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jpindc52
01-29-2005, 11:03 AM
I just bought a new 2005 BMW 545i and it is absolutely great... except...

The cupholders are absolutely useless! They won't hold hardly any cups I've tried so I end up sitting with my drink between my legs, or holding it.

Has anybody else experienced this problem? Could I possibly have a defect?

Help!!!

:mad:

Centurion
01-29-2005, 12:14 PM
No you most likely do not have a defective model.
There was another thread describing the bad design of the cupholders in the e60's somewhere in this forum.

Alex Baumann
01-29-2005, 12:16 PM
Connect to the thread below, it's been discussed there :

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=83231

gold233790
01-29-2005, 12:39 PM
The cupholders stink. Make sure the cup is mid-size at most, and half full or more. Otherwise it either won't fit, or will fly out during any type of semi-spirited driving.

MarcusSDCA
01-29-2005, 06:23 PM
Starbucks cups yes.

Big Gulps no.

jpindc52
01-30-2005, 04:17 PM
Thanks... this was helpful....

craigt-from-atl
01-31-2005, 08:14 AM
I'd return the car asap. :rolleyes:

bmw325
01-31-2005, 08:19 AM
I know we all like to make fun of cupholders in cars. But, if BMW is going to include them, they might as well make them decent. IMO, the e46 ones are very practical and do the job. Their appearance could be improved w/ a sliding cover, but they're sitll fine. I have no idea why BMW felt the need to mount them on the dash in the e60 and e90. Even Audi has finally dropped this stupid idea in their new A4s. I guess its because of hte i-drive, but I'm sure some clever designer could've found a way to position atleast 1 cupholder in the center console even w/ the i-drive. If they couldn't, they shoud've just dropped the whole idea. THe cupholders in the dash look cheap, and they don't work well.

craigt-from-atl
01-31-2005, 08:22 AM
For larger cups, you can fold down the rear armrest and use the two built-ins there. Not as convenient, but works. :thumbup:

gold233790
01-31-2005, 03:33 PM
I had an A6 a few years back with similarly styled cupholders. They were sturdier than these, however.

flsails
01-31-2005, 04:42 PM
If you buy/use the BMW thermo cups they fit perfectly---- Ihave the tall one and although it sticks up high in the holder it works fine......

jpindc52
02-02-2005, 05:27 PM
Thanks... I'll buy a couple this week-end.

Wingboot
02-02-2005, 06:58 PM
I know we all like to make fun of cupholders in cars. But, if BMW is going to include them, they might as well make them decent. IMO, the e46 ones are very practical and do the job. Their appearance could be improved w/ a sliding cover, but they're sitll fine. I have no idea why BMW felt the need to mount them on the dash in the e60 and e90. Even Audi has finally dropped this stupid idea in their new A4s. I guess its because of hte i-drive, but I'm sure some clever designer could've found a way to position atleast 1 cupholder in the center console even w/ the i-drive. If they couldn't, they shoud've just dropped the whole idea. THe cupholders in the dash look cheap, and they don't work well.

I would think they put them in the dash to "clean up" the interior. Like you say, the E46 ones are not attractive. I swapped my cup holder insert for a covered storage area. Still holds a bottle of water fine and lucks much better.

Paul A
02-02-2005, 07:32 PM
They can't be any worse than tyhe E39's. :rofl:

bmw325
02-02-2005, 08:41 PM
I would think they put them in the dash to "clean up" the interior. Like you say, the E46 ones are not attractive. I swapped my cup holder insert for a covered storage area. Still holds a bottle of water fine and lucks much better.

There's a really simple solution that BMW could've opted for that would've kept the functionality of the e46 cupholders, while making them less ugly: put a cover on them (like the slide top on the covered storag compartment that you bought). I guess there interior designers just couldn't find a way to make space for them in the center console w/ the i-drive.

crash8168
02-06-2005, 07:29 PM
I just bought a new 2005 BMW 545i and it is absolutely great... except...

The cupholders are absolutely useless! They won't hold hardly any cups I've tried so I end up sitting with my drink between my legs, or holding it.

Has anybody else experienced this problem? Could I possibly have a defect?

Help!!!

:mad:
what cupholders? 12oz. canholders yes, cup no. but really doesnt do that very well either.

shaftdrive
03-13-2005, 12:07 AM
Anyone using these $90 USD TEC E39 cup holders care to review them for us?
http://www.tecaccessories.com/

Do they work better than the BMW originals?

Or should we just use the standard $40 USD BMW replacement cupholders?
(e.g., from http://bavauto.com/shop.asp )

Shaftdrive
P.S. Why do I not have cup holders in the rear of my 2002 525?

shaftdrive
03-13-2005, 02:01 AM
If you didn't go with the TEC cupholders for the E39; did you try these?
http://www.ultimatecupholders.com

How were they (compared to the stock BMW cupholders)?

The more we test here, the more we & the next person benefit.

shaftdrive
03-13-2005, 02:09 AM
The 2002 BMW 525i I just bought has a broken rear grill; and no cupholder in the rear.
Are these the correct part numbers for an E39 cupholder set?

FACTORY BMW CUPHOLDER SET FOR THE E39
(FRONT & REAR) P/N 82 27 9 405 744
Front: 51 16 8 159 701 ???
Rear: 82 27 9 405 744 ???

AFTERMARKET BMW CUPHOLDER SET FOR THE E39:
http://bavauto.com/shop.asp
Rear cupholders: 51 16 8 184 520 $ 39.95
Front cupholders: 51 16 8 190 205 $ 33.95

shaftdrive
03-15-2005, 01:41 AM
For the record, to help others, I found this useful article on repairing E39 cupholders:
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/cupholderfix/cup_holder_fix.htm

Specifically, they suggest the use of a piece of folded u-shaped metal to bolster the fragile design (see photos).

shaftdrive
03-15-2005, 01:48 AM
While we're on the topic of documenting possible cupholder modifications ...
This rather expensive setup (over $1000 USD) might be useful for some people ...
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/factory%20cupholder/factory_cupholder_solution.htm

LeadFoot
03-15-2005, 08:37 AM
The only defect is that you overlooked the cup holder issue when you bought the car. Don't feel bad though, I did the same thing...

The cup holders suck.

Leadfoot

chivas
03-15-2005, 08:41 AM
No drinking and driving! you might spill the beer. :rofl:

on a serious note, you are driving, not drinking or eating or anything else. my Z didn't have cup holders and every passenger i had was like: What the ****? where's the cup holder. i always tell them to hold it and shut up.

shaftdrive
03-19-2005, 02:39 AM
While researching BMW cup holders, I just found yet another type:
http://www.drinkholders.com/bmw/bmwmain.html
888-428-7465

These upholstered or burlwood drink holders apparently mount either on the center console armrest (held in place with a 3M adhesive pad) or to the right of the shift lever.

All BMW models seem to be covered, e.g., E39 cupholders are at:
http://www.drinkholders.com/bmw/e39main.html

If you know of additional cupholder options, please post so we all benefit.

shaftdrive
03-19-2005, 04:04 AM
For the record, I just found these EagleDay add-on cupholders for the E39.
The driver-side door BMW cupholder (BMW-82110027936) is $35 USD.
The console-side dual BMW cupholder (BMW-82111468XXX) is $30 USD.
The factory front BMW cupholder (BMW-51168190205pad) is $34 USD.
While the factory rear BMW cupholder (51168184520) is $40 USD.
Apparently EagleDay can be reached at:
http://www.eagleday.com/cupholders.html 888-889-0019

shaftdrive
07-19-2005, 12:49 PM
For the record, I just found these EagleDay add-on cupholders for the E39. For the cupholder cross-reference record ...

a) This "5-Series DIY -> Front cupholder (http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92045)" thread explains how to remove the existing E39 cupholders ( http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92045 ).

b) This "5-Series DIY -> A few (http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95954) thoughts on aftermarket cupholders (http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95954)" thread covers some of the cupholders discussed here, and then some ( http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95954 ).

c) This "5-Series -> Cupholders on the 2005 5 series (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85935)" thread covers all that I found out prior to these two articles above ( http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85935 ).

I post these cross-reference links only to make the next Bimmerfest user's life easier as they research cupholder removal and replacement options.
http://www.cup-holders.com/store/usrimage/5%20series%202.jpg

Ågent99
07-19-2005, 04:04 PM
Shaft...everything you posted is in regards to E39s. The post was about E60s.

crash8168
07-19-2005, 09:18 PM
I just bought a new 2005 BMW 545i and it is absolutely great... except...

The cupholders are absolutely useless! They won't hold hardly any cups I've tried so I end up sitting with my drink between my legs, or holding it.

Has anybody else experienced this problem? Could I possibly have a defect?

Help!!!

:mad:
I think the cupholders are an intentional slap in the face( the nerve of someone wanting to drink in a car totally uncivilized)

TGray5
07-19-2005, 10:24 PM
I actually think the cupholders are pretty good. This is my 5th BMW and the cupholders are better than all the rest. I've never had a cup fall out or spill and I've taken some pretty hard corners with a full cup. I guess the only complaint is that it can't hold the super-size cups. Interesting to note that in Europe the largest cups in the fast food places are the size of our Mediums which fit perfectly into the cupholder. Frankly, if the cupholder were made to hold a big gulp, then it wouldn't hold a smaller cup as well. I guess that BMW decided that its typical target customer is drinking a regular sized drink and not a Big Gulp (probably correct).

remington
07-23-2005, 11:47 PM
Interesting to note that in Europe the largest cups in the fast food places are the size of our Mediums which fit perfectly into the cupholder.

Yes, and usually lacking any ice :eek:

dbansal
08-01-2005, 09:57 PM
with all due respect... fine automobiles like these are not engineered to hold your cups. They're meant to be driven....

I actually dislike the fact that they even come with cup holders. As you all know, genuine german cars such as Porche dont even come with cup holders.

Centurion
08-01-2005, 10:55 PM
As you all know, genuine german cars such as Porche dont even come with cup holders.
I didn't realize that "Bavarian" Motor Works wasn't a genuine German manufacturer. :rofl:

shaftdrive
10-10-2005, 04:40 PM
For cross references, here's another decent cupholder upgrade (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114614) article:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114614

And, to help others, here are some good cupholder upgrade (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110735) photos:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110735

bmwguynj
10-10-2005, 05:30 PM
Sometimes I fell scared placing my large black iced dunkin donuts coffee in the cupholder. Sure it holds the beverage, but it's awfully close to spilling all over the dashboard and electronics and drinks and your electronics do not go well together. I wonder if anyone has spilled their drinks into the air vents or the dashboard? That would be a nightmare.

mattldm
10-10-2005, 10:12 PM
Anyone using these $90 USD TEC E39 cup holders care to review them for us?
http://www.tecaccessories.com/

Do they work better than the BMW originals?

Or should we just use the standard $40 USD BMW replacement cupholders?
(e.g., from http://bavauto.com/shop.asp )

Shaftdrive
P.S. Why do I not have cup holders in the rear of my 2002 525?

Yes this cupholder works great! It holds 12, 16, and 20 oz cups perfectly, even with the coffee sleeve. It holds 32oz cups but they fit snug. anything larger is a no-go except those plastic cups from some fast food places that have the small diameter bottom section and then the fatter upper section, those fit ok too.

One thing to know with this cupholder is that the sliding armrest is important. The armrest slides forward to act as a brace against the back of the cup holding it pretty firmly in place. I upgraded to the Euro leather armrest, and I had to make sure I got the one that slides! :thumbup:

Overall impressions of the cupholder, I give it a A-. For reference the stock e39 cupholders get a D- they will hold a 12 oz can kind of OK :thumbdwn: The only real downside to the Tec cupholder is under hard braking. make sure you grab your cup IF you have to slam on the brakes or it will be all over you dash. This is not a problem under 99% of normal accelerating and braking though. :D

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/mattldm/DSC00002s.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/mattldm/DSC00006s.jpg

lcc014
10-11-2005, 06:31 AM
Anyone using these $90 USD TEC E39 cup holders care to review them for us?
http://www.tecaccessories.com/

Do they work better than the BMW originals?

Or should we just use the standard $40 USD BMW replacement cupholders?
(e.g., from http://bavauto.com/shop.asp )

Shaftdrive
P.S. Why do I not have cup holders in the rear of my 2002 525?
I saw this kind of cupholder in BMW dealer in Boston. :)

lcc014
10-11-2005, 06:40 AM
Yes this cupholder works great! It holds 12, 16, and 20 oz cups perfectly, even with the coffee sleeve. It holds 32oz cups but they fit snug. anything larger is a no-go except those plastic cups from some fast food places that have the small diameter bottom section and then the fatter upper section, those fit ok too.

One thing to know with this cupholder is that the sliding armrest is important. The armrest slides forward to act as a brace against the back of the cup holding it pretty firmly in place. I upgraded to the Euro leather armrest, and I had to make sure I got the one that slides! :thumbup:

Overall impressions of the cupholder, I give it a A-. For reference the stock e39 cupholders get a D- they will hold a 12 oz can kind of OK :thumbdwn: The only real downside to the Tec cupholder is under hard braking. make sure you grab your cup IF you have to slam on the brakes or it will be all over you dash. This is not a problem under 99% of normal accelerating and braking though. :D

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/mattldm/DSC00002s.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/mattldm/DSC00006s.jpg
However, this cup holder only work and be installed in E39 not E60.

Ching-Ho Cheng

LmtdSlip
10-11-2005, 07:25 AM
You have truly given in to the luxury fetish when you start complaining about cup holders on a SPORTS sedan.

:tsk:

Go buy a Lexus next time.

mattldm
10-11-2005, 10:50 AM
However, this cup holder only work and be installed in E39 not E60.

Ching-Ho Cheng

Yeah, I know it doesnt fit in the E60, but I quoted the post where the person asked for a review of the cupholder in the E39! :p

mattldm
10-11-2005, 10:55 AM
You have truly given in to the luxury fetish when you start complaining about cup holders on a SPORTS sedan.

:tsk:

Go buy a Lexus next time.

So let me get this straight... I can't have a cup of coffee in my BMW without "giving in to the luxury fetish"? when I am on my way to work at 6 am, on my freeway commute, I cant have a decent cupholder for my morning coffee??? Geez, dude :thumbdwn:

A bmw is a sport sedan, but that shouldnt mean that even the sportiest drivers cant enjoy their morning fix! :p

bmwguynj
10-11-2005, 05:23 PM
So let me get this straight... I can't have a cup of coffee in my BMW without "giving in to the luxury fetish"? when I am on my way to work at 6 am, on my freeway commute, I cant have a decent cupholder for my morning coffee??? Geez, dude :thumbdwn:

A bmw is a sport sedan, but that shouldnt mean that even the sportiest drivers cant enjoy their morning fix! :p

I agree with you and why can't I have it all (great cupholders are not a huge request). Knowing how much I paid for this vehicle and all the options I had to get, I wouldn't be surprised if BMW made you pay for a better cup holder option.

Who would have thought that you would have to get AFTERMARKET cupholders? :D

flexstar
10-11-2005, 06:36 PM
The best ones I have experience with are the ones in the pre 2006 MB ML's. They would hold almost any size cup and the cup was stable while driving.

mattldm
10-12-2005, 07:52 AM
Actually the best cupholder I have ever used was in my 2003 Honda Accord. They would hold anything from bottles to big gulps. Very well done, but then again, its the Japanese that put so much into making the interior more liveable