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Brig-Ayd Controls are the manufacturers - call 01707 322322, ask for Denise and mention my name (Tim Morris). They are a company of engineers who take pride in thieir work, and have been fitting controls to 6 series cars for me since 2004 (and BMWs since 1995) so they know exactly what they're doing with the E60/3 platform. Cost is around £2k for the initial install, but the kit is transferrable. It may sound like a lot compared with a push-pull setup but it works really well and you'll have far more control. Make sure you ask for a right-hand brake, and ask them to mount the socket for the plunger on the right hand side of the column, you'll then be able to brake while changing down with the left paddle.
They do a system with a small lever fitted to the brake handle to activate the throttle but it doesn't give the right hand the same freedom of movement.
While they do have dealers that can fit the system around the country I would try to persuade your dealer to take the car up to Welwyn Garden City to get it fitted - they have the engineering facilities to manufacture the bracket that is required to clamp the brake arm to the steering column.
The only panel that needs replacing when selling the car is the lower steering column cover which needs a hole drilling in it to take the socket for the wander-lead. The brake arm fits nicely into a hole exposed when you drop out a second small panel. The steering wheel adjustment motors don't need to be disconnected either.
It is a fantastic system which will allow you to get far more out of the car.
Last edited by Tim_M; 15th March 2007 at 04:15 PM.