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  DIY - Sunglass holder (replaces ashtray)
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 gratemech69er on 01-08-2006, 05:41 PM
I just finished installing a sunglass holder. I have manual, woodgrain, no idrive. Many thanks to jwarcd for the instructions and pictures. If I did it again it would take less than 20 minutes, but these are some of the things I needed to figure out - hopefully this will help others.

1) The shift boot comes up easily by pulling up on the fabric part, and squeezing the frame in slightly towards the gear shift. The four clips that hold it clip towards the sides.

2) The center console cover came up easier than I thought it would, but the easiest way to lift it is to open the center lid, straddle the center, and pull with both hands straight up on the rear part of the opening.

3) The torx screws are T-10, not T-20. (Torx screws have a 6 sided star opening). I found the right one in the multiple bit attachments I have to one of my screwdrivers.

4) I had trouble getting the wood trim off the ashtray cover. I finally had to increase the force with the screwdriver to pry it up, which then broke a couple of the plastic connectors on the ashtray. Fortunately the trim was OK, which was all I cared about.

5) I had trouble getting the center console cover to "just snap back in place" It is a very tight fit, and it took a few tries to get it positioned properly at the front so that the trim would fit against the center storage compartment.


In the end I am glad I did it myself, because I don't trust the dealer to do it without scratching or marking the trim. I asked them what they would charge, and they said 1 to 1.5 hours labor because they haven't done it before. Cost for the part in Canada was $45 Canadian.
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By hkj on 01-09-2006, 01:40 PM
I'm about to undertake this task myself. Got my sunglasses holder last week and just haven't got a chance to do it yet.

Anyone has done this on cars with step? How easy/difficult is it to remove the shift boot with the step?
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By DeSotoSteve on 01-09-2006, 06:28 PM
I put one in my wife's steptronic last week. To remove the shiftboot, I simply pulled up firmly on the back edge and it just popped out. Once it was free from the console, I was able to pull up on the woodgrain trim to remove it. It took a little more effort to pull it up--plus, I was being extra careful to not break it. It eventually came free. I was then able to turn the shiftboot and slip it through the opening in the trim so I could completely remove the trim from the car. I took it in the house, turned it face down on a piece of carpet, and installed the tray. Reverse the process to reinstall.

Other than the electrical connectors, it should be virtually the same as the manual transmission. Piece of cake. The whole process took me about 30 minutes. Good luck!

Steve
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By hkj on 01-10-2006, 03:10 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the help. Put mine in tonight, following the steps you guys described, and it worked perfectly. But yeah the center trim is a bit PITA to remove (and put back in), but everything else was easy.

thanks again,
-hkj
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By HRC on 01-10-2006, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by hkj
Hey guys, thanks for the help. Put mine in tonight, following the steps you guys described, and it worked perfectly. But yeah the center trim is a bit PITA to remove (and put back in), but everything else was easy.

thanks again,
-hkj
Cool!! I'm glad I did this, but I do miss the light around the cig. lighter at night when I open the tray.

Danny
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By poldim on 01-13-2006, 11:27 AM
I wish they made the tray lit just like the ashtray on the original unit. Come to think of it, if I get some time I'll move it over from the ash tray...
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By Lost Rider on 02-15-2006, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the DIY.
With your help, I just did this mod in 3 minutes.
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By poldim on 02-15-2006, 05:21 PM
Hahahah, nice sig pic Chi....
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By GoBonesGo on 02-28-2006, 09:21 PM
I'll add another thanks to jwarcd for this DIY. I just did this and it's a simple but useful mod.
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By poldim on 03-01-2006, 06:51 PM
The only thing I hate is I constantly forget I'm wearing them and bring them into the house, rending it useless. Then I forget them in the house in the morning...
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By krugerjq on 03-20-2006, 03:01 PM
Do you loose the amber light that was inside the old ashtray?
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By poldim on 03-20-2006, 11:36 PM
yea, I've actually pondered removing it from the ashtray and moving it to the sunglass holder. I dont like the darkness at all, and I dont see myself ever using the cig lighter...
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By dejav0o on 03-23-2006, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by poldim
yea, I've actually pondered removing it from the ashtray and moving it to the sunglass holder. I dont like the darkness at all, and I dont see myself ever using the cig lighter...
Sounds like another project someone should undertake... let me know how that goes... I was thinking the same thing, but I'm too scared to do that kinda DIY stuff without knowing what it looks like....
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By poldim on 03-25-2006, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dejav0o
Sounds like another project someone should undertake... let me know how that goes... I was thinking the same thing, but I'm too scared to do that kinda DIY stuff without knowing what it looks like....


It'll be a while before I can get around to playing with it....Ill make a thread when I get to playing around with it...
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By Jackdaw on 03-27-2006, 03:34 AM
I'd like to fit a remote display for my Neo Car Jukebox but the display is slightly too high to fit because of the slope at the front of the sunglass holder.
I am thinking of cutting off the sloping part.
Can anyone tell me how much space there is between the front of the tray and the steptronic gearbox. Could I have about 1/2 inch of a remote display under the trim beteen the edge of the sunglass holder and the steptronic?
Many thanks.
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By poldim on 03-27-2006, 11:49 AM
You can deffinetly cut out the forward sloping part (front of car) in the manual for sure. There are a few inches on all sides. I cant say how it is for auto, but I immagine its not too big.
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By saini023 on 03-31-2006, 03:38 PM
i have automatic does anyone know how to take out the knob. there is a silver part i figure would come out maybe some screw under. but it seems like the silver part is stuck on pretty good, didnt want to remove it and not be able to stick it back on. thanks for the help in advance
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By HRC on 03-31-2006, 03:50 PM
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i have automatic does anyone know how to take out the knob. there is a silver part i figure would come out maybe some screw under. but it seems like the silver part is stuck on pretty good, didnt want to remove it and not be able to stick it back on. thanks for the help in advance

I think the auto is the same, just pull up and the knob pops off. Not 100% sure though...

Danny
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By fibercus on 04-03-2006, 02:27 AM
Excelent DIY Mod! Going to do it soon!, non-smoker and use the compartment voltage for phone charge.
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By FastAttackNick on 04-27-2006, 08:11 PM
I just did it and it went fine - great instructions. The only snag was a little piece of the trim cracked off the center console during removal. I was able to superglue it back on and it's all the way on the tip on the passenger side - no one will know but me. Unfortunately, I'm one of those who as soon as I notice a blemish will stare at it forever...
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By luckystrike on 04-28-2006, 02:14 AM
non smokers

guys my car will be arriving this week i ordered a non-smokers package with sunglass holder instead of ashtray., but when i ask my dealer he says my car has a smokers package., can i insist on him to change that what are the actions i can do if he doesnt want to change it., i think i have the right to change it because my order is specifically a non smokers package.
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By poldim on 04-28-2006, 01:39 PM
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guys my car will be arriving this week i ordered a non-smokers package with sunglass holder instead of ashtray., but when i ask my dealer he says my car has a smokers package., can i insist on him to change that what are the actions i can do if he doesnt want to change it., i think i have the right to change it because my order is specifically a non smokers package.
Unless the base build of the car is with the smokers package then the dealership has to do it at their cost. If the factory builds them with the smokers package, then the dealership might try to charge you for the time to retrofit. I would still argue that they should do it at their own cost.
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