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Old 05-05-2016, 03:57 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: AUS
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Smile Useless Phone cradle removal.

Firstly, Thanks to all contributors for a fantastic resource.
Had E53 for years.
Just got E70.

X5 E70 MY11: Useless Phone cradle removal.
What was BMW thinking ???
to put in a ridiculous phone cradle that takes up most of the centre console?
Also, most mobile devices are (at least) superseded within a short period of time, rendering the centre cradle useless.

Anyway, enough of the gripes.

Heres how i removed it in under 30 mins.
Note that it didnít stop my BlueTooth phone working.

1. On RHS of vehicle (independent of Steering Wheel side),
Remove the centre, thin carpet strip running from front to back.
This is done by removing 1 torx screw from front end.
Put hand just left of centre, pull out, to clip out.
Put hand just right of centre, pull out.
Should now slide forward and away from centre hump.

2. Slide the carpet panel underneath the centre console
by sliding forward.
This exposes the connectors.
Disconnect both.
Purple one, lift latch by putting screw driver underneath purple bit.
On the other connector, latch slides down to release plug..

3. Remove 2 torx screws holding cradle in console (underneath cradle).

Simply remove the damn thing.
Put back carpet strips.
Enjoy the space.
There is a cover available on the net to stop stuff falling down the hole.

Last edited by icjames; 05-05-2016 at 03:59 AM. Reason: spelling
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:26 AM
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: UK
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trevboyd is on a distinguished road
I can confirm that this works and is really quick and simple - took 15 minutes end to end. I have written a slightly more detailed description with photos here:

The Kenco Club | Removing the phone cradle on a BMW X5 (E70)

I hope it helps someone else :-)
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:29 AM
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smassey321 is on a distinguished road
When everything is apart, do you also have access to pop out the rear AC vents? I need to snap one of the AC vent adjusters piece back in.

2009 35d, 2006 325i & 330i
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:45 AM
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trevboyd is on a distinguished road
Hi there,

No, this process doesn't require dismantling the air vent cover at the back. However, I also had to re-attach an air vent adjuster. I was able to thread a piece of string vertically through the adjuster and use that to pull it forwards while I snapped the adjuster handle back on if that makes sense?


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