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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 01-15-2005, 10:33 AM
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e39 climate control panel removal

Hi all,

I've just purchased a 1997 528i. Very nice car, and I'm most pleased with my purchase.

Two the the climate control buttons (up/down arrows, one above the other, on the right hand side of the central panel) are broken. By that I mean the button plastic is broken. You can still press them, they work fine.

I'd like to replace these buttons. How do I remove the panel on which they are located?


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Old 01-15-2005, 01:42 PM
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I don't recall anyone taking apart the Heating and A/C Control Panel, but it might be worth a try...

On the E38 it's easy to pull the panel. You pop off the button/switch panel below (DSC, rear sun shade, asshot, etc.) and reach through that opening to slide it forward. I think some E39's require radio removal first, but I don't have first hand knowledge of that.

(e-bay photo, DSC button)



Old E38 (around 1995?) style of Control Panel slid out.


Unplug the wires and you have the control box in your hands. Good luck!

(Edit: dasWolf, I have never seen the replacement buttons sold before! Great info! Maybe I was thinking about the power window switches on the driver's door.. that you have to buy the whole panel instead of just one button?)
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Old 01-15-2005, 02:25 PM
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BMW makes a replacement kit for the buttons on the HVAC climate control.

For the 2001 + models from 4/2001 on the part number is 64116915812.
I don't know what the equivalent, if any, is for prior models.

You can see a diagram (and many others) at :

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/

Fill in your model info, it's under group 64 -- 64 20 Controls
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Old 01-15-2005, 04:30 PM
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Thanks guys - that's great. I'll see if I can get hold of a replacement set.
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Old 01-15-2005, 05:20 PM
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Our passenger "up" arrow broke, too. Thanks for the Real OEM site... for our 2000 528i, it's part number 64118375645 and it costs $19.88. I wonder if I can pry the button out without removing the control panel. grunff, let me know how it goes.
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Old 01-17-2005, 02:49 PM
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Called local BMW main dealer, they said "no problem, button set is 12 (~$20)". Picked up today, replaced broken buttons. No need to remove panel - just push the button from the bottom-up and it pops out.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-17-2005, 03:05 PM
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Wow, that sounds easy! Glad to hear you got it fixed!
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:28 PM
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hey guys, i recently aquired a '97 528i and i have need to replace the hvac buttons because of normal wear and tear. i purchased the replacements and now i need to figure out how to install them. i know it's a stupid question but i don't want to risk anything on such a classy ride! it's just the cover and buttons i'm replacing.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:20 AM
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replacement buttons not ok

I got the replacement button set for my 2001 525i from a local BMW dealer. $98 or thereabouts...
The replacement buttons snap in ok but they're kind of a poor fit. They're too loose and keep falling out.

Anyone have a similar experience? Any ideas on how to make them fit better?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:34 PM
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Zombie thread!

I'm looking to order a couple replacements as well. The arrow's split, though the buttons are still functional. If and when I do this, I'll update this thread :-)

98 dollars for some replacement buttons sounds like highway robbery though :-\
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