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      10-30-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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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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      10-30-2010, 10:07 PM   #2
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So, I'm confused. Do you have an iDrive controller? If so, where did you move it to?
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      10-31-2010, 07:25 AM   #3
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Sorry, I did not intend to confuse anybody. I do not have the iDrive. Because I do not have the iDrive, BMW would say I have two cup holders. But one is under the armrest so it is not very useful. I say I used to have one usable cup holder plus one somewhat usable one. I wanted two good ones.

If you get the iDrive, you lose the usable cup holder. Because of that, BMW gives you a cup holder up where 5th gear is on a manual (as illustrated in the pictures). You can buy the cup holder and the mounting pieces from a dealer and add it to a car like mine that does not have an iDrive but wants another usable cup holder. That's what I did.

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Anyone tried to fit any of the stainless products from www.ultimatecupholders.com in your E82? Thanks
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