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      10-30-2010, 04:26 PM   #1
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Drives: 128i convertible
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lexington, SC

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iDrive Cup Holder

Thanks to good DIYs by AndyM (console removal) and jayparry (iDrive cupholder installation), I now have 2 good cupholders plus one marginal one. I have a Fisher on order from Ultimatecupholder for the rear which will be enough I think. Removal of the console took about an hour and a half and reinstallation about the same. I used a harbor freight vibrating saw (always on sale around $30, sometime less) to cut the opening. It is a little scary but the top piece hides any irregulatrity in your cut (as jayparry indicates). I think my cut was actually less huge and possibly cleaner than his but you can't tell once the pieces are in. I think this will be my favorite. I used a similar one in a M6 at M school and really like it. I ordered the parts from Tischer - same ones as jayparry - and cost was about $77 including $20 s&h (but with 20% off the list price of the parts). Pricey but it seems everything from BMW is. Also well made.

Went to fill up the vert. The cup holder is a little close on 5th gear upshifts. Not really in the way but I touch it if I do not have my hand closed down around the shift knob. No big deal, a drink in the other decent cup holder is a little in the way of shifting sometimes too. Either can also easily be avoided.
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128i Convertible, MT, Alpine White, Black Top, Taupe Leatherette, Walnut, Sport
Ordered 5/22/09, Completed 6/4/09, At Port 6/9/09, On the Georgia Highway 6/13/09, Ship Arrived Charleston 6/24/09 at 10pm, PCD 7/21/09

Last edited by JimD; 10-30-2010 at 09:28 PM.