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  1. It's nice to hear you found a competent shop. ...

    It's nice to hear you found a competent shop. You should mention it so the next owner in your area can also have a good experience.
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    An E46 Fanatic offers them for ~$120 shipped. ...

    An E46 Fanatic offers them for ~$120 shipped. https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=883920

    A Bimmerforum discussion mentioned a Chinese eBay model for $135:...
  3. Passenger's front door panel handle trim insert

    Here's some minutiae for the day! Mine's an '06 coupe with black cube trim & Alcantara/cloth interior. The sedans also have the triangular blank in place of the side mirror controls. I wanted to...
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    I didn't see a link for the tape, but Googled it....

    I didn't see a link for the tape, but Googled it. It comes in several widths/lengths. Looks like it needs to be ordered vs. bought at big box places.
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    I see the raised areas with red paint & the black...

    I see the raised areas with red paint & the black plastic "louver" in the next to last photo now. Haven't had mine apart yet to be familiar with all the pieces. Thought about using the non-sticky...
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    Parts are available. ...

    Parts are available. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BD53-USA-09-2005-E46-BMW-330Ci&diagId=03_0135
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    Where/what does this refer to - "louver contacts...

    Where/what does this refer to - "louver contacts the mount points?" I need to look into the bass rattle of my coupe's rear shelf (got some tennis balls, but need to find out how/where to use them!) ...
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    Who is the seller? Thanks!

    Who is the seller? Thanks!
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    Don't expect to get all of that back, but since...

    Don't expect to get all of that back, but since eBay is an auction, set a reserve you can be happy with & the market will decide the value.
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    You could sand it & wrap it with Alcantara.

    You could sand it & wrap it with Alcantara.
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    They're shot/have been shot. Install the pair &...

    They're shot/have been shot. Install the pair & get the alignment once. Hope it goes easily for you!
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    If there's a front to rear movement of the front...

    If there's a front to rear movement of the front tires/wheels when you brake, the bushings need replacing (these usually go first). If you can squeeze the ball joint with water pump pliers at 12 & 6...
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    It was! Be careful of the lid - the hinge isn't...

    It was! Be careful of the lid - the hinge isn't the sturdiest.
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    Congrats! I didn't have to search, but did have...

    Congrats! I didn't have to search, but did have to wait over three years until the previous owner of my silver-gray coupe was ready to sell.
  15. Sticky: Flyover of World War II vintage aircraft in the...

    Flyover of World War II vintage aircraft in the D.C. area Friday, May 10 as part of a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion....
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    LaminX is not XPel. XPel Ultimate seems to be...

    LaminX is not XPel. XPel Ultimate seems to be their best product.
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    I've read that CarPro DLUX Plastic and Wheel...

    I've read that CarPro DLUX Plastic and Wheel Coating works well, but isn't forever.
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    Spotted: "TIAG ZHP" near Ashburn VA Saw...

    Spotted: "TIAG ZHP" near Ashburn VA

    Saw Virginia plate "TIAG ZHP" on Rt. 7 heading east near LoCo Parkway ~3:30 Saturday afternoon, May 4th. We were in the F30 so you wouldn't have noticed us! I...
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    Thanks! I looked at the section, but didn't see...

    Thanks! I looked at the section, but didn't see it - expected it to be stickied.
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    Spotted: "TIAG ZHP" near Ashburn VA

    I couldn't find a "spotted" thread, so posting here.
    Saw Virginia plate "TIAG ZHP" on Rt. 7 heading east near LoCo Parkway ~3:30 today. We were in the F30 so you wouldn't have noticed us! I live...
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    Looks great, but your oil filler cap is upside...

    Looks great, but your oil filler cap is upside down!! :thumbsup
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    Did you just reconnect the hose to the port, now...

    Did you just reconnect the hose to the port, now without the CDV? I've seen some gutted valves to install in place of the CDV.
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    Use a razor blade on the glass. Goof-off or...

    Use a razor blade on the glass. Goof-off or Goo-gone might work on the plastic, but the soft-touch finish is quite delicate.
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    His other one came with the bracket. I might...

    His other one came with the bracket. I might have a bracket for sale if my son ever comes home with the car!
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    Did the rear brakes on wife's F30 '13 328iX. Pad...

    Did the rear brakes on wife's F30 '13 328iX. Pad warning came on last month - 45K miles, original BMW pads & rotors. Went with Zimmerman Z-coat plain rotors & Akebono ceramic pads from FCP. Was...
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