I do not believe that this is possible short dismantling a fair proportion of the engine accessories and manifolds to get at it, I will pass it on to a BMW specialist just in case he has some solution for this problem.
October, 12, 2011 AT 6:32 AM
Sorry for the bad news-you gonna have to go underneath to remove the reinforcement plate thru the front axle carrier -this is a must says Mit1-sorry
October, 12, 2011 AT 12:44 PM
Do you have instructions on removing it if I go through the bottom of the vehicle?
October, 12, 2011 AT 2:32 PM
Send the last seven of the VIN so the car can be identified correctly.
October, 12, 2011 AT 2:34 PM
The M54 motor is usually quite easy to work on, but this operation could require the removal of the intake manifold to gain access to the starter bolts.
October, 12, 2011 AT 2:44 PM
The last 7 are b806758
October, 14, 2011 AT 5:22 AM
Also, be sure its the starter and not the drive-away protection.