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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!
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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)
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