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I have searched but it's all very confusing. I have the built-in carphone in my armrest. This is useless to me as (1) it doesn't work with my network and (2) I would have to remove my SIM card whenever I wanted to use it.

I would be vaguely interested in Bluetooth, but the only solution I can see is at http://www.bimmernav.com/store/catalog/bmw-bluetooth-kits-all-euro-models-1995upto-0302-mfg-date-item-89.html, and there's no way I'm paying so much when I can just use a Bluetooth headset in-ear.

So what I want to do is replace my armrest with a non-phone one, and also have the storage space under the armrest (which I do not currently have and would like).

Looking at http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=DN82&mospid=47549&btnr=51_2267&hg=51&fg=35&hl=79, do I just need 51167140687 (armrest) and 51168196967 (armrest tray)? It will flip up rather than slide, correct? Or is there more to it than that?

Also, after I remove the phone handset, are there other parts of the phone system in the car that I could remove?
 

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Yes. And it will flip up and still slide fore and aft. One of the first mods I did to my car, as I couldn't stand my elbow hitting the hard parts of the phone tray. The phone tray armrests (without phones) are standard in U.S. cars. IMHO, the Euro armrests should instead have been standard. But it's an easy (but not inexpensive) switch.
 

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Euro Armrest

I did this for my car, and it's easy - ONCE YOU HAVE ALL THE PARTS. The opening/sliding mechanism is an extra part that you need to purchase - it doesn't come with the armrest and storage bin.
 
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