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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sat, Mar-04-2017, 10:22:44 PM   #1
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Default Floor mats - Velcro vs Through Post Style

A while back Ian had commented that he changed out the Velcro pad style floor mats in his (new from Kevin) M3 wagon as the mats were not staying in place. If I remember correctly, he sourced the old tried and true through post style mats and floor anchors.

I was having the same issue in my M. No grip between the floor pads and the back of the mat.

Recently put a new set of mats in my wife's 7. Noticed that the new Velcro pads gripped the mat very securely. Put some of the new pads in the M, and now the mats are held in place like they are welded. It seems the hooks on the pads are longer and more aggressive.

Since my mats/pads were purchased about the time Kevin indicated he had installed the mats new in the wagon, it is possible that the pad design has changed.
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Noticed that the new Velcro pads gripped the mat very securely. Put some of the new pads in the M, and now the mats are held in place like they are welded. It seems the hooks on the pads are longer and more aggressive.
Are you talking about the round velcro discs? I replaced my mats last year and they have vecro discs and they hold like a champ. No complaints at all.
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Default Re: Floor mats - Velcro vs Through Post Style

The velcro is strong. It's the lining on the underside of the mat that is not.
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Old Sun, Mar-05-2017, 12:59:14 AM   #4
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The velcro is strong. It's the lining on the underside of the mat that is not.
Yeah, my old mats were in decent shape but they were tearing away on the underside. Time will tell wether the new ones do the same, but so far so good.
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Yeah, my old mats were in decent shape but they were tearing away on the underside. Time will tell wether the new ones do the same, but so far so good.
The underside of the mats on the 7 tore away. Mine were covered by one year warranty so I replaced. Seems like the mat area that mates to the plastic disk is more robust on the new ones.

However, on the mats I purchased several months back, the disk simply did not grab the bottom of the mat securely. So must be hit or miss type deal.
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Default Re: Floor mats - Velcro vs Through Post Style

I actually much prefer the twisting plastic rivets that you see in E46 non-M's and E36's. Much better design and easy to remove when you need to clean the car.
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Did the design change from disc to post in a certain year? My 05 has the drivers side plastic posts sticking up. New to the E46 so not familiar.. Thanks
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What I did is I cut the the Velcro disc off the stupid foam under padding. Then removed the rest of the under padding and used a upholstery glue, and glued back the Velcro disc to the mat. that was two years ago!.
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only problem with the velcro, after time the velcro on the mats will tear off.
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What I did is I cut the the Velcro disc off the stupid foam under padding. Then removed the rest of the under padding and used a upholstery glue, and glued back the Velcro disc to the mat. that was two years ago!.
Ditto. I didn't attempt to peel the rest of the foam off the back of the velcro piece. Used 3M Foam Fast glue (doesn't soak in), and it's been holding solid since I did it 3 years ago.
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