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E39: Rear Cup Holders

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E39: Rear Cup Holders

Postby Ser5bMw » Sat, 05 Apr 2003 13:17:27 UTC

Has E39 owners, probably with children, had to fix rear cup holders due to stuck mechanisms.

It seems the kids have finally managed to push them in that far they just will not release.

I know its not the biggest or most important job in the world, but its one of these things, like the creaky front doors, that is annoying.

I've been on the roadfly site, but not much help going on there.

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Postby Paul530d » Sat, 05 Apr 2003 15:57:40 UTC

The rear cup holders were so incredibly fragile (yes, even worse than the front ones) that BMW gave up and replaced them with a cubby hole thingy when they restyled the E39 (Aug 2001). Take my word for it, it's just as useless, but at least kids can't break it. Unless you really need cupholders in the back, I would replace them with that :D
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Postby Jason H » Sat, 05 Apr 2003 19:54:05 UTC

The rear cupholders were broken when I got my car.

The whole mechanism just pulls out (with a fairly hefty tug). I think I managed to get mine out without any tools. You can buy a new set of cupholders (for something like £30) and just plug them in.

The cupholder mechanism itself is pretty fiddly but there is some potential to fix it. Some bits can just get pushed out of place. Have a look before you buy another one.

BTW your car sounds like the twin of mine - creaky doors, broken cupholder....

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Postby Ser5bMw » Sat, 05 Apr 2003 20:04:45 UTC

Thanks Chaps, will investigate.
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Postby KEV535I » Sat, 05 Apr 2003 22:23:11 UTC

My 10yr old son amuses himself trying to fix them. Sometimes they even stay closed. Then hit a bump and ker-plunk. Keeps him amused for hours :)
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Postby Richie » Sun, 06 Apr 2003 09:52:02 UTC

Jason H wrote:The rear cupholders were broken when I got my car.

The whole mechanism just pulls out (with a fairly hefty tug).


No no no, dont tug. This is a BMW, everything slides into place easily and then held by clips or screws.... Tugging may break it.


5 min job to remove and replace -

1. Slide armrest forward to remove 2 rear screws
2. Slide rear airvent up and then away.
3. Remove rear cup holders

Installation is reversal of removal.
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Postby Ser5bMw » Sun, 06 Apr 2003 10:33:17 UTC

Right, I am now sitting here with the rear cup holders in my hand, after tugging it out!

Actually it came out reasonably easily.

Anyway were does the small silver V shaped springy thing clip into????

I will post pics later today, any ideas will be appreciated.

Had a look at some of the US sites but nothing resembles the cup holder I have.

If I get this fixed, its just the creaky front doors to get rid off.

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Postby Paul530d » Sun, 06 Apr 2003 10:35:49 UTC

Please also post pix of when you have got rid of your doors :D Are you going to put new cupholders in, or that storage bin thing they have on the new models?
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Postby Jason H » Mon, 07 Apr 2003 16:16:50 UTC

Email me your email address and I'll send you some pictures of the inards of my cupholders.

I would post there here but I'm too lazy to put them up on the web.

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Postby KEV535I » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 18:19:22 UTC

Better still, if you don't really really need cup holders in the back pop down to BMW and get the tray, only £5.10 and five minute job
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So far, my 10 year old hasn't managed to break this one :lol:
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Postby Richie » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 18:51:35 UTC

But leaves an ugly gap at the top between vent and armrest :(
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Postby KEV535I » Sat, 12 Apr 2003 19:24:16 UTC

The airvent doesn't move so the gap was always there! Ugly or not, that's the way they are :?
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Postby Richie » Sun, 13 Apr 2003 13:04:35 UTC

I know, the gap is always there with cars fitted with the cubby hole instead of the cup holders and I have no real idea why TBH.....
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Postby KEV535I » Sun, 13 Apr 2003 16:32:42 UTC

Richie, mate, my car was fitted with cupholders and the plastic cubbyhole fits exactly where the (broken) cupholders came out.
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Postby Richie » Sun, 13 Apr 2003 19:10:59 UTC

My mistake, the gap is there where the car is fitted with a storage bin type armrest (opens up for a storage space)

If the armrest is just the sliding type or solid type then the gap is not there. -


Normal Type -

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Hinged Type

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Apologies, I got my things mixed up.
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Postby KEV535I » Sun, 13 Apr 2003 20:07:45 UTC

Aaah, that makes sense. That's what the Americans were complaining about on bmwtips.com where they retro-fit the storage under the armrest. Can't see the point but probably if mine didn't have it I'd want it (huma nature I suppose :) )
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Postby timoc » Wed, 16 Apr 2003 21:32:38 UTC

I know there's more to life than BMW rear cup-holders, but the dastardly things are so infuriating :x . Anyway I managed to tug and remove the offending CHs, stared at them for a while and asked my wife : 'watcha think' ?
I disappeared for a while to cyberspace, was summoned back to the real world half an hour later to be shown the repaired and now very functional cupholders back in situ :oops:
All's well for the moment until they get nudged out of shape again by my young girls but who needs bmwtips.com .... :P
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