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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 04-04-2005, 02:22 PM
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Does your 5-series driver-side armrest fit your arm?

My 5-series driver-side armrest seems too short for a normal human.
The (much longer) passenger-side armrest seems to fit better.
Does your driver-side armrest fit the length of your arm comfortably?
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Old 04-04-2005, 02:29 PM
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I never knew I had sensitive elbows until now

The too-short E39 driver-side armrest forces my arm up to the door sill.
But, my elbow hurts on this too-high too-hard driver-side door sill.
Do you find the door sill to be a comfortable alternative to the driver-side arm rest?
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I also had the same problem, and reported it to my dealer while my car was under warranty. The dealer said "they all do that" so I pursued it with the factory rep who decided to give me a door from the E60. Now it's much better, but I have a problem with wind and water leaks. Oh well!
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I also had the same problem, and reported it to my dealer while my car was under warranty. The dealer said "they all do that" so I pursued it with the factory rep who decided to give me a door from the E60. Now it's much better, but I have a problem with wind and water leaks. Oh well!
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I have a problem with this as well. At least it should have been padded where the elbow rests on the armrest while your left hand is on the wheel. Take a look at this link- they offer an add-on leather cushion for the Z3s and Z4s. I'm sure they could custom-make one for the E39.

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I also had the same problem, and reported it to my dealer while my car was under warranty. The dealer said "they all do that" so I pursued it with the factory rep who decided to give me a door from the E60. Now it's much better, but I have a problem with wind and water leaks. Oh well!
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Old 04-04-2005, 05:10 PM
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The E60 doors are much better, but I have a problem with wind and water leaks!
I don't understand, Robert A?

Is your astute suggestion the result of your extensive tests or of your comprehensive research? (e.g., http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/?id=106):
"The E39 has low wind noise, but the E60 is almost eerie."

When we follow this thoughtful advice, our results should be "almost eerie."
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Just put Robert into your killfile & forget about him.
Nobody has ever heard him saying anything intelligent.
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I would agree to an even shorter arm rest if it meant the PDL button would reside along side the PW buttons.

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Old 04-05-2005, 08:29 AM
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My 5-series driver-side armrest seems too short for a normal human.
The (much longer) passenger-side armrest seems to fit better.
Does your driver-side armrest fit the length of your arm comfortably?

Another comfort issue !
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:04 PM
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I would agree to an even shorter arm rest if it meant the PDL button would reside along side the PW buttons.
Good point!

Since the BMW driver-side armrest does not appear to be usable, we may as well enjoy the utility of a properly-located door-mounted power door lock alongside the (nicely positioned) power window buttons.

Interestingly, a friend with the '98 528 says his badly placed power center-console door lock button only unlocks the doors when his key is in the ignition (engine running?). Specifically, his console-mounted PDL button doesn't cause the doors to lock when the car moves a few hundred feet. My center-mounted PDL button at least does something in that it seems to tell the doors to lock after a short distance of driving. Still, as you noted, when I exit my vehicle and then try to open the (now locked) rear doors, I have to either reach into my pants pocket to locate the key to unlock those doors again or dive halfway back into the car to locate the poorly positioned PDL button (as you noted).
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:36 PM
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Chill! I was just joking.



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Old 04-05-2005, 06:37 PM
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My center-mounted PDL button at least does something in that it seems to tell the doors to lock after a short distance of driving.
This can be programmed at the dealer

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Still, as you noted, when I exit my vehicle and then try to open the (now locked) rear doors, I have to either reach into my pants pocket to locate the key to unlock those doors again or dive halfway back into the car to locate the poorly positioned PDL button (as you noted).
Yup, this definitely bugs the crap outa me.

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Old 04-06-2005, 12:05 AM
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I was just joking.
Me too.
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