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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:39 AM
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Help! Phone in hole

My wife dropped her smartphone (Galaxy SIII, very thin profile) under the front passenger seat and it managed to slide into one of the two black vents underneath the seat. In my zeal to retrieve it, it seems to have been pushed farther and farther into the plastic hole. Anyone ever have this happen to them before? Anything I can do to retrieve it other than bringing it to the dealer? I tried a grasper device, but although it catches around the end of the phone, it can't pull it out. I think it might be wedged in there now...
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:25 AM
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1. Find a deserted stretch of road

2. Bring the car up to 60 mph (or so)

3. NAIL the brakes

Lather, rinse, repeat if this does not dislodge the phone....
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:31 AM
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I tried something similar, but I think it's pretty well lodged... Sadly, I do not have a stretch of deserted road in NYC to drive backwards at 60 mph on.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:32 AM
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Lmao..... That and possibly a wire clothing hanger. Would have to be long enough and strong enough. I've only ever pulled one thing out of mine and I had to get behind the item w a wire and push it out. Good luck. Lmk of fast bobs idea works



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1. Find a deserted stretch of road

2. Bring the car up to 60 mph (or so)

3. NAIL the brakes

Lather, rinse, repeat if this does not dislodge the phone....
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:23 AM
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Steep hill, quick acceleration or roll backwards and jam the brakes on and off.

MalibuMafia had similar problem a while back and posted on his attempts to remove it. You may find some tips if you search out that thread.
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Well, look on the bright side: now your car has bluetooth and a whole bunch of extra features!
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:22 PM
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Steep hill, quick acceleration or roll backwards and jam the brakes on and off.

MalibuMafia had similar problem a while back and posted on his attempts to remove it. You may find some tips if you search out that thread.
Not only am I too dumb to get a phone out of my car, but also I am too dumb to find the thread, apparently.

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Well, look on the bright side: now your car has bluetooth and a whole bunch of extra features!
Yes, that's true! Or at least until the phone battery dies...
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:35 PM
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Surely the seat can be removed for better attempts at all the suggestions made so far.... and a few more? yes?
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Not only am I too dumb to get a phone out of my car, but also I am too dumb to find the thread, apparently.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=iphone+stuck
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That sucks! Super strong magnet maybe? I would make sure that the phone is dead first - don't want to erase any data. I haven't looked at the vents yet but I am definitely going to go take a look and make sure that I put some type of filter or something in front so I don't have the same problem at some future date. Girlfriend and her friends always manage to drop stuff on the floors of the car.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:34 PM
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Thanks to all who posted. I just got back from Park Ave. Two service guys helped me out. Took the seat out, but still couldn't reach it, so they ended up getting a long rod and some really sticky substance (something used to fix windshields, they said). That finally did the trick. Didn't charge me, so I gave them all the cash I had ($27) as tip. The back is scratched up, but at least it's out. A silicone cover is going on that sucker today. If it had been on in the first place, no way it would have been able to slide all the way up there.

Anyway, thanks again, everyone.
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