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Old 08-14-2003, 12:36 AM   #21
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great DIY! but what are the differences for the front door? i need to replace my front right regulator. any help is appreciated...
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Old 08-14-2003, 05:14 PM   #22
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Has BWM redesigned the window regulators? Or do you need to plan to fix again at a later date. I owned a VW GTI and they had this problem. I just received notice for a class action law suit in the mail yesterday for the VW window regulator design flaws. I can't believe that BMW has the same problem. What has BMW done about this defect? I had one of mine replased last week, but now my car is out of warranty.
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Old 08-15-2003, 12:20 AM   #23
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great DIY! but what are the differences for the front door? i need to replace my front right regulator. any help is appreciated...
the front is pretty much the same ... but there's a nother piece to the window regualtor .... its the same idea ... just unbolt and replace and screw back on ... easy as 1 2 3 .... i havent done my front yet ... but i will sometime this week .... im just waiting until it fully breaks ... haha ...
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Old 08-15-2003, 12:23 AM   #24
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Has BWM redesigned the window regulators? Or do you need to plan to fix again at a later date. I owned a VW GTI and they had this problem. I just received notice for a class action law suit in the mail yesterday for the VW window regulator design flaws. I can't believe that BMW has the same problem. What has BMW done about this defect? I had one of mine replased last week, but now my car is out of warranty.

To my knowledge i think they have redesigned the window regulators .. because this problem is VERY common with the 323 and the 328 models .... well my warranty is out and i have to replace 3 windows ... BMW quoted me 300 dollars to fix these ... but seriously it only costs 75 bucks (free shipping) online... and you can replace all three for less than 300 bucks ... so you can save A LOT of money this way .. and plus it very easy to fix ...
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Old 08-15-2003, 01:03 PM   #25
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No Problem!!
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Old 08-16-2003, 12:39 PM   #27
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Where to buy online?

Any suggestions on the best place to buy on line (or any BMW parts for that matter)? My passenger rear is going (I can hear the grindies every now and then) and I am definitely planning on replacing it myself - especially now that my car is out of b-to-b warranty. Two window regulators down, two more to go!
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Old 08-16-2003, 03:58 PM   #28
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Any suggestions on the best place to buy on line (or any BMW parts for that matter)? My passenger rear is going (I can hear the grindies every now and then) and I am definitely planning on replacing it myself - especially now that my car is out of b-to-b warranty. Two window regulators down, two more to go!



Search online ... go to google and type in "BMW Window Regulators" ... pretty much all the prices will be the same ... $75 dollars... your probably you can find a better price ...

Yeah!! replace it yourself .. its not hard of a job~

i still need to replace 2 more windows ... hahaha ..
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Old 09-05-2003, 10:33 PM   #29
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Question adjustment?

Hey, does anyone have an idea of how to adjust the regulators? My car has a rattling noise when the windows are fully up and I go over bumps or anything like that... When I take the windows down just a tad the rattling stops. Sounds like it's coming from within the door.

Called a BMW dealer and was told they'd probably need to adjust the regulators in the front and that this is considered normal wear and tear, and not a warranty repair since the units are still working.

Looks like I could take the door apart myself, just don't know what to adjust.
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Old 09-06-2003, 03:15 AM   #30
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Hmm... well the window regulator is the metal piece thats holding up the window.... just look into it and just follow the steps i have made and just look for a problem .... tigthen every loose bolt and hopefully youll find the problem .....

or maybe its the lever thats holding up the window? i suggest you go to the dealer...
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Old 09-13-2003, 06:13 PM   #31
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about window regulators...

The crazy thing about these regulators is that they have been the same design since 93-94, and they have always had problems. Be happy you don't have one of the new 7 series, as their motor and regulator are contained within the same part, so if your regulator shot craps, you'll be buying a motor to. I had a lengthy discussion with a BMW mechanic at Autobahn Motorwerks in KC (thumbs up), and he said that if you hear the clicking sound (or grinding), sometimes you can help the window up and then run to your mechanic and get the plastic teeth that the window regulator interfaces with replaced. He said about $100 for this vs $250 for the regulator. The plastics pieces fail and then the regulator bends. So if you can catch it in time, you can save yourself some jack. Sounds reasonable to me, anyone disagree? Good luck with your window regulators. This is quite a disappointment for me after I finally got a uber-mobile, but it could be worse (engine, tranny, body, etc...)
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Can you buy the plastic piece at the dealer? Thanks
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I'd certainly think so, I'd also check the internet too. Here's one place to try :

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...cfm?siteid=823
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So if i my window is all the way up in the front but i know if i put it down it will not come back up, do i need to replace the regulator or just the plastic piece?
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Just get a new regulator because at some point it's going to break down
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I'm tackling the front passenger side this weekend, i'll try and note the differences from the front and the rear.
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Old 02-02-2004, 08:09 PM   #37
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Nice write-up.

My drivers side window has failed to work at all twice in the last year, when it has been cold. But after warming up it worked fine. Should I expect it to fail completely soon?
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Hmm seems like you have a faulty motor.... the regulator is just a metal piece that helps the window go up and down.... so i think its the motor.
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i cant believe i saved over $250 and 2 hrs...
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OK, I'm confused now.
I got to the part where I need to pull out the panel. I opened 2 screws from the back of the trim, and 2 screws from beneath the door handle. I was able to pull all the tabs out except for the one right behind the top part of the handle. It was very tough to take out and I stopped because I don't want to break it. Help please!! It's the rear left, BTW.
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