I thought you accessed it from the driver's side. What year is your car? I just replaced mine the other day. (94-3 series)You need to remove the driver's side kick panel, look towards the edge of the center console, and look for the 3 pins about 8 inches from the floor, recessed in the center console end. You will NOT see the length of the resistor. if you have already purchased the new one, turn it away from you and look at the pins, that's all what you are looking for. I'll get a digital pic if you still have trouble.
2002 BMW 745 Li.