From digest.v7.n565 Mon Nov 10 15:01:05 1997
From: "Ron Browne" <rbrowne_at_erols.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:50:58 -0500
Subject: <misc>Lighted Shift Knob
It was written:
I've seen the lighted shift knob listed in the BMW accessory catalog.
Does anyone out there have one, or can you describe it? What is
lighted? What do you wire it up to? It sounds like a cool toy, but I'd
like to know more.
Indeed it is a cool toy. The shift pattern (which has an //M logo in the
middle) is lighted..very neat. They used to make two kinds..the other kind
had the shift pattern without the logo, which I would have preferred, since
I dont have an M car, but oh well. I purchased mine from a local dealer who
matches verifiable mail-order prices. BMW of Fairfax for $119.00 Someone
told me that Bekkers sells them for $109.00. It comes with a wiring harness
that wires directly into your dashboard mounted dimmer switch. I cut the
plug off of the end of my shift knob, and used scotch-loc connectors to tap
into the power-window switch wires. Voila. Lighted shift knob, that also
dims with the rest of the lights. The light actually matches the redness of
your hazard light switch, not the orange of your power-window switches.
PS..Another nice E36 upgrade is the factory European rear headrests. Mike
Gayle actually was the first digester I knew that had these. Cost is $299
from Bekkers, and installation is fairly easy. Takes about 30-45 minutes.
Mounts are already in the rear-decklid, you just have to drill through the
carpeted portion to get to the holes.
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