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Center Console Replacement on your BMW
 
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Center Console Replacement on your BMW

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver, 10mm socket

Applicable Models:

 
BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)

Parts Required:

Trim panel clips. Center console

Hot Tip:

Clean once removed

Performance Gain:

Access to items under console

Complementary Modification:

Route accessory wiring under console

The center console runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear seats. You may have to remove it to work on your stereo system or to replace the BMW i Drive switch. You may also have to remove the center console to replace your parking brake cables, having them out makes the procedure easier. Be careful when levering off wood trim panels, if you twist or lever too hard the wood can crack. If running new wiring under center console for an iPod or other aftermarket equipment, run it through a protective loom and be sure it is well out of the way of the parking brake cable.

Remove shift knob and shift boot. See our tech article on shift knob and shift boot replacement.

If your E90 has an automatic transmission, gently pull out shift indicator.
Figure 1

If your E90 has an automatic transmission, gently pull out shift indicator. I like to grab the rear edge of bezel and pull up. If there is debris between the bezel and center console, it may give you a hard time. For example, spilled coffee makes it stick in place quite well.

Next, lift shift indicator up and disconnect electrical connectors by pulling apart.
Figure 2

Next, lift shift indicator up and disconnect electrical connectors by pulling apart. (green arrows) When you pull connectors off, be sure to pull straight away as to not damage opposite side of connector.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out center console trim piece.
Figure 3

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out center console trim piece. Start at top and lever along sides as you pull up to disconnect it from center console.

Next, using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out plastic covers to reveal fasteners below.
Figure 4

Next, using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out plastic covers to reveal fasteners below. (green arrows)

Then, remove two 10mm fasteners located under covers.
Figure 5

Then, remove two 10mm fasteners located under covers. (green arrows)

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out rear vent section of center console.
Figure 6

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out rear vent section of center console.

With vents pulled away from center console, unplug electrical connector located between vents by pulling straight off.
Figure 7

With vents pulled away from center console, unplug electrical connector located between vents by pulling straight off. (green arrow)

Unclip and disconnect electrical connectors located at rear of center console.
Figure 8

Unclip and disconnect electrical connectors located at rear of center console. (green arrows)

Next remove two 10mm fasteners from rear of center console.
Figure 9

Next remove two 10mm fasteners from rear of center console. (green arrows)

Lever the bottom of parking brake lever up using a plastic prying tool.
Figure 10

Lever the bottom of parking brake lever up using a plastic prying tool.

Then pull up parking brake lever boot to detach from center console.
Figure 11

Then pull up parking brake lever boot to detach from center console. Pull up and over handle.

With parking brake boot off, disconnect cell phone electrical connector.
Figure 12

With parking brake boot off, disconnect cell phone electrical connector. (green arrow)

With all fasteners removed from center console, lift up at rear (green arrow) and slide out of front of dashboard.
Figure 13

With all fasteners removed from center console, lift up at rear (green arrow) and slide out of front of dashboard. Then lift out of vehicle while feeding parking brake lever out of center console. When installing, reverse order of removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips. Properly route all wiring as before.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Jr Comments: Why do my emergency brake lights flash randomly when I am driving? There's no rhyme or rhythm just flashes both warning lights on the dash and back off for a while.
November 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is either a fault in the parking brake system or the handle is being moved. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kurso Comments: We just bought a 2006 BMW 330i and the gray console has had most of the paint scuffed off. It looks terrible. What is best way to replace, update, or fix the problem?
July 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Each part can be purchased and be repaired, the arm rest, console, etc. You can also look into an interior re-finisher, there are folks that can repaint them.


Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
flag Comments: e90 2009: there's a black box unwired phone module ? underneath the console beside the parkbrake ratchet mechanism, came off while removing the console ... any indications as to how to reinstall ? TY !
March 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It should velcro onto a plastic bracket. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Keldog Comments: I bought the e90 center console for my e87 cos it was listed for the e87 an don't know much about cars cam it still fit ?
January 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the part number is the same as your vehicle, it should fit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ali Comments: Hi, I am wanting to remove the phone cradle from within my armrest. My question is do I have to remove all the centre console as above to remove the phone cradle?
Many thanks
August 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
330Dave Comments: I am replacing the ashtray with the sunglasses tray and also pivot needs fixing for its cover. Can I do without removing entire centre console totally?
July 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't believe so. Check the instructions that came with your kit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jim Comments: I'm looking for rear console air outlet in black for 2006 BMW 325xi E90 4 door. I also need the right rear underside splash shield that is in front of the rear wheel and the hardware for it. Thanks
May 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We can get it for you.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Peter Comments: You say this applies to e92. E92 is a coupe. The centre console goes all the way through the back seat. All descriptions here are only for e90 e doors.
May 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It only applies to sedans. I will have the info updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paolo Comments: Would like to know if you guys have rear center air vents on stock?
June 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm sure we can get them right to you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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