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So with the cost-cutting of omitting the felt lining in the left-side dash compartment, I needed to do something about it. I cut out a paper pattern for the two panels and then cut the pieces from a self-stick felt sheet. My wife bought two sheets, about 12x7 for about $1.50. Stuck on the pieces today, looks pretty good I think! What, did they save $0.02? I'm going to put another piece in the lower area of the door bin, have not cut that part out yet.

UPDATE: I scanned the pattern pieces into a PDF file and attached here. TIP: I used a sharp utility blade to cut out the center piece.
 

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+1 I did the same thing a few months ago. My cuts were not as neat as yours and I only keep a leather ID case there so nothing that would rattle but it looks "unfinished" - unbecoming in a $70,000+ BMW!!

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It looks nice :thumbup:
 

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I keep a MF cloth in there for dusting the interior, I think felt in there would just create a little friction against the cloth whereas the naked plastic actually makes it easier to get the cloth in and out. BMW was clearly thinking about me when they cut that corner.
 

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So with the cost-cutting of omitting the felt lining in the left-side dash compartment, I needed to do something about it. I cut out a paper pattern for the two panels and then cut the pieces from a self-stick felt sheet. My wife bought two sheets, about 12x7 for about $1.50. Stuck on the pieces today, looks pretty good I think! What, did they save $0.02? I'm going to put another piece in the lower area of the door bin, have not cut that part out yet.
I like the concept. Any chance you can set out your dimensions for the cuts?
 

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I like the concept. Any chance you can set out your dimensions for the cuts?
I was thinking of how to scan the pattern and post, actual size. It's not just a straight pattern, so it's not squared up. I just took some paper from a small pad, and traced the edges with my finger, then cut out the pattern and corrected a few times.
 

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I keep a MF cloth in there for dusting the interior, I think felt in there would just create a little friction against the cloth whereas the naked plastic actually makes it easier to get the cloth in and out. BMW was clearly thinking about me when they cut that corner.
Same here plus my sunglasses that I hardly ever wear
 

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I have to say, I miss that compartment. When I got my 4 series, it has DA and DA+ (I know its not a G30.. ) I was surprised that compartment was gone. They put the DA and DA+ on / off buttons where that compartment would be, in my car.

I miss it because I kept stuff in there, that I had to move to the center console.
 

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I also liked the small compartment in the F10. I left my radar detector in there when I sold the car:rofl::rofl:
 

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So with the cost-cutting of omitting the felt lining in the left-side dash compartment, I needed to do something about it. I cut out a paper pattern for the two panels and then cut the pieces from a self-stick felt sheet. My wife bought two sheets, about 12x7 for about $1.50. Stuck on the pieces today, looks pretty good I think! What, did they save $0.02? I'm going to put another piece in the lower area of the door bin, have not cut that part out yet.
Well done!
 

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I keep a MF cloth in there for dusting the interior, I think felt in there would just create a little friction against the cloth whereas the naked plastic actually makes it easier to get the cloth in and out. BMW was clearly thinking about me when they cut that corner.
That is also a great idea
 

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So with the cost-cutting of omitting the felt lining in the left-side dash compartment, I needed to do something about it. I cut out a paper pattern for the two panels and then cut the pieces from a self-stick felt sheet. My wife bought two sheets, about 12x7 for about $1.50. Stuck on the pieces today, looks pretty good I think! What, did they save $0.02? I'm going to put another piece in the lower area of the door bin, have not cut that part out yet.
Nice job. Is the felt sheet readily available on Amazon or Ebay?
 

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Nice job. Is the felt sheet readily available on Amazon or Ebay?
Perhaps. But my wife found them, and non-adhesive type (she got both) at a local crafts chain store, Michaels.
 

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Lining the little driver-side cubbie

Perhaps. But my wife found them, and non-adhesive type (she got both) at a local crafts chain store, Michaels.
I used the self-adhesive foam sheet instead of the felt one. Adds a little additional sound deadening if you store something that might rattle. Both are sold at the large craft stores (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore) for about $2.00 a sheet.
 

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I'm pretty certain that my 2018MY is flock lined. RH drive production Graz , Austria.

Maybe a change for the new MY?
The first '17 G30's I saw and test drove had "naked" auxiliary compartments, as do the '18's. We're talking about the small storage compartment, not the main glove compartment, which is lined. My car was also built in Graz, though I don't think this has any bearing. It's a pretty bad cost-cutting measure, as is the lack of full lining in the door map pockets. Please check yours again.
 

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The little compartment under the headlight switch?
Can't imagine it's a U.S. vs Europe thing, but who knows? My car was built on Oct 5.
 
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