BMW 5-Series E39 528i SE Touring Auto - Breaking

All Parts Available:
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • Auto Gearbox
  • Electric window motors
  • Electric "Memory" seats, mirrors and st/wheel.
  • Beige Leather interior (no rips) and door cards
  • Carpet, Boot carpets
  • 16" Alloys with Pirelli P6000 tyres
  • automatic air conditioning (climate control)
  • all parts available - email for full list
  • Sorry, not breaking doors/glass
    until Interior is sold email to go on our waiting list
  • no cracks in bumpers
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  • SE model with a/c etc.
  • Built August 1998
  • Registered Sept 13 1998 "S" reg
  • "M52" 2.8 litre petrol straight 6
  • Steptronic Auto
  • Biarritz Blue
  • Beige Leather
  • 209,000 miles
  • Full Service History
  • 2 owners from new
  • well cared for
Breaking 1998 BMW E39 528i SE Touring Auto, fBMWsh
Reason for ScrapOverheat
Damaged PartsEngine Block threads, cylinder head
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Interior Door Handle


Tools required: small and medium philips (not pozidrive) screwdrivers, small flat-blade screwdriver (2-3mm blade width)

Before: Picture A

Picture A - Door Handle before

Remove the screw shown from inside the door to dash heater vent. Picture B D 5904

Picture B - Door trim retaining screw
Picture C - Door trim retain screw

pull the door handle slightly and insert flat-bladed screwdriver into the bottom of the blanking plug.

remove the blanking plug by levering out the plug - DO NOT twisw the screwdriver it will damage the plastic of both the handle surround and the plug.
Picture: D 5899

Picture D: Handle Screw Cover

pull the handle casing outwards slightly (it is attached by a cable to the lock), twist whole handle assembly and tuck the rearwards edge inside the door rim.
Picture: E 5908

Picture E: Handle Tucked into Door card

grab the door trim firmly and pull sharply away from the door. There is a central clip that holds this trim onto the door. Lifting the door trim upwards will release this, and also release from the window sealing strips.
Picture: F 5912 5910

Picture F: Door card central glavanised retainer Picture G: Door card Plastic Retainer (on door)

Lowering the window into the door will make this next step easier.
With the door trim loosened, you can look down from above into the void between the door and the handle. it is held in place by the handle, and the wiring for the various gadgets controlled by the door.
View taken from above to show the green cable connecting to the lock.
Picture: H 5906

Picture H: Handle viewed inside door from above

Push handle through aperture and relax door trim, being careful to not strain any cables. You can now get one hand in behind the door trim to remove the handle from the cable.

Release handle from the cable - do not lose the small white plastic grommet inside the handle! Picture: I 5909

Picture I: Handle viewed inside door with door card removed

Finally, you should have these three items:

Picture: J 5928
Picture J: Handle, screw and cover


As they say in all the best manuals, refitting is the reverse of removal.
I would say there are a few things to check though: door trim clips are a little adjustable and may not go back in exactly where you expected them to go. Make sure they are all in the right place by feeling around before pushing teh trim firmly into place.
It makes sense to put the handle on before refitting the door trim, as the green cable "hook" is quite large and it is far easier to work without the door trim in the way.
When refitting, place the black square retainer (picture G: 5910) into the door casing's galvanised plate (picture F 5912) before pushing the door card into place.

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