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E39 Euro Dash Mod- need help with finding parts

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by Ralph Machon, Jun 13, 2008.

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    I have been slowly accumulating the items needed to convert the dash of my '03 530i to a European Dash (actually to the dash version on all e39's sold outside of the US). Unfortunately, I just learned that two of the more critical parts are no longer carried by BMW NA. They are the dash moldings fitted below the wood trim to the left and right of the steering wheel. They do have revised part numbers for these and will supply them, but at twice the cost of the original (the price of which had also almost doubled over the past 2 years!). I'm wondering if anyone out there may:

    1) have some "lying around" that they'd like to sell, or
    2) know a source for these parts, either here in the US or overseas
    3) have any other ideas?

    The original part numbers are:
    51-45-8-253-393, replaced by 51-45-7-143-553 and
    51-45-8-199-111, replaced by 51-45-7-141-457

    The interior of the car is gray and with the exception of those two parts I have all the pieces needed, including a glove-box.

    Thanks

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