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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, T20 t25 Torx drivers & Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Z4 M54 (2003-05)
Z4M S54 (2006-06)
Z4 N52 (2006-06)
M3 (N/A-A)

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 Z4 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.

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 storage compartment. You may have to remove it to work on your stereo system or to replace the BMW airbag module. 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 or aluminum trim panels. If you twist or lever too hard the wood can crack or the aluminum can bend. 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 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. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The center console runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear storage compartment.
Figure 1

The center console runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear storage compartment.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the shift boot trim (red arrow) out of the center console.
Figure 2

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the shift boot trim (red arrow) out of the center console. You may even be able to pinch the shift boot and pull the trim piece straight out without prying.

Gently push out the switch (red arrow).
Figure 3

Gently push out the switch (red arrow). Be gentle when prying. Do not break the switch or push it too far. The electrical connector is still connected. Disconnect the electrical connector (blue arrow) by pulling it straight out of the switch. Remove the switch from the vehicle. Once the hazard switch is disconnected, follow the wires for the shift knob to the electrical connector. Pull the connector straight apart to disconnect.

Next, remove shift knob by pulling straight up and off shift lever (red arrow).
Figure 4

Next, remove shift knob by pulling straight up and off shift lever (red arrow). The knob can be on quite tight and may need a lot of force to remove it. I found if you slightly twist the knob back and forth while pulling up it will come off easier. Slide shift boot up and off shifter. Disconnect electrical connector for shift knob lighting, if equipped.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the plastic trim piece below the parking brake handle (red arrow) out of the center console.
Figure 5

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the plastic trim piece below the parking brake handle (red arrow) out of the center console.

Working at the center console, lever the top of the parking brake lever boot out using a plastic prying tool.
Figure 6

Working at the center console, lever the top of the parking brake lever boot out using a plastic prying tool. Then pull out the parking brake lever boot (red arrow) to detach it from the center console. Pull it up and over the handle.

Pull the boot (red arrow) over the handle as far as it will go.
Figure 7

Pull the boot (red arrow) over the handle as far as it will go. To remove the boot completely for better clearance, cut the tie strap (blue arrows) securing the boot to the handle, then remove boot from handle.

Next the screws along the side of the center console and rear storage compartment have to be removed.
Figure 8

Next the screws along the side of the center console and rear storage compartment have to be removed. First, use a small pick and lever out the round covers (red arrows). When removing the round covers, 2/3s of it will pop out, the final tab has to be slid out at an angle. Then remove the Phillips head screws (yellow arrow). The seat will have to be moved back and forth to access the covers. Left seat shown removed. Covers for left side of vehicle shown, right side is similar. Next remove the knee pad (blue arrow).

Using a plastic prying too (red arrow) lever the knee pad off the center console.
Figure 9

Using a plastic prying too (red arrow) lever the knee pad off the center console.

Once removed, double check that the metal clips remained in the center console, if not, remove them from the pad and press them back into the center console.
Figure 10

Once removed, double check that the metal clips remained in the center console, if not, remove them from the pad and press them back into the center console. Then remove the Phillips head screw (red arrow).

Working at the front of the center console, push the Sport button and Airbag light fixture out of console.
Figure 11

Working at the front of the center console, push the Sport button and Airbag light fixture out of console. Then disconnect the electrical connectors by pulling them straight out.

Pull the ashtray (red arrow) out of the console.
Figure 12

Pull the ashtray (red arrow) out of the console. Then remove the Phillips head screw (blue arrow).

Pull the rear of the panel up and feed it out of the center console enough to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 13

Pull the rear of the panel up and feed it out of the center console enough to access the electrical connectors.

Disconnect the 12 volt socket connector by squeezing the tabs and pulling it apart (blue arrows).
Figure 14

Disconnect the 12 volt socket connector by squeezing the tabs and pulling it apart (blue arrows). Then press the release tabs (red arrows) and disconnect the main connector. Finally pull the remaining connector straight out to remove. To replace the seat heat, convertible switch panel, remove the T10 Torx screws, then remove it from the ashtray panel.

Open the rear storage compartment door.
Figure 15

Open the rear storage compartment door. Then remove the Phillips head screws (red arrow) and the small cover.

Next, remove the storage compartment door from the rear console.
Figure 16

Next, remove the storage compartment door from the rear console.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the bottom cover (red arrow) out of the rear storage compartment.
Figure 17

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the bottom cover (red arrow) out of the rear storage compartment. With the panel removed, remove the two T20 Torx fasteners (blue arrows).

Working at the top of the storage compartment trim, remove the two plastic Phillips head screws (red arrows) and the anchors (inset).
Figure 18

Working at the top of the storage compartment trim, remove the two plastic Phillips head screws (red arrows) and the anchors (inset).

Unclip the top of the storage compartment trim (red arrow).
Figure 19

Unclip the top of the storage compartment trim (red arrow).

Lift the trim piece up and slide it off (red arrow) to remove.
Figure 20

Lift the trim piece up and slide it off (red arrow) to remove.

This photo shows two of the four catches (red arrows) on the rear storage compartment trim that was just removed.
Figure 21

This photo shows two of the four catches (red arrows) on the rear storage compartment trim that was just removed. These are what is detached when you slide it up.

Working at the rear storage compartment door latch, unhook the release rope (red arrow).
Figure 22

Working at the rear storage compartment door latch, unhook the release rope (red arrow).

Then press the release tabs (red arrows) and disconnect the electrical connector.
Figure 23

Then press the release tabs (red arrows) and disconnect the electrical connector.

Working at the top of the rear storage compartment, remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 24

Working at the top of the rear storage compartment, remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Lift the rear storage compartment trim up (red arrow) to remove from the body enough to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 25

Lift the rear storage compartment trim up (red arrow) to remove from the body enough to access the electrical connectors. Pull the electrical connectors (blue arrows) straight out to remove.

Using a plastic prying tool, gently lever out the rear vent trim panel of the center console.
Figure 26

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.

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle (blue arrow) and lift up.
Figure 27

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle (blue arrow) and lift up.

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