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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 12-30-2012, 06:25 PM
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A-Pillar Issue

The fabric from my old A-Pillars were becoming very loose so I bought new ones. After installing them today, I noticed that when looking at the cabin through the windshield I can see whats behind the A-Pillars (slight gap between the pillar and frame). I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the old ones only to realize that this may not be a new issue.

Any thoughts??? It really bothers me that there are no clips that snap them into place.

Also the HFS tabs don't clip in to place with the new ones???
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:39 PM
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I just did my headliner and all pillars. The A pillars have a torx screw up at the top and you have to make sure the bottom fits into the dash correctly. A pillars have a tab coming off the bottom. Did you make sure your A-pillars have this bottom tab that locks into the dash? I'll check my car tomorrow, but I think your A-pillars are not fitting correctly. Actually I know you'res are off. B/c When I put mine back in last week I can see windshield matrix from the inside . So I know I cannot see anything from the outside.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:46 PM
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I can see the windshield matrix from the inside. I made sure the tab was in properly, everything seems right, but when looking in from the outside at an angle I can see a preview of whats behind the pillar.

I wish the vertical part closest to the window snapped in to place. There is a bit of play when you push the part of the pillar inward as if to try and snap it in place...
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:19 PM
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I'll look at mine tomorrow morning.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:35 PM
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Sorry for the late reply. But I checked both pillars today. Cannot see behind them. Not even close. Is windshield stock? Maybe it's a aftermarket and the matrix is not correct. just a thought.
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