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Old 05-25-2016, 11:17 AM
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My 1992 B10 BiTurbo has a case of peeling door panels.

As with many non-1995 E34s, the vinyl is shrinking and peeling away from the interior door panel. The current original panels (in black) do not have wood trim, nor do they have leather pull handles.

My plan was to find similar panels from a non-Alpina E34 and replace the centre panel with my Alpina inserts. However it has been VERY difficult to find a set of four black non-wood panels that aren't peeling.

I have managed to locate a set of black 1995 panels that are in excellent condition but have the wood trim strip and the leather-wrapped handles.

What do you think? Should I keep looking until I find identical panels so that I have from-the-factory look, or do I go for the wood-strip panels (and associated pieces for the glovebox, along the dash and around the shifter)? Will a future buyer likely want the stock look, or prefer a fully restored car?
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I think when it comes time to sell the car the first priority will be for the car to be presentable. That means replacing with what you can find that's in good shape, IMO. if you can find a perfect match later or have yours restored all the better, but if it was me I wouldn't hold out - you might never find them?
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Thanks for the advice. I agree with you and am going to the wrecking yard today to get the newer bits.
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My preference is for things to be as close to factory as possible. Ideally this includes optional extras the car received and what not. However, I did just add an armrest to my center console that it didn't have originally.

As jrsmitchell pointed out, when it comes time to sell (I think you are currently selling still?) the buyer will likely be mostly concerned with the car being complete at presentable. So if you go with the wood, do it right.

Is the peeling vinyl not repairable? I have the wood trim on my car and with the age it's all cracking and falling apart. It's expensive to replace and you can't just take it off since there are holes in the panels to hold the wood trim. If I remove it, I have to find all replacement door panels and shifter surround
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i think if you really want, replace for daily use but always keep the originals, in case, down the road, you wanna sell and present the future owner with everything original.
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Well I splurged and bought the 1995 panels, including the bits on the dash. Also got the headliner and the A and C pillar panels so that was a plus.

I'll keep the originals as well for the next owner... if there is one.
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