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Old 09-25-2012, 11:05 AM   #321
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Sounds easy but you forgot that the window now has to be adjusted forward and backward as needed as well as angle. Kinda need a service manual to do that.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #322
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Great write up! Just did this on my mom's X5. Basically the same process.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #323
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Sorry, I just read the post again, the adjustments are only needed on frameless windows such as on convertibles.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:52 AM   #324
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I replaced both front regulators with and OEM part from Advanced Auto Parts. The first replacement parts went bad, so I warrantied them and got another pair, now these are going bad. What will cause regulators to go bad so quickly? Part is below.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...ulator+only%29
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:19 PM   #325
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What will cause regulators to go bad so quickly?
Poor materials/quality, improper installation. I have had no problems with the Dorman regulators from Advance, but mine have only been in a year or so.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #326
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Ok, replacing the regulators is extremely easy. I follow video on BVAuto and reviewed Haynes and Bentley manuals. Thanks for the response though. I'm going to return it one more time and do the installation one more time.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #327
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great thread, did mine today but now my door wont open. it will unlock and lock from both inside and out but wont open
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #328
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great thread, did mine today but now my door wont open. it will unlock and lock from both inside and out but wont open
Sounds like you didn't get the cable part into the slot for pull lever on the backside of the handle.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:16 PM   #329
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who's got the best price for genuine bmw window regulators?
i thought the rear ones were significantly cheaper than the front .. .but i'm seeing $90-100
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:20 AM   #330
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Why buy new ones? They'll break again. Just use a needle plier and crimp the metal U support around the cable wire. The metal U is there to support the plastic mold that holds the cable. If your plastic piece have broken off, you should be able to see the U. Of course the plastics are meant to break. Probably designed to break from lawsuits. So if you're worried about little fingers getting caught then continue buying new regulators. Forget about using zip ties to reinforce the plastics. Zip ties will eventually break and they make the glass protrude a little (ie not completely flush when down).
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:22 AM   #331
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bmwmercedesparts.com provides good prices, but they charge shipping by weight. They're still cheaper than stealerships for OEM parts.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:43 PM   #332
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I just had my windows tinted yesterday morning. I had my front driver's side regulator go out. Do I need to move the window from the closed position at all? I don't want to roll down the windows for a few more days.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #333
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Do I need to move the window from the closed position at all? I don't want to roll down the windows for a few more days.
Probably. You need to have access to the bolt holding the window to the red regulator clip, and for that you need the window positioned down somewhat.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:37 AM   #334
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Warning: I ordered an OEM front drivers regulator from one of our bigger sponsors, they sent the wrong part number. Since I already had the door apart I went to the dealership and got the correct one. It was for a 2001 325i Sedan.
Upon further investigation, I did see that the picture they have online is still the wrong one they sent me, but it will not fit my year and model.
Sometimes these things happen when ordering online, they are a great supplier normally. However, I had to pay a 25% restocking feel, the shipping costs back on the return and the more expensive price difference on the dealership part.
I'm going to try and get the 25% credited back. They are normally a great supplier, but it's their error.
I don't want to slam their name here, as overall they've been great over the years, but if you have my year and model PM me and I tell you who it was. I will try and monitor their site to see if they change it, but when I talked with customer service, they didn't seem too concerned. I am planning on addressing it again with them on Monday.
I'm not a mechanic and found this repair fairly easy, if I took my time and watched the ECS video, had to watch the reinstall twice to get the regulator back in the door after trying to jiggle it in on my own.
I would advise getting the two orange clips that hold the window in and replace them, they're cheap, ($2.00 online?), the parts guy at the dealership threw them in the bag gratis. Once I got the old ones out, they were pretty worn.
I would also suggest cleaning, then vacuuming out the bottom of the door interior, You'll find some interesting things there. Dirt holds moisture, moisture promotes rust.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:34 PM   #335
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Thanks! This helped. I didn't realize til I had everything off that the zip tie method only works for front doors. But still great diy to get the door panel off. My window was stuck down and I got it up this way and wedged a piece of wood at the bottom, ha. THANKS!
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