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Old 09-10-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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Dumb Question Regarding Left Or Right

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So, I need to get a new window regulator for the 2002 325xi. It's on the driver's side rear door. So, which regulator is that? Right rear or left rear?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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I'm assuming left??? Same as the drivers side.

Go to realoem.com, plug in last 7 of vin. Get part number and search that way if your unsure.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #3
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If you are in the USA the driver's side is the left side.
It's how you sit in the car and look forward. *It's Not on the outside looking at the front. not a dumb question, every novice has had to learn this.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #4
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Yah... just looked up the vapor barriers and it should be rear left.

Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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If you are in the USA the driver's side is the left side.
It's how you sit in the car and look forward. *It's Not on the outside looking at the front. not a dumb question, every novice has had to learn this.
Thanks.

It seems like little things like this confuse me. Just ordered a rear left and the clip.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:44 PM   #6
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Alex, you are so polite!

OP, I just have to say I think your post was adorable...but Alex is right. It's something you have to know.

Another way of looking at right and left is just to remember you're getting it for the car, even though you think you're getting it for yourself.

Even in the engine...it's not looking at it. It's the car's parts.
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its from sitting in the driver seat. that is how the dealerships and parts suppliers determine it. if it is on the driver side it is left and passenger side is always right
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Hey,

So, I need to get a new window regulator for the 2002 325xi. It's on the driver's side rear door. So, which regulator is that? Right rear or left rear?
LEFT or RIGHT is always AS VIEWED FROM OCCUPYING THE DRIVER SEAT. Sit in the driver seat, left is left, right is right, any place on the car where left or right make a difference.

This can be confusing to people that have to ask which is left and which is right because they look into the engine bay and describe locations as viewed looking in. The exhaust is on the right, not the left.

This is true for all motor vehicles ever made, it is not a BMW-thing.
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