Elvis, you are the BEST!
thanks for the very detailed inx on how to make this repair.
It WAS a bit of a b@$+ard to get to, but everything pretty much went exactly as you related.
Well, except for the yanking out of the cover under the glove compartment... I managed to snap off the white tabs on the back-left. No real harm done, however, as it is out of sight and the cover stays up just fine without that support. Still, a caveat for others who might undertake this task.
Again, many thanks. You rock!
2002 BMW 525i