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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 01-10-2010, 06:54 PM
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For those tired of the OEM sliding center console.

I have had this car for ~7 years and a couple of OEM things always bothered me....the cup holders (got BMW TEC style) and now the phone tray center console.

I replaced mine with part #51 16 7 140 702. It is vinyl and matches the rest of the car. For those that are interested, here are some close up pics.









Not too shabby.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:55 PM
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Looks great how much good sir?
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Looks like about $185 at Pelican Parts. Does the tray come with that part number?

FYI beige part # is 51 16 7 140 705.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:52 AM
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If you order the kit, the tray comes with it. I have it in gray for my car and although it doesn't hold that much, it is nicer than the slider thing. Very easy to intall.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:08 AM
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getting lazy here, what's the part # for the black napa leather?
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:18 AM
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getting lazy here, what's the part # for the black napa leather?
51168190199 Montana Leather
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:00 AM
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I have had this car for ~7 years and a couple of OEM things always bothered me....the cup holders (got BMW TEC style) and now the phone tray center console.
I did the same 3 years ago, and love the extra space. I also removed the coin holder in the door pocket. It freed up about 30% space.
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51168190199 Montana Leather
will do, once i get my car back
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:38 AM
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The vinyl matches the material on the side of the console and bottom of the dash perfectly and cost about $150 sold as a kit. The leather ones (there are two different versions) cost about twice as much and you have to buy the bin separately.
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Did your arm rest slide all the way back and forward? Mine seems to be stuck in the forward most position sliding only about an inch. Is theres a release maybe?
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The vinyl matches the material on the side of the console and bottom of the dash perfectly and cost about $150 sold as a kit. The leather ones (there are two different versions) cost about twice as much and you have to buy the bin separately.
i have leather center console so if i get the vinyl one, it'll look odd.
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This is one of the first mods I did with mine a few years ago. Ripped out the outdated telephonics and slapped in the center storage armrest. Not a lot of space, but enough to hold my wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, and change, quite comfortably, instead of rattling around the door pocket....
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i have leather center console so if i get the vinyl one, it'll look odd.
The sides of the OEM console in my 540 are exactly the same material as the lower dash. It is a "leather grained" vinyl material, and matches perfect with the surface of my vinyl euro console.

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This is very nice. I got the Tec cupholder for christmas, now I'm thinking I need this. I'm always trying to pull that sliding center console up for storage like most cars have in this position.

so let me get this right. This part comes with more storage under the rest, but the armrest does not move, right? I like driving with the sliding arm rest all the way up and it seems I might lose a bit of that space with this one because it won't slide, but at least I'll get some more storage.

Good call about removing the coin tray in the door panel. I also replaced the ashtray with just a plain holder.
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I searched crown automotive's web site for a beige kit part number 51 16 8 196 939 but no results. Anybody?
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Good intell, may have to get this soon.

Chief, I've got the same color interior, so the color is Montana, right?
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Good intell, may have to get this soon.

Chief, I've got the same color interior, so the color is Montana, right?
My console is the Vinyl euro kit in dove gray. BMW part number 51 16 8 196 937 for the kit. The top opens but does not slide.


For further info:

http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Armrest/armrest.htm

Note: mine is "Package Deal #2" in gray.
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Mine looks a bit different. i have beige leather center sliding armrest w/ storage tray p/n 51168190202.

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The sides of the OEM console in my 540 are exactly the same material as the lower dash. It is a "leather grained" vinyl material, and matches perfect with the surface of my vinyl euro console.

yeah but i swapped mine out for the M5 center console which is that nappy headed leather.
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See also Agent99's ultimate armrest thread

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The kit comes with tray and cover. You do need to have 2 washers and 2 securing nuts, like these. I used the two on the left.



These are the three mods that I have done, left to right.



1. Coin holder 51-16-8-159-695
2. BMW TEC style cupholder 51-16-0-394-760
3. Center console kit (vinyl) 51-16-7-140-702
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So how much that center console kit run you?
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Look online. It runs for ~$135-140. Then add another $.50-$1 for 2 screws and 2 lock bolts.
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Mine looks a bit different. i have beige leather center sliding armrest w/ storage tray p/n 51168190202.
Wow $405 at pelican parts. Ouch!

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...20SAND%20BEIGE
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The kit comes with tray and cover. You do need to have 2 washers and 2 securing nuts, like these. I used the two on the left.



These are the three mods that I have done, left to right.



1. Coin holder 51-16-8-159-695
2. BMW TEC style cupholder 51-16-0-394-760
3. Center console kit (vinyl) 51-16-7-140-702
The part number for the kit doesn't match the part numbers on the bmwtips web site.
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