BMW Cars 1999-06

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Removal & Installation



E30 Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the lower dash trim from under the steering column.
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  5. Pull out the ashtray from the rear of the console. Remove the screw underneath. Pull the console back and off the brake lever. Disconnect the wiring.
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  7. Pull the manual transmission shift knob off the shift lever. Pull the shifter boot up and off. On automatic equipped vehicles, unclip the trim on the right side of the shifter. Remove the screws exposed.
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  9. Pull out and disconnect the window switches.
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  11. Remove the screws from the forward ashtray console and lift out. Disconnect the wiring for the lighter.
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  13. Remove the bolts below the heater controls. Rotate the retainers on the sides of the consoles to release. Pull the console out.
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  15. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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E36 Models
Except Z3
  1. Remove the ashtray, cover and the hazard switch.
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  3. Remove the console and glove compartment.
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  5. Remove the lower dash trim. Remove the gear shifter handle and the clock.
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  7. Remove the center console.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Z3 Models
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and cover the terminal with an insulating material.
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  3. From behind the front seats, remove the rear center console retaining fasteners at left and right sides.
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  5. Remove the rubber boot around the parking brake lever by carefully prying it up.
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  7. Remove the left and right side lower side panel retaining screws.
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  9. Carefully pry off the trim caps and remove the four screws holding the left side lower instrument panel trim, then carefully remove the trim by disengaging any locking clips holding the trim in place.
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  11. Remove the radio.
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  13. Remove the shifter handle.
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  15. Remove the shift boot or shift indicator cover from around the shifter by carefully prying back on the rear boot until the clips are disengaged.
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  17. Disable and remove the SRS components as necessary.
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  19. Pull the climate control cover plate away from instrument panel to access and unplug the switches, then remove the cover.
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  21. Remove the ash tray, then from under the ash tray, remove the screw attachment ash tray holder.
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  23. Remove storage box.
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  25. Press the cup holder retaining clips and remove the cup holder assembly.
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  27. Pull trim plate in front of parking brake lever back about 1 / 4 inch (5mm), then lift it and remove.
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  29. Remove two finishing caps on each side of center console, in the foot well areas, by the floor vents and remove the screws behind the caps.
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  31. Remove the two mounting fasteners inside the radio opening, below the center vents.
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  33. Remove the attachment screw from the bottom center and upper left and right sides of climate control cover plate.
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  35. Raise the rear of the center console slightly, while pulling it toward the rear of the vehicle, then pull the console back just far enough as is needed to disengage front locking clips.
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  37. Remove cigar lighter wires.
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  39. Slide the center console toward the left side of vehicle, then rotate it as necessary to clear the parking brake handle and remove the console.
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  41. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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