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      12-14-2012, 01:41 AM   #9
bhmax16
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Drives: 2007 328xi E92
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I noticed this when it happened to both the driver's and passenger's side on my car (within 3 weeks of one another). I contacted BMW since, like you, I knew that I did not need the entire assembly. I sent lots of pictures and explained the engineering flaws in the design. I do not remember the name of the guy I spoke to, but we exchanged approx 3 emails over the course of 2 weeks. Unfortunately, he told me that the part I requested (that thin piece of plastic) is not available separately. I'm not sure how much effort he really put in, but I think the best option is to try to obtain it at a scrap yard because I'm not spending $300-$400 for new assemblies when they're not needed.