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Tech Article

BMW E30 3-Series Glove Compartment Typical Problems

Last Updated: 09/04/2016
Parts Group: Glove compartment
This article discusses the glove compartment (a.k.a. glove box), for the BMW E30 3-Series with the main focus being on the typical reasons you might need a glove compartment. If you're not here to commiserate but would rather
  • Buy a used unit from us, guaranteed to work and fit, or
  • See a list of , or
  • Read about removal instructions, which normally are helpful as to installation of a replacement unit
... then please select the link below.

The information herein is based on my own car and used parts that I’ve bought from various junkyards.

Sometimes, the latch fails and a frustrated owner damages the glove compartment in the process of trying to open it. This damage can range from a slight mar (as shown in the above picture) such as from a slipped screwdriver to total destruction; whatever it takes to reach the registration document and whatever else is in the glove compartment.

Sometimes, the person causing the damage is a thief or a vandal.

The main point here is that you don't necessarily have to buy everything that comes with a glove compartment. If just the latch, lock and bin are damaged but the hinge is fine, you can save $10 by omitting that - so this article perhaps just saved you some money.
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