In Reply to: Re: Headliner posted by David F on April 02, 2001 at 22:56:03:
Moderately diffilcult. The hardest part is getting the one piece rigid headliner out of the cabin without breaking it. The front passenger seat must be removed. I found it came out the right rear door easiest. Everything else is pretty straight forward. If you need pointers are specifics, let me know. I may have outlined the proceedure a while back. Check the archives.
How difficult was it to remove the headliner?
I have an 1988 735i 97,000 miles with the same problem.
Do not even try that method. It will look exactly how you can imagine it looking. I removed my headliner and had the fabric replaced for under $100.00. The shop would have removed and installed for another $50.00 if I remember correctly. The fabric was of American origin, but ALMOST looks the same (a little nubbier, if that's a word). So far, even my Dad (who is mister do it exactly right) said it looked good. If you want original fabric you can buy it of the net, but then you will end up spending about what you can buy a new one for from John Roberts ($350.00). Auto Headliners of Texas, 458-3927 did my work. Keep in mind that headliner removal is not for the timid. The backing is easily broken rendering it unusuable. However, if you attempt the removal and break it, you can go new and end up with a perfect headliner.
Anyone know if there is a wasy that I can re glue the headliner with out taking it out of the car? I hear somewhere that they make a syringe that you can squirt glue up into the headliner. Is this true?