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At my age and lacking the patience of younger members, I just cut the wires to the unit. At
this juncture no bells, chimes our whistles. That's not to say they won't appear. Car starts and drive
normally, have received and used cell phone with no issues. Will keep your informed of any occurrences.
As all members have observed, the cradle is a useless piece of ____. In today's world it serves no ruction
since most people use smart phones. Naturally it's renders the console useless. I kept the remnant PCB..etc
and will replace if issues arise. There are no short cuts removing the cradle without destroying the unit.
 

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At my age and lacking the patience of younger members, I just cut the wires to the unit.
I thought I was the only one lazy enough to cut the wires. Didn't care about destroying the useless component. Except when I started the car and the entire sound system is dead. No alerts, stereo audio, bluetooth, nada.

I suppose as an alternative to resplicing the wires and reattaching the unwanted limb, I can take the center console apart and unplug the severed wires properly.

Wise man once say search teh googles before cutting wires.
 

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Sorry for your mishap. At this juncture still no problems. I was careful about cutting wire harness
with a pair of dikes. Purchased cover from BMW ($35.00 rip-off for a piece of plastic. My vehicle
is a 2013 X5. Basically, there is no difference between removing all the essential parts to get
access to the multipoint connectors and unplugging the unit or carefully cutting the wires (Please
not with a scissor) Once again sorry for what transpire to your car.
 

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The problem with just cutting a bunch of wires is that you short a random combination of them together while it's being cut...

There's power & ground, as well as bunch of data lines, in addition to two coaxial cables... When you cut them all together in one go, there's a chance you're going to short out wires that will damage whatever device the wires are connected to...

Removing the harness properly literally takes 5 minutes via removing 4 screws & 3 panels that easily slide and / or pull off...
 

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Maybe if I had sen the recommended technique I would have done it. After 40 minutes of trying to remove
the board intact I gave up. If you were my age It would have taken more than 5 minutes. It took
me more than 5 minutes to holding the cradle intact. Having work as a system engineer for
many years I took my chances. I wasn't going to research something which wasn't
worth my time. If I was under 50, probably 5 minutes. The outcome for me was
simple cut and no problems afterwards. I'm not telling anyone this is the recommended
approach, but simply it worked for me. As everything in life IT's RELATIVE
 

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I really don't think age has anything to do with whether it's a remotely good idea to blindly cut wiring harnesses due to willful complacency... Plenty of folks well above age 50 doing far more complex & arduous repairs & restorations on project cars, for fun & enjoyment... I know plenty of these folks, as they're retired former colleagues & mentors, some with legit debilitating diseases & illnesses that significantly limit mobility & strength...

The 1st time I removed the cradle, without any sort of guide or instruction, it was pretty damn obvious that the board you were tugging on was being caught up by the passenger side footwell underpanel, that takes 3 torx screws to remove (the same torx size that is required to remove the bolt holding the board you were tugging on for 40 minutes.)... This panel needs to be removed to replace the recirculation cabin filtration elements, where it's quite easy to remove with no other effort than conscious thought to do so...

You got lucky, many don't... My comment was to explain why this is such a very bad idea, where one should not take the risk, ever, regardless of whether it "worked" for someone else...
 

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I really don't think age has anything to do with whether it's a remotely good idea to blindly cut wiring harnesses due to willful complacency... Plenty of folks well above age 50 doing far more complex & arduous repairs & restorations on project cars, for fun & enjoyment... I know plenty of these folks, as they're retired former colleagues & mentors, some with legit debilitating diseases & illnesses that significantly limit mobility & strength...

The 1st time I removed the cradle, without any sort of guide or instruction, it was pretty damn obvious that the board you were tugging on was being caught up by the passenger side footwell underpanel, that takes 3 torx screws to remove (the same torx size that is required to remove the bolt holding the board you were tugging on for 40 minutes.)... This panel needs to be removed to replace the recirculation cabin filtration elements, where it's quite easy to remove with no other effort than conscious thought to do so...

You got lucky, many don't... My comment was to explain why this is such a very bad idea, where one should not take the risk, ever, regardless of whether it "worked" for someone else...
As promised, at this juncture (If your model had a console USB port) it will not function anymore. It doesn't matter if you removed the hardness the hard way or cut the cable. But I suspect most car owners don't use this port. Everdently it is part embedded of the wireharness. not having the dexterity of other owners, I cat the cable with dikes. If you are able to do the aforementioned removal. Best to you all.
 

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Both of my USB ports work just fine after removing the phone cradle harness the proper way... I use it every day...

Not only do my USB ports work, so do everyone else's that removed the harness the proper way...

The center console USB is connected to a USB hub that also provides USB connection to the phone cradle...
Cutting the cable must have shorted the hub, as I suggested was a possible negative outcome of doing this... Two folks cut cables, one has major issues, you only lost USB connectivity...

The glove box USB is a direct connection to the COMBOX, this one should still work assuming the COMBOX is not damaged from having random wires shorted out...
 

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Both of my USB ports work just fine after removing the phone cradle harness the proper way... I use it every day...

Not only do my USB ports work, so do everyone else's that removed the harness the proper way...

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+1 . Use them everyday as well..
 

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My 650i has a cradle that now holds my wireless charging pad. Had to do a little fitment work using black rubber sheets and Velcro. Can***8217;t see it under the charging pad. Now my wireless charging cradle looks and works great.
 

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My 650i has a cradle that now holds my wireless charging pad. Had to do a little fitment work using black rubber sheets and Velcro. Can't see it under the charging pad. Now my wireless charging cradle looks and works great.
I'd like to see a pic of that!
 

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I found this video for the 2014+ F15 cradle removal. Apart from the fan, would the wire connections be similar in our E70, so that you can unplug them without having to remove side trim pieces? I know our "blank" piece is a different part number and smaller in size. Also, would we also use the T-25 bit to unscrew everything? Have not seen this mentioned before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FkRdlpgFEs

Thanks in advance!
 

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I found this video for the 2014+ F15 cradle removal. Apart from the fan, would the wire connections be similar in our E70, so that you can unplug them without having to remove side trim pieces? I know our "blank" piece is a different part number and smaller in size. Also, would we also use the T-25 bit to unscrew everything? Have not seen this mentioned before.


Thanks in advance!
The wires on the E70 run down to the side of the passenger, much longer than the ones in the video. Which is also why people just cut them. I have ten thumbs, it wasn't that hard to remove it the right way. The hardest part was trying to carefully remove the side trim without breaking it with my brute force since i was unaware of HOW the panels were held on.
 

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I'd like to see a pic of that!
The little brown felt furniture pad sticky (2) were cut and strategically placed. If you notice the phone is on an angle with the top corner tucked into the ‘divit’. The brown felt pad keeps it from shifting off dead center charging while driving.

In my X5 I bought a console tray from Amazon which is really helpful in general. For the wireless charger it makes it much easier and cleaner. I used the same Choetech charger as in the 650. Drilled a hole at aft end. Placed a grommet to keep it looking clean, and velcroed the charger to the console’s rubber pad. I use a small piece of two sided tape on the charger to keep the phone from sliding off. It’s been there a while and is just a sticky surface to keep it from sliding. If I need to get to storage under tray I easily lift it up from the fore end.
 

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Phone Cradle Delete photos

Using the excellent advice from the OP, I tackled this project today, and took photos. I used a T20 for the underdash screws and T22 on the phone cradle screws. Hope this helps those who wish to do this going forward!

https://youtu.be/EnmMr6AMzqc


If that link doesn't work, I posted on YouTube "Phone Cradle Delete" August 30, 2019.

Happy Labor Day!
 

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These directions worked perfectly for me!!! Thanks to all who contributed.

One question - anyone know if there is a tray to create 2 levels for the E70s? Everything I find is for the 2014-. Could a F15/16 tray be trimmed to fit our Xs?
 

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I thought I was the only one lazy enough to cut the wires. Didn't care about destroying the useless component. Except when I started the car and the entire sound system is dead. No alerts, stereo audio, bluetooth, nada.

I suppose as an alternative to resplicing the wires and reattaching the unwanted limb, I can take the center console apart and unplug the severed wires properly.

Wise man once say search teh googles before cutting wires.
Hi i did the same thing and had no Bluetooth . Fixed by removing cut harness at the
plugs and replaced fuse 110 in the rear box which had blown and now Bluetooth works
with no problems .
 
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