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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 Sat, Oct-09-2010, 10:41:14 PM   #51
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nice. good to know to. thanks
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Old Sat, Oct-09-2010, 10:47:06 PM   #52
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Wow Hencini, that's a nice addition you've done there! I had no idea of that issue. Anything I can do to help the community
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Old Sat, Oct-09-2010, 10:57:41 PM   #53
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Wow Hencini, that's a nice addition you've done there! I had no idea of that issue. Anything I can do to help the community

Well, I think most people would probably recognize that it's two pieces, but I guess it's good that people are aware of it.


Thanks again, bro...
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Old Sat, Oct-09-2010, 11:22:28 PM   #54
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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!!
Thanks for the sedan specific update. I'm about to tackle this issue on the front door handle trim too. My rear trim still looks new also.
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Thanks for the sedan specific update. I'm about to tackle this issue on the front door handle trim too. My rear trim still looks new also.

The other weird thing: the sheet metal beneath the passenger side handle was *filthy* but the driver's side wasn't so bad...
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Old Sun, Oct-10-2010, 02:59:35 PM   #56
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Thumbs up Excellent post

l've been needing to do this, l didn't realize it was so easy until now. Thank you.
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Old Sat, Oct-16-2010, 05:57:31 PM   #57
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Just did the swap about 10 minutes ago. Took longer to wipe the dirt off underneath them than the actual swapping of parts. Awesome write-up. Thanks for the knowledge.
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I'm doing the same thing on my 1996 . 'Got as far as removing the door panel and am ordering replacement part online.





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Old Fri, Dec-17-2010, 05:30:53 PM   #59
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Default Great write up

I suspect a couple of things might help people, and I'll try and post up a part of that suggestion...

First, for higher mileage cars in the rust belt in particular, I bet that pre-spraying the internals with PB blaster a couple of times a day, a few days in advance might really help that slider move more easily.

(just a thought)

Second, I am pretty sure I have some salvage handle assemblies I can post up photos of to show an actual photo of the lever and area that needs to be pushed, that way it can be seen and identified more easily through that little portal.

My M-Technic needs this, My LTW has no door handles, and I should install them at some point!
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... My M-Technic needs this, My LTW has no door handles, and I should install them at some point!
You are more than welcome to send your M-Technic on down to me and I'll take care of that for you. Obviously I'd need the keys to test the mechanism though
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