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      07-20-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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European dash replacement

I was at the dealer last night to talk about some service. One was the dreaded passenger cupholder. They mentioned that on European dashes, the cupholders are absent, and that there is a nice trim piece there. Was considering getting that trim piece and removing the cupholders altogether. Any European drivers who can tell if that trim strip is on their car? On passenger side, between glove box and windshield, runs to the center displays.

Related story re cupholders. SUPPOSEDLY the interior design firm is located in Newbury Park, CA. They kept insisting on cupholder, while the BMW engineers said they were not needed, but instead needed larger ashtrays. Engineers were in NP, and the design team decided to take them for an "American" lunch. So they piled 4 or 5 in the car, drove over to In and Out for double-doubles combos with all the fixins. Then they parked in the lot and said "Enjoy" Supposedly the engineers then conceeded the cup holders.
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      07-20-2005, 02:05 PM   #2
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That some very intresting history of the "dashboard".
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      07-20-2005, 02:39 PM   #3
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There's no extra trim on the European versions of the dash without the cup holders. Just a flat surface where the holes for the holder should be. If you order the storage package in Europe, you get the cup holders, a drawer on the left side of the steering wheel, and two power outlets in the back.
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      07-20-2005, 03:33 PM   #4
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Just a flat surface where the holes for the holder should be.
THAT's exactly what I want to get!
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Hmmm - I got cupholders as standard in my 325iSE!

Definately didn't spec any packages to get them added!
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SE isn't a base model, or is it?
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You would need a whole new dash

The non-cupholder one doesnt just have a cover , there were never holes for them i the beginning

Here is a pic of a non-cupholder dash
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SE isn't a base model, or is it?
Its base in the UK, but ontains options compared to base german cars
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Thanks for the info!
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SE isn't a base model, or is it?
Ahh - good point, never dawned on me!! The SE is the only model 325 currently available in the uk, but it does have lots of extra equipment (hence SE - Special Equipment!)
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You would need a whole new dash

The non-cupholder one doesnt just have a cover , there were never holes for them i the beginning

Here is a pic of a non-cupholder dash
I have burl, but that is what I want, to take out the cupholders and that center portion just be a solid piece. Looks like I would have to do more than just put the strip in place though, unless I see a European one in wood.
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Can someone please be more specific on the optioning, because I would really like to take my cupholders out! A part number could be extremly helpful I have been having a lot of trouble finding it on realoem...
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Can someone please be more specific on the optioning, because I would really like to take my cupholders out! A part number could be extremly helpful I have been having a lot of trouble finding it on realoem...
You would need a complete euro dash without cupholders

I doubt you would be able to order it in the USA and even if you could it would be $$$ to buy and $$$ to install
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THAT's exactly what I want to get!
The only way to retrofit that would be to retrofit the WHOLE European dashboard. Thereīs not a different trim piece in place but nothing there at all. Your US dashboard has the holes so itīd ahve to go out. Calculate about 500USD for the dashboard as a part (a few hundred bucks more for ordering it seperately from Europe) and about 10-12 mechanics hours for the swap.

Are you still sure you want it ?
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