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Old 12-01-2009, 04:27 PM   #21
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:36 PM   #22
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^that would be cool, but it wouldnt work with the coupes as the seats arn't deep enough. Not sure about sedans, that would be cool though.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:24 PM   #23
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You have kids SNA77? Cool. You must be excited to have the little hands at your disposal for future DIYs.

You been driving your car all these years and just now opened down the rear armrest?
Say it isn't so. lol.
I sure do... A 4 year old and 8 months. I am in a constant state of exhaustion...

I have done very little in terms of mods to the 04 325xi (wife's car, with tan interior pictured). I really want that stock, with just a few things done (nav, homelink, etc) so that its reliable.

My car (sig pic) is my toy... I can tell you every inch of that thing. It actually has the fat armrest also (seats don't fold down in the 01 325)
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:35 PM   #24
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Great write up... but this was just too funny

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it will slowly sink in and the foam will wrap around the unit. Keep pushing it in until it is all the way in. Don't be afraid to take it out and do some more gouging to make space. Remember you want it to squeeze into place with lots of pushing from you.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:41 PM   #25
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:56 PM   #26
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Great write up... but this was just too funny



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Did you explore the possibility of adding it into the seat, like it was on the 740? This might be a viable option for those of us with the ski pass through. The only problem I'd foresee is a possible interference with the seat frame or springs...
Uhm...I actually considered that and putting the unit in the seat cushion can work. The E46 rear lower cushion "seems" to have the space to hold the unit.

The only thing that stopped me was the fear of messing up or cutting the seat only to realize it didn't fit.

My thinking process was that it was easier to recover from messing up on the armrest. Since it is easier and cheaper to replace the armrest or hide it-by keeping it folded up than it is to mess up cutting open the seat cushion.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:12 PM   #28
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:26 PM   #29
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Uhm...I actually considered that and putting the unit in the seat cushion can work. The E46 rear lower cushion "seems" to have the space to hold the unit.

The only thing that stopped me was the fear of messing up or cutting the seat only to realize it didn't fit.

My thinking process was that it was easier to recover from messing up on the armrest. Since it is easier and cheaper to replace the armrest or hide it-by keeping it folded up than it is to mess up cutting open the seat cushion.
Any idea whether or not a medium powered subwoofer would rattle the internals? Are there any vulnerable springs? I have one 12" firing through the ski pass and don't want to create rattles in my car.
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UPDATE: I never ended up adding any glue to the cup holder. What I did was cut out some more foam from the cushion (towards the back-deep inside) and I wedged the cup holder unit deeper into the cushion so the lip is completely flushed (and recessed) with the leather and the unit sits firmer.

No glue was never really needed. Which is great because I can always remove the cup holder to swap it out etc...
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:02 PM   #31
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great mod. too bad there aren't any $40 ones left on ebay...
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:02 PM   #33
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Figured you knew the multi-purpose armrest existed. We just didn't want to pay ~$500 (for leather) so the kids can make a mess in the back!
Just #3 is ~$60 from Tischer BMW.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:20 PM   #35
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I need that. Nice DIY!
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That's really cool, unfortunately like some others I have the ski pass and thus the smaller armrest. I think in the middle seat cushion would also be a prime location for the seat holder, but could be difficult determining if that it at all possible. Does anyone know where to find the specs / use xray vision and determine if this would in fact fit in there?! Oh, and as usual, right after your write-ups all the products on eBay are being bid on like crazy. Very nice write up, clean OEM look makes it .

How come there isn't a price for the multi-purpose armrest listed above? Must be only found at a stealership then...

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That's really cool, unfortunately like some others I have the ski pass and thus the smaller armrest. I think in the middle seat cushion would also be a prime location for the seat holder, but could be difficult determining if that it at all possible. Does anyone know where to find the specs / use xray vision and determine if this would in fact fit in there?! Oh, and as usual, right after your write-ups all the products on eBay are being bid on like crazy. Very nice write up, clean OEM look makes it .

How come there isn't a price for the multi-purpose armrest listed above? Must be only found at a stealership then...
I called BMW of Manhattan last year and they wanted $685 Leather / $545 Vinyl /$497 Cloth for the E46 Multi/Purpose Rear Armrest special order fro Germany.
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Great thread.
Here is an alternative that I did after being inspired by Delmarco:
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That's really cool, unfortunately like some others I have the ski pass and thus the smaller armrest. I think in the middle seat cushion would also be a prime location for the seat holder, but could be difficult determining if that it at all possible. Does anyone know where to find the specs / use xray vision and determine if this would in fact fit in there?! Oh, and as usual, right after your write-ups all the products on eBay are being bid on like crazy. Very nice write up, clean OEM look makes it .

How come there isn't a price for the multi-purpose armrest listed above? Must be only found at a stealership then...
yes, it works.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:50 PM   #39
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I wonder how many people are gonna accidently put it in upside down the first time.

Great mod, OP
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yes, it works.
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