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E89 Exterior Glossy Black Plastic A Pillar Cover

Discussion in 'E89 Z4 (2009-present)' started by Atty, May 18, 2010.

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    Does anyone know if I can easily replace the black, glossy plastic A pillar covers on my E89 (they're the glossy plastic pieces on either side of the windshield) as a DIY project? I managed to get a nice scratch in one this past weekend on my brand new Z4 35is that has little over 400 miles on the odometer. The scratch appears too deep to buff out, but it looks like these pillar covers can (or should) be easily replaced. Surely they get dings and scratches all the time besides being a magnet for swirl marks. It's the first blemish on my new car, so I'm taking it badly!

    Any advice you can offer would be much, much appreciated!
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    I would think about calling around to a couple of dealer parts departments, or even your Service Adviser, and asking if this is a simple DIY project -- they might even know offhand if this is a common problem.

    If that fails for some reason, or you determine that the cost of a swap is prohibitive, I would suggest looking for a 'wrap' that simply covers the area -- maybe even one with some decent looking faux carbon fiber?

    You can buy sheets of really good looking glossy black vinyl/carbon fiber from many sources...it is certainly a cheap alternative if OEM perfection is out of reach!

    Just some food for thought, Good luck...


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    Thanks, E92Dreier. I think I'm going to have to do some calling to find out. I think the actual part itself is relatively cheap, like $25. The problem would be with taking the old one off and putting the new one on, if that can be a DIY project. It seems like it should be simple, but not many things are! I'd rather do it myself, carefully, than have to take it to a body shop and be without the car for a day or longer. I don't like other people messing with my car! I even dread going in for service!

    I hadn't thought about the wrap. I might have to think about that too! Many thanks!

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