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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.

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Old Sat, Mar-07-2009, 04:26:00 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by M3prof View Post
PDF in that thread won't download for me. Says it's locked.

A side note, I recall from another post, if you happened to have replaced your HK 6x9s with Kicker Free Air 6x9s or CDT 6x9s (rare but some have done it -like me), they are incompatible with the rear sunshade. The magnets on the Kickers/CDTs poke up through a couple of holes in the metal rear deck, the sunshade assembly cuts across those holes effectively blocking them.

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here ya go;

Ill see if I can find the pdf when I get home later

edit found the pdf;

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I know I would definately love to have a rear sunshade... Good luck, take some pics along the way too!

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i regret not ordering this option new. too much trouble to install after the fact.
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Originally Posted by M3 Driver View Post
i regret not ordering this option new. too much trouble to install after the fact.
how lazy is that to say.
I just ordered my kit and look forward to installing it over the holiday weekend.

It is as easy as.

1. Remove glove box, ashtray console, rear seat back and rear deck.

2. Cut out a hole that is pre-shape/pre-lined up already on the underside of the rear deck for the sunshade.

3. Insert sunshade. Run wiring from deck to right side foot panel/door sill (a lot easier than it sounds because all our LHD cars already have a main branch of wiring running down that side)

4. Reinstall rear deck. Reinstall seat back rest and seat cushion if you removed it.

5. Run wire under door sill (and B P!llar if you have this) to glove box area you don't even have to remove the sills or the p!llar because you can easily tuck the wires under the sill where is overlaps the carpet.

6. Once at the glove box area tap wire into fuse box and supplied switch.
If you are using a uni-button switch or if your kit comes witha uni-button switch then you will or may prefer using the newer unified all in one console button bar. Buy the bar and then tap the wires from the kit into pin 14 and 15 it will be a yellow and white wire. I'm saying this because the uni-button is for pre 2001 BMW E46s and will NOT fit into your 2001 and later M3 console button bar. After you are done put everything back togther and viola.
not so hard is it?

The only key areas of difficuly will be properly cutting out the hole in the rear deck. BMW already has it pre-outline showing you where to cut. But getting the proper saw to get a cut is tricky. Pneumatic saws are a tad bit strong IMO. So I am using my 12v drill witha special drill bit that is made to saw thru plastic. This way I can drill my starting point and just run the bit down and around the outline of the hole.

Also the confusion of the switches and the fact that most people only realize after the fact that they have to purchase an entirely new button bar with all the buttons on there just for the sunshade button can make this project annoying and unexpectedly more expensive than you may think at the start of it.

And a few pictures to aid in the comprehension of what this entails:

The two pin connector that comes with the big uni-button switch

To many DIYer's surprise this big a$$ switch will NOT fit into the M3 console button bar.

The updated console button bar version with sunshade switch ($190 to $200)
Yes. you will have to buy a whole new bar just to get this sun blind button. It cost $190 to $250 depending on your local dealership or if you get it online.

As for the wiring it is easy the kit will come with two wires going to the switch on a 2 pin connector (there are other wires branching of the main sun blind cable I think [2 or 3] more wires: with [one or two] going to fuse and one for ground)

If you are updating to the console bar switch from the uni-button switch then remove the white and yellow wire from the 2 pin connector and insert them onto the big connector coming off the back off the switch console bar: yellow into pin 14 and white into pin 15 as seen in the pictures below.

Sunshade body shown with deck and parts number (from a 2006 USA E46 M3)

The kit that many people end up buying (BMW part# 51460004718) from the dealership [I.E the ONLY kit they sell for the rear sunblind is NOT the same parts number for the original M3 kits that come ordered with the car from the factory (BMW does not currently supply these kits as a retrofit kit)] is actually for BMW E46 coupes and sedans from 1998 to 2001. The PDF print out is also dated 1999 for this reason.

That said the kits are physically the same for all years 1998 to 2006 (coupe's and sedan's shades may be different sizes hieghts and widths opened) Only key difference is the switch will be different on the 1998 - 2001 kits that are available for order at the dealership. These older kits ship with the big uni-button sun blind switch and as I said you may want to also purchase the console button bar with the sun blind button to complete this DIY.



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Old Sat, Feb-19-2011, 06:34:35 PM   #15
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Default Re: rear sunshade question

Would this fit to the E36 M3 rear shelf, I know it would require making the cut-out to the shelf but not sure for the rest.
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