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jwarcd
11-07-2005
I installed the sunglass holder ( part #51-16-7-132-376 about $20) last night and it took about 20 minutes including taking the pictures. Steps might be a little different for cars with an automatic transmission.

1) Remove the shift boot using your hand and carefully pulling up on...
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By raven169 on 11-30-2012, 04:18 AM
This is great! cheap way to add convenient storage spot for my sunglasses! Thanks for the write up!
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By jmm027 on 12-01-2012, 12:39 AM
yeah brilliant thanks heaps
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By chitownkev on 02-10-2013, 01:49 PM
I did this mod yesterday, and while a bit frustrating it first, I got it done pretty easily. Probably reiterating what others have said, but here's my experience on my 2007 335i AT with iDrive:

1) Automatic shift knob comes off with a strong pull straight up. Don't jerk it, just keep pulling harder until it comes off.

2) Pull up carefully on the leather boot around the shifter and the whole boot/plastic cover unit around the shifter will come off. There are two wires that are connected to this unit. I wasn't able to get them out without feeling like I was going to break something, so I left this part connected.

3) Pulling the console trim unit off wasn't easy when trying from the driver's side. I got on the passenger side, got some leverage by putting my feet up against the front firewall, and lifted up at the rear end of the shifter-boot area. I'm right handed and pulling up with my right hand allowed me to get this piece out pretty easily.

4) Since I didn't undo the wires connected to the shift-lever boot piece, I had to fish that whole unit through the hole in the console trim in order to get the console trim out of the car. You also need to disconnect the iDrive cable before getting the console trim out of the car.

5) Be very careful when trying to snap off the trim lid of your existing ashtray unit. I was careless with mine and chipped off a little piece of the wood trim right away...luckily it's at the very rear of the piece and you can't even see it once everything is installed back in place.

6) Putting everything back together is a piece of cake!
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By diazpf on 02-25-2013, 12:49 AM
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Good DIY, just finished Installing an XM Xpress EX with it, thanks!!!
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By frankthetoad on 06-25-2013, 10:24 PM
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I too chipped the trim on top of the ashtray. Where can I buy a replacement that won't cost me millions?

Once I finally got it off, I realized it was held on by what looks like aluminum rivets. It did not fit the sunglasses tray. Was I supposed to remove a hard plastic portion with it also?

Can't seem to find that particular part number on RealOEM.
Last edited by frankthetoad; 06-25-2013 at 11:05 PM.
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By Dulowy on 06-28-2013, 06:32 AM
Great DIY and instructions, adding to my list of diys to do
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By JustROLLIN on 08-29-2013, 10:31 PM
Whats the difference between the part that the OP referenced and just the "insert" part 51-16-7-118-065? One is much less than the other, but I am not sure if just the insert will work.
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By nickflow on 01-27-2014, 05:00 PM
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hello i found this site with the part number provided here (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-89...0-e92-e93.aspx) but i cant tell if it includes the lid can anyone help please
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By fmonteiro444 on 01-28-2014, 11:23 AM
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hello i found this site with the part number provided here (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-89...0-e92-e93.aspx) but i cant tell if it includes the lid can anyone help please
None of them include the trim
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By nickflow on 01-29-2014, 09:20 AM
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None of them include the trim
great thank you for the response. I guess ill look for the part number for the Lid (trim) for the wood look that i have
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By fmonteiro444 on 01-29-2014, 02:55 PM
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great thank you for the response. I guess ill look for the part number for the Lid (trim) for the wood look that i have
I already tried that route. They don't sell it separate from the center console trim and it's expensive. Your best shot, if your piece is ruined, is to check ebay or by it off a forum member.
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By mmurray on 04-05-2014, 06:18 PM
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Just replaced my ashtray with the sunglasses holder... great DIY - thanks!
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