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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.

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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View the detailed parts diagram for this repair.
Includes detailed part diagrams, part numbers and links to purchase all of the required components needed to complete this repair.
Before starting this repair, you must have the following required parts.
All E9x 2007-2013 3 series vehicles
BMW cupholders are notorious for failing long before they otherwise appear to be worn out. While modern vehicles don't suffer from the same breakage the older models are famous for, the problem still exists. This left replacement dashboard cupholder addresses problems related to broken mounts or a failure to pop out or pop back into the dash.
Fits all BMW E9x vehicles - 2007-2013 3 series
BMW cupholders are notorious for failing long before they otherwise appear to be worn out. While modern vehicles don't suffer from the same breakage the older models are famous for, the problem still exists. This left replacement dashboard cupholder addresses problems related to broken mounts or a failure to pop out or pop back into the dash.
Repair Steps
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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