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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 04-24-2014, 08:51 PM
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What's up with BMW plastic fetish?

Why are so many parts weak cruddy plastics? I tore into my driver seat today. It only took me a year to get to it. I have been wanting to know why I can't adjust my headrest. Well it turns out. Its kaput. I'm sure you guys know how the head rest works. There is a motor that turns a screw which fits inside a plastic piece thus causing up and down movement. Well in my DS head rest. That plastic bit snapped in two.the worst part is its riveted in. Not nuts. Or bolts. So its not really replacable. But I'm going to try to jerry rig it some day.
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The use of plastics is driven by two major issues: Complex parts can be easily and cheaply molded; even more importantly, plastic is very easy to recycle, and is light compared to metal.

The entire world-wide automotive industry is on board.
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Yes, the plastic gears inside the comfort seats and the steering adjustment are brittle. Actually all the plastic in our cars is of a bad quality!
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geeesh,, wish this board would let me use exponents,,, even then.. make it + infinity! Cheap crap plastic is being generous! when I win the lotto, which great car has less plastic?
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:09 AM
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No great late model is without cheap platic. Maybe a e12 or a e28.

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I love how everyone complains about the plastic, but fails to remember that the newest e39 is over 11 years old and most have with 150k+/miles (235k on mine and just replaced a coolant hose due to PLASTIC). Now, if you think the plastic bits are bad, wait until you hit 20+ years old and you start dealing with brittle insulation on your wiring harnesses.
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Its ok I fixed it with braided wire
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:42 PM
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I mean I guess its good to be honest with our selves. We will not see a living E39 specimen in 30 years time. These cars are not 1928/29 Ford Model A's. They were built cheaper and lighter andd all that jazz
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No great late model is without cheap platic. Maybe a e12 or a e28.

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Yep the e28 had a lot less plastic and they are a lot easier to work. Heck my 528e got 30 mpg freeway.
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