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Old 06-03-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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rubber gasket around windshield is shot.

Does anybody know if it is possible to replace rubber gasket that goes AROUND the windshield without replacing the whole windshield. It appears to be the case for 5 series (there are numerous threads on bimmerfest). Texas sun has cooked mine and i I can literally peel away pieces of the rubber gasket by hand
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:38 PM   #2
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I just ordered a new windshield this morning and they gave me a price of windshield, labor with OEM trim. I would imagine you could and would just have to pay for labor plus the cost of the new OEM rubber trims.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:05 PM   #3
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OP, I'm sure you can replace it yourself. The windshield is glued on from beneath the glass...this 'seal' is decorative...doesn't seal per se...and 'clips' into some groove or the like IIRC. I've seen it done a few times...and I know it's done after the glass is already on...it's been a while, but I'm 99% certain I'm right.

Let's check realoem and see if we can find it for you!

Here it is (I'm pretty sure) for my car...so you search yours...and $30 later, you're in business.

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Old 06-03-2010, 06:08 PM   #4
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From what I understand, the gasket does not hold the windshield in place, it is there for esthetical reasons. The windshield is held by an adhesive. Numerous e39 5 series owners were able to remove the gasket themselves and install a new one without actually removing the windshield and disturbing the adhesive. On realoem the gasket design of e39 looks identical to e46. Need somebody to confirm that this is doable before I peel mine off.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:11 PM   #5
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dmax, i was typing while you posted.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:15 PM   #6
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dmax, i was typing while you posted.
That's funny...I was doing the same!

Anyway, they sell the part...it's not brain surgery...give you good odds it's doable...but, if it was me...I'd search prices and if dealer isn't more than $10 more or so...go down, either pick up part or look at it. It'd help you figure best way to get it off by seeing what it is...sure it's a push in until firm and get the corners lined up well.
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