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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 Fri, Sep-21-2007, 12:54:04 AM   #11
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Just took a closer look. The screw that was holding on has a bunch of glue on it, and the plastic piece retainer piece definitely broke.

Will post pics later, but I really really hope it can fixed by washers
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Old Fri, Sep-21-2007, 01:57:39 AM   #12
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Just finished replacing mine. The counterbore for the screws in the trunkhandle is pretty thin. Once they break, the screws won't hold the trunk handle down.

A replacement handle is a kit that includes everything you need for around $60.

Popping off the painted trim from the old kit is theoretically possible, but I wasn't able to without breaking the trim tabs...they're pretty brittle. It's worth a try before painting the trim...but it'll be a struggle. I spent $98 from a high end shop for painting the trunk trim and sharkfin, so figure at least $50 for painting trunk handle trim.

To remove the old handle, you have to remove the trunklid carpet trim and disconnect the connector. Then remove the 4 screws on the trunk handle. The gasket will stick to the trunk, you just pull it off. The gasket is only adhesed on one side and the adhesed side goes against the handle, not the trunk. Use some Meguairs paint cleaner and claybar (after soap and water) to clean up gasket material stuck to the trunk.

When you get the painted trim you assemble it to the trunk handle...basically friction and tabs, wedged on. Before installing, be sure to look at your old trunk handle to see how the wires go through the painted trim cutouts and make sure not to pinch the wires. Then put the adhesive gasket onto the trunk handle...again see how the trunk handle pigtail wire is threaded through the gasket BEFORE adhesing it.

Reassemble the trunk handle to the trunk after routing the wires through the trunklid. Put everything back.

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Here is a pic of my washer fix.



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So I see you "stuffed" some black stuff into the screw hole to allow the washers to keep the handle on.

What did you use?
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Old Fri, Sep-21-2007, 04:33:07 AM   #15
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No, that is just the angle of the photo. All I did was use the washer and screw.
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Try a 1/2 inch washer and a 1 5/12 inch screw.
Nice I will def try that tonight, cheap fix. I didnt wanna buy a new piece from the dealer and get it painted. too much work.
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Crap my plastic retainers are broken on the handle. I don't think the washers can save me

Also, I guess due to the year difference, my screws don't stick out like that. They sit deep inside the hole. The only thing holding the handle on is the plastic retainers on the underside of the handle.
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Mine broke off, last night I just loosened the handle, so that the clips that go into the trunk come out. i plastered those tips with this bond i bought at kragen. then i sealed the outer edge with some more bond, and today, its stuck on there like rock, prob stronger than if you had screws in there. it won't even budge. glue costs like 6 bucks at kragen. its a white tube and a black tube, you mix the two together to form this rock like bond. works perfect.
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Does the new bumper handle fit the trunk of the old car?? Or is the license plate area wider in some odd way?
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Try an easy out and replace the stock bolts with the correct replacements from the dealer - the total cost should be about $10 for the easy out and the bolts. If you feel uncomfortable using the easy out a independant mechanic with half a brain can do it in under a half hour.
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