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Old 01-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Quality of rear window regulators

Back in Sept '11 my rear right window regulator broke. I found an aftermarket replacement on ebay from Dependable Autoparts, for $29, shipped. It looked good, though I had to finagle one of the motor mount holes on it to get the motor to fit properly. Installed the unit and all was ok...until today. Window went down and would not come back up. Removed the regulator to find the cable jammed behind the top pulley. Unjammed the thing and re-assembled to door. Works Ok, for now, but I know the cable has stretched, is loose, and will jump the pulley again.
Hopefully, I can find a quality unit with cable that won't stretch over time. Dealer units are not that dependable either, so don't need to go there. What aftermarket brands have people had good experience with?
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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I've used the Dorman regulators from Advance Auto:
http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...51_10051_-1___
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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Well...I could not pass on an OEM window regulator on Ebay for a very discounted price. I compared it side by side with the Cheapo Dependable Autoparts unit. At first blush they look the same, but looking carefully one notices that the OEM unit is just better quality. Rivets are not split, edges are deburred, and the motor just snaps on with all mounting holes perfectly aligned. The cable, while having the same diameter, seems to braided and has a much finer (tighter) appearance, as if it was made with more and finer wires. Hopefully, the cable won't stretch the way the Cheapo brand did and last longer than 6 months. By the way, the OEM unit is made by Brose.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:38 PM   #4
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If the Brose unit breaks, I'll try the Dorman units.
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