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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 04-14-2015, 10:30 AM
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Centre console switch bar

Is the switch bar below the radio/air con interchangeable with the E39?

I need one with the rear sunshade switch, but mine doesn't have the individual switches it's one complete unit.

I have seen an E39 one with the switches I need plus one I don't.

The part numbers are different but the units look identical.
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:25 PM
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I think the one on the E39 is longer, as more option buttons are possible. The E46 maxes out at 7 buttons versus 8 on the E39 5er (massaging seats are the reason for the latter).

Is this a replacement or an add on to the existing vehicle? I think the button might be an individual part that just fits into the switch panel.
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:53 PM
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I think the one on the E39 is longer, as more option buttons are possible. The E46 maxes out at 7 buttons versus 8 on the E39 5er (massaging seats are the reason for the latter).
This is correct. E38 & E39 are same, but E46 is shorter
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:13 PM
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The add on is for the rear electric sun blind.

Not able to fit a separate switch in to switch bar as one complete unit.

New switch bar is 184 from BMW, but it has all the buttons fitted.

Then you need to buy caps for the ones you don't use at 7 each.

Have got a separate switch from an earlier model just need to find a place for it.
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:39 AM
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If it was an E38 and you were adding something and your panel was already full I'd say put it in the cupholder (doesn't hold cups anyway).

Have you check eBay? I've seen them for the E38/E39 with every combination of buttons possible.
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:57 AM
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I keep checking Ebay but E46 ones with the options I need are not available at the moment.

Will keep looking as i'm sure one will come up
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