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      05-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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help <gap between taillight & trunk>

hi. i had my lci lights installed n just realized i had gaps between taillight and trunk on the right side. The big and small light housings aren't flushed either like the left side. it seems like it's the trunk that's not properly aligned/mounted or factory defect. Does anyone had similar issue like this? is it something i can claim warranty for? TIA.
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      05-04-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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You can move the lights to correct the alignment by adjusting the screws that are holding the lights in place. It looks like the screws were just tightened down without making sure the alignment was correct. Should be a 5 min fix.
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      05-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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I had the same thing on my M3. The panel fitment on the M3 is terrible for such an expensive car. I had to readjust the fenders, lights, and the rear tailights.
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      05-05-2012, 12:45 AM   #4
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i havr exact same problem. so the whole panel can be adjusted with screws?
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      05-05-2012, 02:19 AM   #5
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I had the same thing on my M3. The panel fitment on the M3 is terrible for such an expensive car. I had to readjust the fenders, lights, and the rear tailights.
+1. So disappointed.

I tried adjusting the taillight housing by loosening the 3 screws then align it the best I can. Still couldnt get a perfect fitment because of the terrible panel design. I had to sacrifice 1 of these 3: top, bottom & side, with a bigger gap around the housing to get minimal gap on the other 2
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      05-05-2012, 02:34 AM   #6
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I'm in the same boat. I can't believe it either. For such an expensive car, I expected perfect fitment!
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      05-05-2012, 07:17 PM   #7
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looks like the trunk needs to be aligned first
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      05-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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Was your build date the week after Octoberfest?
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      05-05-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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I had the same thing on my M3. The panel fitment on the M3 is terrible for such an expensive car. I had to readjust the fenders, lights, and the rear tailights.
+1..I have re-adjusted the hood..the a-pillars, the rear bumper, the rear seat bottoms..these cars are really not fit very well,,
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      05-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #10
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I also hate the area where the fender/hood/headlight meet. That point. sucks.
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      05-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #11
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I also hate the area where the fender/hood/headlight meet. That point. sucks.
I think meet is the wrong word
Gather maybe?
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      05-05-2012, 08:59 PM   #12
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meet,gather, same shit
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      05-05-2012, 09:13 PM   #13
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meet,gather, same shit
No I meant the 3 body parts were not even close at the point you mentioned
So gather was a better word
I was being sarcastic
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      05-06-2012, 12:23 AM   #14
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It's taken me a long time to figure this stuff out, don't look too closely. Otherwise, you'll drive yourself crazy. When I think all of the stuff that could go wrong driving in Houston (besides fitment and quality issues) I want to leave the M in the garage; which of course is the craziest decision of all since it is a car.
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      05-06-2012, 11:11 AM   #16
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No I meant the 3 body parts were not even close at the point you mentioned
So gather was a better word
I was being sarcastic
I LOLed up on reading your first remark. Thanks for starting my sunday with a good laugh, buddy.
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Yes, and it's not just the M3. At first I noticed the gathering of drunk sheet metal on a brand new M3 in the dealer's showroom, both me and my friend were like WTF???

Then we inspected every other car in the showroom, ALL of them had misaligned headlight + fender + hood, or taillight + trunk.
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You can move the lights to correct the alignment by adjusting the screws that are holding the lights in place. It looks like the screws were just tightened down without making sure the alignment was correct. Should be a 5 min fix.
Listen to WCH, he speaks the truth...
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Bump, my M has the exact same gap on the right side. Anyone ever try adjusting the bootlid?
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      07-12-2014, 06:25 AM   #20
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I had the same thing on my M3. The panel fitment on the M3 is terrible for such an expensive car. I had to readjust the fenders, lights, and the rear tailights.
Curious as to how exactly you did this. I've noticed the fitment is not good in the front area. And when I put my painted kidney grills in, I noticed the front bumper cover screws were not tightened down. This made me think they were supposed to be that way from the factory to allow things to have some play in there? That said, I snugged them up when I put them back in. So did you just loosen them all and try your best? Or did you have a more calculated method to doing this?
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It looks like the screws were just tightened down without making sure the alignment was correct.
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Curious as to how exactly you did this. I've noticed the fitment is not good in the front area. And when I put my painted kidney grills in, I noticed the front bumper cover screws were not tightened down. This made me think they were supposed to be that way from the factory to allow things to have some play in there? That said, I snugged them up when I put them back in. So did you just loosen them all and try your best? Or did you have a more calculated method to doing this?
I had the dealership do it.
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