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Old 11-02-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Cup Holders???

Hey everyone - New here and have a question. I started to really drive my 02 M3 a lot more. It has been family owned since new and it came with the factory phone in 2002.

My question is... Is there a way to replace where the phone is and put cup holders in that spot?

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Old 11-03-2011, 06:41 PM   #2
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Oem parts are available. You will get a dual cupholder and a rotisserie coin holder. Cost about $100
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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or you can get the Euro Tray... the back cupholder is useless anyways because of the armrest
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:59 PM   #4
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Don't know why they didn't make something that had the front cup holder and some sort of storage like the euro tray....could have gotten rid of the back cup holders and put space there while leaving the front one...I want a euro tray, but need my cup holder
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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Don't know why they didn't make something that had the front cup holder and some sort of storage like the euro tray....could have gotten rid of the back cup holders and put space there while leaving the front one...I want a euro tray, but need my cup holder
+1... has anyone tried the euro tray? Can the front section substitute for a cup holder?
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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Yes it has been tried, wouldn't recommend trying to let the tray slider door hold your drink in place. There are a couple of threads where people have modified the euro tray to be half tray, half something else. You will have to search the DIY section. There also were a couple of threads over at M3forum on this also.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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+1... has anyone tried the euro tray? Can the front section substitute for a cup holder?
I had it in my old E46 and I can say not really. Sometimes you'd be able to get certain drinks to fit then close the tray against it, but never snug enough for spirited driving like the cup holder provides. Hated bringing girls into the car and having them hold their own drinks so I stuck with the cup holder this time around.

Like said above OP you can order the center insert and replace it no problem. Can you post pics of your phone set up? I dont think Ive ever seen it in an E46
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:48 PM   #8
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If anything we should be happy we get one functional cupholder. I don't have a picture of it but my old E32 had two 'depressions' on the inside of the glove box. Most worthless thing in terms of functionality, literally only helped if you were parked and even then only on a flat surface
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:04 PM   #9
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+1... has anyone tried the euro tray? Can the front section substitute for a cup holder?

Not unless you want to wear the drink at some point during the drive.
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Thanks guys for the response's. I will def be getting the cup holder. And yes, I will take a picture of the phone setup in the car next time I drive it. Only gets driven a few times a month.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:55 AM   #11
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I have the eurotray, but needed cupholders, so I just got these: Ultimate cupholders - they work great. http://ultimatecupholders.com/index.html
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #12
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I'm going to make custom cup holders on my aluminum door panels. Nothing too fancy, just cf vinyl on it; but it's useful and will do what i want it to do.
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I have the eurotray, but needed cupholders, so I just got these: Ultimate cupholders - they work great. http://ultimatecupholders.com/index.html
Might try this though...
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I have the eurotray, but needed cupholders, so I just got these: Ultimate cupholders - they work great. http://ultimatecupholders.com/index.html
They are convenient and not flimsy and large enough to hold an extra large cup?
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They are convenient and not flimsy and large enough to hold an extra large cup?
Yep, they are very sturdy, adjustable and can hold extra large cups. If you put them in correctly and ensure the metal is bent the right way, they won't tip over and are solid.

I used to use the Fisher cupholder in my old Z3 when I had it. I screwed the back plate into the side of the transmission hump - permanent install. Here is the Fisher cupholder. I have no affiliation with seller other than a happy customer. http://ultimatecupholders.com/fischercupholder.html
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Nice thanks I think I'll get a couple of these so I can get the euro tray....don't like the fisher one, don't want to drill anything...
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:20 PM   #17
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If you have a phone cradle, it is not easy to remove and replace with a cup holder. Pull it up and you will see a lot of wiring and it also has a button with the sneeze icon on it that it used for pairing the phone with Bluetooth, at least it does not my car.

I bought the ultimate cup holder and pulled out the phone holder out of the cradle to provide a little more console storage space since I use Bluetooth instead of the obsolete phone cradle.
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