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Old 07-11-2005, 09:39 PM   #121
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errrg... scared to mess with the windows. front passenger side makes a crazy cracking sound on the way down, and goes up really slow.

There is no miracle..It's broke and needs to be fixed.. there is enough history here so you should feel comfortable doing it..Tommie built a step-by-step instruction..and if I can do it, ANYONE can..

Be patient..go slow..disconnect the neg terminal FIRST for the airbag..slowing work the vapor barrier off..and the hard part is over..couple of bolts..a little twisting in and out of the old cable...and everything goes back together..just have someone to HELP you (wife or girlfriend will work)nudge the glass up or down so you can see the 8MM bolt line up with the hole in the frame..get some duct tape to hold the glass (along with the gf or wife or neighbor)in place while you loosen the bolts that holds the clips that hold the glass..the biggest danger is the glass getting away from you and falling into the door (and breaking)..

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Old 07-12-2005, 09:42 AM   #122
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Thanks for DIY writeup! I did my rear right door yesterday. It took it me jus a bit over 1 hr.
The one thing i'd like to add, I did not remove vaport barrier completely. The top seam stayed untouched. I started removal from the bottom, and as soon as regulator upper nut became visible stoped pealing it off. (Used scotch tape to get vapor barrier out of my way).
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Old 07-12-2005, 01:22 PM   #123
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anyone else know of a good place to find them? I cant find any for my 2001 330ci front right...? I need one asap!
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:11 PM   #124
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so far the only place is pacific..with a price of 113 shipped. anyone else?
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Old 07-12-2005, 04:13 PM   #125
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I do not know how much is the front one, but for my 328i 2000, rear was $60 + shipping.
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Old 07-12-2005, 06:07 PM   #126
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so far the only place is pacific..with a price of 113 shipped. anyone else?
Do a google search on BMW 330Ci Window Regulator..there's a bunch of them
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:59 AM   #127
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Google search= none for a 330ci bmw front regulator...i looked for over 2 hours of calling/searching.
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:56 PM   #128
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Google search= none for a 330ci bmw front regulator...i looked for over 2 hours of calling/searching.

Sorry..when I did it, I saw a bunch of names come up..although I didn't go any deeper than the google page so it's probably just a listing and they don't actually have it..

My apologies
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:46 AM   #129
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http://catalog.advancebmwparts.com/?...2001&x=38&y=12

thats for a 01 330ci

and then click body mechanical .... and window regulator
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Old 08-16-2005, 07:19 PM   #130
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:12 PM   #131
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This takes about 30 minutes and saves over a hundred bucks. Nothing better than that. I did mine a few days ago real easy no reason not to try if your alright at putting things back together. So far I've done Spring Swap, Oil change, Window Regulator, Blinker change , Fog light change... all simple and all I used to do on my old honda was rotate tires and oil.
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:40 PM   #132
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Tommie thank you for your help just finished the window regulator your DIY was very helpful.It took me about an 1 hour I have a 2002 330XI and I believe that they made a few changes nothing major but just minor. In may case I used a a 20mm hex and a 30mm hex along with a 8mm socket and a 10mm.
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:08 PM   #133
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my coupe is making a clicking sound and sounds like its hitting the window on the way up and down. could this be the regulator messing up? havent opened it yet. oh its a coupe.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:19 AM   #134
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:45 AM   #135
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Nice write-up, hope I don't need to use it, *knock on fake wood trim*, but I subscribed just in case Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:22 AM   #136
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GREAT INFO!

I changed my driverside window regulator tonight.. it was easy thanks again for the great info..


this is what the new one looks like.



compare old to new

The old one....



The new one...

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Old 08-31-2005, 04:12 AM   #137
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How do attach the wire pullys to the motor? Mine wer busted before and I am not sure how to reconeect them to the motor...

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Old 09-05-2005, 05:40 PM   #138
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if the wires are busted, you cannot just connect back together again, you need to purchase another window regulator.

hey guys! thanks for all the compliments... if you guys have any urgent problems just PM me or IM me on AIM: Tommiexboi .... good luck to you all =)
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:13 PM   #139
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My front passenger side just went out this weekend. I was able to get the window up and hopefully will get to change the regulator on Wednesday. I have to deal with an airbag as well, but hopefully there won't be many differences other than just disconnecting the negative terminal on my battery. I'll post it up if there are many complications due to the airbag.
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:07 PM   #140
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Excellent long overdue DIY... Haven't had to do a wind reg yet.. but this will help when I do...

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if the wires are busted, you cannot just connect back together again, you need to purchase another window regulator.

hey guys! thanks for all the compliments... if you guys have any urgent problems just PM me or IM me on AIM: Tommiexboi .... good luck to you all =)
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