How to Replace the Front Bumper Strip From a BMW E46

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The BMW E46, commonly known as the 3 series (323, 328 and 330 from 1999 to 2005), is typically not a car that you would want to perform maintenance on yourself. However, there are some minor repairs and modifications appropriate to even the most-hesitant novice. For instance, replacement of the black strip running across the front of your colour-coded bumper is a repair you can perform quickly and easily.

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Things you need

  • Putty Knife
  • Replacement Bumper Trim
  • Replacement Mounting Hardware

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    First, consult your local BMW dealership to purchase the appropriate parts. You will need the trim piece for the right and/or left side, as well as the mounting hardware. (These vary from model to model, and your dealer's parts department will be able to provide you with the correct hardware.)

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    Gently position your putty knife between the trim and the bumper, at the far right or left end. Gently (your bumper is a fairly soft plastic that will scratch easily) use the putty knife as a lever to pry the trim away from the bumper. Work your way down the length of the trim strip until you are able to remove it from the car.

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    Replace the mounting hardware on the back of the strip as appropriate.

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    Replace the bumper strip by working left to right, firmly snapping the mounting hardware into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care that you do not scratch the soft plastic of the bumper.

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