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BMW E39 5 Series 1997-2003 (525i, 528i, 540i, M5, sport wagon) Sport Wagon cargo area panel removal


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Last Post: Apr 28, 2014 9:54 PM Last Post By: tinius
rick k

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Sport Wagon cargo area panel removal
Posted: Nov 16, 2008 3:20 PM
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I need to get the cargo area floor panel out of a sport wagon to access the electronics below. I do not see how to disengage the child seat strap loops so that the panel becomes removable. What's the secret?
MidCenturyGuy

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Re: Sport Wagon cargo area panel removal
Posted: Nov 20, 2008 5:55 PM   in response to: rick k in response to: rick k
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I've had mine out. I don't remember the child safety straps. If you give me some more info about them I might be able to help.
rick k

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Re: Sport Wagon cargo area panel removal
Posted: Nov 20, 2008 10:34 PM   in response to: MidCenturyGuy in response to: MidCenturyGuy
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There are two steel rings on a hinge in each corner right near the back of the rear seat and one in the middle. It is clear that they restrain the removal of the floor panel. There is no obvious picture of how the rings are disengaged so that the panel releases.
Hebkram

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Re: Sport Wagon cargo area panel removal
Posted: Sep 12, 2013 7:56 PM   in response to: rick k in response to: rick k
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did you found out how to solve your problem with the floor removal? I'm having the same problem and I'm stuck.
thanks.
tinius

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Re: Sport Wagon cargo area panel removal
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 9:54 PM   in response to: Hebkram in response to: Hebkram
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I hope you both were able to find the solution.

For you and others, the tie-downs have a small, plastic insert which covers two hex-head screws which anchor the tie-downs to the chassis.With a very small flat screwdriver, lift up and remove the insert. Unscrew both hex-head screws, then remove the tie-downs and the floor panel.
When you replace the two hex-head screws, don't over-tighten. The hex-head is easily damaged and then removal is near impossible.

On the attachment, the tie-down is item 24, the small plastic insert is item 23, and the hex-head screws are item 24. Even though RealOEM shows item 24 as a philips-head screw, on three different tourings ('99, '02 and '03) I have found hex-head screws.

Regards,
-stephen

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