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Center Console Replacement E53
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Replacement E53

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$25

Talent:

***

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

 
BMW E53 X5 Sport Utility (2000-06)
BMW E70 X5 Sport Utility (2007-13)
BMW X5 Sport Utility (2014-16)

Parts Required:

Plastic clips

Hot Tip:

Clean after removal, remember that coffee that spilled

Performance Gain:

Gain access to components below the console

Complementary Modification:

Route accessory wiring under the console

The center console runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear seats. You may have to remove it to replace a shifter assembly, parking brake handle assembly, or the air bag control module. Replacement of the air bag control module will need to be coded and programmed after installation.

In this article, I will show you how to remove the center console assembly to gain access to the various components beneath the center console.

Pull the gearshift knob straight up (green arrow) to remove it.
Figure 1

Pull the gearshift knob straight up (green arrow) to remove it. This may take up to 90lbs of force to do. Don't be looking down from above the knob. When it releases you could get hit in the face with the knob.

Squeeze the shift boot base inward to release (green arrows) the base then lift up and remove the boot.
Figure 2

Squeeze the shift boot base inward to release (green arrows) the base then lift up and remove the boot.

Reach into the rear of the shifter bezel and pull it up.
Figure 3

Reach into the rear of the shifter bezel and pull it up. When it is fully released roll it over.

Unplug all the wiring harness (green arrows) from the shifter bezel and set it aside.
Figure 4

Unplug all the wiring harness (green arrows) from the shifter bezel and set it aside. Pull the electrical connectors straight out to release it.

Now, reach into the shifter opening.
Figure 5

Now, reach into the shifter opening. Put your fingers onto the hazard switch and push it up to release it.

Next, pull the hazard switch out of the console and remove the wiring harness (green arrow).
Figure 6

Next, pull the hazard switch out of the console and remove the wiring harness (green arrow).

In the opening for the hazard switch, remove the console mounting screw (green arrow) with a Phillips screwdriver.
Figure 7

In the opening for the hazard switch, remove the console mounting screw (green arrow) with a Phillips screwdriver.

Remove the climate control assembly using a plastic prying tool to release the tabs.
Figure 8

Remove the climate control assembly using a plastic prying tool to release the tabs. Pull out the controller and lay it towards the right side. No need to disconnect it as you will reinstall it after you remove the switch center.

Now, reach into the climate controller opening.
Figure 9

Now, reach into the climate controller opening. Use your fingers to locate and push out the switching center. You can reinstall the climate control unit now.

Pull the switching center out and locate the tab on the wiring harness (green arrow).
Figure 10

Pull the switching center out and locate the tab on the wiring harness (green arrow). Press it and remove the wiring harness.

Moving toward the rear of the console, open the storage area cover (a.
Figure 11

Moving toward the rear of the console, open the storage area cover (a.k.a. arm rest). Then use a plastic prying tool to release the console storage bin and remove it from the console.

Working inside the cavity for the storage bin, remove the two console mounting screws (green arrows) with a Phillips screwdriver.
Figure 12

Working inside the cavity for the storage bin, remove the two console mounting screws (green arrows) with a Phillips screwdriver.

Continuing to work in the storage bin cavity, remove the two-rear fresh air grille mounting screws (green arrows).
Figure 13

Continuing to work in the storage bin cavity, remove the two-rear fresh air grille mounting screws (green arrows).

Carefully pull the rear fresh air grille rearward (green arrows).
Figure 14

Carefully pull the rear fresh air grille rearward (green arrows). It will release from the upper and lower mounting clips.

Turn the fresh air grille over and release the four wiring harnesses (green arrows).
Figure 15

Turn the fresh air grille over and release the four wiring harnesses (green arrows). Also remove the rotary switch (yellow arrow). 

Move the seats forward and upward to their limits.
Figure 16

Move the seats forward and upward to their limits. Using a plastic prying tool pry out the right rear carpeted side panel releasing the plastic clips. Pull the panel rearward, being careful not to break the metal tab forward on the panel. The left side panel removal is the same.

Remove the rear console's Phillips head mounting screws (green arrow).
Figure 17

Remove the rear console's Phillips head mounting screws (green arrow).

Now, move the seats rearward full travel.
Figure 18

Now, move the seats rearward full travel. Working in the right front foot well, remove the Phillips head mounting screw for the forward carpeted console side panel. Holding the panel at the rear, carefully pull it outward to release the mounting clips and rotate it downward to remove it. The driver's side carpet trim is removed in the same manner.

Still in the right foot well, rotate the right side carpet panel and remove the wiring harness (green arrow).
Figure 19

Still in the right foot well, rotate the right side carpet panel and remove the wiring harness (green arrow). There is nothing additional attached to the driver's side carpet panel.

In the driver's foot well, remove the console forward carpet trim.
Figure 20

In the driver's foot well, remove the console forward carpet trim. Remove the console mounting screw (yellow arrow). Next, unplug the three wiring harnesses (green arrows). Also remove the right side mounting screw, similarly located.

Pull up the parking brake handle.
Figure 21

Pull up the parking brake handle. Using a plastic prying tool, release the parking brake boot and pull it up over the handle. Do not remove it. Now, lift up the console from the rear and guide it over the parking brake handle, feeding the boot through the hole. Continue to lift the console out, checking to see that no harness, lines or duct work become snagged. Installation is the reversal of removal. Be careful with clips and guides during installation. Make sure the duct for the rear fresh air grille is attached correctly when installing the grille.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Jeff Comments: do you have a write up for the removal of the
X5 01 drivers lower panel removal? Is it tors or screws?
Any plastic pop out clips. Is there more protection to remove under the decorative panel?
June 7, 2015
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