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post #1 of 35 Old 02-23-2016, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Secret / Hidden Compartment Retrofit

I just retrofitted the secret compartment in my 2016.

The German instructions are quite vague and I was able to successfully remove the old decor trim by snapping the two tabs along the edge that tuck below the vent. In my opinion, it's not possible to install the secret compartment with the vent in place; whether the tabs are snapped off or not the back of the compartment itself get's caught on the dash when you try to slide it below the vent.

So... off came the speaker grille on the top of the dash (plastic pry tool) and the center display outer ring (two plastic clips). There's two screws at the bottom holding the center display in place as well as a plastic catch / tab you'll need to press down from the speaker well at the top of the dash. You can shuffle the center display outwards in a slow but firm motion. I didn't disconnect anything and simply let it rest on top of something soft over the shifter.

There's one screw to undo the vent. The vent is held in place with three clips on the back; you can barely access them from behind to pop it out. Once the vent is out the hidden console slides and clips into place. There are two screws holes to fill in but the compartment also stays in place fine without them.

Reassembly is the opposite of removal. It took me about 20-30 minutes. I'd half that time if I did it again.

The part number for the hidden compartment on LHD models is 51-45-9-290-340 and cost is ~$150 CAD. You'll need a new decor trim panel which your dealer can match and find with your VIN but budget another ~$150 CAD for this. My parts guy said there wasn't any screws but I'm going to double check this with him next time I'm in.
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My compliments it looks like it came from the factory.


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Indeed great job!
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Very good and brave job.
Poor job by MINI that they dropped this feature.
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Its not a secret you just told everyone :P
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Compliments. Good job
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Agree; a really silly move by mini, since there's not masses of storage. I find it really useful even though it's tiny!

Surprisingly delighted to have moved to an f54((with a r59 in the fold for fun!)
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Yes, storage is at a premium in the mini and a well-known secret compartment is better than no secret compartment. Perhaps a campaign to return the secret compartment and a functional dipstick is in order!
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Glad you were able to get this installed as I would miss mine a lot if it didn't come with one.
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Thanks guys!

Does anyone know which markets are culprit for the deletion of the compartment? I wouldn't be surprised if they brought it back for some markets due to demand in a year or two.

I posted the retrofit to our local club Facebook group and the dealership has already taken several inquires about the kit and contacted me for installation time and details. It's a pricey piece of kit but folk really want it!
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