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Center Console Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver,

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Trim panel clips, center console, I Drive knob

Hot Tip:

Clean once removed

Performance Gain:

Access to items under console

Complementary Modification:

Route accessory wiring under console

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 the trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

A number of electrical components are installed in the center console. Before removing the console, disconnect the battery negative cable and insulate the cable end to prevent accidental reconnection.

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 iDrive 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 the 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.

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.

Pull the top of the parking brake lever boot out of the center console.
Figure 1

Pull the top of the parking brake lever boot out of the center console.

Then pull up the parking brake lever boot up and over the handle.
Figure 2

Then pull up the parking brake lever boot up and over the handle.

Pull the iDrive knob up at one side on an angle to detach it and up in the direction of the red arrow.
Figure 3

Pull the iDrive knob up at one side on an angle to detach it and up in the direction of the red arrow. If your knob is worn like the one in my subject vehicle (shown here), replace it with a new one when reassembling. Remove the radio and IHKA panel. See our tech article on radio and IHKA panel replacing.

Remove the shift knob and shift boot.
Figure 4

Remove the shift knob and shift boot. Pull the side of the shift boot out of the center console. Then detach the opposite side of the shift boot from the center console.

Next, remove the shift knob by pulling it straight up and off the shift lever (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next, remove the shift knob by pulling it straight up and off the shift lever (red arrow). The knob can be on quite tight and may need a lot of force to remove it. I found that if you slightly twist the knob back and forth while pulling it up, it will come off easier. With that said, be careful because the plastic rod can break when the knob is removed. Pull it up using a well-controlled force. If your E60 has an automatic transmission (inset), gently pull out the shift indicator. I like to grab the rear edge of the 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 the shift indicator up and disconnect the electrical connectors by pulling it apart. When you pull the connectors off, be sure to pull them straight away so as not to damage the opposite side of the connector. Late model E60s have the electronic indicators (blue arrow) built into the shift knob. When removing this knob, be careful not to raise it too high until you disconnect the electrical connectors.

With the shift components removed, remove the two T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 6

With the shift components removed, remove the two T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows). The factory manual states there may be fasteners in the front of the center console as well (blue arrows). However, I have not seen fasteners installed here on any center console I have removed. It is worth a look though.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever up the rear of the center console trim.
Figure 7

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever up the rear of the center console trim. As you detach the retaining clips, the trim piece will not pass the button for the center console lid (red arrow).

Press the button and feed the trim piece up in the direction of the red arrow.
Figure 8

Press the button and feed the trim piece up in the direction of the red arrow.

Lift the trim piece up enough to access the electrical connector (blue arrows).
Figure 9

Lift the trim piece up enough to access the electrical connector (blue arrows). Disconnect it by pulling it straight out of the iDrive menu button. The red arrows point to the locations of the retaining clips you previously disconnected.

Working at the left side of the center console, you have to remove a piece of carpet trim to access the center console fasteners.
Figure 10

Working at the left side of the center console, you have to remove a piece of carpet trim to access the center console fasteners. 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.

The yellow arrows point to the carpet trim panel mounting holes.
Figure 11

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.

Working at the right side of the center console, lever the carpet trim panel in the gap (green arrow) in the direction of the yellow arrow.
Figure 12

Working at the right 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.

The yellow arrows point to the carpet trim panel mounting holes.
Figure 13

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.

Then, remove the 10mm fasteners located under the carpet trim panels (red arrow).
Figure 14

Then, remove the 10mm fasteners located under the carpet trim panels (red arrow). The left side is shown. The right side is similar.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the rear vent trim panel of the center console.
Figure 15

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the rear vent trim panel of the center console. Remove it in the direction of the red arrow. Once removed, be sure to reinstall the retaining clips (blue arrows). They have a tendency to fall off during removing.

With the trim panel pulled away from the center console, unplug the electrical connector located between vents by pulling it straight off (blue arrows).
Figure 16

With the trim panel pulled away from the center console, unplug the electrical connector located between vents by pulling it straight off (blue arrows). Pull the light bulbs and sockets (red arrow) straight out of the trim panel.

Using a flathead screwdriver, remove the rear vent retaining clips (red arrows) from the vent.
Figure 17

Using a flathead screwdriver, remove the rear vent retaining clips (red arrows) from the vent.

Slide the vent straight out of the center console.
Figure 18

Slide the vent straight out of the center console. Then flip the vent over to disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow).

Next, remove the two 10mm fasteners from the rear of the center console (red arrows).
Figure 19

Next, remove the two 10mm fasteners from the rear of the center console (red arrows). Then disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow). Press the button to unlock the lever and fold the lever 90 degrees to unlock it. Then using a small flathead screwdriver, release the locking tabs (green arrows) and slide the female side of the connector off the plastic mounting bracket attached to the center console.

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle just enough to access the 12-volt socket electrical connector.
Figure 20

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle just enough to access the 12-volt socket electrical connector. Squeeze the retaining tabs (red arrows) and pull the connector apart to separate it.

With all the fasteners removed from the center console, lift it up at the rear and slide it out of the front of the dashboard.
Figure 21

With all the fasteners removed from the center console, lift it up at the rear and slide it out of the front of the dashboard. Then lift it out of the vehicle while feeding the parking brake lever (red arrow) out of the center console. You won't be able to remove it yet. There are a few more electrical connectors to disconnect.

Flip the center console over.
Figure 22

Flip the center console over. Then press the release tabs and disconnect the iDrive controller electrical connector (green arrow). Note the position and hole (blue arrow) that the iDrive menu button electrical connector (red arrow) feeds through. When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips. Properly route all of the wiring as before.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Alex Comments: Thanks Nick this a great help.

March 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. Glad to help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fingersandthumbs Comments: Thanks Nick.
My car doesn't have the wood trim, it has the alloy finish, does this still need to come off ?
November 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fingersand thumbs Comments: Hi there... a really great piece, many thanks. Just one question.. why does the i-drive knob need to be removed, it looks at though the unit stays with the console
October 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: So the wood trim can come off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ugeek Comments: Seat position, forward, back, down, etc. I have got the console out with the seats positioned as is, but it may have been better to position them full down and mid point. It just seems like this would be good to know when starting the removal process. One last question, there is a connector in the very rear of console by cigarette lighters, that is mounted to floor and uses the slide/lock to hold in place. Mine is not connected to anything. Do you know what this is?
July 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Seat position shouldn't matter, as long as it isn't all the way up. Which they rarely are.


The connector is for an option you don't have. Could be for phone, rear heat, etc.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ugeek Comments: What is the optimal position for the seats? I am half disassembled and now they do not move.
July 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Optimal as in how? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
shawns321 Comments: excellent writeup!
I'm wondering if it's possible to replace the 4 padded pieces of the center console without removing the entire center console. How are they mounted and how can they be removed?
December 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Once the center console is removed, you can remove them from underneath the console. I don't remember if they have to plastic welded back in or held in via ring clips. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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