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4 door 330 01-11-2008 08:53 AM

E46 Armrest Delete, Any Options?
 
I want to get rid of my armrest. It gets in the way when it down, and it looks bad when its up, my personal opinion of course.

Does anyone know if they were any E46's that came without armrests, and if so, a price to order the rear portion of the console without it?

Boosted_ZHP 01-11-2008 09:01 AM

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I think the base e46's in Europe came with out them. Likle the 320's, but I could be wrong

paraklas 01-11-2008 09:07 AM

you need the entire console, from the hazard warning lights up to the rear ashtray. the non armrest console is just shorter, missing the armrest mount. You will also need 2 handbrake brackets as the armrest models have them integrated into the armrest itself.

Ebay is full of the armrest-less consoles

4 door 330 01-11-2008 09:24 AM

Thanks alot. I located one on eBay...

Beige Console

I need to find one in gray, does anyone know the BMW part number?

4 door 330 01-11-2008 09:40 AM

Found at RealOEM. If others are interested.

Price is $52.17

P/N:
Gray (Grau) 51168248507
Beige (Hellbeige) 51168234155
Black (Schwarz) 51168234154

Not sure about the ebrake bracket if one is needed.
Here are the closest pieces

16 BOTTOM PART OF CABLE GUIDE SCHWARZ 1 51167000476 $11.27
17 UPPER PART OF CABLE GUIDE SCHWARZ 1 51167000469 $7.92
19 HOLDER, INTERFACE D-NETZ 1 51167000483 $15.74
20 SEALING STRIP 5 51411970578 $0.22

I found these by searching for a Euro 318Ci from '99 at RealOEM.com

Jay631 01-11-2008 10:22 AM

WHAT!!!! I have a 330 I am from UK.... And I would love a front armrest the centre console without it looks so bare.... keep it unless you wanna swap...??

I have grey leather/interior...

Jay

Breyton-BMW 01-11-2008 10:30 AM

^me too. I wish they came stock with my car.

m332is 01-11-2008 10:30 AM

I hated the arm rest as well. Since I had done the swap on my old e36 M3 a few years ago when I had it, I could not wait to do it again for my ZHP... so I did the swap on my car (04 330i ZHP). It took about 15 minutes. In addition to the new shorter console, you need this bracket:

13 BRACKET 1 51168235570 $1.22

It allows you to mount the back end of the handbrake and the console.

The new is about 2-3 inches shorter so you will also need to comb the carpeting to get rid of the line in the carpet where the old console was pressing down.

I have my old unit for sale if anyone wants to upgrade to an armrest. It is black.

Vince

4 door 330 01-11-2008 11:31 AM

Ill swap with anyone over in Europe if you guys want, but it has to be the left-hand drive version, otherwise the ebrake will be on the wrong side...let me know

Thanks for the info on the brackets, keeps me form ordering stuff I don't need!

VALMONT 01-11-2008 11:37 AM

no armrest? what are you guys, midgets?

4 door 330 01-11-2008 11:59 AM

6', I just don't like it in the way when shifting.

GunMoto 01-11-2008 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VALMONT (Post 7212358)
no armrest? what are you guys, midgets?

:hi:

Not a midget :rofl:

But I did the armrest delete...
Qty: 1 51-16-8-234-154 CONSOLE SHORT (SCHWARZ)
Qty: 1 51-16-8-235-570 BRACKET (REAR CONSOLE MOUNT)
Qty: 3 07-11-9-913-617 BOLT (SHORTER BOLT THAT SECURES PARKING BRAKE LEVER, PREVIOUS LONGER BOLT SECURED THE ARMREST & PARKING BRAKE LEVER TOGETHER)

EDIT: For you 4 door 330, 51-16-8-248-507 CONSOLE SHORT (GRAU)

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/500/072707-001.jpg

tturedraider 01-11-2008 01:57 PM

Early models of the 323 without an interior upgrade came without the armrest. You should be able to sell yours with no problem after you make the swap.

drbworld 01-11-2008 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by m332is (Post 7212039)
I hated the arm rest as well. Since I had done the swap on my old e36 M3 a few years ago when I had it, I could not wait to do it again for my ZHP... so I did the swap on my car (04 330i ZHP). It took about 15 minutes. In addition to the new shorter console, you need this bracket:

13 BRACKET 1 51168235570 $1.22

It allows you to mount the back end of the handbrake and the console.

The new is about 2-3 inches shorter so you will also need to comb the carpeting to get rid of the line in the carpet where the old console was pressing down.

I have my old unit for sale if anyone wants to upgrade to an armrest. It is black.

Vince


instrested. how much and are you willing to ship to vancouver, canada. thanks

4 door 330 01-11-2008 02:35 PM

Definitely, if any of you guys want a gray armrest, PM, its for sale.

T330 01-11-2008 03:12 PM

YOu can get vorsteiner's CF console :drool:
It is discontinued, but I think euroautoworks has 3 in stock! PM Henry@euroautoworks and he'll take care of you!!!


this is a picture of the console in silver carbon fiber but euroautoworks has it in black for sure and maybe silver. Just call/ PM Henry and check
http://images.eurotuner.com/features...erior_view.jpg

Alex323Ci 01-11-2008 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tturedraider (Post 7213038)
Early models of the 323 without an interior upgrade came without the armrest. You should be able to sell yours with no problem after you make the swap.

x2

i bet you could get a trade + cash out of it

SpencerW 01-11-2008 09:13 PM

mine didnt have one and i bought one not too long ago. install was easy so taking it out would be easy. i love my armrest so you guys must be crazy.

E46M3GTR 01-12-2008 02:54 AM

Yep, we have 3 in stock like T330 said. :D

Bimmer330cibro 01-12-2008 03:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GunMoto (Post 7213021)
:hi:

Not a midget :rofl:

But I did the armrest delete...
Qty: 1 51-16-8-234-154 CONSOLE SHORT (SCHWARZ)
Qty: 1 51-16-8-235-570 BRACKET (REAR CONSOLE MOUNT)
Qty: 3 07-11-9-913-617 BOLT (SHORTER BOLT THAT SECURES PARKING BRAKE LEVER, PREVIOUS LONGER BOLT SECURED THE ARMREST & PARKING BRAKE LEVER TOGETHER)

EDIT: For you 4 door 330, 51-16-8-248-507 CONSOLE SHORT (GRAU)

http://photos.e46fanatics.com/data/500/072707-001.jpg

Not trying to be an as$ but that shift knob looks like a dildo lol :rofl:


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