I had an alternate plan.
I did not want to cut up the plastic just to find that i did not have the necessary clearance.
The idea came to me when searching for BMW cup holder on ebay, and came across an insert for a saab or civic, don't remember which.
I did both for under $12. It looks factory, even fooled my mechanic at first glance.
I plan on doing a write up for the board when I have a chance.
You're in Brooklyn, maybe we can meet up and I can show you. Even help if you'd like.
Also, I know that there is a BMW Club that meets in the Kohls/Best Buy Parking lot. Have not been down there this summer.
I am not sure if it is for 3 series, or BMW enthusiasts.
Took possession of a '98 528i on May 12, 2009.
Still can't take the grin off my face!