Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon drewfaulk » Di 7. Feb 2017, 03:04

I'm a new i3 owner in the US, and I'm hoping someone here might be willing to help me locate a European front license plate frame (or just the correct part number) as in the attached picture. I have found two different part numbers (51117306353 and 51117306351), but one appears to be for China, and the other for Japan. I ordered an authentic German front license plate for my i3, but the cheap frame it came with does not attach to the bumper well. I am hoping to find the factory BMW one that comes with the European i3 that contours to the front bumper. Any help anyone could offer would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon BiEmDablju » Di 7. Feb 2017, 08:13

Hi
I guess the easiest way is amazon - there are plenty of these in any quality you would like!

https://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_21?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kennzeichenhalter+deutschland&sprefix=kennzeichenhalter+deu%2Caps%2C196&crid=2ZXBJFG248DQV&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Akennzeichenhalter+deutschland&ajr=0
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon drewfaulk » Di 7. Feb 2017, 13:22

Thanks so much for the response. I have see the aftermarket options, but am hoping to find the BMW part number. In the US, the front bumper plate frame the comes with the car contours to the front bumper of the i3 (it is made just for the i3). I am hoping to find the original BMW part for the European plates that comes on the European i3. I believe it should contour to the bumper better than the ones on Amazon....

Thanks again!
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon i3Harman8V » Di 7. Feb 2017, 13:31

Hi Drew...

My dealer didn' t use a plate holder at all ! He screwed the plate directly to the bumper. Looks perfekt !! :-)

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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon drewfaulk » Di 7. Feb 2017, 13:39

Hi, i3Harman! I considered that, but I thought that it might be a problem when I sell the car, because our US plates are smaller than than European ones. When I remove the plate, the bumper would have visible holes in it that the buyer's plate wouldn't be big enough to cover.... Of course, if they also want a European front plate this wouldn't be an issue, but I'm hoping if I can find the original BMW frame and that I can use the same holes that are already in the bumper, and then just put my US plate frame back on when I sell the car one day. Thanks again for the response!
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon sebas » Di 7. Feb 2017, 13:58

I just went outside to check my I3.
The plate holder is screwed directly to the bumper in the far Corners.
So I belive you would have the same holes not covered by the smaller american plate.
My plate holder was installed by BMW so it should be "the original"
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon drewfaulk » Di 7. Feb 2017, 14:27

I expected that I might have to drill new holes in it for that reason. Did you happen to notice if the plate holder is "contoured" to the bumper? In other words, is it just a flat, universal plate that could be used on any car and that has been bent to the curve of the bumper, or does the back side of it take the same shape of the subtle contours of the bumper, so the two parts fit together better? Thanks so much for confirming, sebas!
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon sebas » Di 7. Feb 2017, 15:24

As far as I see it the bumper is fairly flat at that space
so no real bending is necessary
I will go outside again to take some Pictures for you
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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon Knobi » Di 7. Feb 2017, 17:12

There are no special plate holder from BMW. In the bumper are only 2 holes prepared

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Re: Help Finding i3 European Front License Plate Frame

Beitragvon drewfaulk » Mi 8. Feb 2017, 00:10

You are right that there are only 2 holes, but the back of the BMW frame in the US is contoured to the bumper's shape (please see attached picture). It's subtle, but if you put the US frame up to the i3 bumper, it fits perfectly (like a puzzle piece), because it it is moulded to fit the i3 bumper and no other vehicles. I'm hoping to find a European equivalent. It sounds like there may not be one. Thanks to all!
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