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BMW Interior Pillar Trim Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW Interior Pillar Trim Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Trim panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver, T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i Sedan (2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2006)
BMW 328i Coupe/Conv (2007-09)
BMW 328i Sedan/Wagon (2007-09)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335i Coupe/Conv (2007-09)
BMW 335i Sedan (2007-09)

Parts Required:

Pillar panels, trim clips

Hot Tip:

Always lever off gently

Performance Gain:

Freshen up interior appearance

Complementary Modification:

Replace in pairs

The interior pillar panels cover the interior body pillars of the vehicle. The A-pillar is located at the front windshield. The B-pillar is located between the driver and passenger door. The C-pillar is located at the rear window. In the procedure for B-pillar trim door sill trim is covered within it. Replace any broken trim panel clips and work with care as to not damage the trim panel finish.

A-pillar trim:
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out fastener trim cover.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out fastener trim cover. (green arrow)

Next, remove T20 Torx fasteners from A-pillar trim panel.
Figure 2

Next, remove T20 Torx fasteners from A-pillar trim panel. (green arrow)

Pull A-pillar trim panel away from A-pillar while detaching it from the door seal.
Figure 3

Pull A-pillar trim panel away from A-pillar while detaching it from the door seal.

When installing, reverse order of removal instructions.
Figure 4

When installing, reverse order of removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips. Use a plastic prying tool to adjust door seal position on A-pillar trim when done.

B-pillar trim:
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out door entrance trim piece.
Figure 5

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out door entrance trim piece. Start at rear of driver door sill and work your way forward.

Next, remove trim clips from door sill.
Figure 6

Next, remove trim clips from door sill. (green arrow) The clips usually stay in the sill when you remove the door sill trim. I like to use a trim panel tool. When levering out, use one fast motion, the clips will pop right out.

Lever off rear trim panel on front seat to expose seat belt fastener.
Figure 7

Lever off rear trim panel on front seat to expose seat belt fastener. (green arrow)

Next, remove T45 Torx seat belt fastener.
Figure 8

Next, remove T45 Torx seat belt fastener. (green arrow) Move seat belt out of your way.

Using a trim panel tool, lever out bottom of lower B-pillar trim panel.
Figure 9

Using a trim panel tool, lever out bottom of lower B-pillar trim panel.

Once bottom of lower B-pillar trim is detached at bottom, slide out of top trim piece and remove.
Figure 10

Once bottom of lower B-pillar trim is detached at bottom, slide out of top trim piece and remove.

Using a trim panel tool, lever out trim panel clips at upper B-pillar trim panel.
Figure 11

Using a trim panel tool, lever out trim panel clips at upper B-pillar trim panel. (green arrows)

Slide upper B-pillar trim panel down and remove from body.
Figure 12

Slide upper B-pillar trim panel down and remove from body. Feed seat belt through opening to separate the two. When installing, reverse order of removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips.

C-pillar trim:
Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out fastener trim cover.
Figure 13

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out fastener trim cover. (green arrow) Be careful not to break the cover. Lever it straight out.

Next, remove T20 Torx fasteners from C-pillar trim panel.
Figure 14

Next, remove T20 Torx fasteners from C-pillar trim panel. (green arrow)

Pull C-pillar trim panel up and away from C-pillar while detaching it from the door seal.
Figure 15

Pull C-pillar trim panel up and away from C-pillar while detaching it from the door seal. When installing, reverse order of removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Zach Comments: Great write up! Whats the part number for the little metal clips on the trim panel? Thanks!!
June 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gordo Comments: How does this compare to the process for the F30? My fabric A Pillars have no removable airbag logos...is it simply a matter of pulling until it comes off?
October 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's quite different. We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
EJATLANA Comments: I have a 2004 325i and the cloth on the pillar on both sides is coming undone. looks horrible. what do i do??
January 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See this tech article:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E46/67-BODY-A_Pillar_Trim_Replacement/67-BODY-A_Pillar_Trim_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
at Comments: the instructions are great except you never tell how to put in the replacements
October 2, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: To install, reverse the steps of removing. Snap any trim clips into place and wipe the pillars clean when done. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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