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The repair was a success, but unfortunately it broke again in May of 2004. It broke just beyond my 2001 bracket. So once again I took the plunge and tried another repair, this time fashioning a bracket that wraps all the way around the existing bracket. Compare the lower right image above with the one below. Here are a few more images.
Ahhhh to have the wonderful BMW air conditioning back again!
In June of 2005 yet another (different) part broke. This time it was the main "flap" system in the plenum on the passenger side. I had to do it all over again.... I lucked out because once I removed the chips of broken plastic, the broken part seemed to function just fine. I added a custom bracket to keep it from popping out, just in case. Check out the photos here.