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    Window regulator broken, buy repair kit?

    Hi. I finally got my window regulator out of the door, and as you can see, its really broken. Here are some pictures so you can see.

    http://i.imgur.com/ycsmn.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/nfmcA.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/1p49p.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/0FWC8.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/ipy3b.jpg

    So, I was thinking that I rather buy an repair kit than buying a completely new regulator, because the motor works fine. What do you think about this repair kit? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-WI...ht_1242wt_1163

    Will it work? Easy to install?

    Thanks!

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    I've never tried rebuilding them, I find it's easier to purchase the complete regulator/motor. Just my .02

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    Okay, maybe I should just buy a new one.

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    I failed to mention insure that your lock actuator, door brake and speakers are functioning properly prior to re-installing the door panel. You don't want to pull panels too often.

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    i actually ordered a new lcok actuator, since the old one doesnt lock the door. So i will have the new window regulator installed at the same time with the new lock actuator

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    Well,

    New regulator + motor = $280. If you have money then go for it.
    Aftermarket regulator (w/o motor) is usually made by MTC (Chinese product) = $45.

    I just bought a rebuilt kit from here Istanbul, Turkey, it is in the mail, should be here soon.
    Once I rebuild and install it, I will give you guys a feedback:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-WI...-/320526338199

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnn View Post
    Well,

    New regulator + motor = $280. If you have money then go for it.
    Aftermarket regulator (w/o motor) is usually made by MTC (Chinese product) = $45.

    I just bought a rebuilt kit from here Istanbul, Turkey, it is in the mail, should be here soon.
    Once I rebuild and install it, I will give you guys a feedback:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-WI...-/320526338199
    thanks, please do!

    "Never let the bastards wear you down!"




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    Quote Originally Posted by cnn View Post
    Well,

    New regulator + motor = $280. If you have money then go for it.
    Aftermarket regulator (w/o motor) is usually made by MTC (Chinese product) = $45.

    I just bought a rebuilt kit from here Istanbul, Turkey, it is in the mail, should be here soon.
    Once I rebuild and install it, I will give you guys a feedback:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-WI...-/320526338199
    I actually bought a second hand for around 50$. I wasnt sure how to install the repair kit, so i went the safe way

    Concerning nothing, could anyone link me a good DIY for replacing the lock actuator?

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    while it may work, I bet itll be kind of a pain in the ass, and the materials may be of questionable quality in comparrison to the OEM stuff.

    2001 330Cic/A in the same color combo is "Her" ride.

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    The reason I bought from that ebay seller ensarian from Turkey is that, he has a feedback score of 99.4% (from all over the world) on ebay:

    http://myworld.ebay.com/ensarian/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

    Once I receive it/install it, I will post feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnn View Post
    The reason I bought from that ebay seller ensarian from Turkey is that, he has a feedback score of 99.4% (from all over the world) on ebay:

    http://myworld.ebay.com/ensarian/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

    Once I receive it/install it, I will post feedback.
    Feedback rarely reflects the quality of the part unless its so crappy that it arrives damaged.

    Lots of people leave feedback before even installing the part, never mind after using it for a while to see if it lasts.

    2001 330Cic/A in the same color combo is "Her" ride.

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    Actually I read the feedback on install. They are all perfect.
    In fact, I trust parts made in Turkey more than parts made in China.
    Turkish as very good people.

    Also, I have not hear anything negative about this seller.
    Last edited by cnn; 04-09-2012 at 04:07 PM.

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    I bought a chinky part from fleabay almost 2 years ago, and still works fine. I think it was like $50.00 or so.
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    I went with OEM just to not bother about that regulator for the next 10+ years. I got sick of removing that friggin' door card and getting soaked whenever it rained.

    Aftermarket may be good, but I don't think they will last as long as OEM.

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    In my case, it was the LEFT REAR door regulator that was a problem.
    I rarely use that window, so I don't want to spend $280 for that.

    However, if the driver window regulator goes out, I agree that a factory BMW part is a good choice.

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    I have an Ebay Chinese made left rear regulator for 3 years now, no problem. Knock on wood.

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