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Old 03-12-2010, 03:47 PM
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Anyone remove the phone holder

Just took delivery of a 2010 750i, my 4th 7 series. Love the car, hate the tiny center console and tiny cup holders.

I could increase my console storage by 50% if I removed the flip up dock. As I don't have an iPhone it's not super useful.

Anyone remove it? I know there would be a cable left, but I would live with that.
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:34 PM
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Just took delivery of a 2010 750i, my 4th 7 series. Love the car, hate the tiny center console and tiny cup holders.

I could increase my console storage by 50% if I removed the flip up dock. As I don't have an iPhone it's not super useful.

Anyone remove it? I know there would be a cable left, but I would live with that.
I've wondered the same thing, but I hate to ruin the console completely. (Plus, I'm sure that might be problematic at lease turn-in?)
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:14 PM
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I've wondered the same thing, but I hate to ruin the console completely. (Plus, I'm sure that might be problematic at lease turn-in?)
I'm going to poke around this weekend. Since it swivels it must be removeable. There are some screws on the underside.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:00 PM
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I feel your pain! This is my third 7er and I hate the center console. I was so used to the large storage and I also loved the ventilation which kept my water cold. Unfortunately, I have an iPhone so I am stuck using the cradle.
There is a little storage area just to the left of the steering where I keep a few things. I try not to keep anything in the doors because it moves around while driving and it irritates me.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:55 PM
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I had the cradle *installed* on my "d".Very handy,IMO....and it's available for phones other than iPhone (mine's a Blackberry).Just my 2 cents' worth....
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:11 PM
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I have a Moto Razr V2, and bought a cradle for it.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:17 PM
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:41 PM
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I've been busy with other hobbies

BTW, since the blackberry doesn't have antenna out, you the only benefit of the cradle is charging the phone. Does the blackberry "dock" or do you plug a cable in the side?
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:54 PM
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That's alright, but I meant any luck removing the cradle...
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:28 PM
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Has anyone figured this out yet!? (SOMEONE PLEASE SAY YES )
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:55 PM
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Hi Team E38. Looking for instructions for removing original phone cradle to replace it with OEM telephone replacement tray I just ordered on ebay. Anything to share? Many thanks.
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:13 PM
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Hi Team E38. Looking for instructions for removing original phone cradle to replace it with OEM telephone replacement tray I just ordered on ebay. Anything to share? Many thanks.

You're on the wrong forum. You've posted in the F01/F02 forum (2009+ 7 series).

Do a search on the E38 forum.
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:45 PM
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just yank the thing out. I actually thing there's plenty of room in the center console, it's not like we're storing dead hookers in it, that's what the trunk is for...
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:14 PM
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:54 AM
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Id like to yank mine out as well. Would love a solution for the 7 series. ;-)
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:27 PM
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Im afraid any error codes might come up on the dashboard if you disconnect the phone

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Old 10-07-2014, 02:09 PM
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Here is the TSB from BMW on removing the snap-in adapter for the phone complete with pictures.

Click **here** to view the PDF.
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:25 PM
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Here is the TSB from BMW on removing the snap-in adapter for the phone complete with pictures.



Click **here** to view the PDF.

Thanks for this. Finally I can have more storage space. I'll do this tonight.


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Old 10-07-2014, 05:14 PM
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Can't even get to step 1. Removing the storage compartment is not easy. It won't budge. Is there a screw somewhere? That thing is really tight. Do I pull from the front or back?


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Old 10-11-2014, 05:47 PM
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Finally got this done but broke one clip while removing the storage compartment. No big deal. It's still snug.

Here are a few key points missing in the guide:
1) You have to pull up the storage compartment from the rear side. It's better to sit on the passenger (right) side to do this and recline way back.
2) The clip is on the right side close to the rear corner and about 2 inches below so you'll need a good tool to get there to push it inwards. I just pulled up hard and broke the clip because I didn't know that the clip was there.
3) Once you pull the storage compartment out, you can follow the instructions in the guide.
4) The antenna wire is held by a purple clip that you need to pry out with a small screw driver to release.
5) The other wire connector is released by a turning lever lock. You simply turn it from bottom to top to release. It should come off easily. If not, then don't force it. Turn it some more.

There will be 3 holes to cover. I don't put small items in there so I didn't bother. There are also no idrive errors after removing this device. Sorry I don't have pics.

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Old 10-12-2014, 02:49 AM
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Finally got this done but broke one clip while removing the storage compartment. No big deal. It's still snug.

Here are a few key points missing in the guide:
1) You have to pull up the storage compartment from the rear side. It's better to sit on the passenger (right) side to do this and recline way back.
2) The clip is on the right side close to the rear corner and about 2 inches below so you'll need a good tool to get there to push it inwards. I just pulled up hard and broke the clip because I didn't know that the clip was there.
3) Once you pull the storage compartment out, you can follow the instructions in the guide.
4) The antenna wire is held by a purple clip that you need to pry out with a small screw driver to release.
5) The other wire connector is released by a turning lever lock. You simply turn it from bottom to top to release. It should come off easily. If not, then don't force it. Turn it some more.

There will be 3 holes to cover. I don't put small items in there so I didn't bother. There are also no idrive errors after removing this device. Sorry I don't have pics.

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Old 10-12-2014, 08:08 AM
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Great thread, wondered about this since I got the car. The tricky part seems to be get the storage compartment out.

Would be good to see a pic of where that clip is holding storage compartment in the console.
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:10 PM
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nice car dude.

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Old 10-12-2014, 05:15 PM
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Great thread, wondered about this since I got the car. The tricky part seems to be get the storage compartment out.

Would be good to see a pic of where that clip is holding storage compartment in the console.

Here's a pic of where the clip is located. Mine broke so there is a hole. Actually, there is another one on the opposite side. I believe with the proper tool, you can pry out one side first and then do the other side. Maybe that way it will come off easily. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-13-2014, 01:13 AM
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Thanks for the info, will try it this week. I just don't get why in 2014 we still have these cradles, I mean with BT, audio in, etc. it seems like so much effort to cradle it... wireless all the way! (well, except for the charger cable, but even that I'm thinking of ways around.)
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