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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-28-2008, 04:18 PM
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Yet another E39 BMW front cupholders replacement thread

One by one, I'm fixing the minor flaws in my (new to me) 2002 BMW E39 525i. Saving the least for last, it's time to fix the two broken front cupholders.

I'll try to post step-by-step photos, although I see a BMW cupholder R&R DIY already exists at

And, a total workaround to the cupholder frailty exists at

However, I'm wired to start from the beginning; so, I may as well add to the wealth of knowledge for BMW E39 cupholder repairs, specifically with part numbers, and a step-by-step R&R procedure that I hope to post to this thread once I buy the parts.

I'm pretty sure the part is "Front Cup Holder" part no. 51168190205, and a quantity of 1 would get me both cupholders, right?

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