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Old 03-13-2014, 07:07 PM
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Recommendation for Black Grilles?

Hey guys. I'm looking to get some black grilles for my 2008 328xi coupe. I checked out the website for my local BMW dealer, and the price is around $124 (I think for a pair). I'll attach a link to them just so that you guys can see for yourself. Anyway, I also searched ebay and I found some black grilles for about half the price of the ones from the dealership. My question is, should I go with the ones from the dealership, or buy from ebay? I'm thinking I should go with the dealership so that I know I'm getting a genuine BMW part. Was never fond of buying something other than genuine BMW pieces, but thought I would just ask.

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/25...CenterId=67600

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Recommendation for Black Grilles?

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Old 03-14-2014, 02:47 AM
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I bought mine from Khoalty. Great price and fast shipping. Couldn't be happier.

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Old 03-14-2014, 02:49 AM
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:20 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion. I actually don't want to plastidip the grilles because I don't feel that it would hold up too well to anything that may hit it such as pebbles.

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Thanks guys! Are those as good as the OEM ones? I want to make sure everything has a good fit/finish. Oh, also, since my car is already out of factory warranty, using something other than a BMW part wouldn't affect anything in any way correct?

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the suggestion. I actually don't want to plastidip the grilles because I don't feel that it would hold up too well to anything that may hit it such as pebbles.







Thanks guys! Are those as good as the OEM ones? I want to make sure everything has a good fit/finish. Oh, also, since my car is already out of factory warranty, using something other than a BMW part wouldn't affect anything in any way correct?

Never actually seen the BMW ones in person to compare. I have no complaints though.

This is probably the most benign thing you could do... No worries.



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Old 03-14-2014, 02:23 PM
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Never actually seen the BMW ones in person to compare. I have no complaints though.

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Thanks! Sounds good.
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:38 PM
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Just for some clarification, the 2008 328xi coupe is an E92 correct? Also, is stealthauto.com a reliable place to order from? I'm not getting the grilles from them at the moment, but theres a small thing I would like to order.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I actually don't want to plastidip the grilles because I don't feel that it would hold up too well to anything that may hit it such as pebbles.







Thanks guys! Are those as good as the OEM ones? I want to make sure everything has a good fit/finish. Oh, also, since my car is already out of factory warranty, using something other than a BMW part wouldn't affect anything in any way correct?
OH no, if BMW finds out you bought a non BMW authorized part they come to your house and make you take it off in front of your neighbors...
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:20 PM
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OH no, if BMW finds out you bought a non BMW authorized part they come to your house and make you take it off in front of your neighbors...
Lol no I didn't mean it in that way. What I meant was, if I put a non BMW part on, if it would void any warranties still on the car. For example, on my dad's 2013 X5, if he was to replace his scratched windshield with a non BMW one, they would void the factory warranty that comes with the car. Of course, my car is already out of factory warranty anyway.
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Lol no I didn't mean it in that way. What I meant was, if I put a non BMW part on, if it would void any warranties still on the car. For example, on my dad's 2013 X5, if he was to replace his scratched windshield with a non BMW one, they would void the factory warranty that comes with the car. Of course, my car is already out of factory warranty anyway.
Non authorized BMW parts will only cause a warranty issue if if the non BMW part fails or it can be shown that the non BMW part caused the failure of a BMW part.

In other words BMW could deny the warranty on a failed engine if you added a supercharger but not if you added an aftermarket black grill or aftermarket rims.

I have my BMWs serviced at BMW Manhattan, which is owned by BMWNA. They are very aware that I have replaced the RFTs and the OEM shocks on my 335i. This has never been an issue with warranty repairs.

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Non authorized BMW parts will only cause a warranty issue if if the non BMW part fails or it can be shown that the non BMW part caused the failure of a BMW part.

In other words BMW could deny the warranty on a failed engine if you added a supercharger but not if you added an aftermarket black grill or aftermarket rims.

I have my BMWs serviced at BMW Manhattan, which is owned by BMWNA. They are very aware that I have replaced the RFTs and the OEM shocks on my 335i. This has never been an issue with warranty repairs.

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Thanks for the information! That sounds good then. I feel better about getting the non OEM grilles now. Of course, my other concern is how well they may fit...I'm sure they should be just fine.
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Thanks for the information! That sounds good then. I feel better about getting the non OEM grilles now. Of course, my other concern is how well they may fit...I'm sure they should be just fine.

There's a lot of tolerance there.


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Old 03-17-2014, 08:24 PM
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Sorry I didn't understand you well...what do you mean by a lot of "tolerance"? Are you referring to the fact that BMW won't mind that the grilles are not OEM?


EDIT: Ah nevermind. I understand now. Sorry, it was at night when I read your reply and I was tired.

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Old 03-29-2014, 10:58 AM
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I decided I'm going to try plasti dipping them. Its worth a shot since it won't cost too terribly much. So I have a question:

anyone use this to make plasti dipped grilles look glossy?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_538300-61158...dip&facetInfo=
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