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Old 07-29-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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E46 / E90 Steptronic gear shifter

Ok, so after 18 months without a BMW I am finally getting my baby this saturday. I noticed when I test drove it that it has the normal gear knob as you would expect. However before buying I test drove an E90 and thought wow that is a nice gear knob! (I know, very sad)

So I looked on ebay and found the following:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Genuine-BMW-M-...3286.m14.l1318

On there it says its for an E90. Is that

A)Because it doesn't work on an E46
B)BMW never supplied it for the E46 so they don't put on on the box.

Thanks in advance.

P.S I would rather get a genuine one if possible as I feel it will be better made.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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I do believe that all of the shifters are interchangeable. (other than manual v. auto)
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:32 AM   #3
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That looks just like a stock shifter.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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That looks just like a stock shifter.
Yeah it is.. ...for an E90. But the seller is saying it is a for an E87/E90 only. But I was wondering if it would not work or if BMW just print the model it is intended for.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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Not sure if they're different, but you can probably get one that looks just like that used on here. The silver trim step shifter on the E46 looks JUST like that.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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I think the difference is in the length of the shaft....the correct E46 part number is

25 16 1 423 863 - for polished finish and black leather £45
25 16 2 229 444 - for matt finish and black leather £50

From your local BMW dealer
Would still be interesting to compare the E90/E46 parts side by side though
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:23 PM   #7
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Thanks!

So I guess that given I have the brushed aluminum finish the £50 one is what I need?

Can I just ask how you happen to know that part numbers? Thats pretty impressive!
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:46 PM   #8
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I've got the E46 accessories brochure here in front of me
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:09 AM   #9
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OK....I got both shifters here (and after an exchange with crazedcat from this forum)......

You can see the shaft appears to be longer on the original.......


But it DOES fit and functions perfectly.....


I think that the shaft is the same length, but more of it is exposed on the earlier shifter.

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Old 08-08-2008, 09:40 AM   #10
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Hi again,

Well I got the part and had it fitted. When I asked the dealer they said that the 90 is slighty different but more importantly... ...the design is slighty different.

Just looked at the photo posted above and it is indeed different. Not much but noticable without a side by side comparision.

Thanks budwab for the part number!
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:00 AM   #11
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ooh, that would look awesome alongside my alu-trim... gonna get me one of those!
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:23 AM   #12
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I just did that!!!!

I bought the E46 version (E90 in the photo). Do you want me to post a photo of it so you can compare the 2, see which you prefer?
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:43 PM   #13
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The E90 version in my pic. needs to be modified to allow the reverse lock function to work....i.e. the shaft will be too short to engage otherwise.
Here's some pics. of my mod.......I cut the shaft and lengthened it to the same size as the original.....now perfect !
Original on top, E90 on bottom....


And fully modded E90 shifter....
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:22 PM   #14
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So a E90 shifter trigger wont function on the e46 without mod?
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