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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 Tierfreund on 12-02-2005, 03:00 AM
Yes, they will. I have very similar glasses. The width will be fine and the sunglass tray is a lot deeper than the ashtray (since it has no part that need to be taken out for cleaning), so the glasses will fit nicely. I even have an Ipod in there now.
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By poldim on 12-02-2005, 11:57 AM
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Yes, they will. I have very similar glasses. The width will be fine and the sunglass tray is a lot deeper than the ashtray (since it has no part that need to be taken out for cleaning), so the glasses will fit nicely. I even have an Ipod in there now.

Awesome. Pacific BMW, here comes my money....
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By BMW0 on 12-03-2005, 05:48 AM
Nice DIY, very helpful!
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By poldim on 12-05-2005, 03:05 PM
Just placed an order for this and a few other parts from Circle...
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By AW330i on 12-05-2005, 08:03 PM
does the sunglass holder come with its own wires/ wiring harness if not what do you do with the actual lighter as there is no where for it on the new piece i am guessing...
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By poldim on 12-05-2005, 08:56 PM
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does the sunglass holder come with its own wires/ wiring harness if not what do you do with the actual lighter as there is no where for it on the new piece i am guessing...

The lighter is on a plug, disconnect it, and its secured somewhere to the underside of the dash to prevent rattling.
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By AW330i on 12-06-2005, 04:44 PM
I stopped by the dealership and ordered this today after school it cost me $23 and it should be in on monday... Thank you for sharing with us on the DIY I took out the trim to see exactly what was involved and it definatly is not going to take more than a few minutes to do this.
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By Yobyot on 12-18-2005, 03:16 PM
On Steptronic cars...

It's still easy to do this, but takes a little longer with Steptronic.

The Steptronic level cover still pops right up, but there's not enough room to get the trim cover over the lever cover. But you can still remove the ashtray without turning the cover over. Just do each side from the front seat. Also, on Steptronic cars, there are two electrical connections that you need to temporarily disconnect. One (blue) is for the shift indicator lights; the other (white) I assume is part of the interlock system.

Takes about 30-40 minutes.

BTW, other the than #10 Torx driver and something like a stiff spackler spreader to pop off the trim cover of the old ashtray, you don't need ANY tools. It's possible to do without any damage or scratches to your interior.

I only tried it today because the dealer scratched the trim cover doing the SIB for the hot console. Apparently, they don't read e90post to learn how to remove the cover without scratching it!
Last edited by Yobyot; 12-19-2005 at 06:21 PM.
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By poldim on 12-18-2005, 05:29 PM
Crap! Its dark and I cant do the install now...
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By kt157 on 12-18-2005, 09:02 PM
thats nice, i was looking for a place to put my glasses. you would think bmw would include 1 in their car. even my parents crv and accord have 1
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By poldim on 12-19-2005, 12:23 AM
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By hkj on 12-20-2005, 03:34 AM
hey can you post the dimension of the sunglass holder? I want to order one but I am not sure if my oakleys would fit...

thanks,
-hkj
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By uofmtiger on 12-20-2005, 06:17 PM
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hey can you post the dimension of the sunglass holder
The holder is very difficult to measure because it is slanted on the inside. I mounted a KCA-r71FM display in it (6-1/16"W x 1-3/4"H x 3/4"D ), but I had to shave down the sides a little bit.
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By hkj on 12-21-2005, 03:32 AM
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The holder is very difficult to measure because it is slanted on the inside. I mounted a KCA-r71FM display in it (6-1/16"W x 1-3/4"H x 3/4"D ), but I had to shave down the sides a little bit.
Thanks for the info.

Just to be clear, you put the entire head unit into the sunglass holder? Or you mean you just removed the ashe tray and put the head unit in its place?

Any chance you got a pic of your set up?

thanks,
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By petesamprs on 12-21-2005, 10:41 AM
Why don't you guys just use the armrest storage area to hold sunglasses? I put them in the cupholder.
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By poldim on 12-21-2005, 11:46 AM
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Why don't you guys just use the armrest storage area to hold sunglasses? I put them in the cupholder.

I dont want to scratch my glasses and its a pain in the ass to get them in and out of there.
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By poldim on 12-21-2005, 11:47 AM
Here's mine: Install done Monday night:
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By uofmtiger on 12-21-2005, 05:21 PM
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Just to be clear, you put the entire head unit into the sunglass holder? Or you mean you just removed the ashe tray and put the head unit in its place?
The display is in the sunglass holder.
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Any chance you got a pic of your set up?


The lid closes without a problem. Like I mentioned, the sides of the holder had to be shaved a bit to make it fit.

One thing that has changed is that I removed the flag sticker on the MyFi and replaced it with a sticker that matches the woodgrain in the dashboard. I will post that shot elsewhere at a later time.
Last edited by uofmtiger; 02-03-2006 at 11:42 PM.
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By AW330i on 12-21-2005, 06:03 PM
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Here's mine: Install done Monday night:
What happened to the wood piece?
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By hkj on 12-21-2005, 06:07 PM
Thumbs up



Now if I can only get someone from Pacific BMW to pick up my phone call. It's like their entire parts department is busy today, I've been calling them all morning and I either get a operator with super heavy accent (can't understand a word he says) or some guy's voicemail

For those of you who ordered from Pacific, how did you order sunglass holder? I don't see the part number on their website.
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By poldim on 12-21-2005, 08:44 PM
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What happened to the wood piece?
This one?
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By poldim on 12-21-2005, 08:45 PM
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Now if I can only get someone from Pacific BMW to pick up my phone call. It's like their entire parts department is busy today, I've been calling them all morning and I either get a operator with super heavy accent (can't understand a word he says) or some guy's voicemail

For those of you who ordered from Pacific, how did you order sunglass holder? I don't see the part number on their website.

I called them several times yesterday and waited on hold and the operator just took down my name and number. After no reply by 10 this morning, I bashed their line for ten minutes and finally got through to someone.


Last time I ordered it was a breeze. I guess all this holidy crap is affecting them too.
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