View Full Version : outer door handle gaskets E34, E32, E36, Z3 - NEW

08-03-2008, 02:02 AM
The friendly dealer does not sell them as single items, but only the much more expensive door handles complete. The cheaper solution:
ONE set of rubber trim for your outer door handle, 1 set = 4 pieces.
These will crack or, over time, it will just wear out. The last thing you want creeping inside your door handle is water & dirt. They will no doubt damage your door lock mechanism.
It will fit all E32 - 7 series, E34 - 5 series, E36 - 3 series and the Z3 series.
On E36

Price: U.S. $ 30.00 per 4-door set including shipping by unregistered airmail ex Japan. 2-door set $18. Delivery time: ex stock as long as stock lasts.
Payment: Paypal.
Should the parcel be subjected to import, customs, GST, VAT or sales tax, you are responsible to pay them. Send me a private message (PM) in case of interest with your complete shipping address and I will inform the Paypal account.
Installation: (examples)
Z3, also applicable similar to other models http://www.angelfire.com/de3/bimmertoyz/howtodoortrim.html

08-04-2008, 10:48 AM
Thanks Erich!

08-07-2008, 05:21 AM
here another good instruction from the japanese E34 DIY corner

11-03-2009, 09:58 PM
Feedback info for E36 owners from a 1998 E36 328iC Cabriolet owner,

I did mine yesterday. Look through the hole and find the small sheet metal piece in there. Put the paint can opener at the top and just off the edge of this. Push towards the outside of the door and forward. Move down a little each time and try again. You will hit it. It isn't visible in my 328ic. Took me 31 days for the drivers side and 3 minutes for the passenger side. When mine released you could see the outside panel release from the door.
lightflyer1 Location: Austin, Texas E36 328iC 1998

Marty:I own a 328i coupe and recently changed the rubber trim. What a mission. There is a slider behind a gasket, but it is very difficult to find and move. If you lift the rubber seal on the top edge of the door (where the window meets the sill just above the latch) you will find a very small gasket (see picture). If you look inside this gasket you will see a lever that moves down when you lift the door handle (a curved grey dull colour).
The slider is directly behind this (a few millimetres towards the front) against the outside panel. The slider itself has gold/yellow appearance and is in the shape of an "L" with the bottom of the "L" sticking out from the panel. You can just see the tip of slider. Use a flexible LED torch that you can poke it into the gasket and light up the area. It’s hopeless shining an ordinary torch into the gasket and trying to find it. You can’t look in and shine the torch at the same time. The best way to slide it forward (towards the front of the car) is to use an Allen key. The Allen key allows you to get in behind the handle lever. If you can imagine the slider being an “L” shape and the Allen key being an “L” shape, then the idea is to push the bottom of the Allen key (tip of the “L”) against the tip of the “L” of the slider. Be careful as the locking mechanism is in very close proximity to the slider and you don’t want to damage it.

I my case the slider was difficult to move. But a few taps on the Allen key with the handle of a rubber grip screwdriver did the trick. Once you get the trim off and replace the rubber use the Allen key as a hook to pull the slider back.
The best thing you can do is to find/make and LED flexible torch that will poke through the gasket. Once you do this and get a glimpse of the slider you will see how it all works. There is no need to pull the door apart.I hope this helps you guys. It’s difficult to explain and even more difficult to photograph (even though I tried).
The Slider tip is just in front of the door handle lever (see the pic for details). It’s between a small piece of painted sheet metal on the inside of the outer panel (just visible through the gasket) and the door handle lever.
Hope these pictures explain things a bit better. Marty New Zealand 328i E36

John in CT
01-05-2010, 05:28 PM
@John in CT
1 set sent out today to Derby, CT


Shogun; Got 'em last Saturday, amazing speed,



barry 90 525i
02-21-2010, 04:49 PM
I bought these and it was the fastest shipping i have ever seen and they look great!

05-07-2010, 06:22 AM
Here a video how to do on the E36, made by jbate and his comment:
This video will give you an idea of what you have to do while the handle is still in the door. First you need to pull the rubber cover back. I have seen a DIY where the guy used a paint gallon lid opener, I used a set of picks. The whole thing is done by feel because you can't see a damn thing.


05-10-2010, 07:08 PM
Thanks Shogun. Just received my door handle gaskets!! :)

05-18-2010, 09:01 PM
Hi Shogun;
I've gotten the gaskets a few days after you mailed them. That was fast for international mail in my opinion.

Thanks !

John in CT
09-13-2010, 06:54 PM
and finally got around to it last weekend, job is a snap, the new ones look great, subtle but important upgrade,


John in CT
1995 525i 5 speed 131K miles

10-10-2010, 06:10 AM
feedback from Werner525iTEXE, E34 owner:

see old - new:

03-04-2011, 05:58 AM
2 sets for 4-door E34 sent out to Bulleen Victoria, Australia

along with the special made toothed wheel/rim for the rear sunshade gear, made of steel instead of that weak plastic original stuff

12-02-2011, 04:56 PM
1x 4-door set shipped by airmail to Phoenix, Arizona

Got them really fast mail from japan, I think it less time then to get to something from New York lol. Thanks

04-03-2014, 05:50 PM
1 set for your E34 is in the way to TN, thanks

I hope you are as happy as bleudyno, he asked me some time ago:
Hi shogun, you got a lot of praise for you e34 door handle seals. Do you still sell them? The ebay ones are pieces of crap and don't fit right. You're set will fit perfectly right? Let me know and I'll paypal you. Thanks!
2 weeks later after he ordered my ones:
I received your package and installed them already. They fit like a glove! Thanks so much!

05-15-2019, 06:15 PM
@Keith: 2 sets 4-door sent to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
@dan:1 set for E34 540 sent to Moroga, CA
@Joel: 4-door set is on the way to Beaverton, OR for your 1991 E34 M5
@Rodolfo: 1 set for your E32 was sent to Curitiba - Paraná, 80240-010 Brazil
@Franklin: 1 4-door set for your 93 E36 325i Sedan is on the way to NYC
@Tyson:1 set for your E32 was sent to Cambridge, WI
@Jonathon: 4-door set for your 1995 BMW 530i just sent out to VA ,
@James:1 set for 4-door Sedan for your 1996 E36 328i were shipped out to MD
@Dan: 1 set for your E32 740iL was just sent out FL
@johnd: 2 sets for E34 are on the way to NSW, Australia
@TechnoWeeny:1 4-door set for your E34 540 was sent to Logan Village, Australia
@Alex:2-door set for your E36 was sent to PA
@Marcus:1 set of outer doorhandles for your E36 Coupe is on the way to Berlin
@James:Set 4 outer doorhandle gaskets for your 1991 E34 ///M5 is on the way to Jacksonville, FL
@Robert: 1 set for your E34 540 shipped to WI
@Steve:2-door set for E36 318ti shipped to San Antonio, TX
@Rudolph: 2 sets for E34 are sent out to Germany
@ Mike: 1 set for your 1998 E36 M3 Coupe sent to Middleton, WI
@James: 2 doorhandle gaskets for your 1999 BMW Z3 M Coupe shipped to Huntsville, AL
@Christopher: 1 set for E34 sent to Berlin, Germany
@Ken, set for E36 Coupe right and left gaskets sent to Belgium
@Phil: 1 set for E32 shipped to Newtown, Victoria, Australia
Henry: 1 set for your E34 shipped to Woollahra, NSW, Australia, Comment by Henry: Hi Shogun, I understand you sell door handle gaskets for the E34 that fit? (I had a poor experience buying some on eBay that did not).
@Paul: 2 sets for E34 M5 and E36 M3 4-door shipped to Egbert, Ontario
@Christian: 1 x 2-door set for Z3 shipped to Hamburg, Germany
@Paulo: 2-door set for your 1995 E36 328i Coupe shipped to Burnaby, Canada
@Sascha: 4-door set for E32 750 shipped to München, Germany
@Paul: 1 set outer doorhandle gaskets for your E34 shipped to Federal Way, WA
@Manny: 4-door set for E32 shipped by airmail to VA
@Ralf: 2-door set for E36 Cabrio shipped to NRW, Germany
@Justin: 4-door outer doorhandle gasket set for your E36 M3 Sedan shipped to Savage, MN
pics before and after on an E32 and the comment about the fitting of my gaskets http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/1267539
@Flo: 1x 4-door set for your E34 Alpina B10 shipped to Ingostadt, Germany
@Tim: 1 set for 2000 Z3 shipped to Edmonton, Canada

07-07-2019, 02:56 AM
@John: 1 set for E34 shipped to NE Kirkland, WA

12-30-2022, 03:57 AM
got new gaskets on stock, shipping worldwide, contact me by PM for details and with shipping address