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      07-25-2019, 05:50 PM   #1
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Car wash messed up my armrest. How can I fix?







My interior was flawless and after paying 130 to "detail" my car, I get it back like this! Car wash wont take responsibility they say it was already like that but I know it wasnt. Do I have to replace the whole armrest??
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      07-27-2019, 11:54 AM   #2
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I think you simply need to buy the top cover/door. Likely just that half.

Use RealOEM, find the part number for your car regarding leather type and color and Google the number and order from cheapest retailer
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Unfortunately...it looks like the center armrest is sold as a complete unit. So, to replace it you'll need to do 1 of 3 things:
  1. Buy new
  2. Buy used
  3. Find an upholsterer and have it redone

And if you're going to do #1 or #2...you definitely need to use your VIN and interior option codes to find the correct 11 digit BMW part number because they (the center armrest) appears to have quite a range of different part nbrs that are specific to the 3 different models (f06/f12/f13)...along with different leathers (Dakota/Nappa/Merino) as well as different part nbrs for LHD & RHD (left hand & right hand drive). This was a total surprise to me...I assumed they were basically the same part across all 3 models but with different upholstery choices.

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      07-28-2019, 06:15 PM   #4
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Qsilver7, how do you know so much about parts and replacements? It's amazing!!
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      07-29-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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I read the part database sites like it was the Bible....plus I've been used to using them for a long time.

In this case, I just checked the diagram to see if you could order either the left/right armrest cover...and it only came up as one piece. Then I thought I should check (to be sure) that all 3 models use the same part (by clicking on the part nbr). Doing that only showed the f06 using the part nbr I clicked on (I used my personal vehicle to pull up the diagram).

I then checked to see what the OP drives...and they only had M6 in their car info...which meant it could be an f06, f12, or f13 M6...but then I scrolled down and saw that the last pic they posted had the button to operate the convertible top. so I pulled up the f12 diagram and it only listed the f12. I thought sure that the 2 dr models would share the same part...but they didn't.

BTW, I use 3 different part database sites regularly...they all have something a little bit different...so sometimes you can find some neat information that could be missed/overlooked:
  1. www.realoem.com
  2. www.bmwfans.info
  3. http://bimmercat.com
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      08-14-2019, 09:39 PM   #6
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I had a local upholstery shop do mine.

https://www.6post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1534891
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