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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 06-22-2016, 11:00 PM
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Oops!

Okay . . . this is going to sound a little crazy but I need a new climate control panel for my 2001 530i.
Actually, all I really need is the tiny piece of plastic that one pushes to control the speed of the air conditioning motor.

Please, bear with me while I explain.

My wife bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner and since it's light and portable, she decided to vacuum the car. The Dyson is so powerful it sucked the control strip off the front of the panel and there is no way to retrieve it from the cursed machine and there is now way to shut off the air conditioning as it is stuck in MAX.

Very annoying.

I can buy an aftermarket climate control panel on Amazon but I'd rather have a used OEM unit, mainly because aftermarket stuff never seems to work right.

Is there anyone out there that might has a used or new climate control panel that fit my '01 530?

Much appreciated.

PS - I can't get mad at my wife. She already feels terrible.
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:24 PM
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They sell the plastic buttons on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/97-98-99-00-...hWVOZu&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/97-98-99-00-...9WVLWV&vxp=mtr
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:29 AM
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:02 AM
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E39Hoon,
Thanks for the info. I just ordered the button on e-bay and saved a bundle.
Nick Sloan
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:58 AM
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How can you not retrieve the button from the vacuum? You can empty out everything else it sucks up right?
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:15 PM
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Lost Button

That's a really good question. The best answer I can come up with is . . . I looked and hunted, and looked some more. I looked in the car, I looked in the garage, my wife helped me look.

The Dyson is a V6 - small but so powerful it is astonishing. It works on some kind of wind tunnel technology. As I understand it those small ports that form the wind tunnel and dump into the dust bin are sealed. It is highly likely that the thin plastic button is stuck in one of those ports.

I sorted the dust, I removed the filter and searched inside the Dyson with an extremely strong flashlight. I found nada, zip, zippity, zilch.

My time is worth something so I went hunting for a new control panel not knowing that the button was available in E-bay. Thanks to Bimmerfest for $12.78 - It'll be delivered on Saturday.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:55 PM
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That's a really good question. The best answer I can come up with is . . . I looked and hunted, and looked some more. I looked in the car, I looked in the garage, my wife helped me look.

The Dyson is a V6 - small but so powerful it is astonishing. It works on some kind of wind tunnel technology. As I understand it those small ports that form the wind tunnel and dump into the dust bin are sealed. It is highly likely that the thin plastic button is stuck in one of those ports.

I sorted the dust, I removed the filter and searched inside the Dyson with an extremely strong flashlight. I found nada, zip, zippity, zilch.

My time is worth something so I went hunting for a new control panel not knowing that the button was available in E-bay. Thanks to Bimmerfest for $12.78 - It'll be delivered on Saturday.
That really sucks!
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Old 06-23-2016, 02:24 PM
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That really sucks!
I saw what you did there!!

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Impressive vacuum....are they of German manufacture?
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