2003 Z4 emblem search

Discussion in 'BMW Z4 Series' started by Jim, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest


    I have bought a used 2003 Z4 and for some reason the "Z" and the "4"
    on the driverside trunk are not there. Did they have a year where it wasn't
    put on.? I have googled this and searched E Bay and can find lots of BMW
    badges etc. but not the "Z" and the "4". Is there a place online besides
    the BMW dealership?... thanks... Jim
    Jim, Nov 16, 2009
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  2. Jim

    Rob Guest

    Some people take them off. I never could figure out why. They may also
    have been stolen, but I'm sure they were there when they made the car.

    Rob, Nov 17, 2009
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  3. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Well that's interesting... I had never heard of that... I thought perhaps
    the trunk had been damaged or something and they opted to not put them on
    for whatever reason....never heard of "debadging"... Thanks...Jim
    Jim, Nov 17, 2009
  4. Hi,

    Model designation deletion ( or rear badges removal) has been an option on
    BMWs for some years now.

    Maybe some do not want others to know size of the engine in their car
    because of creating envy, or they tell everyone that the engine is bigger
    than what it really is.


    David Skelton, Nov 17, 2009
  5. But BMW once used to spoil this fun with their exhausts, though. ;-)
    Dave Plowman (News), Nov 17, 2009

  6. Still do ( to those that know)

    David Skelton, Nov 17, 2009
  7. Jeff Strickland, Nov 17, 2009

  8. Some owners like to de-badge a car -- remove all of the insignia from it. I
    don't know that there is a dealer option to not have the badges installed or
    not, but they are reasonably easy to remove at home. The badges are glued
    on, so all one needs is a chemical that cuts the adhesive or a heat source
    that causes the adhesive to be released. (Obviously, one would want a
    chemical or heat that does not damage the surrounding area but this is not a
    difficult challenge in the grand scheme of things.)

    In any case, if you have a burden to put the badges back on, I gave you a
    link in another post.
    Jeff Strickland, Nov 17, 2009
  9. Jim

    Rob Guest

    I know people who have used mono filament fishing line to remove glued
    on badges so they can paint the panel. You just use it like dental
    floss and work it back and forth.

    Rob, Nov 17, 2009

  10. WD40 and a credit card is supposed to work too. WD40 cuts the glue but does
    not eat the paint.
    Jeff Strickland, Nov 17, 2009
  11. Jim

    Dean Dark Guest

    Use a heat gun. Heat is your friend.
    Dean Dark, Nov 17, 2009
  12. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Thanks to all the replies...now that I know why people debadge a car I
    am thinking I may leave well enough alone...but thank you Jeff Strickland
    for the link. I bookmarked it for future reference... Jim
    Jim, Nov 18, 2009
  13. Cut the link back to www.realoem.com/bmw and you can find parts for any BMW
    car or bike.
    Jeff Strickland, Nov 18, 2009
  14. Jim

    Pete Guest

    I know people who have used mono filament fishing line to remove glued
    Which, by the way, dental floss works just fine for removing those
    badges as well. Then just use some goo-gone/goof-off to remve the
    remaining glue.

    Pete, Nov 19, 2009
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