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BMW 5-Series Accessories and Modifications



  • x021627x021627 Posts: 152
    dealer wants $800 and I think that's ridiculous that the car doesn't already have one. I have at '03 530 and was wondering, how hard is it really to install myself? Would that void any warranties?
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Buy a BMW OEM changer online for $400. Do the easy install yourself, it takes about 30 minutes tops. That dealer is out of his mind to charge $800.
  • rich545rich545 Posts: 386
    Just bought a E60 and I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is a chip out there yet that adds HP (as if it doesn't go fast enough already!). I've never had a chip added to a car before so I'm also wondering if there are any pitfalls to doing so. Thanks for any suggestions!
  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    I will be trailering my e46 525 in the next few weeks and was wondering if anyone can tell me if there is a good way to secure the vehicle to the trailer without using axle straps. I have located a product on bimmerworld that bolts to the bottom of the shock absorber and allows you to hook straight to that point. This is cool but it does not specifically say that it works for 5's. The other thing I found was a hook that goes in the jack points. This too is good but will put the straps between the wheels rather than fore or aft where the d-rings in the trailer floor are. Can anyone help me with suggestions?


  • inukeu2inukeu2 Posts: 23
    I just noticed I put the wrong model number in the last post. That is e39 525. Not a hybrid.
  • All, need some help. Bought my 5iver in Germany and they installed the long european plate holder on the car. When I got back from Germany I took the long plate holder off to install the American plate holder and got a big surprise. There are 2 holes on either side of the American plate holder that are not covered. The dealer used more self tappping screws than holes that were originally in the bumper. I'm looking for an oversized front plate holder for a 525i 2004 BMW to cover the holes made by the dealer. Body shop wants $350 to fix the holes, I might go back to Germany so if I can just cover it I will be happy. Does anyone know where I can buy one?????
  • just saw your post on dinan what can you tell me about it

    thank you
  • Did you change the air intake, what about the exhaust? Stage one, stage 2 up grade
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • I just placed and order with my local BMW Dealer in Concord CA for a 2005 BMW 330Ci Convertible. The after market BMW dealer installed car alarm does not include a motion detector because of a mounting issue with 2005 330ci Convertibles. Can anyone suggest a good after market car alarm for this type of vehicle that would include a motion detector or at least something that would include intrusion detection of the vehicle via the convertible top that would not void the manufactures warranty?
  • jgbjrjgbjr Posts: 2
    Recently acquired '02 525i. Locked car with dog inside when I went into a bakery.Alarm went off .Is there a way to disable the interior motion detector?Can the key be reprogrammed? My immediate fix was to partially roll down the driver's window, reach in and push the lock.Of course , the dog's paws step on the lock button and hazard flasher on the console anyway, so she inadvertently locks and unlocks the car a few times per trip.
  • my1stbmwmy1stbmw Posts: 1
    I just bought an '01 740i. I want to add satellite radio to it but have heard bad things about the FM modulators...any experiences out there to share? Also, the cup holders in the dash are worthless if you have the full screen starbucks cup won't fit 'cause it is too tall. Any word on a different cupholder configuration?
  • davv62davv62 Posts: 76
    Does anybody know what the potential issues are with getting a new cellphone when the phone is wired into the car's computer system.

    I have a 2001 BMW 530i. My cellphone plugs into the car's computer system, and can be activated by voice.

    The phone is getting old and I'd like to replace it. Has anybody dealt with this issue before?
  • bmwmarkbmwmark Posts: 3
    Does anyone know where I can get the leather key jacket that BMW usually provides with a new car? I have asked the parts dept at my local BMW dealer and they have nothing in their catalog. I have also checked BMW online. Thanks
  • beamingbeaming Posts: 40
    I don't know where you can get one, but I just got one with the delivery of my new BMW. The one thing about the BMW key I don't like is that it's a regular type key. I'm a former Mercedes owner and I loved my key to that car , no protruding metal sticks!!!!!
    Question for you: I would like some advice on assembling the darn thing. It has the plastic pin and cap and a little leather strip with a hole on each end. I know it goes through the pin somehow, but how? and what is the purpose of the strip? does the key go through it?
    I'm surprised the dealer couldn't help you with getting a new another one, the dealer told me that no one uses or wants them but I want to use it so I don't have the key poking holes in my pockets. I miss my Mercedes key!!!
  • lovemyclklovemyclk Posts: 351
    I have an '03 and experienced the same thing with my dog when on the road recently. On your key, hit the lock button TWICE. 1st time locks the doors, the 2nd should disable the motion sensor.
  • I bought a 2002 BMW 530I with the sport package. My wife doesn't like the seats of this car, so I want to change the passenger seat. Can someone tell me where I can buy another seat for the car, or give me an idea what else I could do( for example, I don't know if the seat can be somehow modified to be made more comfortable). Thank you. Michael.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I bought a 2002 BMW 530I with the sport package. My wife doesn't like the seats of this car, so I want to change the passenger seat.

    Me, I'd start looking for a new wife. That said, if you must fit a less sporting seat, I'd look at the BMW breakers listed in Roundel or Bimmer. I'd also check eBay.
  • jalieejaliee Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2003 525 i and I would like to upgrade the stereo system and add navigation. I was going back and forth between Pioneer and Alpine when my co-worker advised me against having an after-market navigation system installed in the BMW dash. Is this a no-no and if so, what would you suggest? I am looking for the Ipod/Navigation system combination, but I do not want to hurt my bmw either.

    Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.
  • aqbaqb Posts: 12
    FYI: The nav system in my 2003 540 just died. It was mediocre when working. Dealer sez $3000 to replace....Buy a garmin.
  • I bought a bmw 530xi 2007 the air bags were exploded so i bought the airbags and the computer i already put the airbags but i have no idea where does that computer go can anyone help me here i need to know that
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    Ow. That hurts to read..on several levels.
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