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Old 03-05-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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DIY (100% Work) Remove your E46 Auto or Steptronic Shift Knob



Hi everyone, I have tried to remove myself of the "Steptronic Auto Shift Knob Yesterday" It's work. Just following the step below!

Step1: Use a flat screw to pull the middle counsole clip up gentally. After it' up, you can see it's stick with the shiftboot together! Don't do anything for it, after it's up, it will be more easier to take out the shift knob!

Step2: Use your car key to turn to the second stage, not to drive ur car, just the second stage which you can see the cluster light is on, then pull your shift knob to "N or R" it's up to you, but remember..make sure your handbrake is pull up before you do that!

Step3: As many people saids just pull up as hard as you can.....they're right! this will totally work, but you need to sit in a right position to do that so!
Sit at the center and two legs on the seat, open the roof window!

Step4: Try use both hand to turn a littlebit "left & right" for the shift knob before pull it up, this will help it more easiely to pull up. After you do this step, just pull it up, and it will pop out!

This is a very easy step to do so, Hope it's help, I do this my own and it works!
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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thanks lil' buddy.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:02 PM   #3
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I know its a 2 year old thread, but I'm posting because this helped me today.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:14 AM   #4
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I replaced the wood shift knob with leather. The stock poped off very esaily.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:33 PM   #5
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great to know! replacing my asap
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:52 PM   #6
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i am having trouble replacing mine, i tried to follow the steps but still couldnt get it....anyone has any more details?
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:59 PM   #7
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i am having trouble replacing mine, i tried to follow the steps but still couldnt get it....anyone has any more details?
you're not pulling hard enough.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:05 PM   #8
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So after it's off you can put on any knob? Or does it need that button in the front?
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:09 PM   #9
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Unfortunately you will need one made for E46 and they are quite expensive $50 and up. You need the button for automatics to allow you to change gears.
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:03 AM   #10
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Unfortunately you will need one made for E46 and they are quite expensive $50 and up. You need the button for automatics to allow you to change gears.
You actually don't need one with the trigger on the front. If you get one without it it would be the same as the trigger being pulled all of the time. I would be careful though because I can't even count the number of times that I've gotten carried away and thrown my gear shift forwards, forgetting that my car is an automatic, and throwing my car into neutral. If you don't have the button and you do that you'll put it straight into park, haha.
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:23 PM   #11
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Really, good to know now i can but a much cheaper one.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:45 PM   #12
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I was going to say the same thing i just took mine off to find you dont need the button so i might get a manual leather boot and a manual gear knob and put both on at least i can have the look of a manual untill i get around to doing the m3 s54 engine and manual trans conversion.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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And after 4 year this is still working!!!!

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:03 PM   #14
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Thank god for these forums, not having to waste money at the lousy local BMW dealer.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:49 AM   #15
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amazing how long these stay up
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:24 AM   #16
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What aftermarket knobs can I do?.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:42 PM   #17
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:33 AM   #18
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My shift knob is loose rotationally. And what i mean is, it will turn freely counter/clockwise from like the 10 oclock position, to the 2 oclock position, whereas it hits a distinct stop. It turns so freely, and stops so distinctly, it almost seems to be built that way.

Anybody else?
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My shift knob is loose rotationally. And what i mean is, it will turn freely counter/clockwise from like the 10 oclock position, to the 2 oclock position, whereas it hits a distinct stop. It turns so freely, and stops so distinctly, it almost seems to be built that way.

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The shifter might not be pushed down all the way.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #20
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My shift knob is loose rotationally. And what i mean is, it will turn freely counter/clockwise from like the 10 oclock position, to the 2 oclock position, whereas it hits a distinct stop. It turns so freely, and stops so distinctly, it almost seems to be built that way.

Anybody else?
I replaced my old wooden knob with a leather/CF one from an automatic 5-series and the stalk inside is a little different but if you really bang on it, it will work. Mine did exactly what yours does at first.
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