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Old 03-22-2013, 05:59 PM
Friscobeemermom Friscobeemermom is offline
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Wink 2001 740 il - Single mom needs headliner advice

Can anyone answer some headliners questions for me? Single mom wants to make sure she is being told the truth regarding my headliner in my 2001, 740 il.

I was told the entire liner needs to be taken down and redone. Otherwise it will not adhere to the existing dried adhesive. Is this true? How much should I expect to pay? How many yards will it take? I do have a sunroof but it is fine (it is retractable).

I love my car and know alot about it for a chick!!! I'd love to learn more about my car. I'm searching for several accessories too. Can anyone tell me where the best place to buy used parts or if I need to buy new? If you would also be so kind as to give me the names or several websites.

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Old 03-23-2013, 01:46 AM
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Which country u live in. Also wat is a head liner
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:36 AM
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Why is the head liner coming out in the first place?

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:45 AM
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Just age really but very easy fix with some clue but u should go to a car upholstery agent
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:53 AM
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They sell spray glue for this type of an application. It is easy to use just make sure it not freezing or super hot outside when you do it. Imake sure you left it tack up before putting head liner back up.

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Old 03-24-2013, 11:50 AM
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all of the following sites are great for oem (original bmw parts) or aftermarket parts. several offer free shipping over $50:

www.oembimmerparts.com
www.getbmwparts.com
www.autohausaz.com

and when all else fails, ebay.com
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:41 PM
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4 yards $260 OEM headliner WITH foam. Headliner itself easily comes out..... better with two people, from the drivers side rear door.


I am redoing mine with microfiber. $50 total. Not typical so do not ask where, or how.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:59 PM
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thanks for your help

I'm new to the forum not quite sure how to use it. I do have a couple of questios.
Laura
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:16 PM
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Where do live. There are couple DIYs on this site that shows how to do it if your willing to take on the task yourself. I got the same problem.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:16 PM
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Sorry just saw where u live
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:52 AM
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I believe this is messy job to do as the old foam backing has to be scraped off before the new fabric can be attached. There is a pictorial write up somewhere and it was stressed that all the original orange goo/foam has scrupulously to be removed, as it can stain the new fabric if transferred by fingers etc. Also there is very specific method for removal of the headliner through a rear door to avoid damage. I don't think you could describe this as an easy fix at all...Ah I just found the post with loads of pics

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/566588
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:41 AM
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Add www.e38.org to your bookmarks/favorites folder...when you go there...you'll see links to most every common failure/mod/upgrade that has been done to the e38 since they debuted in 1995. Even if you plan on having someone else fix it or do it...at least you can get a heads up as to what the fix/mod/upgrade entails.

For instance, there's approx 6 DIYs for the headliner...and there is also a list of BMW dealers and non-dealers as to where to find/buy parts (new & used).

And yes, the whole headliner needs to be removed...and all the old adhesive and foam left from the headliner material that has separated needs to be removed (scraped) and cleaned before reapplying new material. If this isn't done...you'll see all your hard work or hard earned money gone to waste as the new material begins separating from the headliner. Any of the old foam left will continue to crumble & detach from the headliner...it is an unstable base to reattach new material too.

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Old 03-25-2013, 05:19 PM
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This (for me at least) is NOT A DIY project.
"Easy" is truly a relative term in these forums ... so for me, a true blue NON-DIY'er, this is one of the worst projects I could have taken on (and I didn't).
There are a lot of parts of the interior that have to be carefully removed and then put back.
And the scraping is totally unpredictable - it could take hours or days.


Furthermore, any efforts by me to save costs on my own headliner project only lead to many more problems.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd go with the guy that did it the second time around (to fix all the problems from the first time when I "saved" a lot of money).
A true professional upholstery specialist is what it took for me to get the job done right. About $600 is what it cost, after spending an earlier $250 to get it done cheaply.

Hope that helps.
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