In Reply to: Re: Repairing grille, need advice. posted by Doug on September 30, 2001 at 22:08:39:
The metal piece snaps into either end of the front end with a plastic snap. The black plastic center piece snaps into the rear of the metal piece and then the two chrome rings snap into it from the front of the metal part. It's a pretty simple operation once you have it apart.
Hope this helps a bit.
Go here and take a look at the pictures. I recently had to replace a high beam lens that one of the landscapers at work was kind enough to shatter test for me! Here's the cliff's notes version of the center grill removal:
1. open hood and remove small phillips screw located on the top of the grill assembly.
2. gently pry the clips on the top just enough to get them out of the notches.
3. move to the front of the car and use a long screwdriver or metal rod to poke thru the center grill sections to release the lower clips (see pics) attached to the radiator support. these can be stubborn, just take your time and don't force it.
4. reach in from behind or under, or wherever you can fit your hand to press down on the corner clips from the top. this should free them enought to allow you to wiggle the grill assembly free or GENTLY pry at the corners with a small screwdriver covered in tape (to avoid scatches).
5. replace your grill trims.
6. when reinstalling, put the ends in first, then push the center clips in.
Take your time, it's not too tough a job.
ron 89 525i w/1 shiny new hi beam lens ;o)