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B Pillar inside cover popping off

nicholb

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May 2, 2018
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296
Minnesota
Does anyone have any problems with the inside plastic B pillar cover popping off? In the last weeks I've had it pop off 3 times while getting into the car and brushing across the edge of it. It is easily popped back on. I've had the car just over a year and only had it pop off for the first time last week.

I'm trying to decide if it is worth a service call or if it is just normally easily popped off and I just need to be more careful getting in.
 

Altimas

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Jul 22, 2013
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25
AB
The b pillar cover is two parts, the top fabric part and the bottom black part. You can take the top part off without taking the bottom off so I assume thats what your'e talking about.

I've had to take mine off to figure out some rattles and I can tell you mine takes a good deal of effort to pop off so I would say thats an issue you should talk to the SC about.
 

Runebane

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Jul 12, 2018
282
231
Visalia, CA
I had this issue, took it to the service center. They said the snap points broke off, and claimed it was because I hit it too hard getting in. I explained, this is the first car this has ever happened to and I haven't changed the way I get in a vehicle. They replaced it under warranty though. My guess is they had a bad batch with weak snap points. Again, that is just my wild a^$ guess ;)
 

brobinson

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May 23, 2018
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639
Ohio
The b pillar cover is two parts, the top fabric part and the bottom black part. You can take the top part off without taking the bottom off so I assume thats what your'e talking about.

I've had to take mine off to figure out some rattles and I can tell you mine takes a good deal of effort to pop off so I would say thats an issue you should talk to the SC about.

Is it as easy as yanking on the cover, or do you need to remove the seal first? I really want to tear into mine to find a rattle as well.
 

wrf2e

Member
Apr 6, 2016
111
59
Fort Worth
I have this same problem. I am not a small guy, and this car is quite a bit more compact than my F150 was. I have learned to hold the B pillar in place so I don't pull the cover off. I have also noticed a worn spot on the steering wheel where my right leg rubs when getting in.
 

travis1906

Member
Feb 12, 2019
91
65
Haymarket, VA
Had the same issue happen to me. Got car 6 months ago. Happened about 1 week ago. Got it and and my backside brushed against it and it popped off exposing the wires. Could not pop it back on. Tesla Ranger coming to my house next week to fix it (I hope). Never had this happen and didn’t know could happen.

Certainly seems to be a design fault from my perspective. Should not pop off that easy by brushing against it when getting in the car.
 

nicholb

Member
May 2, 2018
171
296
Minnesota
For clarification, I'm talking about the plastic cover that goes over the entire area where the shoulder seat belt comes out of the pillar. For now I've adjusted the "easy access" seat setting so it is not as far back and I'm less likely to brush against it when entering.

Thanks for all the replies. I think I will open a service ticket in case some of the snap points are broken.
 

jackhodges

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Jun 13, 2018
49
45
Kentucky
Same issue here. July, 2018 build M3 LR RWD. I had mobile ranger scheduled for another minor issue and showed him the separation of the B Pillar cover. He grabbed a different clip from his service vehicle and popped it back in. I got the indication that they may have gotten a batch of weaker push clips. Fixed the issue in about 30 seconds.
 

640k

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Jul 15, 2019
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625
Cincinnati
Yes, I have. I can't wait for Model Y, as my wife will be taking over the 3. It is just too low to the ground and compact for me.
but the Y is built on the same platform. it's just taller. if you hate how compact it is, the Y is going to be just as "small".
 

wrf2e

Member
Apr 6, 2016
111
59
Fort Worth
but the Y is built on the same platform. it's just taller. if you hate how compact it is, the Y is going to be just as "small".
I for sure would want to check it out, but part of my problem is that the 3 is lower than I am used to, making it more cumbersome to get in.
 

WilliamG

Active Member
Apr 20, 2019
3,024
2,919
Seattle, WA
Yes, I have. I can't wait for Model Y, as my wife will be taking over the 3. It is just too low to the ground and compact for me.

Compact...oy. Shows how relative these things are. I came from a Subaru WRX, then an STI, then a Golf R. The Model 3 is huuuuuge by comparison. I mean - it’s 18” longer than my Golf! Someday maybe there will be a Model 2 - hatchback, and shorter. Want!
 

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