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Old 06-25-2021, 12:46 AM
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Center console and dash removal pictorial

Posting because I've looked for one before but could not find it.
This assumes you can remove the front seats
Lots of detailed pictures, I probably took a picture for every single thing I removed.
Removing the center console, dash and front seats took about 3 hours with taking pictures.
I hope this will help whoever needs to do the job or just use it for reference in case one forgot what goes where.
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:03 AM
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Good work, I'm sure that it'll help many in the future. But, right now, I have a question: there's an orange coil of wire in the right side floor, coming from the dash, then going to the rear of the console...what does it control?
I may have pierced it, accidentally, with a screw. So far, I haven't seen any I'll effects from it, but it might be something I haven't yet tested.

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Are you saying you have the same coil of same wire??
I thought it was 100% aftermarket, added by the owner.
It goes to the connector of the airbag module.
I thought someone had a wiring problem and added this wire. This can't be factory setup, can it?
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Old 06-25-2021, 11:05 AM
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Are you saying you have the same coil of same wire??
I thought it was 100% aftermarket, added by the owner.
It goes to the connector of the airbag module.
I thought someone had a wiring problem and added this wire. This can't be factory setup, can it?
I've only had my '01 X5 for about a month, and really have no idea of what's under the carpet. I know the radio is aftermarket, added by the previous owner, who bought it just to restore and swap for my old race car, but I haven't got ahold of him to ask about its' installation details.

So, referring to your photos, I saw the orange wire, and wondered if it is an original thing in an E53 (which I doubt, since the excess wire in the coil seems like something that a car manufacturer would eliminate), or is added-on. If aftermarket, then I most-likely wouldn't have the same on my X5.

You say it goes to the airbag module? Coincidentally, I have the right side airbag warning light on. But it was already on before I put the screw in. I presume I should eventually look under the carpet by unbolting the seat, slitting the carpet under it (carefully), and seeing if I pierced or severed another wire that may (or may not) be another mystery wire.
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Ok let's retract
You have not pierced anything. If you haven't looked under the carpet, most likely you will not have anything there. Don't cut your carpet, this is not the way to test if.
This is how it's gonna look, other than my soundproofing

Where did you put your screw? Can you post a picture. I doubt it has anything to do with anything.
The wires under the white plastic protector you see in my pictures.
For your airbag module, get INPA or bmwscanner 1.4 and scan for errors. Try deleting and resetting the airbag errors and see what happens.
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Old 06-25-2021, 03:02 PM
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ok, won't cut the carpet!

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Ok let's retract
You have not pierced anything. If you haven't looked under the carpet, most likely you will not have anything there. Don't cut your carpet, this is not the way to test if.

Where did you put your screw? Can you post a picture. I doubt it has anything to do with anything.
The wires under the white plastic protector you see in my pictures.
For your airbag module, get INPA or bmwscanner 1.4 and scan for errors. Try deleting and resetting the airbag errors and see what happens.
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Alright, I guess there's nothing there to pierce.

As for the airbag module, will my Foxwell NT510 Elite scan tool be able to fix it?...INPA and BMW Scanner v1. 4.0 are on my wish list for the future, as is another laptop to run the programs on (my old Toshiba Satellite L955-S5362 6gb lost its' screen, and Best Buy wanted $700 to fix...so I built a 16gb PC instead, for slightly more).
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Use your PC for INPA and bmwscsnner with a long USB cord. I've done it, it sucks but I've done it before I bought a laptop. Not sure about Foxwell, possibly it could do it but I've never used it. You'll have to do some googling
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