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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 10-20-2016, 09:29 PM
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BMW M bumper from eBay...

Which material is best? I heard ABS had a better figment? I know I know... eBay bumpers... but my current oem bumper is sagging because the sliders on the bumper is gone. So there's no fix for that..might as well grab one of these. Do I need anything extra? I already have the aero package.
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Old 10-20-2016, 09:37 PM
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Drift stitch the OEM bumper back on there (i.e., use cable ties).

ABS generally has better fitment, provided you buy from a reputable seller like Umnitza.

This topic has been beaten to death on the forum over the years.
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Old 10-20-2016, 09:43 PM
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I tried that method lol. Still sags. Thanks for feedback.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:03 PM
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Eh, with enough zip ties you should be able to get it back together. You will probably want to use three; one wrapped around the existing clip (behind the bumper, two that secure to that zip tie and poke through the front of the bumper.
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:41 AM
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Don't know if you are going M number or not but Umnitza has a sale going on the M bumper. 130 for either ABS or Polypropylene.
https://www.umnitza.com/browse-by-ca...per-front.html

Edit: well your post title says M so guess you are. "Look Ma! ...."

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Old 10-21-2016, 06:03 AM
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ABS is superior for fitment. But it's not the OEM ABS and so it can break and fracture in colder weather with minimal contact. You shouldn't have that problem.
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Old 10-21-2016, 11:41 AM
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Just bought mine from umnitza for 139.99

I don't see how you can beat that from ebay in terms of what you get.
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Old 10-22-2016, 05:16 PM
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Does ummitza have a store on ebay?
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Old 10-22-2016, 05:57 PM
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Looks like: http://m.ebay.com/sch/i.html?sid=umn...&isRefine=true
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:04 AM
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How do I know if I have the aero package?
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:50 PM
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why don't you drop by our store in Concord, since your title says berkeley
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:55 PM
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Don't know if you are going M number or not but Umnitza has a sale going on the M bumper. 130 for either ABS or Polypropylene.
https://www.umnitza.com/browse-by-ca...per-front.html

Edit: well your post title says M so guess you are. "Look Ma! ...."
Dang you got me all excited! ABS is an extra $129.00 so it's $258.00.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:54 AM
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why don't you drop by our store in Concord, since your title says berkeley

I did come by. Remember? On Tuesday. You recommended I get the polylethelyne bumper instead of the ABS. You said the fitment would be the same. Anyone want to voice their opinions? And I was also told that this bumper fits standard BMW non aero parts?
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:18 AM
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What do you mean by non aero parts? Like the splash guards?
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:09 AM
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I ordered a rear bumper cover Polypropylene the from Umniza

They didn't have it on stock, so they upgrade it to the ABS.
I paid for delivery and the bumper arrived cracked! both sides completely broken in the box!
The delivered the second one the next day. Their driver was careful this time and the bumper arrived without damage.

I can't complain about the fit, looks OK, not perfect.

I'm concerned that any bump would damage the bumper since is ABS
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My suggestion, get the Polypropylene
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:14 PM
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I did come by. Remember? On Tuesday. You recommended I get the polylethelyne bumper instead of the ABS. You said the fitment would be the same. Anyone want to voice their opinions? And I was also told that this bumper fits standard BMW non aero parts?
You probably spoke with Tim? or Adam? or Matt?
PP does not have the same fit as ABS, ABS is a more rigid material, always recommend the ABS if you want quality fit, always recommend the PP if you want it to last

This "debate" not really much of one, has been doing on for at least 8 years now

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Dang you got me all excited! ABS is an extra $129.00 so it's $258.00.
Right, you can thank:
larger packaging for ABS bumpers (more $ per sq/ft in the container because fewer can be fit inside)
higher materials costs
higher factory wholesale prices
lower factory volume

All wonderful things that drive up costs the customer doesn't see usually
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:56 PM
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Yea. I was told they both would fit well. I was under the impression ABS would be the better fitment. But ABS would crack easier. Can these bumpers work with the non aerodynamic package? Or do I still need to buy all the hardware and body parts still?
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:41 PM
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Yea. I was told they both would fit well. I was under the impression ABS would be the better fitment. But ABS would crack easier. Can these bumpers work with the non aerodynamic package? Or do I still need to buy all the hardware and body parts still?
You will still need the splash guards, fogs, and grille mesh.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:43 PM
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Umnitza had told me that their bumper will fit a non M car. Pretty sure the fogs and grill mesh come with the bumper
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:00 PM
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Umnitza had told me that their bumper will fit a non M car. Pretty sure the fogs and grill mesh come with the bumper
Of course it will, its a bumper. But you will need the splash giards and belly pan. Iirc you need to pay extra for the fogs.
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