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Old 10-05-2013, 05:14 PM
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My cup holder runneth over

I have an '08 E93. On the console below the shifter and in front of the storage box there is a receptacle that will hold a small cup or car keys. It is lined with a rubberized material and it has been beaten up over the years and starting to look crappy. I would like to replace it with a new receptacle as it is difficult to paint.
I stopped in at the local BMW dealer and was surprised that the receptacle, with my discount, is only $12! Wowee-wow, let's buy it...but...hold on..the parts rep told me it can only be installed if i remove the entire console! So I sashayed over to a service adviser to confirm the story. He agreed that the console must be removed and quoted $440 for labor! Holy Toledo, Dayton, Cleveland, etc.
Ok, has anyone removed their entire console and is it a bear?
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:27 PM
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I had to scan over the recent threads to find this DIY guide that may help you out, I'm glad I could find it, link posted courtesy of jburke just two days ago.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...eplacement.htm
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:39 PM
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You just lift the trim up, it's friction fit. It will be stubborn to remove, especially if it hasn't been done recently.

It helps to remove the shifter boot first. This allows you grab under the opening and get some leverage.

Plastic pry tools also help but a screwdriver or knife wrapped in tape works ok too.

The tray is held in by torx screws. T20 I believe.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:18 PM
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I had to scan over the recent threads to find this DIY guide that may help you out, I'm glad I could find it, link posted courtesy of jburke just two days ago.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...eplacement.htm
Great post. This doesn't look like $440...or 8.8 hrs. @ $50/hr...or even 4.4 hrs. @ $100/hr. A whole new definition of "stealership"? Oh, I forgot the $12.00 bucks for the 'cup holder'.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:04 AM
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You just lift the trim up, it's friction fit. It will be stubborn to remove, especially if it hasn't been done recently.

It helps to remove the shifter boot first. This allows you grab under the opening and get some leverage.

Plastic pry tools also help but a screwdriver or knife wrapped in tape works ok too.

The tray is held in by torx screws. T20 I believe.
I've found those store loyalty cards, the ones which are plastic like a credit card, work very well when trying to separate parts on a vehicle.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:48 AM
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What a PITA for a small "repair"! N4S
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:05 AM
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I've found those store loyalty cards, the ones which are plastic like a credit card, work very well when trying to separate parts on a vehicle.
Not the center console! It's an extreme tight fit and the first time the trim is removed, it's very stubborn.

I do this regularly since I wrap interior trim in vinyl
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:43 AM
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Not the center console! It's an extreme tight fit and the first time the trim is removed, it's very stubborn.

I do this regularly since I wrap interior trim in vinyl
Just throwing it out there as a general tip.
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