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BMW E36 Headliner Replacement

Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E36 Headliner Replacement


6 hours (not counting overnight dry time for headliner adhesive)






Fine-tipped hobby knife with several replacement blades on hand, two cans of Permatex headliner and carpet adhesive, work gloves, flatblade and Philips screwdrivers, pliers, dry rags, tire scrub brush

Applicable Models:

BMW 318i Sedan (1992-99)
BMW 318is Coupe (1992-99)
BMW 318ti Hatchback (1992-99)
BMW 323is Coupe (1998-99)
BMW 325i Sedan (1992-95)
BMW 325is Coupe (1992-95)
BMW 328i Sedan (1996-99)
BMW 328is Coupe (1996-99)
BMW M3 Coupe (1995-99)
BMW M3 Sedan (1995-99)

Parts Required:

Headliner upholstery material

Performance Gain:

Your E36 interior now has a non-drooping headliner

Complementary Modification:

Replace the carpets
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If you own an E36 BMW, be assured that replacing your headliner is a much easier task than it appears. Although it may at first seem daunting to remove the large top panel from your car, itÂ's actually one of the easier projects to work on. Unfortunately, for E30 owners, replacing the headliner requires removing nearly all the carÂ's windows. In addition, the E30 headliner fabric must be carefully cut, glued in place, and tightened all at the same time. I tried this once, and although the results looked pretty good, itÂ's not a task I would ever want to do again (see for tips on replacing the E30 headliner).

The good news for E36 owners is that newer technology has made the headliner replacement project a snap. The headliner material is made of a sponge/fabric composite glued to a fiberglass/cardboard pre-formed panel. The procedure involves dropping this panel, removing the old material, gluing on the new material, and reinstalling it.

The first step is the removal process. Refer to Photo 1 for detailed instructions about what to remove and where itÂ's locatedÂ--there are about 10 different parts connected to the roof that help hold up the headliner. Once you have the headliner released from the roof, you will have to maneuver it carefully to remove it from the car (see Photo 2). Wear gloves when handling the roof panel or you may end up with some nasty fiberglass splinters in your handsÂ--nearly invisible, but no less painful. (If this happens, a removal trick I recommend is to wrap duct tape all over your hands and then strip it off like youÂ're tearing off a bandage. This will remove most of the fibers from your hands.)

With the headliner removed from the car, move it to a spot in your garage where itÂ's safe to make a mess. Pull the old fabric off the panel. Using a dry rag or a tire scrub brush, simply brush off of the old foam; it shouldnÂ't take too much effort to remove the old, weakly attached foam from the fiberglass/cardboard panel. You can cut the material first and then glue it onto the panel, or glue it first and then cut it. I prefer to glue first, as it minimizes the risk of a cutting mistake. Use fine-tipped hobby knifes for this step, and make sure you have a whole bunch of new blades on hand as they tend to dull very quickly when cutting the foamÂ--and you donÂ't want your new headliner material to rip.

The glue I recommend for this procedure is Permatex headliner and carpet adhesive (which comes in an orange can with blue top). Other people have tried other adhesives with mixed results; the Permatex product is the only one that seems to have garnered no complaints. IÂ'd hate for you to spend all this time replacing your headliner only to have the hot sun melt the adhesive in your headliner. One can should suffice, although I always like to have an extra can on hand in case I run out.

Reinstallation is pretty much the reverse of removal. (For instructions on removing and recovering the sunroof center panel, see Project 78.)

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Figure 1

This photo shows all the various items and objects that need attention in order to remove the headliner: A: Start with the rearmost pillars of the car (C-pillar). The interior lamp can be simply pulled out of the rear pillar and unplugged. Then, using your fingers, gently pry out the fabric-covered side panelÂ--it should simply snap out. Pull up on it, as it will be stuck in place at the bottom by the rear seat back. Be careful not to disturb the mess of wires underneath the panel as you remove it. Some people have told me they had to remove the rear seat panel and lower side panels to get at the C-pillar headliner, but I didnÂ't have to with my two-door coupe. B: Now turn your attention to the front of the car. Pull down on the small center panel and unplug the sunroof switch. The front light assembly can be simply pried out of its home and unplugged as well. C: The sun visor is attached at two points that have electrical connections integrated into the mounts. Remove the mounts and unplug the wires. Pull out the vanity mirror lamp from the headliner and unplug it. D: For each of the upper grab handles in the car, remove the small plastic covers that hide the mounting screws. These small covers have tiny plastic posts that can easily be broken if not removed with care. Remove the screws from both sides of the handle, and it should simply fall off. E: Pull back the headliner material around the edges of the sunroof opening. The sunroof is still attached to the car; you need to push the seal off all the way around the sunroof opening. F: The side B-pillar covering needs to be removed on at least one side of the car in order to gain enough maneuvering room to remove the headliner. Pull off the upper seatbelt cover and remove the bolt. This should allow you to remove the plastic cover and drop down the edge of the headliner. G: The front A-pillars near the windshield should simply pop off when you pull on them. They are gently wedged at their bottom into a slot in the top side of the dash.

Finally, the upper portion of the door seal covers the edges of the frame. Gently pull back on the door seal to release it from the edges of the headliner.

Figure 2

Success! With all the small pieces that hold up the headliner removed, it should simply drop down onto the seats (inset, upper right). If it doesnÂ't drop down, it may be slightly glued to the roof of the car at the top of the windshield. Pull very carefully, as the fiberglass/cardboard panel is very fragile and can easily be bent and damaged. For coupe and sedan cars, slide both front seats all the way forward and then tilt them all the way back. This should give you enough clearance to get the headliner out the door. Again, be careful with the panelÂ--it is very thin and can be easily damaged as youÂ're removing it from the car. New headliner material is cheap and looks great. The photo inset in the upper left shows brand-new foam headliner material that is essentially a spongy bottom coated with a black cloth-like upper layer.

Figure 3

If you donÂ't want to recover your own headliner, you can purchase a BMW headliner piece from that is factory original and ready to install. It eliminates the hassle and work of cutting and gluing a new piece, making this a pretty good solution for anyone who is time conscious. The down side is you wonÂ't be able to install any exotic colors or materials. This photo shows the dramatic difference between the old headliner and the new one.

Figure 4

Shown here is a particularly nice headliner installation using a faux-suede fabric that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The inner panel of the sunroof is impossible to remove without removing the entire sunroof, so most people leave it the same color as it previously was (see Project 78 on sunroof repair). In this case, the visors and the sunroof were kept the original color, which in my opinion gives a nice accent to the interior. Also, the black headliner typically looks better when you swap out and use black door seals and black pull handles (available from BMW). Beware, thoughÂ--headliners have always been traditionally light colors so that light inside the car at night reflects off of the lighter fabric and illuminates better. You may be surprised at how dark your car feels at night if you install a black headliner. Rob Canova

Comments and Suggestions:
Rohan Comments: Hey Nick

What time zone are you guys in over there, im in West Oz
January 22, 2018
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pacific Standard Time. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rohan Comments: Where can i source these clips from an E31 Hoodlining, they hold the hoodline panel up
January 17, 2018
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: With your vehicle info handy, 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
yxd0018 Comments: 1998 328i E36, thx
August 30, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. You have to remove the entire sunroof panel to replace the trim panel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
yxd0018 Comments: How can I remove sliding headliner under the sunroof? Must I remove the sunroof itself first?
August 29, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year and model vehicle? i can see if i can offer advice. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
yxd0018 Comments: Since it's fiberglass, what do you suggest for protection? Probably thick rubber glove and mask and goggle? Never worked on fiberglass before.
August 7, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Personal protection? You will need a fiberglass rated mask that is test fitted o your face for sealing. Sealed goggles and skin protection. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
EKW Comments: Hi. On the E36 to remove the headliner do I need to remove the sunroof? I had to remove the glass on the E38 and it was a real pain.
June 17, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. The headliner can be removed separately. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gerbrend Comments: Do you sell the little plastic grab handle screw covers 98e36, tan. As mentioned the little ears break off.
September 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They should be available. 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
Will Comments: I have a 97 318i sedan. Need to do the headliner, but seem to be getting conflicting info on headliner fitting out of the door. I just had the windshield replaced- should I have done the headliner then? dont want to take everything down and realize I can't get it out...will a windshield company remove and reinstall windshield if thats what I have to do?
August 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it will fit out the door opening. You will have the seats removed anyway to get the pillar trim off and all of the other trim. Just angle it and pull it out through the door. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
KP Comments: Can you use faux suede fabric that doesn't have the foam backing? Will the adhesive bleed through, or maybe the headliner just won't look right? I'm not sure what the foam is really for.
June 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The foam if for texture and looks. You can use whatever you want, the adhesive may bleed, be sure to research the correct combination first. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Steve Comments: How o I remove or dissolve old stick glue residue that "balls up" when scraped? Car: BMW 1994 361 auto.
October 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 3M makes a good all purpose adhesive remover for automotive. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can get it for you.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Juan Pedro Comments: How would I go about replacing the door seal fabric?
August 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Depends on the vehicle. But most models the seal is replaced by pulling it off the body, then aligning and pressing back into place. The rubber seal and soft inner section are most times one piece. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fake car guy Comments: Hi again I was talking about this piece circled in red. I feel if I pry the cover I might damage that piece. What I was trying to say in my previous is do I need to remove that piece before I start prying or can I sort of maneuver the cover around it once it's loose?
August 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If I remember correctly, that stays with the buckle mount when the panel comes off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fakecarguy Comments: Quick question: I own a 95 M3 coupe. To remove B pillar do I just pry at the top after removing the bolt? I feel like I'm going to break the tab for the sliding the seat belt up and down. Is there a way to remove the tab piece I'm talking about? Am I just paranoid?
August 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of what you are removing? Usually the belt has to be unbolted to the trim piece off.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799.- Nick at Pelican Parts
Mike Comments: I used this guide along with some fabric I purchase on your website last December to replace my old, sagging headliner.

I was pleased with the results for the last few months, but recently I noticed that the headliner was becoming loose in certain areas. Do you have any advice on fixing the headliner in those areas?
May 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are the spots small? If the new headliner is sagging, the adhesive may not have bonded well. You can try to reapply adhesive in the trouble areas. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
e36 ls1 Comments: This article is clear as It can be if I could do it a microwave can do it thanks pelican for this diy
May 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Joe Capitan Comments: Need a new replacement headliner in the tan color interior for a 1993 BMW 740i. can you please quote to me a price for the preassembled liner if this VERSES my buying just the liner from you and I self cut and glue to the existing liner panel. My zip code is 29601 in Greenville, SC. My name is Joe Capitan at 315 East Broad Street, Gvl, SC 29601. Can You please list the Parts number for each and also time line for normal shipping delivery. I can purchase using my Credit Card if that is acceptable.
Thank you.
April 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Bud Campbell Comments: How do you remove the headliner on the hard top for a 99 E36 Convertible? Pretty much the same?
April 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have never done the repair. I would imagine it is similar and the trim around the hard top has to be removed first. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
GarryGnu Comments: Awesome article! It took me 20 minutes to remove the headliner but an hour to take it outside the car lol. Maybe I was too careful not to damage the headliner.

Just a quick question. Can I wash the headliner with a mild detergent and water? Will it damage the headliner? Thank you!
January 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.

I have not tried yo clean headliner, I would call a local detailer and ask for advice. It sounds possible, but headliners are fragile, don't want to give the wrong advice. - Nick at Pelican Parts
JonoMB Comments: I'm trying to get the headliner out of my 94 M3. I've detached it from the roof but i'm not trying to work out how to get it out of the actual car without bending it? Or does bending it not matter?
November 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Recline the seats all of the way and you will be able to get it out with a little minor folding at the edges.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Todd Glasier Comments: COMPLETED! Some comments:
1- Removal of components isn't bad
2- For cleanup of panel, old adhesive is gooey and can get very messy. I used WD-40 and paper towels, and let the cleaned panel air out in the sun afterward to evaporate the volatiles. So far no issues with new glue adhering.
3- The glue - 3M general spray adhesive is NOT recommended; however 3M has a specific Headliner Adhesive in a larger can. This is what I used. Careful about using too much glue as it can come thru the fabric 3M can states 3 coats on EACH surface, I recommend 2 coats per surface max.
4- Attaching new fabric is especially tricky. A second set of hands is recommended. I clothespinned it to the rear edge with no glue, then worked toward the front, gluing and applying about a foot at a time. Went back and finished the rear last.
Take great care to work fabric down into troughs in panel, the sharper curves near front edge are especially difficult. Fabric does not stretch so you have to work from the center outward without letting the glued surfaces touch until you are actually ready to apply.
5- Re-install is a bit tricky, the rear of the panel hooks up over lip along rear glass; the edges have to be wedged under the rubber window moldings along the sides and this gave me the most trouble. Slight damage to edges are almost inevitable but ok since they will be hidden behind molding.

I have Dove Grey interior, but the headliner was more like a charcoal. I ordered the grey fabric here and it lightens up the interior and looks nice set against the darker trim pieces. The darker choice would look more stock.
You can see in my pic one area in the corner by the visor where the glue came thru due to having to work the fabric into that sharp corner. Some minor wrinkles occurred in front of the sunroof panel area, but end up facing away from the passengers.
Overall I am very happy to have done this, and glad I did it myself!
November 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Awesome! Also, thanks for taking the time to share your experience and insight. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Academentia Comments: I freaking did this! I can't believe it. It looks awesome! Thanks Pelican!

PS: where my Jelly Beans at? My last few orders had no beans!

PSS: I did not recover my headliner myself - I had the color changed on it and all the pillars and back dash at my local upholstery shop but I took it out and put it back in!

July 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
AussieBob Comments: This article plus the comments are excellent. Even better than the BMW TIS instructions and drawings.

The headliner comes out very easy, I did it in the driveway of the Motor Trimmer's shop. It's now getting re-lined with Black foam-backed suede + the A-pillars and sunroof switch cover.

I can't wait to put it back in and enjoy the restoration work that will be in my field of view.
April 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Da Plumber Comments: My situation is that I have a leak and am planning on taking out the headliner to inspect and find location of leak but at the same time my headliner is falling off of the A and C pillars so any advise on what I might look for to find the leak? Also, the inside moon roof cover is off the track and I am guessing all clips are broken so I am going to recover it at the same time. very concerned with the leak aspect since this is the root of the project any advise?
October 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the sunroof drains and make sure the rubber hoses are connected and tight, also inspect the plastic parts of the sunroof cassette for cracks. The sunshade clips can be replaced, make sure you get the clips and the slides.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
TestTickles Comments: Thanks for this amazing book Wayne! I just finished replacing my headliner, and it was relatively painless, but did take lots of time and patience took me about 6 hours actually. I got 2 yards of black headliner material from JoAnn's I did get some odd looks at the store ; and Loctite Carpet Glue level 300. Time will say if it is any good, but I know Loctite tends to be a decent glue. I went ahead and also replaced the smaller sunroof control panel with leftover pieces be careful with the clips!. I used Goo Gone and a spackler to get the old glue off of it.

Here are some lessons learned:
- Have a buddy to help you, it really helps, especially when gluing the liner onto the fiberglass piece. I did it by myself and being a perfectionist am only partially satisfied with the result. Laying the liner material onto the fiberglass piece was... interesting. It's still light years better than before!

- Things WILL break. Most of my A and C pillar panels' plastic clip headers broke. 14 year old plastic breaks easily, I found out. Also some of the clips on the B pillars broke, but the seatbelt keeps it in place fairly well. I probably spent a good hour putting the single B pillar panel I took out.

- Take your time, this is more of an arts/hobby job than anything else. It requires time, attention to detail, and patience more than anything else. I'd grade the required skill a 2 or 3, not 5.

- Blades get dull QUICK. Have at least 5 or 6 X-acto blades available if you want to have clean cuts all around. I guess you could also resharpen them yourself a few times before changing them, though.

Again, thanks for such a fantastic reference book and am looking forward to keep pimpin' my E36 1997 BMW 318i.
August 4, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Dee Comments: I have a 99 e36 M3 coupe with sunroof.
I would just prefer to purchase the whole headliner piece
in black ready for installation.
I'm located in Maryland.
Shipping will probably a bit price but worth it to me.
Is it better to just phone in my order?
April 17, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
mkilpatric Comments: Well,

All done on the headliner. It ended up being all about patience. I will post after pictures this weekend, I forgot to take before pictures, but just know that it was falling everywhere.

The base notes I can bring as a take away:

1. Get the write adhesive! The sell all the materials on this site you will need to perform the installation, but make sure you buy the right adhesive if you DON'T buy it here.

2. PATIENCE - the adhesive needs a couple of minutes to set before you join the base to the headliner material, otherwise it can saturate the headliner material. TAKE YOUR TIME. let the glue start to get tacky, then apply pressure.

3. Bind in sections. I found it best to separate the adhesion into sections, and I glued in two directions horizontal sprays on the base, vertical sprays on the headliner's foam backing, then as I applied pressure after joining the material, I used a white cotton t-shirt to push/ rub the materials together. This created a uniform look across the adhesion.

4. PATIENCE. Did I already mention this?

5. Cutting. I used a combination of material shears from Hobby Lobby and a razor knife to cut out the sections that needed cut out. Be patient here as well, and limit how big you make the holes for screws/ etc.

6. A clean work area. Yes, this is probably not the first thought in most of our garages, as I am sure we are mostly meticulous cleaners, but with the way my garage faces, the wind whips around and brings in leaves. if it wasn't for my need to have a super clean area, I would have been done sooner, but I kept stopping to sweep OCD anyone? :

So, it's not really difficult, even though Wayne's installation guide gives it a 5 rating; it is just all about patience.

I think the most painful part for me was getting the completed headliner back INTO the car. And I kick myself for not taking out my sunroof and relining it, but I kind of like it black...

February 7, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
oops-i-farted Comments: update:
out of the car in 35 mins.

tools needed: phillip's head screwdriver, 16mm socket or wrench, long flat head screwdriver for prying front and rear pillars.

pillars in the back had 4 places that snap in. pillars in the front had 2 places that snap in.
also, for the pillars in the back, the light doesn't necessarily need to be removed from the pillar, but it does need to be unplugged.
in step 1-c, the vanity light under the flip-down mirror only pulls out from one of the long sides, and trying to flip it out the wrong way could potentially mess up the headliner. if it doesn't flip out with small effort, try the otherlong side.
be careful with the thin plastic screw coverings on the upper grab handles. don't just peel them back, they actually just pull straight out.

another great article, wayne.
September 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
oops-i-farted Comments: @ruben dude, you can't be serious...
5 doesn't mean as hard as rebuilding half an engine. since 1 means putting air in your tires, by your same logic, rebuilding an engine is as hard as airing up ten tires. the difficulty ratings are exponential. from the looks of it, it could potentially be out of the car in under an hour, but as it is my first time, i'll be going more slowly.
September 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tom Comments: If your headliner's in pretty good shape, what are the chances of successfully painting it with a fabric paint?
Thanks for all your site's great info!
September 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would think about taking it to a pro to have it dyed.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Vito Comments: Thank you very much for this article. It helped met great!
August 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
m1903man Comments: I will be replacing my headliner with the material found on your website. My question is regarding the pillars. Is it possible to get the headliner type material without the foam backing so I can replace the pillar material as well?
June 27, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
riveara Comments: i replaced my headliner on my e36 today, and when it was all said and done i turned my car on and went to open the moonroof and ......... nothing happened, then i realized none of my windows were working. is this related to my replacing of the headliner, ive double checked and everything is plugged in correctly. i have suspicion that the problem has something to do with the metal frame the moonroof button and cockpit lights fit into, perhaps because i covered the metal with fabric and they need to touch it for a negative connection? i dont know! but i feel helpless :{
June 22, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the fuses for the sunroof and windows, if one is blown you might have pinched a wire while installing the sunroof.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Steve Comments: My existing fabric is pulling away but still in great shape. Can it be gentely pulled off and glued back in or does it have to be replaced?
Thanks - love this resource!
April 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can try to use the facric adhesive and repair it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Abi5252 Comments: im wondering what the clips in the A pillars are called because mine broke
April 11, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you drop a line to our sales department, they can probably look this up for you. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
slmoff Comments: Make sure you wrap the material over the front and rear of the headliner. Cut it flush with the headliner on the sides.

Use an Exacto knife to cut the material. It gets dull very quickly because the adhesive sticks the the blade. I used a lawnmover blade sharpener to clean it off and the same blade did the whole headliner.
January 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
slmoff Comments: I just removed my headliner using these instructions and it was easy. I have a 4 dr. I removed the A and C pillars, but I did not have to remove the B pillars. I loosened it at the top and slid the headliner toward that side. Tha gave me enough clearance on the other side to get past the B pillar on that side. Minutes later it was out.
January 29, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cool, thanks for the tip for other people in the future! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mattqf77 Comments: You do NOT need to remove all of windows on E30 to remove headliner.. changed it on my touring - you just lever off tops of door linings and seals. took me a day to do on my own. remove windows????
January 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
chain Comments: For 4 door E36, would the headliner panel fit through the door as well?
Great info by the way.
December 9, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think so, although I'm not 100% sure. It may require removal of the door, as the top window frame *may* get in the way. They had to build these cars at the factory - I guess maybe they installed the headliner before putting in the windshield but I don't really know. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: Very nice article on BMW hadliner replacement. Can you tell me the current cost for the headliner for a 1991 525i, sunroof and the sunroof switch cover? Mine looks like the same color as in your photos. I am in Long Beach, so could have it picked up and skip the shipping, unless you have a local delivery service. Thanks
September 26, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you give our sales dept a call at 1-888-280-7799 they can check on this for you. The headliners come in a *huge* box, so shipping is not really practical, and these are all special order with the specific color for your car too. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Brad Comments: I have a 1998 323is. I'm planning on putting in the headliner material but have a couple of questions.
My car has a sunroof so I was wondering if can be covered with the same material that is being sold here?
Also, would 2 yards be enough for my vehicle and sunroof?
July 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, the sunroof uses the same material. 2 yards should be enough, if memory serves me correctly. I would measure just to make sure though. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mramirezcoopesa Comments: Hi Wayne, Yesterday I already bought your book, in this project you offer the new headliner for $250 aprox, please, How can I buy This?
July 14, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That's about the cost, last time I checked. The trouble is, the headliner comes in a HUGE box, and typically has to be shipped oversized, which makes shipping almost anywhere very expensive. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
GregG Comments: Hi, I am also having trouble finding the complete headliner piece from your website - I have a 95 E36 M3 with sunroof. Can you point me in the right direction, how much is it and can it be shiped to OZ? If its 2 big, where can I just purchase the material? I look forward to your reply.
May 10, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi there. We don't list it because it can only be shipped by truck. It would probably thousands of dollars to ship to OZ. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
JR Comments: My headliner came off the sunroof panel first. How do I get the new cloth back on it? Also, the small panel for the sunroof switch has no means of attachment - all tabs are broken off. Do you sell a replacement?
January 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check. Out our tech page for instructions, and give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
NJ Comments: Great artical. Im installing all the interior into my 98 coupe, as it had no interior when phurchased. I have noticed some insulation felt type material againts the bare metal on the roof. Alot of this is missing. It seems like precut squares, with sticky backing. Is this important? and if so where can i get it from.

November 21, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It helps reduce noise in the car, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
AmyB Comments: I'm tempted to try this solution for my 1998 740il - any suggestions? How can I get a complete headliner? I'm in Virginia.
October 21, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The dealer can order one of these - they are very huge to ship. For a 7-Series, it might be expensive, the 3-Series ones were about $250 a few years ago. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
miller_time Comments: I have a 96 328i 4 door and just about everything on my sunroof is broke or missing. I've been putting this off for so long because I thought the headliner was going to be too difficult for me, but this really was a piece of cake. I found a complete bolt-on sunroof cassette for $125 and now I don't know why I ever waited so long to do this. I LOVE THIS SITE!
September 29, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Glad to be of assistance! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
nathanN Comments: i have an 88 325ix and the guy i got it form did some work and messed every thing up. filled in the sunroof and screwed it in with wood screws that came threw he head liner and im trying to restore it but it seems like there was a lot removed and just thrown up in place do you have a pic of the head liner replacement piece that goes there it would be a big help
September 8, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would grab a repair manual. It will list the special tools and each step of the procedure and pictures to help you out. Give our parts specialists a call: 1-888-280-7799 They will help you find what you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
MattW Comments: Where is the complete headliner piece I can buy from Pelican Parts? I can't find it on their site.
July 13, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Matt, the E36 headliner material can be found in the E36 > Interior > Interior Trim section. The E30 shaped headliner is too large to ship, so we don't currently have it featured on our website.
- Scott at Pelican Parts
JP Comments: Great article...a big help!
May 27, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.

- Nick at Pelican Parts

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