Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 (2004 - 2010)

E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-29-2005, 10:03 AM
jpindc52 jpindc52 is offline
JP in DC
Location: Lorton, VA
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 9
Mein Auto: BMS 545i
Cupholders on the 2005 BMW 5 Series

I just bought a new 2005 BMW 545i and it is absolutely great... except...

The cupholders are absolutely useless! They won't hold hardly any cups I've tried so I end up sitting with my drink between my legs, or holding it.

Has anybody else experienced this problem? Could I possibly have a defect?

Help!!!

Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 01-29-2005, 11:14 AM
Centurion Centurion is offline
Jacked into the matrix
Location: 3rd planet from the sun
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 87
Mein Auto: 545i 6-speedMT
No you most likely do not have a defective model.
There was another thread describing the bad design of the cupholders in the e60's somewhere in this forum.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-29-2005, 11:16 AM
Alex Baumann Alex Baumann is offline
Ex-Dictator
Location: *
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 26,163
Mein Auto: Saab
Connect to the thread below, it's been discussed there :

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=83231
__________________
"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-29-2005, 11:39 AM
gold233790 gold233790 is offline
Registered User
Location: NJ
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 39
Mein Auto: Audi A8
Nope

The cupholders stink. Make sure the cup is mid-size at most, and half full or more. Otherwise it either won't fit, or will fly out during any type of semi-spirited driving.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-29-2005, 05:23 PM
MarcusSDCA's Avatar
MarcusSDCA MarcusSDCA is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Diego/Point Loma
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,522
Mein Auto: 2014 328d M Sport
Starbucks cups yes.

Big Gulps no.
__________________
REALTOR / Broker--CRS,GRI "Selling San Diego One Yard at a Time Since 1986"
http://www.markhoppehomes.com
2014 328d M Sport

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-30-2005, 03:17 PM
jpindc52 jpindc52 is offline
JP in DC
Location: Lorton, VA
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 9
Mein Auto: BMS 545i
Thanks... this was helpful....
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-31-2005, 07:14 AM
craigt-from-atl craigt-from-atl is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Atlanta
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 132
Mein Auto: '04 530
I'd return the car asap.
__________________

Craig
2004 530i
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-31-2005, 07:19 AM
bmw325 bmw325 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New York, NY
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 8,127
Mein Auto: 528i
I know we all like to make fun of cupholders in cars. But, if BMW is going to include them, they might as well make them decent. IMO, the e46 ones are very practical and do the job. Their appearance could be improved w/ a sliding cover, but they're sitll fine. I have no idea why BMW felt the need to mount them on the dash in the e60 and e90. Even Audi has finally dropped this stupid idea in their new A4s. I guess its because of hte i-drive, but I'm sure some clever designer could've found a way to position atleast 1 cupholder in the center console even w/ the i-drive. If they couldn't, they shoud've just dropped the whole idea. THe cupholders in the dash look cheap, and they don't work well.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-31-2005, 07:22 AM
craigt-from-atl craigt-from-atl is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Atlanta
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 132
Mein Auto: '04 530
For larger cups, you can fold down the rear armrest and use the two built-ins there. Not as convenient, but works.
__________________

Craig
2004 530i
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-31-2005, 02:33 PM
gold233790 gold233790 is offline
Registered User
Location: NJ
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 39
Mein Auto: Audi A8
Yeah

I had an A6 a few years back with similarly styled cupholders. They were sturdier than these, however.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-31-2005, 03:42 PM
flsails flsails is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2
Mein Auto: 323it
e60

If you buy/use the BMW thermo cups they fit perfectly---- Ihave the tall one and although it sticks up high in the holder it works fine......
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-02-2005, 04:27 PM
jpindc52 jpindc52 is offline
JP in DC
Location: Lorton, VA
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 9
Mein Auto: BMS 545i
Thanks... I'll buy a couple this week-end.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-02-2005, 05:58 PM
Wingboot's Avatar
Wingboot Wingboot is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Middle of nowhere...
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 874
Mein Auto: 330Cic
Quote:
Originally Posted by robg
I know we all like to make fun of cupholders in cars. But, if BMW is going to include them, they might as well make them decent. IMO, the e46 ones are very practical and do the job. Their appearance could be improved w/ a sliding cover, but they're sitll fine. I have no idea why BMW felt the need to mount them on the dash in the e60 and e90. Even Audi has finally dropped this stupid idea in their new A4s. I guess its because of hte i-drive, but I'm sure some clever designer could've found a way to position atleast 1 cupholder in the center console even w/ the i-drive. If they couldn't, they shoud've just dropped the whole idea. THe cupholders in the dash look cheap, and they don't work well.
I would think they put them in the dash to "clean up" the interior. Like you say, the E46 ones are not attractive. I swapped my cup holder insert for a covered storage area. Still holds a bottle of water fine and lucks much better.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-02-2005, 06:32 PM
Paul A Paul A is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: London, Ontario
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 122
Mein Auto: '03 530i Sport
They can't be any worse than tyhe E39's.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-02-2005, 07:41 PM
bmw325 bmw325 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New York, NY
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 8,127
Mein Auto: 528i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wingboot
I would think they put them in the dash to "clean up" the interior. Like you say, the E46 ones are not attractive. I swapped my cup holder insert for a covered storage area. Still holds a bottle of water fine and lucks much better.
There's a really simple solution that BMW could've opted for that would've kept the functionality of the e46 cupholders, while making them less ugly: put a cover on them (like the slide top on the covered storag compartment that you bought). I guess there interior designers just couldn't find a way to make space for them in the center console w/ the i-drive.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-06-2005, 06:29 PM
crash8168's Avatar
crash8168 crash8168 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: fay.nc
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 400
Mein Auto: e30
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpindc52
I just bought a new 2005 BMW 545i and it is absolutely great... except...

The cupholders are absolutely useless! They won't hold hardly any cups I've tried so I end up sitting with my drink between my legs, or holding it.

Has anybody else experienced this problem? Could I possibly have a defect?

Help!!!

what cupholders? 12oz. canholders yes, cup no. but really doesnt do that very well either.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-12-2005, 11:07 PM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
Anyone have a review of the $90 TEC cupholders?

Anyone using these $90 USD TEC E39 cup holders care to review them for us?
http://www.tecaccessories.com/

Do they work better than the BMW originals?

Or should we just use the standard $40 USD BMW replacement cupholders?
(e.g., from http://bavauto.com/shop.asp )

Shaftdrive
P.S. Why do I not have cup holders in the rear of my 2002 525?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	tec_cupholder_0.jpg
Views:	368
Size:	78.9 KB
ID:	46352   Click image for larger version

Name:	tec_cupholder_1.jpg
Views:	396
Size:	59.2 KB
ID:	46353   Click image for larger version

Name:	tec_cupholder_2.jpg
Views:	416
Size:	56.4 KB
ID:	46354   Click image for larger version

Name:	tec_cupholder_3.jpg
Views:	216
Size:	26.8 KB
ID:	46355   Click image for larger version

Name:	tec_cupholder_4.jpg
Views:	189
Size:	24.2 KB
ID:	46356  

Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-13-2005, 01:01 AM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
Has anyone tried these "ultimate" cupholders?

If you didn't go with the TEC cupholders for the E39; did you try these?
http://www.ultimatecupholders.com

How were they (compared to the stock BMW cupholders)?

The more we test here, the more we & the next person benefit.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_ultimate_e38.jpg
Views:	321
Size:	16.0 KB
ID:	46370   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_ultimate_e39.jpg
Views:	629
Size:	13.9 KB
ID:	46371   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_ultimate_e39_gulp.jpg
Views:	381
Size:	13.9 KB
ID:	46372   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_ultimate_e39_H20.jpg
Views:	320
Size:	13.6 KB
ID:	46373   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_ultimate_e39_soda.jpg
Views:	270
Size:	13.8 KB
ID:	46374  

Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-13-2005, 01:09 AM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
Are these the correct part numbers for an E39 cupholder set?

The 2002 BMW 525i I just bought has a broken rear grill; and no cupholder in the rear.
Are these the correct part numbers for an E39 cupholder set?

FACTORY BMW CUPHOLDER SET FOR THE E39
(FRONT & REAR) P/N 82 27 9 405 744
Front: 51 16 8 159 701 ???
Rear: 82 27 9 405 744 ???

AFTERMARKET BMW CUPHOLDER SET FOR THE E39:
http://bavauto.com/shop.asp
Rear cupholders: 51 16 8 184 520 $ 39.95
Front cupholders: 51 16 8 190 205 $ 33.95
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder.jpg
Views:	415
Size:	47.5 KB
ID:	46377   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_missing_rear_cupholder.jpg
Views:	353
Size:	114.2 KB
ID:	46378  
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-15-2005, 12:41 AM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
E39 cupholder repair (not replacement)

For the record, to help others, I found this useful article on repairing E39 cupholders:
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/cupholderfix/cup_holder_fix.htm

Specifically, they suggest the use of a piece of folded u-shaped metal to bolster the fragile design (see photos).
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_repair_a.gif
Views:	304
Size:	184.9 KB
ID:	46473   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_repair_b.gif
Views:	298
Size:	172.4 KB
ID:	46474   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_repair_c.gif
Views:	301
Size:	163.9 KB
ID:	46475   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_repair_d.gif
Views:	257
Size:	165.4 KB
ID:	46476   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_cupholder_repair_e.gif
Views:	286
Size:	164.0 KB
ID:	46477  

Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 03-15-2005, 12:48 AM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
A more involved cupholder modification

While we're on the topic of documenting possible cupholder modifications ...
This rather expensive setup (over $1000 USD) might be useful for some people ...
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/factory%20cupholder/factory_cupholder_solution.htm
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_center_console_upgrade_a.jpg
Views:	287
Size:	20.7 KB
ID:	46478   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_center_console_upgrade_b.jpg
Views:	249
Size:	21.6 KB
ID:	46479   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_center_console_upgrade_c.jpg
Views:	380
Size:	24.1 KB
ID:	46480   Click image for larger version

Name:	bmw_center_console_upgrade_d.jpg
Views:	247
Size:	18.8 KB
ID:	46481  
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 03-15-2005, 07:37 AM
LeadFoot LeadFoot is offline
a.k.a. Joe
Location: South Carolina
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 21
Mein Auto: 2001 540 i
One Small Defect

The only defect is that you overlooked the cup holder issue when you bought the car. Don't feel bad though, I did the same thing...

The cup holders suck.

Leadfoot
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 03-15-2005, 07:41 AM
chivas's Avatar
chivas chivas is offline
You Lick It, You Own It
Location: Under The Bridge
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 14,424
Send a message via ICQ to chivas Send a message via AIM to chivas
Mein Auto: 98 540i/6
No drinking and driving! you might spill the beer.

on a serious note, you are driving, not drinking or eating or anything else. my Z didn't have cup holders and every passenger i had was like: What the ****? where's the cup holder. i always tell them to hold it and shut up.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 03-19-2005, 01:39 AM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
Yet another type of BMW cupholder modification

While researching BMW cup holders, I just found yet another type:
http://www.drinkholders.com/bmw/bmwmain.html
888-428-7465

These upholstered or burlwood drink holders apparently mount either on the center console armrest (held in place with a 3M adhesive pad) or to the right of the shift lever.

All BMW models seem to be covered, e.g., E39 cupholders are at:
http://www.drinkholders.com/bmw/e39main.html

If you know of additional cupholder options, please post so we all benefit.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	drinkholder_a.jpg
Views:	361
Size:	6.8 KB
ID:	46669   Click image for larger version

Name:	drinkholder_b.jpg
Views:	320
Size:	30.4 KB
ID:	46670   Click image for larger version

Name:	drinkholder_c.jpg
Views:	271
Size:	28.8 KB
ID:	46671   Click image for larger version

Name:	drinkholder_d.jpg
Views:	322
Size:	8.8 KB
ID:	46672   Click image for larger version

Name:	drinkholder_e.jpg
Views:	228
Size:	25.3 KB
ID:	46673  

Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 03-19-2005, 03:04 AM
shaftdrive's Avatar
shaftdrive shaftdrive is offline
Matching beemer & bimmer
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 583
Mein Auto: 1999 K1200 & 2001 525
EagleDay has add-on BMW cupholders

For the record, I just found these EagleDay add-on cupholders for the E39.
The driver-side door BMW cupholder (BMW-82110027936) is $35 USD.
The console-side dual BMW cupholder (BMW-82111468XXX) is $30 USD.
The factory front BMW cupholder (BMW-51168190205pad) is $34 USD.
While the factory rear BMW cupholder (51168184520) is $40 USD.

Apparently EagleDay can be reached at:
http://www.eagleday.com/cupholders.html 888-889-0019
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	eagleday_a.gif
Views:	184
Size:	19.5 KB
ID:	46691   Click image for larger version

Name:	eagleday_b.gif
Views:	187
Size:	21.9 KB
ID:	46692   Click image for larger version

Name:	eagleday_c.gif
Views:	222
Size:	24.8 KB
ID:	46693   Click image for larger version

Name:	eagleday_d.jpg
Views:	209
Size:	7.8 KB
ID:	46694   Click image for larger version

Name:	eagleday_e.jpg
Views:	230
Size:	10.0 KB
ID:	46695  

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wall Street Journal Article on BMW's Past, Present and Future Salvator General BMW 65 12-25-2010 08:22 PM
ModBargains | January 2005 Specials Mike@Modbargains Site Sponsors & Bimmerfest Group Buys 10 06-10-2006 07:35 AM
The new 3-series Sedan -- March 2005 pixA4 BMW News Articles and Announcements 0 10-26-2004 05:43 AM
Interview with Tom Purves - BMW NA CEO sp330i General BMW 21 05-05-2004 04:37 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms