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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 05-02-2015, 03:31 PM
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2000 528i Exterior Door Handle - Help!

I have read the posts concerning exterior door handle replacement. All do a great job on the removal of the handle. However, I cannot get my handle re-installed!

My handle broke and I purchased a replacement. I removed the old one but I could not get the new one installed. I got so frustrated that I decided to re-install the old one thinking I got a bad replacement so the hole would at least be covered up. I can't install the old one either. The bottom of the unit will not move far enough in the hole to get the tabs past the point where the slider can be used to lock it. In other words, the bottom piece of the handle won't sit flat. I've tried to move it as many ways as I could think of and it simply will not sit flat.

I must be missing something simple here as there is no help on the forum on installing. What am I missing? is there a trick to getting the handle in? Help!
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:43 AM
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Roll the window down and then push the door to the lock position. I had the same problem until doing that.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:07 AM
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Wow. I'll try that today. Thanks
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:21 AM
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Roll the window down and then push the door to the lock position. I had the same problem until doing that.
Typing /exterior door handle f3 in the bestlinks netted this, where I'll take the liberty of cross referencing this information so the next person finds it easier...
- How to replace the exterior door handle in the BMW E39 (1) & where to find metal interior door handle levers for broken E39 chromed plastic interior door handles (1) & how to open a stuck shut locked front or rear E39 door that has a broken door latch/lock (1) & 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)
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:09 AM
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Opened the window and still having the same problem. When you say push the door to the locked position, do you mean close the door and lock it or just lock the door with the remote while its still open?
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:12 AM
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Thanks BlueBee but none of these threads speak to installation, only removal.
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Has everyone who has replaced their exterior door handle have the replacement install smoothly? I cannot get the replacement or the original broken handle to move high enough to allow the base to sit flat to allow the tabs to be locked by the slider.

Also, what does the handle actuate to open the door? I can't figure out if maybe there is something that I need to move out of the way to allow installation or is there something missing or broken I didn't notice. There are no pieces of anything at the bottom of the door.

At this point I've resorted to taping over the hole until I can figure this out.
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Well, its been several months since I did it. But I thought I closed the door and then pushed the lock button down and it seemed to go in. It still required some force. But it wouldnt budge before doing that.
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