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BMW E30 3-Series Glove Informal Personal Story

Last Updated: 09/04/2016
Parts Group: Glove compartment
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This article discusses the glove compartment (a.k.a. glove box), for the BMW E30 3-Series with the main focus being on me, the company founder, doing something embarrassing, yet again.

When this event occurred, I was in the process of re-installing an engine and transmission into a 1987 BMW 325 (a.k.a. E30). I wasn't doing this alone; someone else was doing the "heavy lifting." Specifically, I was reinstalling the glove compartment. I'd removed it (unnecessarily) to mess with the fuel injection computer, which is located in that area.

I felt silly wrestling with so trivial a part while someone else was wrestling with the far-more-important task of attaching the steering column. Still, the glove compartment was part of the project. For me, it became, an amazingly complex part. Getting it to align and to close was an exercise in the practical application of geometry such as I'd like to never experience again. It took me more than an hour.

Had I been smarter, I would not have removed it at all. To get to the fuel injection computer, I could have simply opened the glove compartment and then removed the two plastic pins that held the two hanging straps in place. The glove compartment could then have yawned open so widely that I could have had complete access to the fuel injection computer.
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