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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 05-20-2013, 07:30 AM
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Front license bumper....attachment?

Picked up a '12 328i this weekend. We don't use front plates in my state, so I'd like to take this thing off. Anyone seen this kind of bumper "bracket" before? It looks almost factory. Can't see any accessible screws, bolts, clips, etc.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:17 AM
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It's factory, only for the 2012 model year, was dropped by BMW for 2013.

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Old 05-20-2013, 10:58 AM
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Well they stopped sometime on the 2012 models because mine does not have it either and it is a 2012. I specifically looked for one without it. No offense...LOL...
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:04 AM
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Cool, thanks guys. And now the $64K question - how do I remove it? Will the dealership/body shop have to do it?
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:06 AM
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It was very early 2012 production only... so you got one of the initial batch of 2012 cars.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=600187

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"From November 2011 to mid-January production, all MY2012 3 Series Sedans have been built with a permanently mounted front license plate holder. The below pictured, permanently affixed front plate holder should not be removed because it will leave holes in the front bumper that cannot be covered.

As of mid-January 2012 production all 3 Series Sedans will have the license plate holder stored loosely in the trunk and will come with 8 screws for mounting. An image of the post-January production change license plate holder is pictured below for your reference."
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:21 AM
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Holy crap - this thing is permanent? That is really, really dumb. Damn.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:22 AM
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Isn't that molded into the bumper? Just put this on to dress it up:
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/i...Wo9ik-7mTN5I9A
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:24 AM
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I have this one on my Sparkling Graphite 325:
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Front license bumper....attachment?

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Holy crap - this thing is permanent? That is really, really dumb. Damn.
Good excuse to upgrade to Msport bumper if you ask me.


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Old 05-20-2013, 11:28 AM
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The plate is cheaper, the M-sport bumper is cooler!
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Holy crap - this thing is permanent? That is really, really dumb. Damn.
Not sure exactly how, but it can be removed.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:35 AM
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:51 AM
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Cool, thanks guys. And now the $64K question - how do I remove it? Will the dealership/body shop have to do it?
I would check with the body shop on that. I know I saw one with the front color cover partly on so it looks like it snaps over a bracket on the bumper cover, but don't quote me. The big question is is the plate behind the cover screwed in behind and if so, it might just look better with it on there.

Or you can buy an M bumper for 900 bucks :-) That is what I am doing after I get my wheels and coil overs on.
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