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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 03-22-2009, 08:03 PM
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Seat panel repair

I can't take credit for the original idea, but I did modify it a little.

I recently bought a 2000 528i where the driver's side panel on the side of the seat had come loose and was partially broken.

First picture shows the broken anchoring slot on the front of the seat side panel.

Next picture shows the item used to fix it. It is a piece of 3/4 inch aluminum trim for plywood. I bought it at Lowe's. I cut it to 1 3/4 inches long. I also put the tabs in a vice and squeezed them together slightly to make it hold onto the panel a little.

The third picture shows my modification. I added two screws, one on top and one on the side, to anchor it to the actual plastic panel. The hole for the anchoring screw is hard to see because of the sticker that was on the aluminum trim that I bought.

Last picture shows the side panel installed. It worked great. The silver looking marks on it are where the PO had let the panel ride loose and the paint got scratched off. The base color is almost black and looked horrible. I just used a silver Sharpie to cover the black portions. I know, it doesn't look as good as new, but I was able to salvage it without it looking too bad.
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:27 AM
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From the looks of that why not replace it? Not only is it broken but it's seen better days. They cost like $30 for a pair of them so you can change out both the drivers and passengers.

Try the leatherique cleaning system on that seat!
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:33 AM
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Yep, plan to replace it some time. Cheapest I found was $43 for the pair + shipping. Not necessarily a money issue, but I like to see if I can fix broken things too. Why else would I have bought an E39
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It's Deja Poo - as in, I've heard this **** before.
Steve

Calypso Red 1992 525i with 200K miles

1991 735i - Sold
1992 525i - Sold
1995 325is - Sold
2000 528i - Sold

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Old 03-28-2009, 01:32 PM
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I'm about to do this today. the whole "pole" ran me $11 and is 8' long >_< I figured I can use it down the road or "sell" off pieces for others doing this. "selling" is giving them away for cost of shipping.

and I feel these seat control panels should be treated like the rear windows regulators. even if they aren't broken yet, they will break eventually so might as well repair them now, preventative maintenance.
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