Front Grills

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Gareth 161
Joined: Thu 08 Mar, 2012 23:41
Posts: 134

  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Cornwall

Front Grills

Post by Gareth 161 »

For some reason my front grills are not the same? Both have chrome oval outer but one has chrome fins and the other black fins? It’s a 3.0 2000 year roadster and obviously would like to replace one of them to make it correct. Also wondering how many of the 3.0 roadsters were still on the road as haven’t seen any locally in Cornwall?
Thanks
Gareth
2001 3.0 Z3, 2008 Subaru Forester Xten
LaRy
Joined: Mon 12 Nov, 2018 17:47
Posts: 111

  Z3 roadster 2.8

Re: Front Grills

Post by LaRy »

Hi, the original standard one is the one with chrome outer oval and black fins. BMW part number 51138397503 left, and 51138397504 right. Price in Germany 137 EUR each for brand new original. But it does also exist a total chrome version in some later versions of the Z3, number 51138412949 left, and 51138412950 right. Price 105 EUR.
Use the part numbers and see if you can find some used one in internet.
Gareth 161
Joined: Thu 08 Mar, 2012 23:41
Posts: 134

  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Cornwall

Re: Front Grills

Post by Gareth 161 »

Thanks and looks like a could go either way as long as I end up with two the same. Probably easier to paint the black one with a chrome paint pen which I have seen on eBay.
2001 3.0 Z3, 2008 Subaru Forester Xten
Gareth 161
Joined: Thu 08 Mar, 2012 23:41
Posts: 134

  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Cornwall

Re: Front Grills

Post by Gareth 161 »

Further to my original question, now have a more serious problem in that bonnet release lever not working so can’t open bonnet as need to do an oil change.
Any easy way to open as presumably need to take off the front grills which at least will make it easier to use the chrome pen!
2001 3.0 Z3, 2008 Subaru Forester Xten
Mr H
Joined: Wed 15 Sep, 2021 15:48
Posts: 3

  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Horsham

Re: Front Grills

Post by Mr H »

LaRy wrote: Tue 16 Nov, 2021 20:54 Hi, the original standard one is the one with chrome outer oval and black fins. BMW part number 51138397503 left, and 51138397504 right. Price in Germany 137 EUR each for brand new original. But it does also exist a total chrome version in some later versions of the Z3, number 51138412949 left, and 51138412950 right. Price 105 EUR.
Use the part numbers and see if you can find some used one in internet.
I believe the 3.0 came with chrome surround and fins as standard (as mine did / does) .......
LaRy
Joined: Mon 12 Nov, 2018 17:47
Posts: 111

  Z3 roadster 2.8

Re: Front Grills

Post by LaRy »

Hi, once again i send a Youtube showing how you can open the bonnet. Hope it works for you. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCcJmSdH11I
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