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BMW E90 Cup Holder Repair – 2007-2013 3 Series – Stuck or Broken

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Repair Summary
This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the dashboard cupholders in 2007-2013 3 series vehicles (E9x). Even though we used a 2011 335i to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any 2007-2013 3 series with minor modifications to the repair steps.
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E90 3 Series 318d
E90 3 Series 335i
E90 3 Series 335xi
E90 3 Series 335d
E90 3 Series 330xd
E90 3 Series 330xi
E90 3 Series 330i
E90 3 Series 330d
E90 3 Series 328xi
E90 3 Series 328i
E90 3 Series 325xi
E90 3 Series 325i
E90 3 Series 323i
E90 3 Series 325d
E90 3 Series 320i
E90 3 Series 320si
E90 3 Series 320d
E90 3 Series 318i
E90 3 Series 316i
E90N 3 Series M3 CRT
E90N 3 Series 318i
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E90N 3 Series 328xi
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E90N 3 Series 325xi
E90N 3 Series 323i
E90N 3 Series 320xd
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E90N 3 Series 320d
E90N 3 Series 318d
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E90N 3 Series 316d
E91 3 Series 335xi
E91 3 Series 325d
E91 3 Series 335i
E91 3 Series 335d
E91 3 Series 330xi
E91 3 Series 330xd
E91 3 Series 330d
E91 3 Series 330i
E91 3 Series 328xi
E91 3 Series 325i
E91 3 Series 328i
E91 3 Series 325xi
E91 3 Series 323i
E91 3 Series 320i
E91 3 Series 320d
E91 3 Series 318i
E91 3 Series 318d
E91N 3 Series 316d
E91N 3 Series 335xi
E91N 3 Series 335i
E91N 3 Series 330xi
E91N 3 Series 335d
E91N 3 Series 330xd
E91N 3 Series 330i
E91N 3 Series 330d
E91N 3 Series 328xi
E91N 3 Series 328i
E91N 3 Series 325xi
E91N 3 Series 325i
E91N 3 Series 325d
E91N 3 Series 320xd
E91N 3 Series 323i
E91N 3 Series 320i
E91N 3 Series 320d ed
E91N 3 Series 320d
E91N 3 Series 318i
E91N 3 Series 318d
E91N 3 Series 316i
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E92 3 Series 325d
E92 3 Series 335xi
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E92 3 Series 335d
E92 3 Series 330xi
E92 3 Series 330xd
E92 3 Series 330i
E92 3 Series 330d
E92 3 Series 328xi
E92 3 Series 328i
E92 3 Series 325xi
E92 3 Series 325i
E92 3 Series 323i
E92 3 Series 320xd
E92 3 Series 320i
E92 3 Series 320d
E92 3 Series 316i
E92N 3 Series M3
E92N 3 Series 323i
E92N 3 Series 335xi
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E92N 3 Series 335i
E92N 3 Series 335d
E92N 3 Series 330xi
E92N 3 Series 330xd
E92N 3 Series 330i
E92N 3 Series 330d
E92N 3 Series 328xi
E92N 3 Series 328i
E92N 3 Series 325xi
E92N 3 Series 325i
E92N 3 Series 320xd
E92N 3 Series 325d
E92N 3 Series 320d
E92N 3 Series 320i
E92N 3 Series 318i
E92N 3 Series 316i
E93 3 Series M3
E93 3 Series 320d
E93 3 Series 335i
E93 3 Series 330i
E93 3 Series 330d
E93 3 Series 328i
E93 3 Series 325i
E93 3 Series 323i
E93 3 Series 325d
E93 3 Series 320i
E93N 3 Series M3
E93N 3 Series 323i
E93N 3 Series 335is
E93N 3 Series 330i
E93N 3 Series 335i
E93N 3 Series 330d
E93N 3 Series 328i
E93N 3 Series 325i
E93N 3 Series 325d
E93N 3 Series 320i
E93N 3 Series 320d
E93N 3 Series 318i

A BMW E90 cup holder repair is a simple procedure that takes less than five minutes to perform.

The dashboard cup holders in 2007-2013 are notorious for breaking or becoming stuck in the closed position. Their retractable design makes them susceptible to becoming adhered shut after years of use...usually from sticky beverages spilling onto the internal mechanism. They are also prone to broken springs and internal plastic parts.
The good news is replacing a BMW E90 cup holder is an extremely simple repair for the home mechanic that can avoid an unnecessary (and expensive) trip to the dealership. A BMW E90 cup holder repair only takes about 5 minutes and costs less than $50.
We give detailed step ny step instructions below, along with a video and parts list for your convenience.
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Section 1 - BMW E90 cup holder removal and replacement
As discussed previously in this article, the cup holders in 2007-2013 BMW vehicles are very easy to replace. They are simply held in place by two phillips screws. Exercise caution when removing the dashboard trim to avoid cracking it.
  1. Using a plastic trim removal tool, remove the cup holder trim cover. Start by carefully prying one side loose then using your hands to pull the trim free.bmw e90 cup holder repair - Use a plastic trim removal tool to carefully pry the corner of the cup holder trim loose bmw e90 cup holder repair - Pull the cup holder trim off of the dashboard
  2. Use a phillips screwdriver to remove the two cup holder mounting screws.Remove the two phillips mounting screws
  3. Pull the old cup holder out of the dashboard.bmw e90 cup holder repair - Pull the old cupholder out of the dashboard
  4. Install a new cupholder and reassemble.
BMW E90 Cup Holder Repair
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