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DIY - Sunglass holder (replaces ashtray)
Published by jwarcd
11-07-2005
DIY - Sunglass holder (replaces ashtray)

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 the edge of the boot.
2) Move the gear shift into 2nd gear to make it easer to remove the center console trim cover.
3) Open the console storage compartment lid.
4) Pull up with a steady firm grip on the rear part of the shift boot opening to remove center console cover.
5) Disconnect the lighter plug.
6) Pull the center console cover over the shift boot to gain access to the underside.
7) Remove the 4 T-20 torx screws that hold the ashtray assembly.
8) Use a small screwdriver to pop off the aluminum/wood trim from the ashtray cover.
9) Install trim on new sunglass holder lid.
10) Attach sunglass holder to the center console cover.
11) Reinstall center console cover. It just snaps back into place.

Thanks to Tierfreund for info on how to remove the center console trim cove
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  #1  
By bimmer4me on 11-07-2005, 09:18 PM
Great post!! Thanks.
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  #2  
By Jason on 11-07-2005, 09:30 PM
Awesome, adding to DIY master list.

Thanks.
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By lux.sh on 11-08-2005, 03:03 AM
awesome DIY.

Where did you get it for 20 bucks? My dealer quoted me $29..
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By Broken1 on 11-08-2005, 03:23 AM
now the question is should i attempt this myself?
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By jwarcd on 11-08-2005, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by lux.sh
Where did you get it for 20 bucks? My dealer quoted me $29..
I paid $19.98 at Foreign Motors West in MA with the BMWCCA discount.
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By SCA on 11-08-2005, 09:46 AM
Nice!


You lose the lighter? Got to have it for the V1.
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By scottz5 on 11-08-2005, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by SCA
Nice!


You lose the lighter? Got to have it for the V1.
HARDWIRE
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By uofmtiger on 11-08-2005, 11:55 AM
Great post! Is there anyone online that stocks this part? Also, what are the holder's diminsions?
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By itznin on 11-08-2005, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by scottz5
HARDWIRE
I still haven't hardwired.....

I need to do this ASAP...
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By uofmtiger on 11-09-2005, 05:41 PM
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Use a small screwdriver to pop off the aluminum/wood trim from the ashtray cover.
How is the trim kept in place? Is it glued on or is it wedged in with tabs or something?
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By jwarcd on 11-09-2005, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by uofmtiger
How is the trim kept in place? Is it glued on or is it wedged in with tabs or something?
It's held on with tabs, it came off very easily for me.
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By uofmtiger on 11-09-2005, 11:25 PM
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It's held on with tabs, it came off very easily for me.
Very good. I ordered a holder from Pacific BMW today, so I will be giving it a shot later. I mainly want the area for mounting a display I mentioned a while back, but I am still wondering about the dimensions of the tray.
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By David328M-Sport on 11-17-2005, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Broken1
now the question is should i attempt this myself?
Thats what I asked myself when I saw the pics. What if I cant get the cover to sit right again?
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By Xens on 11-18-2005, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by David325Australia
Thats what I asked myself when I saw the pics. What if I cant get the cover to sit right again?
It's pretty easy, I wouldn't worry about it.
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By Pretender on 11-18-2005, 01:24 AM
Too much work for the fricking sunglasses. I just put it in the damn central storage, and keep my ashtray to store coins.
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By com_mander on 11-19-2005, 02:16 PM
Another call for dimensions, how deep is it?
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By poldim on 11-23-2005, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by uofmtiger
Very good. I ordered a holder from Pacific BMW today, so I will be giving it a shot later. I mainly want the area for mounting a display I mentioned a while back, but I am still wondering about the dimensions of the tray.
How much shipped from pacific?




This is nice. I hate reaching under my elbow to grab my glasses, and I'll gladly pay 20 bucks for a trimed piece to hold them. It just has to wait until I hardware my V1.


Can someone grab some quick dimensions? Maby e a ruler and a camera will do, just hold and click...
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By uofmtiger on 11-30-2005, 06:35 PM
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How much shipped from pacific?
I paid around $32. I am not impressed with Pacific. I was supposed to have the holder by Nov 19th. However, I called them the last three days and I had to leave a message with someone each time.

Since no one returned my calls, I called them today and had the receptionist connect me to a person instead of a machine. After 40 minutes of being cycled through voice mails and option menus, I finally talked to someone. They said they will send the holder out today. I am supposed to get a tracking number via email, but for some reason, I get the feeling I will be on the phone with them again. :mad:
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By poldim on 12-01-2005, 02:02 AM
Cheap = Lack of Service....

Can anyone that has it take some dimensions?
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By uofmtiger on 12-02-2005, 12:51 AM
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get the feeling I will be on the phone with them again
Well, they actually sent it out after I talked to the manager. They even sent a tracking number. I will measure it when it arrives. It should be here by the 6th.
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By poldim on 12-02-2005, 01:45 AM
Awesome.

I want to know if these will fit in it:
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