for the doors of a high-sitting SUV that decides to park next to me. I always try to park far away from all other vehicles.

PDR has actually been available for quite a few years - I recall having a fender ding restored in '96.
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PDR has actually been available for quite a few years - I recall having a fender ding restored in '96.
+1 had it done on my '94 Acura when it was new.
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I am glad my E46 has side mouldings, but they are no match for the doors of a high-sitting SUV that decides to park next to me. I always try to park far away from all other vehicles.

Side moldings are also useless if someone slams a rear door into your car.
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PDR has actually been available for quite a few years - I recall having a fender ding restored in '96.
Fair enough, but I don't consider 1996 to be that long ago, thus my "relatively new" comment. I guess it's a matter of perspective.

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I park as far away from other cars as practicable, but sometimes there's no choice. I was surprised there is no body molding on the car.

Anybody entertain the idea of aftermarket molding?
If you pay attention you will notice that none of the new cars have moldings.
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