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This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the driver's side door pull in 2011-2017 X3 vehicles. Even though we used a 2016 X3 to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any BMW vehicle with minor modifications to the repair steps.
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F25 X3 Series X3 18i
F25 X3 Series X3 20i
F25 X3 Series X3 20iX
F25 X3 Series X3 28iX
F25 X3 Series X3 35iX
F25 X3 Series X3 18d
F25 X3 Series X3 20dX
F25 X3 Series X3 28dX
F25 X3 Series X3 30dX
F25 X3 Series X3 35dX
F25 X3 Series X3 28i
A BMW F25 door pull replacement is a simple 5 minute repair that can be done without removing the door panel.
If the plastic door handles and pulls in your BMW are "melting", you are not alone. It has been a long-running issue with BMWs that affects just about every series produced. There is nothing worse than grabbing a melted door pull and coming away with a hand full of goop.
The reason why certain parts in the interior of your BMW melt is not actually due to the plastic, but rather to the coating that is put on them. Years of exposure to sunlight slowly degrades the door pull's plastic coating turning it into a soft oily mush. The plastic door pull coating can also be destroyed by the misuse of interior detailing products. It is best practice not to use any type of interior detailing products on your X3's coated plastic parts - try using warm water and a mild liquid soap like Dawn instead.
On 2011-2017 X3 (F25) vehicles, the plastic driver's side door pull is usually the first casualty. The good news is it's a very simple fix that can be performed in just a few minutes. We give full step-by-step instructions below along with a parts list for your convenience.
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Section 1 - Installing the door pullThe new door pull insert is easily installed without the need of removing the door panel. It is important the rear of the existing pull is removed so the new replacement fits correctly. Always use a plastic trim removal tool when performing this repair to avoid damaging the armrest.
- Use a plastic trim removal tool to carefully pry the rear of the existing door pool away from the door panel. The goal is to pry it far enough until it snaps off of the rest of the door pull.
- Using your fingers, grasp the rear of the door pull, and remove it from the armrest as shown below.
- Install the new replacement door pull insert. It simply slips into the old pull and snaps into place.
BMW F25 Door Pull Replacement (Driver's Side)