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A Secret Compartment Inside Your BMW E36

24th June 2008

A Secret Compartment Inside Your BMW E36

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I’ve just found out that there is a secret compartment inside our BMW E36 cars. This secret compartment is hidden inside the rear seat armrest and it’s actually a cup holder for the passengers in the rear seat. I’m not sure if this is only for the 4-door BMW E36 cars but I think so, because as far as I know, there’s no rear armrest in the BMW E36 coupe. I’m not 100% sure though. Anyone got these cute cupholders? Take a look at their photos … They are awesome! don’t you think?

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  1. 1 On June 24th, 2008, avarfang said:

    yep, i have this on my new e36 😀
    It’s a 4 door…

  2. 2 On June 25th, 2008, Johnny said:

    Coupe does not have back seat armrest.
    (I have a 323 1995 with all the extras that this year coupes had.) 😉

  3. 3 On June 25th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @Johnny: It makes sense because if you take a look at the back seat which can be folded, you will notice that it will be a very hard job to stick an armrest there. What about this list of options you’re talking about? Can you list them here?

  4. 4 On June 26th, 2008, Johnny said:

    @Tony: Yeah – split the armrest into two as the backseat divides into two 😀 that would look funny :p I don’t have the exact list, but I think my favorites are
    leather sports seats;
    leather sport wheel;
    wood-like inside panels on doors, glove box, gearbox handle etc;
    Cruise control – LOVE IT :D:D
    Parking aides or what ever they are called 😀 really handy sometimes. On the first week when I just got this car a flower pot decided to re-locate so if there were no beeping then backing I would have really crashed the back there :s …
    +winter package (heated electric mirrors, heated seats) – it will come handy soon – I live in Estonia (Northern Europe) and winters here really suck (extremely cold and snowy usually) Well our winter actually starts in October the latest usually 😀 and ends like in April 😀 Awful weather here…
    what else…
    dual climate control – can use different temperature on left/right,
    double airbags,
    full OBC,
    back window curtain (wish it was electrical 😛 my fathers S6 2003 has electrical curtain – really cool :D)
    8 speakers (at least i have seen 8 :p)
    built in original hands-free with GSM antenna
    of course power windows :p
    Leather arm rest – so used to it – don’t know what i would do without it (with automatic transmission it so comfy to drive :p just relax and floor the pedal :D);
    Transmission is automatic with sport, economy and winter mode;
    fog lights in front and back

    can’t remember more at the moment at the moment.
    in the trunk there are 4 hooks for fixing luggage with – i read somewhere that it was an extra and few cars have it, but it might be wrong info also 😀 don’t really know

  5. 5 On June 27th, 2008, zouza said:

    JHONNY ,
    i guess your car is awesome man……all these options in a 95 mod .
    could we see some photos of your car?

    and for that parking aides , are you talking about sensors on the back? could we see some photos of this thing . this is the rarest option ever seen in a bimmer.
    you are a s***er man .lol. lucky you .

  6. 6 On June 27th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @Johnny: You’re really lucky. I agree with that :D. If you can send some pics, please send them to my email address and I will see if I can publish them on the blog.

  7. 7 On June 27th, 2008, Johnny said:

    Yes – parking aides on the back – It was a big surprise for me too 😀 I was confident that these aides were invented like in ’99/’00 😀 never would have guessed them to be on a 95 E36 😀 The guy/girl who bought this car in ’95 must have been loaded with cash – i guess it cost about the same then, than a 2008 3er with all extras today – the money value has changed but so also people’s income. So i guess the value would have been about the same…

    Probaby will send some pics too, but at the moment I’m at work. Pics are in my laptop. But as weekend is coming dont know if I manage to send them so soon :D:D

    @Tony – are you the guy behind this awesome E36 blog? If yes then thanks mate 4 this awesome page 😀 I was really happy with OBC codes and E36 owner’s manual. I have also owner’s manual and all these books that came with the car in ’95, with service history, but owner’s manualt was in german and I don’t speak german 😀 only know some swearwords :D:D

  8. 8 On June 27th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @Johnny: Yes Johnny. You’re most welcome. I hope you can send me some pics of your car. Now, I’m really looking forward to see it.

  9. 9 On June 27th, 2008, avarfang said:

    well, my e36 320i limo is pretty close to your list 😀
    pdc, automatic, wood panels, double auto climate, ski bag, armrest front/back with those nice cupholders in the picture above, i don’t know what i would do without the front armrest, it’s just great 🙂

  10. 10 On October 23rd, 2008, mwill0416 said:

    I just bought one of these off ebay for 15 US dollars. It fit perfectly into my 94 325i sedan. Didn’t even need a tool to swap it out – now I can use the material on the old one to reuphoslter the center from arm rest!