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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-20-2009, 02:37 PM
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Tips and tricks for replacing passenger side window glass in 2002 E39

Vandals or something unknown destroyed my passenger side front window.

Is replacing a window a DIY job (i.e., order parts, take apart door, put window in, etc.)?

Or is this one of those jobs best left to professionals?

Should I only use BMW parts or does it not matter?

Any recommendations?
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:33 PM
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Where is the E39 front side window (glazing?) replacement DIY?

Amazingly, I haven't found a good bimmerfest thread (yet) for just removing and replacing the E39 window glass (which also seems to be called 'glazing').

Plenty of E39 threads dealt with replacing the "regulator" but I'm not sure if the broken front side window replacement steps would be the same for the window than for the window regulator.

Here's a non-bimmerfest E39 regulator thread DIY, for example:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...5#post15687585

And here's a non-bimmerfest E39 door-panel replacement DIY:
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/door/panel.htm

But I'm amazed I didn't (yet) find any BMW E39 front side window "glazing" replacement DIYs ... do you know of a good one that I missed in my searches?

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:04 PM
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I feel for you.. 2 years after having the same glass broken... i Still find the small pieces of glass in the seat rails of the front seats. It's a sad day. My glass was fixed under our zero deductible insurance in MA. I'm surprised this isn't covered under your insurance...

Good luck with the fix...
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:33 PM
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Remove panel and all the trimmings. Remove in side wether strip. Loosen clamps that hold old window or pieces and slide new one into place. Tighten clamps then assure all is aligned.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:51 PM
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Oooh, the bastards

I think this is probably a job best left to BMW….the glass isn't particularly expensive according to what I've heard (i.e. only $20 more than regular stuff) but it's going to be heavy and fairly awkward to DIY. Might be worth a try if you feel like disassembling the driver's side to see how it fits together, or you have a TIS you can look it up there.

No hope for insurance? Might not be worth it :\
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:52 PM
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Make sure you unhook the battery when you remove the side airbag. You can use a hairdryer to warm up the adhesive that's holding the moisture barrier on. Once you get to the window it's very obvious how to remove it.

I think the window clamp uses a T-20 or a T-25 torx bit.


Use thread-locker on the window clamp screw and the airbag bolts.


Check this thread about the vapor barrier adhesive.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1089505


This is helpful too, there is seven parts.


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Old 04-21-2009, 03:30 PM
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No wonder nobody has a DIY ...

I called around yesterday to try to find the bmw front side window glass.

Not a single BMW dealership had it in stock (P/N 51328159170). RealOEM has it listed at $122+tax+shipping but the dealers all had it listed in the $170 range, = 10% tax, + shipping.

None could get it to me in fewer than 3 days. I ended up getting it done locally for less than the price of the glass itself at the BMW dealership.

If you're in the local area, these guys did it in less than 30 minutes.
LE Auto Glass, 225 Prague Drive, San Jose, CA, 95119 408-360-0767

No wonder nobody has a DIY. Generally I like to do things myself, to learn, to buy the best parts, to fix other things along the way, and to help others by the DIYs that I write up afterward .... but this one was a no brainer, especially since I'm so busy lately, I can't even think.

Thanks everyone for the advice!
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:41 PM
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I think that the RealOEM price is wholesale or something….
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:11 PM
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Does anyone actually buy parts from realoem (or do they just look up part numbers?)

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I think that the RealOEM price is wholesale or something….
Interesting. I wonder if anyone actually BUYS from realoem?

Does anyone actually buy from RealOEM or do they (as I do) just look up part numbers and diagrams from realoem?
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I see you got it done already but this is a very easy dyi. For starters you don't have to remove the air bag and you don't have to remove the vapor barrier except on the bottom to access the bolts that hold the window to the brackets. You only have to remove the outside lower window trim, door panel and interior lower window trim and again remove just the lower portion of the vapor barrier. Raise the window up several inches to access the brackets and viola! That's it. That's why it only took them 30 minutes because it is very easy.
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DIY steps for replacing broken window

This is good to know for the DIY writeup on how to replace a window glass (which is, I think, called "glazing" for some weird reason).

0. Determine if you have the expensive stuff (~ $2,000 vs ~$200) ...
1. Order the parts ("normal" glass part number 51328159170)
2. Remove outside lower window trim
3. Remove the door panel trim
4. Remove the interior lower window trim
5. Remove just the lower portion of the vapor barrier
6. Raise the window up several inches to access the brackets

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This is good to know for the DIY writeup on how to replace a window glass (which is, I think, called "glazing" for some weird reason).s
http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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Glazing ...

Glaze & glazing, to me, means more to pastries and shiny pumps than a hard window barrier ... but I do see an entry amongst the many others in your list that refers to glazing as a "transparent part of a wall" ...

So, I guess, my broken side window glass was "part of a wall" which is, in effect, the entire aerodynamic passenger-side "wall" of the BMW E39.
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If we think "glass versus glazing" is an issue ... wait 'till you see today's discussion of "stupid versus styupid" ...

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I dunno, I call 'em windows. BMW likes their technically correct terms though….
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:28 PM
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Looks like we could still use a good side window "glazing" replacement DIY with pictures!
- one window vandalism
- four window vandalism

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Old 10-30-2009, 02:44 AM
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Ran across this thread which is for the E39 door lock actuators but which also shows how to remove the interior panels of the door to access the glass and mechanisms inside the doors.
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i have spare windows if anyones interested...
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Now you tell me!

Oh well, the next person can benefit.

This thread on window regulator replacement DIY might also help with window "glazing" replacement.


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For the record, I ran into this quick DIY for replacing the E39 side window glazing.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:23 AM
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Here's a related E39 door-panel removal and replacement DIY.
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get the OEM weather stripping (thin rubber inset externally exposed), the cheaper sh!t literally melts
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I'm kind'a wishin' I had done this myself so I could have written it up myself, but, at least this thread is being useful to others (which is the goal) as I've forwarded this to a friend weeks ago who bought the referenced E39 Rear Window Regulator Repair Kit.

Yesterday, a friend came to me with their rear windows stuck in the open position ... and this thread (with the reference links & printable PDFs) was what I pointed 'em to (since I never did it myself).

In the interest of cross referencing the relevant information, here's another DIY found that might be of use to others, titled "BMW 2000 528iA Sport Passenger Window Regulator Remove & Replace".

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As a cross reference, QSilver7 kindly provided the pinch-sensor reset sequence flow chart which may be needed if your windows don't close at the touch of a button after opening up the door for repair.

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