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      02-23-2015, 02:47 PM   #1
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Glove Compartment Fuse Box

Has anyone tried accessing the fuse box in the glove compartment of (at least) the 2015 X3? I believe on my former 2012 X3, it was a drop down shelf in the compartment (or was in my 2009 X3). Regardless, the fuse box is so recessed that I am wondering how people access it.

You take the small cover off the rear panel of the compartment, and the box is recessed behind some wires. My hand barely fits through that opening and I'd be afraid of dropping a fuse in there and not knowing where it would go. Anyway, I was looking at this in anticipation of tapping into the box for power for a dash cam.

I read that there were some tweezers in the rear fuse box, so perhaps that would be how you'd access the front fuse box but still, there's so much in the way. I didn't get a chance to find the rear box, but I assume it's behind the passenger side well in the rear compartment.

Of course it can't be simple.
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      02-28-2015, 09:25 AM   #2
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Sorry, I don't have an answer. But I do have the same question as you, as Im trying to hardwire a Mobius dash cam. If you figure anything out, like which fuse, and whether it switches off automatically, please post it here....
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I share your concern. I just can't believe that they located it so far back, and with such a small access hole, it's nearly impossible to read the numbers much less reach in to remove a fuse. It looks to me like the only practical way to access it would be by removing the glove compartment which is utterly ridiculous if you just need to change a fuse.
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I remember my tech doing something like this to get to it. Pretty simple. He also mentioned that you'd need a clip from the rear trunk fuse box (right side panel) to help pop fuses out.
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I share your concern. I just can't believe that they located it so far back, and with such a small access hole, it's nearly impossible to read the numbers much less reach in to remove a fuse. It looks to me like the only practical way to access it would be by removing the glove compartment which is utterly ridiculous if you just need to change a fuse.
I just hot wired a 2 channel dash cam to my wife LCI Xdrive 28d. It took about 2 hours . In order to hot wire to the fuse box, You must remove the glove box and the cover plate below the glove box. Prepare a torx screw driver or torx bit to unscrew the screws. Then you can pull out the glove box completely to expose the fuse box. It also helps to run the power wire thru to A pillar.
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I just hot wired a 2 channel dash cam to my wife LCI Xdrive 28d. It took about 2 hours . In order to hot wire to the fuse box, You must remove the glove box and the cover plate below the glove box. Prepare a torx screw driver or torx bit to unscrew the screws. Then you can pull out the glove box completely to expose the fuse box. It also helps to run the power wire thru to A pillar.
This is what it seemed like to me because I don't know how else my hands would fit through that hole. You way you describe it sounds simple. Is it? Are the screws to the glove box and cover plate easy to locate?

The more I think of it - the more I think the hole is less intended to access the glove box, but rather the cabling. However, the iDrive manual does indeed say that the fuse box is accessed through that hole.

Seems very silly to put a hole there to access the fuse box when you can't really without childs hands.
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I remember my tech doing something like this to get to it. Pretty simple. He also mentioned that you'd need a clip from the rear trunk fuse box (right side panel) to help pop fuses out.
I believe that is how it was with my 2009 or 2012 X3, but now it appears to be accessed through a tiny hole in the back of the glove compartment.




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      03-03-2015, 07:04 PM   #8
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2011 x3 fuse inside glove box hard to reach

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Your pictures are perfect. There is easy way to reach the fuse behind the glove box.


I have to update my iDrive. It has to be done via Center Armrest. My armrest doesn't have power. USB is not working. Since there is no power, I suspect a burned fuse.

1) Which fuse controls the Armrest and where it is located?

2) I checked the Fuses in the trunk (right side), all the fuses are OK. I want to test the fuses behind the glove box which I cannot reach. please help.

Thanks in advance.
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I remember my tech doing something like this to get to it. Pretty simple. He also mentioned that you'd need a clip from the rear trunk fuse box (right side panel) to help pop fuses out.
Your video is for pre-LCI models. There no longer are white clips to release and the fuse box no longer drops down from the top.
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