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Old 03-31-2020, 10:56 AM
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Cup Holder Door Snapped In Half

Hello--haven't posted in awhile--hope everyone is safe. The half of the cupholder door that slides towards the gearshift snapped (got stuck under the console when it was slid open). So now, I have 1/2 of that door. Indy said it's expensive to repair it's the labor involved to put a new one in. He's trying to think of a workaround. Anyone have some ideas on this? Thanks.
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I can think of a ton of workarounds, but all will look way worse than just leaving it open...




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I can think of a ton of workarounds, but all will look way worse than just leaving it open...




Ha, I know. Just hoping the "diehard beverage in the car drinkers" can chime in. I rarely use it.
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Ive avoided this issue the same way I avoid sunroof issues: never use it. Its been years since I moved either. Not by plan, just happenstance. Not a wind in my hair guy. And always SOMETHING in the cup holder...

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I replaced those two sliding covers with the help of a friend. It is not for the faint of heart, but certainly doable. My X5 does have 4-zone climate control as well as DVD for the rear entertainment, which made the process even more difficult.

Note that the entire center console needs to come out. I thought about a workaround but couldn't find any.

We followed the steps at newtis.info to remove the center console. Good luck!
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I replaced those two sliding covers with the help of a friend. It is not for the faint of heart, but certainly doable. My X5 does have 4-zone climate control as well as DVD for the rear entertainment, which made the process even more difficult.

Note that the entire center console needs to come out. I thought about a workaround but couldn't find any.

We followed the steps at newtis.info to remove the center console. Good luck!
I've considered doing this off and on over the years but keep telling myself not to do it... is there anything else that you have access to during the process that would make it more worthwhile?

It was only after I purchased my X and looking at interior pics online that I realized the cup holder area was supposed to have those sliding doors. I was like "oh, that's what those plastic bits I found were..."
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is there anything else that you have access to during the process that would make it more worthwhile?
Not really unless you have some trim issues, e.g. peeling off, etc, in which case you might want to replace those as well. It's one of those BMW jobs where the part costs next to nothing but the labor makes it $1000+ job.
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I recently repaired the sliding tambour cover over my ashtray. This required removing the entire center console, which is a relatively massive job. I followed the steps in the TIS. If it breaks again I'm going to leave it open rather than do that job again.
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I recently repaired the sliding tambour cover over my ashtray. This required removing the entire center console, which is a relatively massive job. I followed the steps in the TIS. If it breaks again I'm going to leave it open rather than do that job again.



The elastic on my cupholders broke a few years ago....


has not fixed itself yet.

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