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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 Yesterday, 03:44 PM
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Any place to still buy Tec cup holders?

Hi folks,

I've been using the forum for a bit but just created an account as I finally bought my 'unicorn', a Topaz Blue 2003 540 Msport with a 6 speed. I'm absolutely loving it so far except I'm afraid to use the stock cup-holders. I've decided I want to install the Tec cupholder mod but after contacting my local dealership I've found out they've been discontinued and NO dealership in the country has any. I've tried ebay, craigslist, and multiple google searches trying to track down somewhere that still has them but have had no luck. Does anyone know a shop that still carries them (or even someone selling a used one)? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
John
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If my research seems right, BMW got the design from TEC and made them under their brand for a while. But like most things, it got discontinued. I was lucky and found 1 of TEC's and BMW's brand .
But I came to the same realization that NOONE sells them new anymore, so I put both to use!

You're best bet would be waiting on the forum until someone sells one again, that and eBay.
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Old Yesterday, 04:37 PM
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- I was hoping someplace was still selling them. Thanks, Dking. I'll keep my eyes open on the forum and ebay.

Cheers,
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More information here...
- Replacing the cupholders
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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In the meantime, I can vouche for this being a good interim solution. It is removable if you ever find your dream cupholder.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-FRON...25.m3641.l6368
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Old Yesterday, 07:37 PM
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Hi Bluebee,

Thanks for the source but I've already read through dozens of 'cupholder' threads and have investigated other solutions. I know that I want the Tec cupholder - now it's just a matter of finding one. Thanks anyways.

Cheers,
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Old Yesterday, 07:45 PM
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Thanks, Hanz. I actually just ordered the 'Ultimate Cupholder' to hold me over until i find a Tec. Usually I don't drink in the car but I've just accepted a new job that requires a 45 minute commute each way and I need coffee in the morning.

Cheers,
John
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 PM
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I just bought my 03 540i MSport unicorn as well - only 35k miles.

Congrats!

If you find a source, let me know. Mine also does not have the Tec cup holder. Don't know if I would use it as I never have beverages in my car but would be good to have in case I'd like to install it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:02 PM
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Congrats - especially with that mileage! That's just amazing. Did you get the 6 speed?

I'll let you know if I find any but it's turning into somewhat of a quest at this point.
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Hi Bluebee,

Thanks for the source but I've already read through dozens of 'cupholder' threads and have investigated other solutions. I know that I want the Tec cupholder - now it's just a matter of finding one. Thanks anyways.

Cheers,
When you get it, please snap a picture for us to benefit from.
Thanks.
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