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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 11-02-2012, 08:08 AM
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URO cupholders - anyone try them yet?

any feedback on these?

http://www.ecstuning.com/News/BMW_E3...URO_Cupholders

Interested in how they are different than the OEM style
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:06 AM
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Looks like the same.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:11 AM
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Looks the same, made of probably weaker plastic and URO is a chinese copycat company that sells substandard parts. The real issue is the location of the cupholders and how low they are. Any cup bigger than 8oz or taller than a soda can will spill in spirited driving and spill into the hvac panel.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:17 AM
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I dont use mine anymore. I closed them up, never to be re opened. I thought about the uro ones, but seeing how the Oem ones are sh*t as it is, I can only assume a cheap knock off is worse.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:25 AM
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I never use mine neither, I just use a rubbermaid bottle, cut it in half, glue a hook on the side and hook it onto the doors' map holder. It sit in front of the corner of the seat and low enough so if it spilt, the liquid would get all over the place, but haven't spilt anything so far. And big enough for a themo coffee mug.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:34 AM
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Never heard of that one before.

Got this one : http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-FRON...98923a&vxp=mtr per another poster's recommendation about a month ago and couldn't be happier. Easy install and holds drinks (and my phone) pretty well. Looks pretty good too.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:47 AM
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I agree those don't look much different than oem.

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The real issue is the location of the cupholders and how low they are. Any cup bigger than 8oz or taller than a soda can will spill in spirited driving and spill into the hvac panel.
I agree with those comments 100%. However, op if you really want to use the OEM location and style cupholders, but want a stronger version Umnitza sells a version that looks identical to OEM, but its made out of aluminum. It is expensive though. If you do go that route I would combine it with a spillproof/resistant mug that fits securely in the arms.

There are also those ebay versions that are stronger for that location, but they are fixed and are not retractable like the oem. To me the design is hideous imho, but they are reasonably priced.

op I don't think you were really looking for cupholder recommendations, but incase you are I vote for ultimate cupholders. The can hold any size cup/bottle and if anything does spill its on the floow not near and switches.
http://www.ultimatecupholders.com/

Personally I am not a soda or coffee person I just have a kleen kanteen with water in my car. If you are going do drink soda or coffee though or let others with those beverages in your car I recommend the Contigo Autoseal mug as you have to press a button to drink from it as soon as you let go of that button the mug closes that way you don't have to worry about closing the mug after you take a sip of your coffee like you do with other mugs.

http://www.gocontigo.com/autoseal-st...ravel-mug.html
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:56 AM
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I got mine off Ebay. Not even sure about brand. Works great. same junk as OEM. Need a real cupholder damn it.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:02 AM
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I've been using Dorman replacement cup holders for two years and they have not broken on me which is probably the same quality as the Uro parts.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:56 AM
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Never heard of that one before.

Got this one : http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-FRON...98923a&vxp=mtr per another poster's recommendation about a month ago and couldn't be happier. Easy install and holds drinks (and my phone) pretty well. Looks pretty good too.
Got the same and it exceeded my expectations. It looks factory.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:26 PM
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Looks the same, made of probably weaker plastic and URO is a chinese copycat company that sells substandard parts. The real issue is the location of the cupholders and how low they are. Any cup bigger than 8oz or taller than a soda can will spill in spirited driving and spill into the hvac panel.
Agreed. Anything using the oem location is grabbing the cup from too low...it is going to tip over at the slightest provocation.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:27 PM
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Never heard of that one before.

Got this one : http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-FRON...98923a&vxp=mtr per another poster's recommendation about a month ago and couldn't be happier. Easy install and holds drinks (and my phone) pretty well. Looks pretty good too.
That is awesome. An inexpensive solution...deep enough to properly keep the cup from tipping over. Is it reasonably stable? Does anything secure it down?

I personally use the TEC Accessories cup holder myself.
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I prefer my universal cup holders.

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Old 11-02-2012, 01:42 PM
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I prefer my universal cup holders.



But on a serious note I remember a DIY where someone used a small piece of aluminum to replace the weak point I will try to find it
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:25 PM
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That is awesome. An inexpensive solution...deep enough to properly keep the cup from tipping over. Is it reasonably stable? Does anything secure it down?

I personally use the TEC Accessories cup holder myself.
It was cheap, looked good and came recommended so I had to give it a try. Shipped fast. Installation involves removing the old cupholder and taking the cover off each piece of double sided tape that is on the underside of the indents and just pressing into place. It's very stable, have not had any issues at all.
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Here is the aluminum cupholder link
http://www.umnitza.com/aluminum-e39-...ts-p-5831.html
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:26 AM
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Thank you Tiko, and NDZ. I was thinking about ordering those cup holders. Now I will!
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:41 AM
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I found a great one that fits in the slider panel between the manual brake lever and the arm rest. Sturdy, holds large cups but it's a little in the way if you're using the arm rest. If you're interested I can see if I have the receipt for it and where I got it, probably Bavarian Autosports. Let me know if you want me to look.

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:21 AM
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+1 The Ultimate cupholder!!!!
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:48 AM
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I've been using Dorman replacement cup holders for two years and they have not broken on me.
+1

They are cheap also...

My Red Bull fits the factory cupholder perfectly. Anything else, not much luck.
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