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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-21-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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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
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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VDO, probably OE.
Available at Pelican and probably other sources
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:32 PM   #3
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Thanks Xi ter!, anyone else had a good experience with any aftermarket brands???? Thanks, Mike
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:50 PM   #4
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just buy OEM, around $100 from the sponsors here.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:26 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:35 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:16 PM   #7
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^ECS prices look great. OP: You should buy from them.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:39 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:57 PM   #10
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Not the Ebay ones..well the inexpensive ones..I put one in yesterday and within 1 hour of use,,it snapped..
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Definetly. Fast service and reasonable shipping.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:08 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:12 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:43 PM   #16
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ECS is good stuff... I like them..stil need more info from them about swaybars for the XI..( I have a touring).
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Do they last though? Or will they break in 2 weeks and I'll have to do this all over again?
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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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