This a one way, destructive guide to remove the phone cradle + adaptor on a BMW 550 E60.
The phone cradle -WILL- get damages, proceed at your own risk.
Step 1: Stupid German Design !
For those who owns any bimmers, storage in the center console is a joke ! The factory phone cradle is only a base plate, with any model specific phone adaptors $130 a pop.
I use Bluetooth sync & rather sacrifice this for more junk storage ....
Step 2: Tools You'll Need
All repair manuals on E60 saids there're lots interior panel removals to get a clean break. Since it's my own car & I'll never use this feature, brute force & following simple tools are needed:
- long heavy screw driver
- nylon pry tool
Step 3: Pry the Sucker Out !
Cover all you nice wood trims near the vicinity !
Open the arm rest. On passenger side, look for the hinge arm pivot point. Insert screwdriver & pry till you get the plastic pin out of the hole.
Step 4: Twist Off the Other Pin
Once one side of the cradle is out, twice off the other pin that had the wire bundle with some force. (Imagine breaking a lobster claw)
This is held on with some thin plastic & should break off easily.
Step 5: Remove the Rear Panel
Don't get impatient now & just snip off the wire cables ! This may generate computer fault codes & $$$ on repairs repairs !
Go to the rear vent & pry out the cig lighter panel. Top part is slotted to the vents, so work from the sides in a U shape pattern till it pops out.
Step 6: Disconnect the Cables
Have someone jerk the wire bundle while you feel the other end. There should be 2 cables, each to a jack.
Phone control jack has a locking tab & collar.
Push tab, turn collar to unlock, then pull.
Antenna has a simpler plug, just push the locking tab & unplug.
Step 7: Cradle Now Gone !
Have your buddy gently pull while you feed the loose cables out. Gently pop back the rear panel & you're all done !
This unit should still be functional w/o the nicely rotating pin.
Now eBay this part & enjoy the free space ....