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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

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Old 07-19-2005, 11:49 AM
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For the record, I just found these EagleDay add-on cupholders for the E39.
For the cupholder cross-reference record ...

a) This "5-Series DIY -> Front cupholder" thread explains how to remove the existing E39 cupholders ( http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92045 ).

b) This "5-Series DIY -> A few thoughts on aftermarket cupholders" thread covers some of the cupholders discussed here, and then some ( http://bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95954 ).

c) This "5-Series -> Cupholders on the 2005 5 series" thread covers all that I found out prior to these two articles above ( http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85935 ).

I post these cross-reference links only to make the next Bimmerfest user's life easier as they research cupholder removal and replacement options.

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Old 07-19-2005, 03:04 PM
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Shaft...everything you posted is in regards to E39s. The post was about E60s.
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Old 07-19-2005, 08:18 PM
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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!!!

I think the cupholders are an intentional slap in the face( the nerve of someone wanting to drink in a car totally uncivilized)
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:24 PM
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I actually think the cupholders are pretty good. This is my 5th BMW and the cupholders are better than all the rest. I've never had a cup fall out or spill and I've taken some pretty hard corners with a full cup. I guess the only complaint is that it can't hold the super-size cups. Interesting to note that in Europe the largest cups in the fast food places are the size of our Mediums which fit perfectly into the cupholder. Frankly, if the cupholder were made to hold a big gulp, then it wouldn't hold a smaller cup as well. I guess that BMW decided that its typical target customer is drinking a regular sized drink and not a Big Gulp (probably correct).
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Old 07-23-2005, 10:47 PM
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Interesting to note that in Europe the largest cups in the fast food places are the size of our Mediums which fit perfectly into the cupholder.
Yes, and usually lacking any ice
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:57 PM
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with all due respect... fine automobiles like these are not engineered to hold your cups. They're meant to be driven....

I actually dislike the fact that they even come with cup holders. As you all know, genuine german cars such as Porche dont even come with cup holders.
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:55 PM
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As you all know, genuine german cars such as Porche dont even come with cup holders.
I didn't realize that "Bavarian" Motor Works wasn't a genuine German manufacturer.
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Old 10-10-2005, 03:40 PM
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For cross references, here's another decent cupholder upgrade article:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=114614

And, to help others, here are some good cupholder upgrade photos:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=110735
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Old 10-10-2005, 04:30 PM
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Sometimes I fell scared placing my large black iced dunkin donuts coffee in the cupholder. Sure it holds the beverage, but it's awfully close to spilling all over the dashboard and electronics and drinks and your electronics do not go well together. I wonder if anyone has spilled their drinks into the air vents or the dashboard? That would be a nightmare.
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:12 PM
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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 )

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P.S. Why do I not have cup holders in the rear of my 2002 525?
Yes this cupholder works great! It holds 12, 16, and 20 oz cups perfectly, even with the coffee sleeve. It holds 32oz cups but they fit snug. anything larger is a no-go except those plastic cups from some fast food places that have the small diameter bottom section and then the fatter upper section, those fit ok too.

One thing to know with this cupholder is that the sliding armrest is important. The armrest slides forward to act as a brace against the back of the cup holding it pretty firmly in place. I upgraded to the Euro leather armrest, and I had to make sure I got the one that slides!

Overall impressions of the cupholder, I give it a A-. For reference the stock e39 cupholders get a D- they will hold a 12 oz can kind of OK The only real downside to the Tec cupholder is under hard braking. make sure you grab your cup IF you have to slam on the brakes or it will be all over you dash. This is not a problem under 99% of normal accelerating and braking though.



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Old 10-11-2005, 05:31 AM
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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?
I saw this kind of cupholder in BMW dealer in Boston.
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:40 AM
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Yes this cupholder works great! It holds 12, 16, and 20 oz cups perfectly, even with the coffee sleeve. It holds 32oz cups but they fit snug. anything larger is a no-go except those plastic cups from some fast food places that have the small diameter bottom section and then the fatter upper section, those fit ok too.

One thing to know with this cupholder is that the sliding armrest is important. The armrest slides forward to act as a brace against the back of the cup holding it pretty firmly in place. I upgraded to the Euro leather armrest, and I had to make sure I got the one that slides!

Overall impressions of the cupholder, I give it a A-. For reference the stock e39 cupholders get a D- they will hold a 12 oz can kind of OK The only real downside to the Tec cupholder is under hard braking. make sure you grab your cup IF you have to slam on the brakes or it will be all over you dash. This is not a problem under 99% of normal accelerating and braking though.



However, this cup holder only work and be installed in E39 not E60.

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Old 10-11-2005, 06:25 AM
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You have truly given in to the luxury fetish when you start complaining about cup holders on a SPORTS sedan.



Go buy a Lexus next time.
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:50 AM
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However, this cup holder only work and be installed in E39 not E60.

Ching-Ho Cheng
Yeah, I know it doesnt fit in the E60, but I quoted the post where the person asked for a review of the cupholder in the E39!
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:55 AM
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You have truly given in to the luxury fetish when you start complaining about cup holders on a SPORTS sedan.



Go buy a Lexus next time.
So let me get this straight... I can't have a cup of coffee in my BMW without "giving in to the luxury fetish"? when I am on my way to work at 6 am, on my freeway commute, I cant have a decent cupholder for my morning coffee??? Geez, dude

A bmw is a sport sedan, but that shouldnt mean that even the sportiest drivers cant enjoy their morning fix!
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:23 PM
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So let me get this straight... I can't have a cup of coffee in my BMW without "giving in to the luxury fetish"? when I am on my way to work at 6 am, on my freeway commute, I cant have a decent cupholder for my morning coffee??? Geez, dude

A bmw is a sport sedan, but that shouldnt mean that even the sportiest drivers cant enjoy their morning fix!
I agree with you and why can't I have it all (great cupholders are not a huge request). Knowing how much I paid for this vehicle and all the options I had to get, I wouldn't be surprised if BMW made you pay for a better cup holder option.

Who would have thought that you would have to get AFTERMARKET cupholders?
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:36 PM
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ML Cup Holder

The best ones I have experience with are the ones in the pre 2006 MB ML's. They would hold almost any size cup and the cup was stable while driving.
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:52 AM
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Actually the best cupholder I have ever used was in my 2003 Honda Accord. They would hold anything from bottles to big gulps. Very well done, but then again, its the Japanese that put so much into making the interior more liveable
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