|Problem:||Radio delete with unsightly opening.|
|Application:||All BMW E46 models.|
|Solution:||OEM BMW radio blanking plate.|
|Cost:||$10 - $191|
|OEM Part Number:||65128229147 (plastic), 65107896770 (carbon)|
|Where to buy:||FCPeuro.com, ECStuning.com, BMW Dealership|
OEM BMW E46 radio delete blanking plate:
Removal of the radio head unit has many advantages. It reduces the overall weight of your vehicle (OEM BMW radio weighs about 3 pounds), cleans up the look of your interior and also frees up space for the mounting of additional gauges.
These radio delete blanking panels were originally designed for the E46 M3 CSL (Coupe Sport Lightweight) which had the OEM option upon ordering for radio delete to save weight. The CSL model was not available in the US market, unfortunately. Clean examples of E46 M3 CSL models are highly desirable as production numbers were limited to 1,383 examples worldwide.
BMW makes both a plastic and carbon fiber version of the E46 radio delete blanking plate. The plastic versions go for $10 - $15 brand new where the full carbon versions fetch $190 new. The OEM BMW part number is 65128229147 for the plastic and 65107896770 for the carbon fiber, both can readily be purchased right now. The installation uses the same two mounting screws as the factory radio, installation requires no custom modification with a mounting time of 5 - 10 minutes. The texture of the plastic matches the other plastics found in the interior of your car and fit and finish is perfect as you would expect from an OEM BMW part. Don't settle for third part aftermarket radio delete panels when BMW offers original equipment at a cheap price.
These blanking plates fit all BMW E46 models. New blanking plates can be purchased online by searching the part number or going to your local BMW dealership to order.