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Old 04-09-2012, 01:23 PM
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2003 x5 ashtray removal

I can't seem to find any directions or schematic for removing the front ashtray in order to replace the lighter. It seems like most of the area needs to come out. I have a general idea but a schematic or some directions would be extremely helpful.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:08 PM
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This is all I could find. Seems not a lot of people have done this. Take pictures and post if you can:

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Old 04-09-2012, 03:22 PM
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Thanks for the post. It does help b/c I can see the 2 screws up top so I believe I have to go in through the side carpeted panel and start disassebly. I will document it and post. Thx.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:28 PM
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Found some instructions after looking up the part numbers....

Removing the center console from a BMW X5


Console Removal Steps:

1. Locate carpeted front trim panels on each side of center console.

2. Remove Phillips head screw from front section of trim panel.

3. Starting from the lower portion of panel, Gently pull away from center

4. Locate rear trim panel and remove as you did the front panels.

5. Proceed to rear of console. On each side (where console meets floor)
you will find a series of screws. Remove the screws closest to the floor,
one on each side of console.

6. Move approximately half way up the console and remove two Phillips head
screws that secure console to vehicle.

7. Open center armrest to expose storage compartment. Remove plastic
insert by lifting straight up. Remove the two screws at the bottom which
secured console to vehicle floor.

8. Remove shift indicator bezel and boot, this will allow room to remove
the hazard warning switch. Once the switch has been removed, remove the
screw that was directly under the switch. NOTE, pay special attention to
connectors for hazard switch and shift indicator; they are keyed the same
and can be inadvertently switched during the reassembly process.

9. On the lower left side of console, approximately in the middle, are
three connectors. Ashtray cigar lighter and phone antenna coax cable with
18 pin ELO connector. Locate and disconnect all three. NOTE, make sure that the wooden shifter knob is protected prior to removal
of console. Wrap with a soft cloth, since during the actual removal of the
console it is very easy to damage the wooden surface of the selector knob.

10. Remove plastic air duct inside of storage compartment, under sliding

11. Disconnect the connector for the rear center vents.

12. Remove two screws that secure rear vent assembly to console. These are located inside storage compartment, just ahead of vents. Remove rear vent assembly.

13. Remove parking brake boot and push through opening. Pull up on parking
brake. This will allow you room to lift console.

14. Place gear selector in "D" this will make it possible to maneuver
console out of vehicle.

15. With the exception of one connector for the control panel above front
ashtray, the console is ready for removal. If you have a sunroof, you
should open it at this time.

16. Raise rear section of console up while at the same time guiding the
front portion backwards.

17. Once you have exposed the connector for the front control panel,
disconnect it.

18. Continue raising rear of console until it is almost vertical, this
will ensure clearance and lessen the possibility of a damaged part.

19. Once you have removed console, use proper size small torx drivers to
unscrew wood trim.

20. Put it back together by reversing these instructions.
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