5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
I have a 2001 530i, and there is something weird about my ashtray in the center console. I went to go clean it out by sliding the door past resistence point and it pops out. Which I did just fine. But when I put it back in, the latch under is not catching. This is the first time I have ever taken out the ashtray. Is there something Im missing? Without the ashtray in the hole you can see the latch being pulled fwd with the door closing. But theres something about the gear and the underlatch that is not catching. Nothing seems to be broken. Unless a spring was never installed to apply the needed pressure against the latch.
I am now having this exact problem on my 1998 540i. I am going crazy trying to get the thing to stay closed, and have just about given up. I am thinking of gluing the damn thing closed since I never use it, but am afraid of resale consequences. Anyone else seen this before, or more to the point, fixed it?
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