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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-13-2013, 05:57 PM
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Ultimate Cupholder

Installed one of my e39 ultimate cupholders in the e60 today. Was surprised I saw nothing about this on here. It fit perfectly and now my wife can carry large containers in comfort like large coffees, 27 ounce kleen kanteens, klean kanteen thermos, etc. (this is stuff we routinely bring with us on trips and such).

I put it on the passenger side and it fit perfectly. Actually, fit even easier than it did on my e39...lol. Stainless steel model looks great with the grey interior too...very low key.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:11 PM
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Joe, any pics of the cup holders you speak of?
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:23 PM
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This thread is worthless without PICS!! I would like to see how you did this though, sounds very interesting.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:46 PM
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It surprisingly complex - torque wrench required...

http://www.ultimatecupholders.com/
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Sorry, I didn't snap a pic (meant too) and the wife is out and about with the ride.

The ultimate cupholder has been around for a number of years and was originally built to provide a very sturdy and usable cupholder for the e39 and other BMWs that basically come with no cupholders.

The cupholder is basically (as seen at the link) a stainless steel formed ring with black felt inside (to prevent rattling and provide some resistance to movement). Coming out of the top is a long, bent piece of flexible stainless steel/aluminum/whatever.

You slide the bent piece up under the carpeting where the center tunnel meets the dash materials. I could spot a perfect area on my e60 in about 5 seconds and the cupholder's long flat piece went right under the carpeting with absolutely no real resistance.

I inserted it, wiggled it slightly to seat it well, and was pleased with the install in MAYBE 15 seconds. I almost broke a sweat.

Will post pics. Can't believe this isn't a "de rigeur" part of being introduced to the e60. $25 and you've got a great functional cupholder for larger containers in this ride.
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