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thez3man 01-11-2004 08:39 AM

Z3 Removing Center console
 
How easy is it to remove the center console and where can i get info on removing it. Thanks

JonM 01-11-2004 09:30 AM

For FAQ purposes, I'll respond to this one.
Some key words for future searches on this: Z3 center console radio HVAC oddments box

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/images/...-5116200-1.jpg

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/images/...-5116200-2.jpg

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/images/...-5116200-3.jpg

Thanks to Ron Stygar for taking the time to host these images.

From now on, when someone asks for this, refer them to the search function or to the FAQ.

DannO 08-21-2005 03:07 PM

More info on the gauges and lighter plug here...
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=108755

And another set of instructions here...
http://www.waycoolinc.com/z3/book/console.html

Ruprect 05-14-2006 08:52 PM

can anyone add instructions for an automatic transmission

thesource83 05-28-2007 10:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Ruprect (Post 1722009)
can anyone add instructions for an automatic transmission

yea does anyone have the instructions for the automatic transition?:dunno:

cngizbleevng 05-28-2007 07:19 PM

I removed the center console and I have AT. It's the same.

thesource83 05-28-2007 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by cngizbleevng (Post 2407396)
I removed the center console and I have AT. It's the same.

ok, how do i take apart the shifting.. because i got the back part my the seats to lift up but nothing wanted to move by the counsel area.. any tips?


thanks,

-=SAMI=-

cngizbleevng 05-29-2007 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thesource83 (Post 2407409)
ok, how do i take apart the shifting.. because i got the back part my the seats to lift up but nothing wanted to move by the counsel area.. any tips?


thanks,

-=SAMI=-

At the rear of your leather shift boot (bottom edge) push it forward and lift. The front part can lift up then as well. Pull the shifter back to Neutral and pull hard straight up to release it from the console (careful not to hit yourself in the face).

thesource83 05-29-2007 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cngizbleevng (Post 2408450)
At the rear of your leather shift boot (bottom edge) push it forward and lift. The front part can lift up then as well. Pull the shifter back to Neutral and pull hard straight up to release it from the console (careful not to hit yourself in the face).

but i dont have a leather shift boot.. its plastic...


:cry:


-=SAM=-

cngizbleevng 05-29-2007 08:49 PM

Ahh, yes, I didn't notice you have a '97. Sorry, but I don't have a good answer for you. :dunno:

thesource83 05-29-2007 08:58 PM

alright... thanks anyway...

jcard412 10-02-2012 06:18 PM

Thanks
I saw that link but its not my z3 console

resunoiz 10-03-2012 04:49 AM

in my non-automatic Z, I removed the center console without removing shift knob. only needed some more care to pass over it. your plastic "boot" think is simpli fixed with connectors same of the leather one..you just have to give a look at it

maybe is just the same :)

JonM 10-03-2012 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcard412 (Post 7109826)
Thanks
I saw that link but its not my z3 console


Removal instructions are the same. Once out of the car, turn it over and the console trim pieces can easily be removed with screws.

ClayMan 06-02-2014 07:54 PM

Is there an easier way to do this on the M Coupe/Roadster? E.g., without removing the radio?

billbmsn 08-20-2016 10:56 PM

I have a 2000 Z3 roadster. Trying to remove the console following the directions in the first post, I can get it to pivot up from the rear, but the console will not drop away at the front. It is stuck at the top. Seems something else is holding it at the top. Ideas?

TIA,

Bill

vintage42 08-21-2016 05:32 AM

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Originally Posted by billbmsn (Post 9808567)
... Trying to remove the console.. I can get it to pivot up from the rear, but the console will not drop away at the front. It is stuck at the top. Seems something else is holding it at the top. Ideas?

Raise rear of console slightly while pulling to rear. Pull back only as far as needed to disengage front locking clips. Remove cigarette lighter wiring. Slide console to left, rotate to clear parking brake handle, then remove console.

billbmsn 08-21-2016 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by vintage42 (Post 9808680)
Raise rear of console slightly while pulling to rear. Pull back only as far as needed to disengage front locking clips. Remove cigarette lighter wiring. Slide console to left, rotate to clear parking brake handle, then remove console.

Front locking clips??

When I lift the rear and pull on the console to the rear it will not come free at the front top edge under the vent. It feels like something else is holding it on.

vintage42 08-22-2016 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by billbmsn (Post 9809662)
... When I lift the rear and pull on the console to the rear it will not come free at the front top edge under the vent. It feels like something else is holding it on.

Could that something be the front locking clips?
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...NWFjNjA0NDFhNw

billbmsn 08-22-2016 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vintage42 (Post 9809715)
Could that something be the front locking clips?
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...NWFjNjA0NDFhNw

Sure could be. I'm not sure where they are. That's why I wrote "Front locking clips??" above.

vintage42 08-22-2016 01:10 PM

Maybe it's in the steps here under Remove Center Console...
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...ntire-interior

NZ00Z3 08-22-2016 03:09 PM

The locking clips are two pins, one each side of the console. They are approx 4 to 6 mm diameter and 10 to 12 mm long.

Haven't read all of the previous posts, making the assumption that you have removed 4 screws through the radio opening. 2 for the heater controls and two pointing up that hold the console to the dash.

billbmsn 08-22-2016 06:46 PM

I followed the instructions in the first post and as shown in the Bentley service manual. Rear console screws on each side, shifter surround, handbrake surround, console bin, screw under console bin, then radio, the 2 screws above radio that appear to hold the console to dash, then loosen 2 screws so the climate control to pivot back. That's all called for. Don't see the locking clips. Noticed two other clips with screws on either side of the radio hole, where the screw heads are facing forward, so removal is convoluted, but I took them out. Still not able to free the console from the dash at the top. Will look at that other linked thread which is total dash and console removal. [EDIT - and i did the 2 screws on each of the front sidepanels. Sorry, I forgot that.]

Sorry for all the trouble. I must be stoopid.

vintage42 08-22-2016 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by billbmsn (Post 9810849)
... Will look at that other linked thread which is total dash and console removal...

Yes, do take a look at the link in #21 where it says...

f) Once all those screws are removed, very carefully lift at the back of the center console enough to free it loose
NOTE: Though the screws are removed, the front part of the console is still secured to the dash by two hard plastic prongs that slide into holes in the dash
g) Once the back part is loose, very carefully try to slide console back and up from the front to the back of the carů.be aware of the prongs at the front, may need a little shifting up and down/left and right on the front side to get it loose; biggest thing is you don't want to use excessive force and break the prongs or the holes in the dash (once you get it loose, just take a closer look at your set up to see what I'm talking about)

NZ00Z3 08-22-2016 08:20 PM

Have you removed the 4 screws (2 each side) in the foot wells? They will be under little plastic caps?


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