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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 10-31-2009, 08:18 PM
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Replacing DOOR HANDLE BOWDEN CABLE 51218215617

Hello there,

Has anybody ever replaced an e39 Front DOOR HANDLE BOWDEN CABLE ( Part # 51218215617)?

Mine broke while I was trying to replace the door handle without taken the Door Panel off.

Thanks for help...
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:46 PM
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For a moment I thought you were referring to the exterior door handle and the other bowden cable...luckily not the case, as I just did that today and it's tedious. You will need to remove the door panel and vapor barrier because the cable is attached to the lock mechanism behind the latter. It's simple enough where you will know what to do when you see it. Just hooks on.
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:07 PM
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Thanks for the tips Tyrone, I really appreciate it. I get the part first and get to it. By the way where did you get the part? It seems to be on of those special orders.
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:17 PM
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It was the same one I had. Have both front ones available, but the left side one you need has the white sheath broken in one part.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:46 AM
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Try ecs tuning, that is where I ordered mine. Have not tackeled the job though. Been having other issues with the car. ABS, ASC lights on and just found a valve cover leak.
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It was the same one I had. Have both front ones available, but the left side one you need has the white sheath broken in one part.
On mine the hook (next to the handle) has been cut from the rest of the cable. I wonder if it can be soldered.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:08 PM
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Try ecs tuning, that is where I ordered mine. Have not tackeled the job though. Been having other issues with the car. ABS, ASC lights on and just found a valve cover leak.
Thanks for the advice and good luck with a ABS issue. I wish I could help.
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Any link to show the DIY for changing the bowden cable?
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:46 AM
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Search for recent thread this week by "Cabinetman2".
He is uploading pics soon.
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Just get the cable changed. Easy and 10 minutes job.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:33 AM
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Just get the cable changed. Easy and 10 minutes job.
Then post pics. A forum can only be good is there is a "give and take".
So give back in terms of your pictures...
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:26 PM
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Resurrecting an old post...

How do you hook the Bowden cable (by the exterior door handle)? It was a PITA just to remove the old one. I can't find an angle to attach the hook. Do I have to remove the entire latch assembly? I unscrewed the assemble but it's still not enough room. Thanks.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:28 PM
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Dunno if it helps, but I typed /door handle f3 in the bestlinks, and this came up ...
- 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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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:28 AM
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I tried to replace my interior door handle this weekend. I've done it once before 2-3 years ago. But this time it didn't turn out as planned. I left the door panel on because that's the way I'd done it last time. Had a problem to seat the cable and white plastic guide into the new handle's slot. Seems the white plastic guide was too long or more correctly had slidden too far towards the front of the car. So I widened the slot on the handle so the plastic guide would slide in. After buttoning it up, the handle would not open the door.

In retrospect I should not have widened the slot since it may be that the guide is used not only to protect the cable but to assist opening - when opening the door. Not sure though. So I guess I'll take off the door panel and check the opposite end of the Bowden cable to see if the guide has slid out of place. And I'll likely need another handle... crap.
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