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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 luckystrike on 04-28-2006, 03:32 PM
its a free options here, thats why i choose non smokers, then i called up my dealer my sales rep. told me it smokers but i argued that i specifically ordered non smokers, hes telling me well just see as soon as the car arrives, hes telling me that there is enough storage space for my sunglass and everything aside from the front tray, the we cannot change the package anymore. do you think its still my right to insist?
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By poldim on 04-28-2006, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by luckystrike
its a free options here, thats why i choose non smokers, then i called up my dealer my sales rep. told me it smokers but i argued that i specifically ordered non smokers, hes telling me well just see as soon as the car arrives, hes telling me that there is enough storage space for my sunglass and everything aside from the front tray, the we cannot change the package anymore. do you think its still my right to insist?
Get out your copy of the order form if it arrives without the proper packaging and tell them to retrofit it.
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By yaja on 05-03-2006, 06:44 AM
DIY - Sunglass Holder

I know that this is an old post. By i am in Europe, and the dealer wants to charge me 52 Euro (65 American) to install this part. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most difficult, how would you rate this task? How long did it take?
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By Broken1 on 05-03-2006, 08:54 AM
Following the DIY, I would say this task is a 2 (10 being something like changing the engine)

The hardest part is getting the trim off, which just requires some brut force.
I would definately tackle this yourself. Take the excellent DIY with you into the car, buy the torx t-20 screw driver and have a go at it.
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By poldim on 05-03-2006, 06:54 PM
I would say a 4 because I'm a pussy and was afraid I would break my trim. But in reality its probably about 2 or 3...
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By Bimmer325 on 05-09-2006, 10:34 PM
do we prise lift the wood/alu trim around the gearshift? do i need to prise the gear indicator (steptronics) panel first before the trim panel?
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By poldim on 05-10-2006, 09:15 AM
WTF is prise lift?
Just follow the directions as stated. Pull up.
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  #73  
By kevf219 on 05-10-2006, 02:17 PM
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WTF is prise lift?

lol i was wondering the exact same thing
Last edited by kevf219; 05-10-2006 at 02:18 PM. Reason: fixed quote
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  #74  
By combatcarry on 06-04-2006, 10:25 PM
Some clarifications

I just completed the DIY. I must admit getting the trim off is extremely difficult. It too me over 2 hours and I consider myself an above average mechanic.

The trim cover is held in place by 5 tabs. Please realize that the aluminum/wood trim is glued to the black plastic peice below (this peice has the tabs). Do not try and pry on the thin cover. Also I had to break all 5 tabs before the cover would come off. Then I re-glued the aluminum cover back onto the sunglass holder.

I read other posters say this job takes 3 minutes. It would be impossible to do a clean job and complete this DIY in 3 minutes. It is not impossible to install the sunglasses holder, but I suggest some patience on getting the darn trim cover off!
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  #75  
By pawarrant on 06-27-2006, 03:12 PM
Just wondering if anyone knows how much the dealer charges for the instal?
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  #76  
By yaja on 06-28-2006, 12:56 AM
That would depend on how long it takes theem to install it. Most dealerships charge by the hour. So you should expect that they will round up to the nearest hour. My SA was not even aware of this option, and he is 99 percent of the time on top of things.
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By .psd on 08-24-2006, 07:27 PM
I have a E92 on order and noticed that it has a rear compartment (that mimics the ashtray) in the back seat. Does this contain a sunglass holder or a second ashtray? if it does contain a sunglass holder, what are the odds I just switch the two?
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  #78  
By gmcwv on 08-25-2006, 10:31 AM
Nope that should be an ashtray...and it is smaller than the one in the front
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By FrankoQ on 09-23-2006, 07:33 PM
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Let me re-enphasize the importance of the picture below.
I even added an arrow to show the second location where you need to
insert a flat head screw driver to remove the cover from the unit.

Removing the cover IS easy if you know what to do.
I started trying to remove it from the front and later realized that was not
how to do it.

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By FrankoQ on 10-07-2006, 02:41 PM
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Here is the new and enhanced sunglass tray.
No more excuses that you can't find your sunglasses in the dark.


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  #81  
By BMW320MSPORT on 10-26-2006, 12:38 PM
I have just done this modification this afternoon, I cant beleive how easy it actually was,
Start to finish in approx 20 mins for the whole thing completed. The trim removal was a real easy job.
All i did was grab and hold the trim at the leather part of the gear stick, And pull straight up to the roof. In seconds it is clean off with NO damage.

Then quickly removing the 4 hex screws, strip out the ashtray, Remove my aluminum cover as per the above picture and re-assemble.. Its real easy and cost me just over £13.00. I am going to to remove the rear one next, and add the power outles.

Keep up the good work guys, These mod tutorials are really excellent..

Thanks
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  #82  
By ilshim on 10-26-2006, 01:57 PM
Hi, this looks like a good idea, but i have 3 questions:

1) will this part fit in a e92?
2) will doing the install yourself void your factory warrarnty?
3) do you have to remove the iDrive knob first?
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By FrankoQ on 10-26-2006, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ilshim
Hi, this looks like a good idea, but i have 3 questions:

1) will this part fit in a e92?
2) will doing the install yourself void your factory warrarnty?
3) do you have to remove the iDrive knob first?
To answer #3:
No you do not need to remove the idrive knob.
when you remove the trim, you do not need to disconnect the wires to
the Idrive either.
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By poldim on 10-27-2006, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ilshim
Hi, this looks like a good idea, but i have 3 questions:

1) will this part fit in a e92?
2) will doing the install yourself void your factory warrarnty?
3) do you have to remove the iDrive knob first?
1) your dealer will tell you
2) will putting on a BMW part thats meant for that specific purpose bought from a BMW dealer void your warranty?
3) no
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By ilshim on 10-28-2006, 02:30 PM
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1) your dealer will tell you
2) will putting on a BMW part thats meant for that specific purpose bought from a BMW dealer void your warranty?
3) no
2 - i meant that by doing the labor yourself, you void the warranty. Like opening up the insides of a Dell computer.
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By poldim on 10-28-2006, 02:40 PM
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2 - i meant that by doing the labor yourself, you void the warranty. Like opening up the insides of a Dell computer.
No, wont void warranty.

But if you break something its obviously your $$$.
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By ilshim on 10-28-2006, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by poldim
No, wont void warranty.

But if you break something its obviously your $$$.
Thanks!
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