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Lower Dashboard Trim Replacement
 
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Lower Dashboard Trim Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$35

Talent:

**

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Fasteners and panels

Hot Tip:

Use floor mat from vehicle to kneel on

Performance Gain:

Access to components behind panels

Complementary Modification:

Replace pillar trim as well

In this tech article, I will go over how to replace the lower dashboard trim panels on BMW E60 vehicles.

Interior trim pieces in BMW E60 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Above the left and right side footwell on BMW E60 models are plastic trim panels that help to house electrical components. These panels may have to be removed to service certain components on E60 models. For example, the left side panel covers the pedal cluster and electrical components under the dashboard. If you wanted to replace the clutch switch or brake light switch, the panel has to be removed first. The right side panel hides the fuse panel and a few electronic control modules. Fasteners of varying styles hold these panels in. Be sure to have the correct ones on hand in the case one breaks or is lost.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Left Side:
Left Side: Working at the lower trim panel above the pedal cluster, remove four Phillips head screws (green arrows).
Figure 1

Left Side: Working at the lower trim panel above the pedal cluster, remove four Phillips head screws (green arrows).

Left Side: There is one Phillips head screw remaining.
Figure 2

Left Side: There is one Phillips head screw remaining. First, you have to remove a piece of carpet trim to access it. Working at the side of the center console, lever the carpet trim panel in the gap (green arrow) in the direction of the yellow arrow. As you lever, slide the carpet trim panel toward the rear of the vehicle. This will detach the clips. See the next photo for a photo of the clips.

Left Side: The yellow arrows point to the carpet trim panel mounting holes.
Figure 3

Left Side: The yellow arrows point to the carpet trim panel mounting holes. The green arrow points to the retaining clip. Note the shape of the clip. It had to be removed by sliding the panel toward the rear of the vehicle. Once the carpet trim panel is removed, remove the remaining Phillips head screw (red arrow).

Left Side: Lower the trim panel enough to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 4

Left Side: Lower the trim panel enough to access the electrical connectors. Disconnect the speaker (red arrow) and footwell light (green arrow) electrical connectors by pulling them straight out. To reinstall the panel, reverse the removal steps.

Right Side: 
Right Side: Start by removing the door entrance trim (green arrow).
Figure 5

Right Side: Start by removing the door entrance trim (green arrow). See our tech article on door entrance trim replacing. The panel is held on by a few trim clips and levers off.

Right Side: Next, remove the right side kick panel trim.
Figure 6

Right Side: Next, remove the right side kick panel trim. Pull the panel away from the body, detaching the two trim panel clips (green arrows). It is likely that a clip will stay in the body (red arrow) and not come out with the panel. If this happens, peel the carpet back and remove the clip using a trim panel tool.

Right Side: There is one hidden Phillips head screw.
Figure 7

Right Side: There is one hidden Phillips head screw. You have to remove a piece of carpet trim to access it. Working at the side of the center console, lever the carpet trim panel in the gap (green arrow) in the direction of the yellow arrow. As you lever, slide the carpet trim panel toward the rear of the vehicle. This will detach the clips. See the next photo for a photo of the clips.

Right Side: The yellow arrows point to the carpet trim panel mounting holes.
Figure 8

Right Side: The yellow arrows point to the carpet trim panel mounting holes. The green arrow points to the retaining clip. Note the shape of the clip. It had to be removed by sliding the panel toward the rear of the vehicle.

Right Side: Working at the lower trim panel, remove the five Phillips head screws (green arrows).
Figure 9

Right Side: Working at the lower trim panel, remove the five Phillips head screws (green arrows).

Right Side: Then pull the trim panel away from the center console, detaching it along the front.
Figure 10

Right Side: Then pull the trim panel away from the center console, detaching it along the front. There is a clip on the far right side that is removed when lowering the panel and pushing it toward the front of the vehicle. Once lowered, unplug the footwell light (green arrow). Pull the electrical connector straight out of the light to disconnect it. To reinstall the panel, reverse the removal steps.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Erik Comments: Hi there, I have removed all the screws on bmw e60 under dahs trim, but seems to be something holding up the panel yet, I am talking about right where the actuall steering wheel is there is a cover up fabric, from that point I cannt remove, everything else is loose,anyhelp appreciated.Thank you
April 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The article you commented on shows the steps for the lower panels on both sides of the vehicle. If your panel is not shown, I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Erik Comments: Thanks for the DIY photos
April 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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