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      05-22-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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Adding cigarette lighter/ashtray to car

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I decided to buy the cigarette lighter + ashtray from the dealer. I wanted to do a "Custom Install" for an item using the ash tray spot... But now I have this 12V socket that I would like to wire in.

Before I hard wire the 12V cigarette lighter into the car, does anyone know if the vehicle comes pre-wired for this option? We looked around and couldn't find a wire just hanging around... Mind you, we never looked hard.

Anyone with this accessory, do you know where the 12V gets it's power from?
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      05-22-2012, 06:40 AM   #2
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I took my console out to install the iDrive cup holder but I didn't pay attention to where the wiring for the cigarette lighter came from. You might try looking at the DIY for the console removal, one of those pictures could give you a place to look. I remember disconnecting the wiring to get the console out.

I suspect the wiring is there because I think the smokers setup is pretty normal for Europe - or at least an available option. I doubt they make up special wiring harnesses for the cars without this.

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      05-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thx. I'll give looking at the DIY stuff a shot!
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No luck. I have the panels off the car... Can't find the wires.

Anyone with the smokers package / front cigarette lighter, can you let me know where the 12V socket plugs in? I'm about to hard wire it with an Add-a-circuit, would rather use OEM wiring....
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Sorry, I don't know and don't want to pull my console to look. I looked at the manual but it does not have a listing of what fuse does what. Is there anything on the back of the glove box? You may be able to tell what fuse it uses if the label is the same regardless of whether you have the smoker package.

I know the fuse must be at least 15A because I have powered my Viair compressor from it and it pulls 14A.

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removing the console is a real PITA
dealer quotes 4 - 6 hours, it can be done follow the DIY i was considering it for my CF Trim

http://www.eurotuner.com/techarticle...t/viewall.html
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Thanks guys.

I saw a pic that had the cig lighter plugging in just behind the shifter/in front of idrive interface. I definitely don't have a plug there.

I guess BMW changes the harness if you order w/ smokers package?

I just created a new circuit using an 'add-a-circuit'. No splicing, etc. Only problem is, I couldn't find a good illumination source. So right now, I have power but left the ring around the +12V socket unlit.

On a side note, you guys should see my iPhone mount. I'll post pics soon. I placed a magnet behind the lower trim in the center console. I have an iphone case with a built in magnet... Bam, perfect adhesion to the center console. Clean setup when the phone is removed...
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