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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 07-04-2013, 10:01 AM
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2001 530i rear parcel shelf removal

I broke a rear spring, so it's time to replace both, but the parcel shelf seems a P.I.A. To get out. Bentley says to remove the C-pillar trim first, but it feels like it was nailed in place. Is there a good sequence posted somewhere. The parcel shelf DOES appear to be catching on the pillar trim. T.I.A.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:34 AM
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Procedure varies depending on whether you have sunscreen option.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:07 AM
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Also, Bavarian Soundworks has a video for removing the rear shelf as part of a speaker repalcement. It doesn't include the rear sunshade option but does at least get you close.
Search their site for the link.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:10 PM
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Step-by-step Beisan procedure
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:17 PM
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Yes, remove C pillars. They have a screw and clips.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:57 PM
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:41 PM
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Watch the bsw video. You're going to have to fight the shelf out, will feel like its glued in. Just be diligent and use firm pressure. Try not to jerk.

The c pillars have pins along the top edge. A trim removal tool is very handy.

If you have a shade, there are three bolts in the trunk, easy to do once you know they are there.

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Old 07-05-2013, 03:50 PM
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Thanks to everyone for their help. The shelf is out and new springs are on order.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:56 PM
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See also:
- How to remove the rear shelf, also known as the rear package shelf or rear parcel shelf in order to replace broken coil springs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:41 PM
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Just got to this today and made a tutorial video:

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Old 08-16-2016, 05:32 AM
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It get's easier after you do it 5 or 6 times.
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