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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 06-05-2015, 10:17 AM
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I have a 2003 540i Msport model. The aero package appears to be the same as the M5. I need a new front bumper cover for my car that was ruined when a snow plow clipped it this winter while parked.

Questions : I am wondering if this front aero bumper cover is exactly the same (including mounting points) for both cars (540i Msport and M5)(seems like it would be since I heard BMW made this model using excess M5 inventory). Also, best place to locate this part (used OK). And typically how good are the non-BMW covers versus the BMW parts.

I found these covers in partsgeek.com and another site, looking under M5 designation. But at a 3rd site, using the part numbers given me for my car, I found one for much more money ($700) but it was BMW original not replacement.

And since the ones I found did not have headlight washer option, I am planning to just eliminate these washers by blocking the water hoses .... any problem foreseen there ?

Thanks for any info on the subject .......
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:14 AM
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welcome to the forums - you'll find the E39 subforum is excessively stocked with all the info you could ever want. search around and you'll find that other than the bumper insert, the M sport bumper and the M5 bumper are exactly the same.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:45 PM
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The only difference between the M Sport bumper and the M5 bumper is that the M sport has the "T-bar" in the middle. I'm sorry this image is so large - it's the only good one I could find online.

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Old 06-06-2015, 01:45 AM
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Thats not true... My M sport bumper doesnt have that T bar on it,

But it also doesnt have the round cut outs for the duel intakes, My has the brake ducts to the out side by the fog lamp.
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:40 AM
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The guys I know with the '03 m sport have the t bar.
The above pic also shows holes in the bumper for the license plate.
The M5 bumper I bought from the dealer doesn't come with those plate holes.
IIRC you can order it with the cutouts for the headlight washers.
Think I paid ~$450 for the bumper, didn't want an aftermarket bumper that "almost" fit properly.
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OP, assuming your car is in nice condition, and you wish to keep it that way, then just buy the factory bumper with the proper headlight washer cutouts. The non factory bumpers do not fit as well, and from threads I have read here, WILL require some fiddling to get to fit right. You will not have the problem with oem.
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OP, assuming your car is in nice condition, and you wish to keep it that way, then just buy the factory bumper with the proper headlight washer cutouts. The non factory bumpers do not fit as well, and from threads I have read here, WILL require some fiddling to get to fit right. You will not have the problem with oem.
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It's the same part. The tee (which is standard) is a separate part.
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