Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > maXimum Tech > 3 Series > E46 (1998 - 2005)
User Name

Welcome to!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 09-30-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
2nd Gear Member
CoreyC's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Montreal
Posts: 93
E46 - Rust under trunk lid grip and frame plate - FIY

Hi everyone, just wanted to share my experience in case anyone else might be in the same boat.

2002 330CI - my trunk lid grip gasket was well in need of replacement, and the grip was always a little loose since I bought the car, but there were always more important things to work on. I finally decided to get a new gasket, new screws and clips, and rework the thing.

When I took off the grip, I noticed that the deteriorated gasked had been letting water in that was pooling around the clips and plate lights. There was a great deal of surface rust. Also, at some point a PO must have used pointed screws to affix a plate, because there were four rusty voids in the paint aligning with the plate screws.

Gald I found out - sanded and painted over with the closet match I could find for now - my trunk can use a full repaint soon in any case so I wasn't worried about the small amount of off-colour that will be visible for the short term.

Just something to be aware of if you've been thinking about your trunk grip. And if you do end up going through something similar, the wire harness for the grip can be accessed by removing the top of trunk lid liner. Sorry for the crappy iphone pic.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Trunk rust.JPG (79.6 KB, 149 views)
CoreyC is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Maxbimmer Copyright 2001 - 2018