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      05-20-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Let's Remove Various Pieces of Interior Trim

I figured I would have one thread that dealt with the removal of various interior trim. I will post updates to the thread as I take more off my car.


Removing trim around shift boot

Remove the shift knob and shift boot.



With the shift knob and boot removed, remove the trim by pulling up. There are a few clips holding it in place.




Removing Door Handle Trim

The Door handle trim pieces are held in place with the same clips as the shift boot surround trim.



To remove the trim, begin at the bottom of the trim. I was able to remove by pulling the trim off, you may want to use an Interior Trim Tool to un-dock the connectors.



Slowly work your way up the trim releasing the 5 clips. You do not need to pull very hard, just enough to release the clip then move on to the next one.





Removing the Dash Trim



The Dash Trim is held in place with what I call the BMW straight clips. They are basically spikes that mate with a female plug on the dashboard.

Begin at the outboard point and use the Interior Trim Tool to un-clip the first clip. Work your way toward the Driver Side using the same precautions that you used on the Door Trim.










HVAC Console Trim Removal

The HVAC trim and the lower section that holds the heated seat switch bay is one piece. The line that you may think is designating where the trim is 2 pieces, is just for cosmetics.

To remove the HVAC Console Trim, begin on the lower edge. Use an Interior Trim Tool to undock the 2 clips along the bottom edge. Do not pull the trim out too far. You will create stress on the trim and it can break. You can see int he below picture where it is starting to stress. With the lower clips un-docked, move along each side releasing the 2 clips per side with the Interior Trim Tool.




Interior Trim Removal Tool

The Eastwood Company sells a nice set of Interior Trim Tools. They are plastic shims of different sizes, angles and shapes that allow you to carefully separate interior trim.
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      05-20-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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Thank you so much for that. I will be switching my 128 to glacier alum trim when I get it. Do you have to take the entire center console out to remove the ashtray and trim?
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Thank you so much for that. I will be switching my 128 to glacier alum trim when I get it. Do you have to take the entire center console out to remove the ashtray and trim?
I could not get it out from the top when I put in the ashtray delete. I believe that the center console has to come out to remove it. I will be pulling the center console soon as I have some other things I would like to do when I am in there.
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Much appreciated.
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      06-27-2008, 03:13 PM   #5
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do you sell the plastic tools pictured?
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      06-27-2008, 03:15 PM   #6
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do you sell the plastic tools pictured?
I do not. Eastwood Tools is where I got my set.
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      06-27-2008, 05:19 PM   #7
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do you sell the plastic tools pictured?
http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/to...page=11&#58173
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I need help please!!! how do I remove the ashtray&trim around.
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Tools also available from Bavarian Autosport
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      01-28-2009, 11:16 AM   #10
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I need help please!!! how do I remove the ashtray&trim around.
You need to remove the entire center console. I have a DIY here for that as well.
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Need a front upper switch panel DIY, anybody??
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anyone know the url to the remove shitfboot trim DIY? None of the old urls work since the "merger"
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what is the part number of that lower dash panel with the heated seats switches?
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very nice thanks for the post ... I think that the dealer will charge over $200 easy to just doing all that lol i bet i can do it in 10mins lol for $20 lol
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i need to remove the centre of my dash that holds the gauges so i can reupholster it.. how due i do that?
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Thanks to this thread I replaced the left hand door handle trim in ten minutes. Thank you!
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Just some words of advice, when removing these trim parts make sure you warm the plastic up with a heat gun on low just a little bit. It will make it a tad more forgiving. Reason being is if the plastic clips are cold and you begin to pry on them they will snap right off. Which SUCKS, so just a heads up. I had to learn from my mistakes working in Cincinnati's cold weather.
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      12-13-2012, 03:11 PM   #20
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Awesome write up! Just purchased a 2005 BMW 116i and all the paint on the trim is starting to peel. So going to try my hand and vinyl wrapping it!
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thanks for this ! massive help
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      05-23-2013, 10:36 AM   #22
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Well guess I won't be doing my interior trim, seems like overkill to pop out a stupid ashtray trim, sucks really hate this silver trim
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