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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 01-18-2013, 12:27 PM
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Exclamation Driver door issues

I've replaced the broken driver door handle on my 2001 E39. but that's not the fix. I took the door apart, tugged on the cable and the door still opened. When I reconnected the door handle - even screwing it place, the new handle won't open the door.

Is it safe to say the cable should be replaced?

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:09 PM
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Is it the interior or exterior handle. By screw I am assuming you mean interior. Are you sure the cable is seated in the handle and hooked?
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:46 PM
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I'm having the same problem.

Broken handle has been replaced, but the door will not open with the new handle.

The cable has been attached just fine. I guess it's been pulled too far? How do I fix the problem so that it will function as it should?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:14 PM
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It's not enough to hook up the cable, the outer cable housing has to sit in it's place on the handle too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:27 PM
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when you say 'outer cable housing' can you be more specific?

I attached the hook at the end of the cable to the metal piece that it turned by the door handle. As far as I can tell, all is back as was intended. Is the outer cable housing something different that I'm not addressing here? Would that cause the issue of too much slack from the cable?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:04 PM
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Ok, I will try to explain, I don't know the exact words.

The bowden cable consist of an inner wire and an outer pipe-like covering. The hook is attached to the inner cable and the end of the outer covering goes into a half pipe on the frame of the handle. You should be able to open the door without mounting back the handle into the panel if the bowden cable is attached correctly.


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Old 01-28-2013, 10:18 PM
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:14 PM
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Acoste explained it well.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:40 PM
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I thought I seated the coated portion of the cable into the channel of the door handle; I better have another look. Thanks!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:42 PM
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In addition, these threads, found by typing /door handle F3 into the bestlinks, might help the OP:
- How to replace the exterior door handle in the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) & how to open a single stuck shut locked front or rear closed E39 door from a broken door latch/lock (1) (2) & how to properly maintain a door lock (1) & a DIY for how to replace the front lock door actuator (1) & how to disable automatic door locks (1) (2)
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Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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