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Old 03-09-2015, 06:07 PM
shdan72 shdan72 is offline
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F01, replacing iDrive Controller unit

Hello,

Can anyone tell me how to open or facelift middle console to replace iDrive Controller unit for F01 7series?

I just purchased a iDrive Controller unit from eBay and trying to replace on my own since service charges are ridiculous at Dealers.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:54 PM
cansea54 cansea54 is offline
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iDrive controller swap

It is really quite simple. carefully pop off the trim around the buttons that open the two halves of the center console using plastic trim removal tools or a small flat screw driver to pry upwards. This will expose the two torx screws that secure the wood trim around the shifter. After removing the two torx screws you will need to pry the wood trim upwards enough to get your trim tools under it along the sides. Carefully continue pulling up on the trim working your way forward toward the dash. It is held there by clips along both sides. It is a good idea to have a couple clean rags to tuck between the wood panel and other parts of your interior to prevent scratching anything. It may also help to open the door that hides the ash tray. Once you have the panel free, carefully unplug the connectors. The plugs just pull straight out but are pretty tough to separate. Now you can easily remove the three screws to swap out the controller.
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:44 PM
shdan72 shdan72 is offline
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Thanks cansea54!!

Thanks so much for detailed info.

Actually, I was able to do it exactly as you've directed by concident while I was trying to
figure out on my own.

The only thing I missed was covering with blanket to avoid minor scratches on the black buttons on the dashboard. It is really easy to be scratched out.

One thing though, everyone saids that it needs to be re-programmed, but mine is working perfectly so far for the past week. AM I destined to see any problems if I don't do any reset coding?

Just curious.

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