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All windows work again on the car

Parts from Bavarian Autosport arrived a day early and I got to work on replacing both window regulators in the rear doors. Turns out it was not bad at all to get the work done. Now that I know how to do it, I could probably do one in 30 minutes. I'm glad I went ahead and replaced the other door as well. When I inspected the original part after i removed it, the crack in the plastic was already there. It was probably only good for about a dozen more up/down cycles and it would have snapped too.

The window regulators from Bav Auto were $80 compared to $130 from BMW. The part was not OEM, but it looked like a good part in this case. We shall see how it holds up over the next few years. Anyway, I saved myself $100 total and hopefully that pays off.

I still have to do the oil change this weekend and get that out of the way. First I need to find out where to recycle used motor oil to empty what I have already.

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sibertater
Apr. 16th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I spent $170 on a fob today. It made me cry. Then they told me it would be $90 to program it. I told them I'd return it right then and there...I got free programming.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
That's ridiculous. Even with BMW I can get a new key for $125 (programmed and all). Don't ask how I know this.
sibertater
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I only had one when I bought my car and it was really on it's last leg then. I am happy to have a new pretty one, tho. Now my panic button works. YAY! However, since my car is older, you almost have to be IN it for the thing to catch the signal. It's all very queer.
rbsmith77
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Glad to hear the quick turnaround.

They really do make most parts easy to replace/work on once you know the tricks.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
I was a little concerned there was no grease on along the rail like there was on the ones I removed. I figured it was not really needed and it seems to work just fine.
rbsmith77
Apr. 16th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Yea, odds are the plastic will break regardless before the grease becomes an issue. BavAuto regulator's do have some light silicone greasing. The old ones probably just had it more evenly distributed.
paterson_si
Apr. 16th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
"My" mechanic knows all those tricks. He told me that by using non-name parts (that, btw, come from the same factory as the name ones, just without the flashy name) you can save quite a sum of money. And I did, after my car drove out of warranty.
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