Finally got around to installing mine... I've had it for the better part of 8 months.
The shift boot cover comes out easily. The console trim came up okay but I was so tentative about pulling to hard it took me awhile to pull hard enough.
You do need to unplug the I-drive wire.... mine had no slack and was taped down to the tunnel.
Removed the ashtray easily with a T-10 torx.
Then the problems began... I could not remove the trim cover.
An hour and half later I am disassembling the entire ashtray to get at the 5 tabs and still no luck.
I was not going to scratch the trim since it appears you cannot buy this piece separately.
I decided to just reuse the door with trim intact. I pulled the ashtay apart without breaking anything (this was about 30 minutes of fun).
Then I pulled the sunglass tray apart and swapped the door (another 30 minutes). Re-loaded the springs with the help of a looped piece of string.
After 3 hours the car was put back together just in time to take the wifey out for dinner with some friends. That was a close one.
This should have been much easier... or at least the trim piece should be available for purchase separate from the rest of the console trim (probably the grain wouldn't match but still...)
330xi Sparkling Graphite | Terra with Burl Walnut | ZPP | ZSP with Style 162 | Comfort Access | Heated Seats | PDC | Navigation | Satellite Radio | OEM Alarm | De-badged | OEM Strut Brace | Blacklines | Rear Fogs | Silver Front Indicator Bulbs
Scheduled for Production: 4.7.2006
Awaiting Transport: 4.13.2006
En Route: 4.19.2006
At Preparation Center: 5.11.2006
Performance Center Delivery: 06.01.2006