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      01-29-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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WTF Stolen Grills

Went to a friend's house in the city, parked in front of his house, upon leaving found out some fing jack@$$ stole my front grills! I wouldn't be too overly upset as they are easily replaced until I see that they broke one of them out and busted the bottom bumper plastic clips!

What the heck is wrong with people - I am moving to Germany where no one would dream of touching your car

Anyone point me to some reasonable CF replacement grills?
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      01-29-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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you're right... that guy is a jack@$$.

to my knowledge, you'll have to replace the front cover if you want those clips/prongs back on your car.
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you're right... that guy is a jack@$$.

to my knowledge, you'll have to replace the front cover if you want those clips/prongs back on your car.
Front cover as in the entire bumper. I had that issue as well, just use 3m double sided tape. Poor design on BMW's part if you ask me. Sorry to hear OP.
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Unfortunately it happens all the time.

Went through several grills on my old E36.
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      01-29-2013, 12:06 PM   #5
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...and not even a ransom note?
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      01-29-2013, 12:07 PM   #6
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This sucks.

Some people need a good hard kick in the arse with a cold boot.

Can your insurance company help you out, or will that just drive up your insurance costs?
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I have a $200 deductible so not worth it for the insurance - but on the plus side I have been wanting to upgrade so I just bought the the CF's.

I guess it was a forced mod
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I have a $200 deductible so not worth it for the insurance - but on the plus side I have been wanting to upgrade so I just bought the the CF's.

I guess it was a forced mod
be careful parking your car next time. CF looks so much more attractive to common scum!
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be careful parking your car next time. CF looks so much more attractive to common scum!
Agreed, I'd be more worried about $150 grills being stolen. And the few CF grills I've seen on E46's always turn yellow/peel because the finish is so bad.
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Is CF conductive? Running current through them might solve the problem!!
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Looks more like vandalism than theft. I always thought it sucked you could just rip these out, as opposed to other models where you have to push the grills out from behind the bumper. I have a spare chrome set, they're yours free if you'd like, only a few dead bugs on them
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I work in a shady area downtown with a public lot and this kind of stuff is always happening to me too. I now drive a $2500 car to work.
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Looks more like vandalism than theft. I always thought it sucked you could just rip these out, as opposed to other models where you have to push the grills out from behind the bumper. I have a spare chrome set, they're yours free if you'd like, only a few dead bugs on them
Can I take them off your hand. One of mine has a "missing tooth"
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Can I take them off your hand. One of mine has a "missing tooth"
PM me the address; I'm in Atlanta this week, but will ship them as soon as I get back; I think OP wants CF now that I re-read the post.

I actually have to make a list of stuff I have that's extra for the car, like extra fully intact cup holders (I ripped them out 2nd week of ownership).
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Maybe it was because they knew you were looking for an excuse to upgrade to carbon fiber.

In all seriousness. That sucks.
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Same happened to me. In the process they broke the clips. BMW said clips are on the front bumper and glued on the replacement grill.
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