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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 08-01-2005, 03:25 PM
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How to replace a shift knob E46???

I want to replace my stock shift knob. Does anyone know how to take it off. I don't want to ruin anything, do I just unscrew the current shift knob and screw on the one I want to put on? Please email me with any info...thanks!!!


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Old 08-01-2005, 03:27 PM
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:33 PM
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It's funny how you actually took the time to write that reply...
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:37 PM
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1. Grasp knob firmly.
2. Make sure face/head is not directly above said knob.
3. Pull upward. Hard.

Step #2 is very important, lest you bonk yourself in the head. There are no fasteners, it just pops off.
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:49 PM
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Assuming you are talking about the shift knob for a manual transmission car, it is just press-fitted on to the shift lever rather than held in with a set screw or screwed on. Just grab the knob and give it a good upward yank. Just be carefull and position yourself so that your chest rather than your head is in the path of your pull. Some of the knobs aren't press-fit quite so tightly as others and you wouldn't want to have the imprint of the shift pattern embedded in your forehead (now where is that picture.....).

I haven't the slightess idea how the step/auto/ssg knob is done.
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:59 PM
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Just wasn't sure why you wanted a response emailed to you. Also, a simple search would yield plenty of results. Here's one from 2002 -> http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...emove+shift%2A


What brand shiftknob are you replacing it with?
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Old 08-01-2005, 04:17 PM
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I'm not sure yet, maybe an AC...but I do want to replace it for sure. I just needed to know if it was easy to do before I buy a new one. I don't mind getting emailed just incase I didn't have internet access it would go to my mobile. Thanks for all the help.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:48 AM
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Z4 2004 Automatic / Shift handle replacemet

Hi,
I am replacing the shift knob. I have read that it just needs to be pulled upward. However, they were referring to a manual transmission one. Mine is automatic. Is there any difference?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:30 PM
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Assuming you are talking about the shift knob for a manual transmission car, it is just press-fitted on to the shift lever rather than held in with a set screw or screwed on. Just grab the knob and give it a good upward yank. Just be carefull and position yourself so that your chest rather than your head is in the path of your pull. Some of the knobs aren't press-fit quite so tightly as others and you wouldn't want to have the imprint of the shift pattern embedded in your forehead (now where is that picture.....).

I haven't the slightess idea how the step/auto/ssg knob is done.
Thank you for the detailed explanation! My shift knobs wobbles a bit when I switch gears; mainly, it rotates a bit around its vertical axis. From what I understand, I cannot do anything except put it on glue or replace it altogether, right?
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:37 PM
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Hi,
I am replacing the shift knob. I have read that it just needs to be pulled upward. However, they were referring to a manual transmission one. Mine is automatic. Is there any difference?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Same with the automatic shifter. Straddle the sunnofa, and yank. I did mine with the shifter in neutral, although I don't think it matters much.
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With an auto it doesnt matter, but if you put it in Neutral instead of park the angle of the shifter keeps your hands from flying up and breaking your rear view mirror off. Instead you just break a rib or two ...
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Same with the automatic shifter. Straddle the sunnofa, and yank. I did mine with the shifter in neutral, although I don't think it matters much.

I put in in SD and sat in the drivers seat. The M3 I put it in 2nd gear and do the same thing. My strategy is to use my strong hand gripped around the side of the knob, and my other hand on the top of it to help control flight when it flies off.


I do realize how dirty that sounded, but hey, it works.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:55 PM
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Does anyone know how to get the smg lever off?
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:42 PM
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Does anyone know how to get the smg lever off?
You`re addressing the wrong forum....you want the 6-Series Forum. Look on the Main Forums page.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:15 AM
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Speaking of shift knobs, anyone know any nice ones they would reccomend?
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:30 AM
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Speaking of shift knobs, anyone know any nice ones they would reccomend?
I just bought an OEM black leather one off eBay, for about $52 delivered. It's quite nice. Had to ditch the old myrtle knob since I replaced all the interior trim w/black.
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Speaking of shift knobs, anyone know any nice ones they would reccomend?
Assuming you mean for a manual shifter, the ZHP shifter seems to be the majority upgrade.
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Assuming you mean for a manual shifter, the ZHP shifter seems to be the majority upgrade.
Agreed! The ZHP shift knob just feels right. I love mine and it was a great upgrade.
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Agreed! The ZHP shift knob just feels right. I love mine and it was a great upgrade.
It's interesting feeling the difference of the zhp knob on the 6spd vs the 5sp.
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My strategy is to use my strong hand gripped around the side of the knob, and my other hand on the top of it to help control flight when it flies off.

I do realize how dirty that sounded, but hey, it works.
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Anyone have a repair for the little plastic tangs that break off? (5-speed) When they do, you don't have to pull like hell anymore, it comes off in your hand when you shift into second.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:50 PM
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Anyone have a repair for the little plastic tangs that break off? (5-speed) When they do, you don't have to pull like hell anymore, it comes off in your hand when you shift into second.
Unfortunately I believe this is a replace or rig situation, anyone feel free to chime in and correct me.
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I own an X3 guys so I know this is the wrong forum, but googling brought me here. Does anyone know if the X3 Auto is the same way? I would assume yes....
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