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Old 07-07-2009, 11:52 AM   #81
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Does an e36 cushion fit in our cars?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:38 PM   #82
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Does an e36 cushion fit in our cars?
no, the E36 cushion is larger, boxier and anchors differently than the E46 set up.

What you can do is remove the innards of the E36 cushion (cupholder and storage bin) and implant it into the the e46 cushion. The only potential problem I saw with that is the E36 innards is very boxy where as the E46 cushion tapers a little from the front to where it anchors and the outer cushion will tend to want to take the shape of whatever you implant inside of it. So whiles the E36 innards may be too big a similar horizontal style sliding set up that is smaller may work.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:02 PM   #83
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do all 325i sedan's come with an armrest?
i'm just realizing all these pics with armrests do not show a middle head support which i have and i'm pretty sure my '05 doesn't have an armrest.
the top half of the back seat appears to be all one piece. hmm...
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:41 AM   #84
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do all 325i sedan's come with an armrest?
i'm just realizing all these pics with armrests do not show a middle head support which i have and i'm pretty sure my '05 doesn't have an armrest.
the top half of the back seat appears to be all one piece. hmm...
uhm...according to the parts numbers there may be a few cases on international E46 where the rear seat has no armrest.

Fold down rear seats also have different armrest, but some do not have any armrest.

Wagon E46s have very lucrative armrest with more features similar to that of the E60 and E38.

About 99% of USA E46 with leather interior have the armrest on the rear seat.

If your E46 doesn't have an arm rest the easiest thing to do would be to just buy the top half of the seat that matches your car's leather and have the fold down armrest. see eBay.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:55 PM   #85
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do all 325i sedan's come with an armrest?
i'm just realizing all these pics with armrests do not show a middle head support which i have and i'm pretty sure my '05 doesn't have an armrest.
the top half of the back seat appears to be all one piece. hmm...
I'm with you, I have a '04 and I have the middle head rest and no arm rest.

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Old 07-08-2009, 02:23 PM   #86
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The E24 L6 also had cooled "beverage" area in rear armrest
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:26 PM   #87
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:47 PM   #88
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:03 PM   #89
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double checked mine definately doesn't have an armrest *boo*
my whole car is a mystery but that's what you get when you don't buy from a BMW Stealership.
i've got the ZHP wheels and the three spoke steering wheel but no ZHP body work, seats or interior trim and who knows if i've got the sport suspension but the car runs great!
maybe i'll check ebay in regards to the arm rest tho

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Old 07-15-2009, 02:31 PM   #90
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Has anyone got the measurements of an e36 armrest and an e46 armrest...

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Old 07-15-2009, 03:14 PM   #91
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Can't you go to the junkyard and buy the entire back seat w/cup holders from a E46 wagon? Would the entire back seat sit in the Sedan/Coupe?
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:30 PM   #92
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Hm... I'll have to look at mine. I can't even remember what my armrest looks like back there!! I barely ever have anyone back there. Come to think of it the only person who's ever been back there is my girlfriends sister - one time. Other than that, nobody has ever sat back there in the year i've had the car.
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Can't you go to the junkyard and buy the entire back seat w/cup holders from a E46 wagon? Would the entire back seat sit in the Sedan/Coupe?
is it possible to get only the armrest?
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is it possible to get only the armrest?
the OP say the armrest will not fit in the backseat of coupe/sedan. So you have to get the entire backseat to make it work I guess.
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nothing is working....
The big obstacles are:

1. the softness of the cushion. Most cars have harder armrest cushioning to support cupholder inserts

2. the small-ness of the cushion surface. Most cupholders need more depth and width for proper anchoring. The thing is truly utterly useless!

The next best thing would be to go the route of the E38 7 series sedan and put the horizontal style holder on the front of the lower seat cushion and hope for sufficient clearance





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i let people eat drink crackers and water..nothing sticky juicy etc
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i let people eat drink crackers and water..nothing sticky juicy etc
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:58 PM   #100
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what about carving out an area slightly larger than the cupholders themselves, and then molding them into place with expanding foam? something like this stuff, itll form around the cupholders and become stiff enough to support them i would think http://www.uscomposites.com/foam.html
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