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mikel325xi 02-21-2011 03:21 PM

Window regulator best brand???
 
I have 3 Window Regulators to replace on my 2001 325XI. Best brand other than BMW??? that might save a few dollars or is BMW superior????? I have read the DIY's and seen the Video's and am ready to go. Go for the aftermarket doorman?? or other brand??? Thanks, Mike

xi_ter 02-21-2011 03:31 PM

VDO, probably OE.
Available at Pelican and probably other sources
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...pg4.htm#item14

mikel325xi 02-22-2011 02:32 PM

Thanks Xi ter!, anyone else had a good experience with any aftermarket brands???? Thanks, Mike

hammerheart 02-22-2011 10:50 PM

just buy OEM, around $100 from the sponsors here.

99 02-23-2011 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by mikel325xi (Post 12839411)
Thanks Xi ter!, anyone else had a good experience with any aftermarket brands???? Thanks, Mike

Well the OEM parts were **** to begin with and fail all the time so I'm not sure that there's an advantage to paying more for them unless you can get a good deal from a site sponsor.

I bought a driver's side rear window regulator from this website and it's been fine for over a year.

http://www.1aauto.com/1A/WindowRegulators/BMW/330i

Good luck on the DIY. It's easy but takes a lot of time. I have 2 pieces of unsolicited advice for you.

1. As you remove screws, use masking tape to tape the screws to the door panel near the place where you'll replace them.

2. Take your time when removing the vapor barrier and use a box knife or razor blade to cut through the adhesive.

Rickna 02-24-2011 11:35 AM

I've had to replace 2 regulators pass/front & rear. I got the replacements from FCP Groton. I know that FCP is notorious for selling Chinese parts. It's more than likely that the regulators are from China. However, they have working perfectly for over 2 years.

ECSTuning 02-24-2011 01:16 PM

We have Genuine BMW as well as OEM equivalents available as low as $37.95 below...

Click HERE for more information.
http://c1552172.cdn.cloudfiles.racks...35920_x600.jpg

Please let us know if you have any questions! Feel free to shoot me a PM or email.

Best,
Joe

99 02-25-2011 02:34 PM

^ECS prices look great. OP: You should buy from them.

beyondd 02-28-2011 10:39 PM

Me & a buddy just replaced my driver side today with non-oem and when we took the old one out you can see there is no grease or oil along the stock regulators. We installed the new one with new motor and it was still slow and stopped every 2 inches on the way up; so we took some some kind of brake grease and ran it up and down the regulators & after a few runs up and down the window works great. Try greasing up stock and see if it starts working better if you wanna try to save a few bucks.

JosephZ 03-06-2011 08:57 PM

Not the Ebay ones..well the inexpensive ones..I put one in yesterday and within 1 hour of use,,it snapped..

ECSTuning 03-07-2011 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 99 (Post 12854762)
^ECS prices look great. OP: You should buy from them.

Thanks for the support! :thumbsup:

Rickna 03-07-2011 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 99 (Post 12854762)
^ECS prices look great. OP: You should buy from them.

Definetly. Fast service and reasonable shipping.

SamDoe1 03-07-2011 04:59 PM

Which brand from ECS? There are three of them...

Romanian 03-07-2011 05:08 PM

Best brand is use two zip ties.

http://www.skene.org/bmw/window/

Two zip ties here and you won't have any problems with the window regulator again. If you buy the OEM piece your buying the same piece with the same design flaw.

Better to actually fix it so you don't just have to replace it again.

Used this method on mine and it works flawlessly.

Romanian 03-07-2011 05:12 PM

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=356847

Just follow the DIY and your set.

Also no need to replace the regulator, just fix it. This solution has been working for years now.

SILVRRONIN 03-07-2011 07:43 PM

ECS is good stuff... I like them..stil need more info from them about swaybars for the XI..( I have a touring).

ECSTuning 03-08-2011 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamDoe1 (Post 12893958)
Which brand from ECS? There are three of them...

MTC or URO are great bargains for the $$!



Thanks again for the kind words everyone!

SamDoe1 03-08-2011 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by ECSTuningJoe (Post 12896574)
MTC or URO are great bargains for the $$!



Thanks again for the kind words everyone!

Do they last though? Or will they break in 2 weeks and I'll have to do this all over again?

ECSTuning 03-08-2011 09:56 AM

I've had two URO regulators in my own personal E46 for 2 years thus far w/o any issues.

burnhamd 01-05-2012 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by SamDoe1 (Post 12896634)
Do they last though? Or will they break in 2 weeks and I'll have to do this all over again?

I bought an MTC regulator after it was recommended by ECS tuning and it failed after only two months with my window in the down position. I had to take it to the dealership because they were the only shop that had one in stock. I don't know if it was just a fluke but I definitely can't recommend it.


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