BMW E39 5-Series Rear Corner Sunshade Replacement

SunshadeObjective: This article will detail the removal and re-installation of the corner sunshade on the rear doors of the E39 5-series.

Applicable Vehicles: 1997-2003 BMW E39 5-series: 523i, 525i, 528i, 530i, 535i, 540i, M5.

Parts required: Sunshade, small flat-head screwdriver.

Left Corner Sunshade- BMW Part Number: 51167110205

Right Corner Sunshade- BMW Part Number: 5167110206


Difficulty: Low

Time Required: Less than 10 minutes

I had to replace this item because my sunshade stopped retracting, due to the little plastic tabs breaking that hold the roller in place. It would still hook on, but because there was nothing holding it at that length, it would come unclipped and flop all around. I purchased my replacement part from a user on BimmerForums, and I saved about $100 over buying it online, or through the dealer.

Procedure: Open the door, and look at the top part of the sunshade, near where the plastic cover meets the top of the door. You probably will not see the little metal tab, but stick the small screwdriver underneath, and you should be able to feel it. Simply stick the screwdriver under the tab, and pry up, gently. You will feel the sunshade come unsnapped. Take the top side out first. Installation of the new part is very simple, just insert the bottom side of the sunshade first, then snap the top back in.

Congratulations, by this point, you should have a brand new sunshade installed! It really is a simple install. Go take the money that you saved by not going to the dealer, and spend it on some preventative maintenance, like a transmission fluid service.

Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment down below if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for me!


~Bobby O’Hearn

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Bobby O'Hearn

Administrator/IT at E39Source
I am an all around car guy that is also into technology. I am currently a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, majoring in Information Technology.

12 thoughts on “BMW E39 5-Series Rear Corner Sunshade Replacement

  1. could you find out the part numbers for the full size sun shades and where i could find them all for a pretty good price. The corner shades are quite expensive from the site provided and i was wondering if there is an alternative.

    • The part numbers are available on RealOEM. As for where to find them, I would see if any cars are being parted out, and if not, ask Clemster over on M5Board. That is where I got mine when my full size one broke.

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