Posted by Jim Cash on August 16, 1998 at 11:27:59:
In Reply to: Ashtray conversion posted by jeff c on August 15, 1998 at 13:48:11:
: Does anyone know of a piece to replace the ashtray insert in the E39 with a regular "junk/coin" tray?
: jeff c
There is no "coin tray" to replace the ashtray on the E39, but there is a small replacement box. From the small parts diagram I saw it is about the same size as the ashtray box - but without the little "butt out" unit for a cigarette.
Part number is 51 16 8 159 695.
BUT (no pun intended) - there is an easy alternative.
Lift out your current ash tray box and you will notice that there is a chrome ring around the top. Bend back the holding tabs and that ring comes off, and the cigarette part comes with it.
This makes you ashtray into a plain plastic box - slightly bigger than before.
Still not great - but about the best you can do with the current design of that ashtray unit.
If you are using it for things like loose change you may want to line it with some felt to keep things quiet.
London, Ontario, Canada
BMW CCA 102929
E39 97 540iA