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    As per title really, I did the push button start mod on my E36 with the button in the cig lighter hole. I now need to relocate the lighter somewhere else, I did think about hardwiring my satnav into the ignition, but realised we have a mini-hoover, tyre pump and airbed pump that also work off the lighter socket, so I do need to retain the socket.

    Originally I was going to relocate it into the sunglasses shelf but realised upon removing it that there isn't space behind for the terminals...

    Anyone else solved this problem or have any bright ideas, maybe in the glovebox somewhere?

    Any thoughts please guys and gals?
     
     

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    I've done the same mod, and wondered where i'd relocate it too..... Then thought, bollox to it, i'll live without it

    What about keeping the cig lighter, and putting another button next to it for starting the car ?

    Failing, that, i'd probably put it in the glovebox, just remember though, will the satnav cable reach from the glovebox to where ever you position the sat nav ?
     
     

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    Mine is in the glovebox using the wiring from the rechargeable torch. I'll post some pics later.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billywhizz1984 View Post
    Mine is in the glovebox using the wiring from the rechargeable torch. I'll post some pics later.
    That would be very much appreciated, it's looking like the glovebox is the most likely place to move it to, and the satnav cable is plenty long enough so no worries on that score.

    Thanks.

    If I can figure how to upload a video i'll get one up of the button start.
     
     

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    Please tell me there's a thread on installing push button start Want one!!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by E36LISTER View Post
    Please tell me there's a thread on installing push button start Want one!!!
    Try a search of my previous posts mate, there'll be one with wiring diagram in the E36 section.
     
     

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    Apologies for the poor video (mobile phone), but here's the push button start:

    http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/6972/ge9.mp4

     
     

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    As promised, pics of my glovebox mounted 12V socket.

    The BMW torch was so rubbish I took the 12V feed from that and blanked off the hole with an E36 switch blank.

    Obviously you can't load this socket up with more than 3 amps but its OK for phone charging or to plug your sat-nav in without the wires trailing all over the gearstick.
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    Looks like that may be the way to go.
    I'll have a play and report back on progress tomorrow, cheers.
     
     

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    In the end I opted to go for a multi-socket adaptor, it has 2 charging sockets and a USB port.
    I have fixed this to the underside of the arm rest and routed the wiring underneath the handbrake & center consoles so the install is invisible.

    Sat nav cable reaches no problems and I can now charge USB devices to boot, so am well happy.

     
     

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