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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 08-07-2012, 12:58 PM
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How do I access front window motor?

My drivers side window motor is toast so I need to replace it. I have removed the panel and vapour barrier, as well as the air bag etc. But how do I gain access to the motor as it is behind a welded metal panel?

Its not like the rear window's in which the regulator motor is exposed and easy to unscrew!
E39 99 540i 6 speed Oxford Green
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:55 PM
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PM me with your email address, and I'll send a PDF from the TIS.

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:49 PM
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I didn't have to remove the motor when I fixed my driver-side front window problem ...
- One user's experience with diagnosing the front left driver door window regulator (1)

But don't the DIYs cover how to remove the motor too?
- How to remove the front or rear door window glass (to remove the window regulator) (1) (2)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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