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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 10-17-2013, 06:14 PM
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Windshield base cover

Anyone buy a new windshield base cover only to find that the second attaching screw hole {drivers side} is off by about an inch or so and there is a dummy plug available to cover the hole that is now not lined up with the original hole? I want all holes attached {8} total. Why is there 2 different parts with the same #51-71-8-159-292 for my 2000 528i? Gonna drill my own attaching hole.:confused
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:33 PM
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Yep, not sure why. When I replaced mine, I had to drill a hole for the missing screw hole and just used electrical tape to cover the hole that has no screw hole under it. Called the dealer I bought it from and they said that is the only one available. Couldn't explain why either.

Did yours come with a dummy plug or did you order that separately as 51717020032?

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Old 10-18-2013, 03:38 AM
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Windshield base cover

Bought dummy plug separate after taking everything apart and realizing the hole did not line up. I bought all new grommets as well as screws etc.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:15 AM
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Why is there 2 different parts with the same #51-71-8-159-292 for my 2000 528i? Gonna drill my own attaching hole.:confused
Just to clear up any confusion...there aren't 2 different parts with the same part nbr. It is one part that is listed & pictured in the "grill" diagram as item #3 (see 1st diagram below & link to part # index)...and is only mentioned in conjunction with a different item #3 (ENGINE COMPARTMENT CLOSING PANEL) in e39s built up to 9/1997 build date in the 2nd diagram below & link to part nbr index.

Take note in the 2nd diagram & part nbr index that the "windshield frame cover" does NOT have an "item" number in the part nbr index nor is it drawn into the diagram's illustration...it is only mentioned (as a supplement) to indicate that if you have an e39 built up to 9/97 ...that a specific "engine compartment closing panel" will be required to fit/connect with the windshield frame cover (in conjunction with). If you have an early built e39, the other ENGINE COMPARTMENT CLOSING PANEL part nbrs listed will not swap/fit correctly with your windshield frame cover.

Hope this makes sense to those that were confused.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...51&fg=20&hl=19



(the item #3 in the diagram below...is not the same #3 in the diagram above)

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...51&fg=80&hl=10
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:17 AM
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Just to clear up any confusion...there aren't 2 different parts with the same part nbr.

Hope this makes sense to those that were confused.
Yes, thanks Q.

But that doesn't explain why my 11/97 build and OPs 2000 needs to have a hole drilled for the missing screw hole and a hole that needs to be plugged since there is no screw hole beneath that extra hole.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:57 AM
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Yes, thanks Q.

But that doesn't explain why my 11/97 build and OPs 2000 needs to have a hole drilled for the missing screw hole and a hole that needs to be plugged since there is no screw hole beneath that extra hole.
I was going to comment on that question too, but I didn't want to go on & on and have everyone's eyes glaze over.

This is not conclusive, but my first thought was that since all e39s have the same windshield design...and there is only one part listed for all the international e39 model configurations...and that it's used for either LHD or RHD applications...perhaps the part was designed for universal usage allowing for a one part-fit-all application...with only having to knock-out/drill-out a simple opening for universal fitment.

Again, this is just an assumption on my part.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:35 PM
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Re: Windshield base cover

When I had my windshield replaced I bought a new base cover to replace the old one, and they told me on the new one the holes didn't line up so they put the old one back on. The brand new one is sitting in the corner collecting dust. I thought I was the only one and it was a defective part from bmw bought from ecs tuning.

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Old 10-20-2013, 07:07 PM
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Why offer a dummy plug and not completely punch out both hole options?...this part needs to be attached at all [8] points,[7] attach points will not give a good seal against the windshield and water will get by the seal.
I drilled mine out with a !/2 inch wood drill bit with a wood block underneath for support and the ability to drill strait through the plastic cleanly.
Depending on where you live and if your car is garaged or not,water is the enemy of these cars...anybody want to talk about water problems ?
Im taking no chances.
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