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Old 01-27-2003, 03:51 PM   #1
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I have a 95 sport, and the driver-side window just came off track. Has anyone else expierenced this, if so, how much or how easy to fix.......

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I just had mine fixed. In fact I'm getting the passenger side fixed today. Get it fixed right the first time. It cost me around $300 to put in a new regulator. Those things pop off some times. Good luck!
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Old 01-29-2003, 08:24 PM   #3
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same thing just happened to me...gotta get it fixed next week. I'm just glad the window didn't break!

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Old 01-30-2003, 04:49 AM   #4
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Nice to see I'm not the only one. Mine jumped off last week and i haven't gotten it fixed yet.

Why look like all my friends at high school and drive a civic, when I can beat them in my TI?
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Old 02-01-2003, 03:04 AM   #5
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Check out
http://www.understeer.com/window.shtml .

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Old 06-20-2007, 04:13 PM   #6
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try changing little plastic clips first.
BOTH of my windows were f-up for the duration of this past winter (left them so thinking needed to get new regualtors - $$)... so finally I just bought new clips & took it to local mechanic around the corner when it started getting HOT..

passanger window just popped of the clips and once they were changed it was fine ever since.

driver side had a bent regulator arm, so the guy just bent it back to a 'close to original' position / changed the clips & so far it has been working OK for the past 1-2 months. I'm sure it will fail sooner or later again (since it is actually been bent backwards and forwards) but for the time being its fine.
$50 for labor & $6 for clips.

any, unless you really like to tool around with cars, do not attempt to do it yourself.. it is a PAIN IN THE A$$ job (though, not very complicated).

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http://www.understeer.com/window.shtml .

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Old 06-20-2007, 04:20 PM   #7
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um yeah, none of that has anything to do with what is wrong with my windows, i have new regulators, new clips, etc. My problem is that the metal piece that is attached to the glass itself came off of the glass and i cant get it back on right, it wont stay tight. This is the metal piece that the plastic pieces slide in. Is that a replacable part or am i just screwed?
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Old 02-25-2003, 08:30 PM   #8
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If the window is not going up and down correctly, it's very likely that the regulator has warped or bent and will need to be replaced. It's most likely that the track guide has broken loose and will be lying on the bottom of the door. If this is the case, both will need to be replaced as well as the retainer clips and regulator rivets. The parts should be relatively inexpensive and the labor should take between 1 & 2hrs. You will need to have a riveting tool handy as well since the regulator is riveted into the door frame (as opposed to being secured by bolts).

I ordered that parts and had my technician install everything.

My total cost was a little under $250.00 with my BMW CCA discount on parts.

Here are the part numbers:

51331977609 regulator
51321938884 retainer clip (you'll need 2)
51328146243 guide (if broken)
51321960413 guide felt (if broken)
Unknown - Rivets (you'll need 4)
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Old 03-01-2003, 09:41 PM   #9
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This happened to BOTH my windows on the same day, sucks majorly I can't roll them down anymore as I can't afford $600 to fix the damned things.

I called up some shop, Glass Plus or something, a few weeks ago to get them to come fix it, and they told me on the phone it would be $275, so I said okay. The guy comes, spends 60+ minutes "working" then comes back and says he doesn't have the parts to fix it so he simply propped the window up with a bored to keep it from falling down. Then the bastard charged $75 for the labor.
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Old 03-12-2003, 11:29 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by ElementalFiend
he simply propped the window up with a board to keep it from falling down. Then the bastard charged $75 for the labor.
I'm sorry but that is some funny sh*t right there nothing personal. The service industry really sucks now a days...this is precisely why I don't have mechanic anymore all of the good trustworthy guys are gone nothing but cheating butchers now!
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How handy are you? Mine went down this winter, with all the New England slat and crap on it, causing it to stick a bit when lowered. I pulled the door panel off to see what happened. The regulator was slightly bent, and the window track was a tad looser than I thought it should be. Every time the window went up then down, it popped out of the track in the front. To fix it, I simply bent the regualtor a bit, back to it's original shape with my hands -- not perfect, but close -- and moved the rear track forward a bit by inserting a rubber plumbing washer as a spacer. Next, I cleaned the tracks as best I could with rag to make sure the window wouldn't grab as it had been. Works fine, now. Don't pay someone to do this until you have tried it. It's a pain, but it's FREE!

Keep the side windows and the weather stripping clean!

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You know, this is funny, you think this would be a factory recall or something considering it has happened to all of us. Funny thing is, this is my forth time fixing mine. Go figure. I did try to bend mine back in place, and that helped, but only for a short while. I have to just keep getting the new slide clips. I am thinking that BMW messed up when making the door regulators or something. We shouldn't have to replace this stuff every 3 months... It is driving me nuts... I heated my regulator arm with a torch, bent it with plyers and then put on the new slide piece. It was fine after I cleaned it all out and re-greased it, but like I said, 6 months later, here we go again... If anyone knows a sure fire way to fix this thing and keep it fixed, let me know. I have just left it broke for about 4 months now because I am just tired of taking the stupid door apart and wasting my money...
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I've had the same problem with my 1st TI. And the glass actually broke when I was on the freeway. Good thing I bought this Maintenance Manual CD ROM from this guy off of Ebay, and that helped a lot. I took the panels off and learned that the White Plastic piece which is the roller for the Regulator broke off. So I went to the junk yard got me a new glass and regulator and proceeded with the repair. Took the panels off and installed the new components. There should be a bolt or a nut (cant exactly remember) that has torque stripe that you would use to set the alignment of the window. The manual would tell you this step by step. This is definitely an easy fix, specially if you have the original glass that came with the car. Paying $300 to get this fixed (and knowing that the same problem would occur again) is just not my style. If you guys are in or around the San Diego area I would be more than happy to help. Oh by the way, I'm new here.. nice meeting you people.
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Old 06-19-2005, 05:16 AM   #14
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I just bought a 95 318 ti last week and the same day I took the car home, the window fell.... I had to take it back to the dealer, they told me that the "clip" that holds the window was broken, so they replaced it. I don't like the fact that I have to go back to the dealer because they couldn't put the cover back because the clips or whatever they are called that hold the cover to the door were breaking so they had to get others, so yeah they sent me home with the cover attached to the door with just the door know. This sucks, hopefully they will put it back and leave my car looking the way it looked before.

It is amazing to see how common is this window problem with this car!!!!!!! And to see how many times the problem can become a problem again, and how expensive is to fix it!!!!

Holly crap!

But I still love my little car!
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Old 09-03-2005, 08:00 AM   #15
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My 98 ti had the same problem it when down and then wouldnt go up..i went to put the window up but all you heard was the track scratchin the glass.. i took off the panel.. wasnt hard at all either.. and saw that the track was bent.. so i bent it back into place and placed the window back.. and its perfect.. its been workin great for the past 7 months... you dont have to spend money..
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