Window trim removal
1. Flathead screwdriver (6-8in or so)2. Phillips head screwdriver (6-8in or so)3. Needle nose pliers4. Socket set, various
This entire process is pretty simple overall. If you exercise care and restraint you will be able to remove thetrim without damaging it. If you are forceful, and try to just tear it off you will bend it beyond repair. Thetrim is a very soft aluminum. It bends and cracks easily. This write-up is focused on 2 door e30's (both pop-out and fixed rear side windows) and offers no direct information on 4 door e30's although most of it can beapplied with some common sense.Trim diagram: (click to enlarge)
First thing you are going to want to do is make sure the car is clean and dry. Go ahead and take care of that before you start.Removed both side mirrors from the car. Inside the car on the other side of the mirrors you will either haveblank sill plates, or tweeter pods. Both pry off. Be careful not to damage the plastic tabs that hold them in.Disconnect the mirror from the door harness. Its a small 4 pin black connector. Should be in plain sight oncethe sail panel/tweeter pod is removed.Loosen and remove both 8mm bolts that hold the mirror to the vehicle. Hold the mirror while you do this soit doesn't fall to the ground and damage the paint. Feed the connector through the hole and set the mirroraside. Repeat for the other side of the vehicle.
Now focus on the b-pillar area inside the car (the G area) At the top of the b-pillar is a small coat hook.This sucker is completely useless, and a bitch to remove. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw. Grab a holdof the hood and pull it out. Rest assured it does remove in this manner, its just stubborn.Remove the cover on the seat belt pivot to reveal the 17mm bolt. Loosen and remove the 17mm bolt. Laythe seat belt down on the floor.Remove the small quarter sized plug on the b-pillar. Look inside and you will see a 8mm nut. If you lookinside the coat hanger hole you will see the same 8mm nut. Loosen and remove them both. Be careful not todrop them. At this point it is helpful to have an assistant outside the car to hold the window so it does notfall onto the ground. While nice, it is not entirely necessary if your car is parked on level ground. Gravityshould work to keep it in place.If you have pop-out rear side glass remove the black cover of the pivot latch on the c-pillar. Loosen and