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Like many others, I've had problems with the sunroof shade on my 330. It was not sliding properly and was binding up when I operated the sunroof. There are four "clips" that attach the shade to the slider mechanism that are notoriously poorly designed. It doesn't take much to break them.

I put together a quick Sunroof Clip DIY (with pictures) describing how to replace these clips.

When I did this repair I found that none of my clips had actually broken. In my case, one of the clips on the right side, had popped out of the slot in the sliding member and it was causing the shade to bind up when the sunroof was opened/closed.

Now that I've had it apart, I'm certain that I'd be able to replace them if/when my clips break.

Enjoy.
 

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Very nicely done, Chris! :thumbup:
 

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My shade wont slide back beyond two inches. My question is.....how do I loosen the 6 torx screws when I can't get to them? Anyone???????
 

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flip moon roof up and you should be able to slide shade back.
 

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blkonblk330i said:
flip moon roof up and you should be able to slide shade back.
That is the problem, it wont go back more than 2 inches. It was like that when I bought it used. It goes back with the glass when it is opened, but comes back up with it when it is closed. I would like to fix it, but I don't want to brake anything in the process.
 

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That is the problem, it wont go back more than 2 inches. It was like that when I bought it used. It goes back with the glass when it is opened, but comes back up with it when it is closed. I would like to fix it, but I don't want to brake anything in the process.
Sounds like someone did a DIY and whacked the sunroof shade back on the wrong side of the sunroof driver... I did this yesterday and it won't allow you to move it back but it goes back with the roof but not all the way into the roof.
 

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first thank you ChrisF, second I LOVE THIS Forum!!! I been reading for like 4 days now, my work productivity has gone down ever since I registered here. I just fixed my shade, I need 1 clip when ever I get one but I swapped one and put this back in the track. Does any one recommend any online sites to order this from?
 

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The sun shade on my wife's 2003 325Xi just came loose. It doesn't seem to be sliding correctly in any tracks.

I was going to try to get the dealer to fix it under CPO but they are claiming that it is covered. (even though this is part of the mechanical sunroof system/movement.) :mad:

I haven't done anything with the car yet but based upon this writeup I will probably see if I can fix it before resorting to the stealer. (I was really hoping I didn't have to remove the headliner). If the clip broke off inside, what are the chances that this piece will remain in the roof of the car & can jam the sunroof mechanism?
 

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Very nice DIY. But the glass does not have to be removed in order to remove the shade. All you have to do is just hold the shade closed as you fully open the roof. The shade will be then be exposed and you can lift it out.:thumbup:
 

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Very nice DIY. But the glass does not have to be removed in order to remove the shade. All you have to do is just hold the shade closed as you fully open the roof. The shade will be then be exposed and you can lift it out.:thumbup:
How exactly did u achieve that? There is a tab that automatically pulls the sunshade back when you open the glass? Seems to me that holding it shut would break something?

My problem right now is the Driver; the metal that holds the plastic driver in place is bent. I just don't see how to bend it back in place...
 

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How exactly did u achieve that? There is a tab that automatically pulls the sunshade back when you open the glass? Seems to me that holding it shut would break something?

My problem right now is the Driver; the metal that holds the plastic driver in place is bent. I just don't see how to bend it back in place...
Just like I said in the post.
 

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what is the part number of the "driver"

I can't find the part number in the diagram.

Like many others, I've had problems with the sunroof shade on my 330. It was not sliding properly and was binding up when I operated the sunroof. There are four "clips" that attach the shade to the slider mechanism that are notoriously poorly designed. It doesn't take much to break them.

I put together a quick Sunroof Clip DIY (with pictures) describing how to replace these clips.

When I did this repair I found that none of my clips had actually broken. In my case, one of the clips on the right side, had popped out of the slot in the sliding member and it was causing the shade to bind up when the sunroof was opened/closed.

Now that I've had it apart, I'm certain that I'd be able to replace them if/when my clips break.

Enjoy.
 

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Were you able find this part number of the "driver"? i can't seem to find this driver in the realoem.com catalog.
I've been looking for the slide stop (part behind what you circled).. I guess our best luck is to go to a junk yard. Its not listed on realoem.
 

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Hi All,

I hvae recently run into the issue where my sun roof will not open in slide mode fully.
It appears as per the forum that something on the lid/cover has broken and prevents the roof from fully opening.

I woud like to use johnewhites plan to open the roof while holding the cover lid closed, however I am not able to close the lid/cover as it gets stuck halfway.

Does that leave me no other option that to remove the roof by lifting it out after removing the 6 torx screws?

thanks
darian
 

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Hi All,

I hvae recently run into the issue where my sun roof will not open in slide mode fully.
It appears as per the forum that something on the lid/cover has broken and prevents the roof from fully opening.

I woud like to use johnewhites plan to open the roof while holding the cover lid closed, however I am not able to close the lid/cover as it gets stuck halfway.

Does that leave me no other option that to remove the roof by lifting it out after removing the 6 torx screws?

thanks
darian
I ran into the same issue. You have to keep giggle the lid back and forth until it comes loose.
 

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aha, so the glass roof removal may not be required bsaed on what you say....
just wiggle the lid/cover loads and hope it comes loose?
how much wiggling/force did you execise? (I tried a fair amount before posting, but did not want to get too tough...)
 
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