I'm not sure why BMW decided it was evolution to remove the secret fold down/pull out cupholder compartment armrest we enjoyed on our E36 BMWs and replace it with a useless lump of cushion armrest found in the E46!
As a driver it may not be important to many of us, but I'm tired of my passengers back there trying to balance drinks and coffee on the seat and then spilling it all over the place everytime I accelerate from stop. I have a DIY modification idea. The E36 Rear Armrest: The lump of coal armrest in our E46:
And just to get this luxury that came free on the older E36 the dealership wants $570!
I was wondering what would happen if I bought a console parts piece from another car say a Lexus and affix it into the BMW E46 Armrest;
So it would look like this;
Does that seem right? Those pieces sell for as little as $9 and the DIY would be no more that cutting a hole in the E46 armrest and inserting the console unit into it.
I'm seriously thinking of this DIY and I may get fancy and see if I can engineer alittle more that holding cups