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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Apr-09-2010, 10:58:28 PM   #41
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my dealer charged me 26 for these parts (the pair)
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nice DIY, kinda thing most people don't notice but drives you crazy once you do.
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Old Sat, Apr-10-2010, 04:38:15 AM   #43
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My body shop did these for me when I had my entire car resprayed... soo glad I didn't have to mess with them
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Old Sat, Apr-10-2010, 03:53:25 PM   #44
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My body shop did these for me when I had my entire car resprayed... soo glad I didn't have to mess with them


Well if you ever have to do it, it takes less that 10 seconds once you know what you're doing
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wait... you took a hammer to that thing? Please tell me you hadn't read this DIY yet, since I explicitly say that it shouldn't require a lot of force. Hopefully you didn't break or bend anything in the process, but glad to hear you got it done. For the record though, DIYs like this are here so you don't have to fiddle around for an hour before you figure it out.
The reason a took a hammer is because by hand i couldn't push the rod at all. That's why i was questioning myself for what i was doing wrong and also took the extra time to take the door panel off so i can have a better view. My car is a 98 with 123k miles and these had never been replaced before. With the hammer i was just tapping the can opener with minimal force, just enough to make the rod move. That's what worked for me and that's why it didn't even take me 5 minutes to do the passenger side. And don't worry, nothing was broken
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Great DIY Thanks to all the helpful people on here. Almost an hour total doh!
Started on driver couldn't get end of slide rod, tried passenger side and was easy see problem.
Driver side had to bend metal flap inside hole back half inch to get slide rod end.
Used screw driver and had to tap it little to start and get it far enough to release trim on each side of my 95.
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I did this to my car...all 4 doors! Ack! And it took me about an hour. But I also cleaned under the cover, waxed the hidden paint, and put Back to Black on the handle itself before I put the surround back on. I used a pants hanger end with the tube removed to pull the catch back. This could be easier if you have someone to hold the door open and keep the surround pressed in while you pull the catch to finish the job. Doing this job and the windshield cowl covers on my car made all the crappy rubber look new again.
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I've got to go back to the bodyshop that replaced mine, but i'm sure he said he changed them without taking the panel off
gonna ask him
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nice DIY, kinda thing most people don't notice but drives you crazy once you do.
was enough for me

a local buddy helped me do the job. Took us newbs 5mn total
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Finally did this today although I only did the fronts-- for whatever reason the back doors were almost perfect still...

The video Colin posted makes it *so* much easier. I used a camping headlamp to peer inside the hole, and immediately saw what I was going for.

The hardest part (and this is sedan specific) was realizing that the little plug thingy was two pieces. VERY hard to get it out in one piece...









As far as reinstalling, make sure the gasket is properly seated on the handle trim all the way around. If not, it will be hard to engage the hooks with the slide. I found that pushing in on the new handle trim made getting the slide to engage much easier...


Vast improvement, no?










Colin, thanks again for a great DIY!!
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Discussing DIY: Door Handle Trim Replacement in the E36 M3 (1992-1999) Forum - {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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