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Old Fri, Jul-06-2018, 07:46:19 PM   #1
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Default Rear ashtray cover/door - how to replace?

The search has failed me. I'm looking to replace just the sliding door to the rear ashtray on the console. I can't find how to remove just the door and replace it with another.

Any way to do so without taking off the console?

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Default Re: Rear ashtray cover/door - how to replace?

Can't rrplace just the door - whole ashtray has to go.
This is the first option i found on amazon- dig around, i've seen them go for as low as 40 bucks



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Can't rrplace just the door - whole ashtray has to go.
This is the first option i found on amazon- dig around, i've seen them go for as low as 40 bucks
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DMPAA1Y..._ZN8pBbNJKBWK1

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Well that's exactly what I thought but was thrown off by this eBay ad:

https://m.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-325-A...n/223042151094
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Well that's exactly what I thought but was thrown off by this eBay ad:

https://m.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-325-A...n/223042151094
This doesn't really seem like an actual roller though? More of a lid, or a cover that will come off if you want to use the ashtray - either way, will look clean in my opinion if you're not trying to get the OEM ashtray for $80+
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He just 3d printed it probably, so you remove (irrevocably?) your roller door and this piece just is held in place. It probably just squeezes in and pivots at the bend a bit. At least how it envisage it.

I'd just get a used OE one off ebay or go buck wild and order a new one via one of the many dealer online parts stores (just google the part # to find them).
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He just 3d printed it probably, so you remove (irrevocably?) your roller door and this piece just is held in place. It probably just squeezes in and pivots at the bend a bit. At least how it envisage it.

I'd just get a used OE one off ebay or go buck wild and order a new one via one of the many dealer online parts stores (just google the part # to find them).
Funny enough my euro console is pretty much brand new and I just don't like the oe door style so was looking for an alternative and found the ebay one.
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I would go for it - I mean, it's $25 shipped. Once you get it let me know how it looks - I might end up getting one too
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I would go for it - I mean, it's $25 shipped. Once you get it let me know how it looks - I might end up getting one too
I ended up ordering it. The seller responded with these install instructions:
"So it’s pretty straightforward, first you have to remove the old ashtray (if one is still there). You can do this by removing the console insert, then the 2 screws below them. Once removed, slide the tab from the new cover into the groove and slide it in diagonally until the other tab is is seated in the opposite groove (this does not require taking the console out)."

I'll update the thread once I install (or attempt to lol).
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Update: recieved a new cover as the original has some slight blemishes/imperfections. Install is rather easy although I ended up scrapping the rubber coating off the trim of the compartment so ended up removing it from the car, taking off all the rubber coating and re-installing.

The up close camera exaggerates the look of the 3D printed cover but wanted to show people the texture and how it is not "flat".

Overall I'm happy with it. I don't use that compartment for anything so this next part doesn't bother me but wanted to say it isn't nearly as smooth/easy to open compared to the stock piece.

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Update: recieved a new cover as the original has some slight blemishes/imperfections. Install is rather easy although I ended up scrapping the rubber coating off the trim of the compartment so ended up removing it from the car, taking off all the rubber coating and re-installing.

The up close camera exaggerates the look of the 3D printed cover but wanted to show people the texture and how it is not "flat".

Overall I'm happy with it. I don't use that compartment for anything so this next part doesn't bother me but wanted to say it isn't nearly as smooth/easy to open compared to the stock piece.

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