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Old 11-04-2010, 11:32 PM
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Windshield trim

The windshield on my 01 is still good, no wind noise, no leaks.
But the black rubber/plastic trim surrounding the windshield (esp the top, near the roof) has cracked & has chunks missing, gaps.
Question is that can I just go to any glass store (auto glass) to have them replace the trim at a reasonable price, or do I have to go to BMW dealer to have the whole windshield taken out to replace the trim?
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:15 PM
dseemgoblue dseemgoblue is offline
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Nickh

Please post when you resolve as I have to do the same with mine. I get the most annoying buzzing sound around 65mph coming from the windshield.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:15 AM
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You can buy that rubber strip & replace it yourself. It just pulls out & the new one (maybe with a little help from a slight amount of soapy water) pushes back in without removing the windsheild.

I know there is at least one write up on the e38 forum of BimmerBoards. Not to difficult to do.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:40 PM
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Do you know where to buy that rubber strip?
How much?
Link?
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:22 AM
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I bought one a couple of months ago from our local BMW dealer. With the BMWCCA discount, it was $37 or $38 as I remember. Haven't gotten around to putting it in yet, but there are a couple of DIY's on the topic and it does not look too hard - although I'm afraid I'm going to suffer from some complications related to an improperly installed windshield. We will see.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:11 AM
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Thanks,
Just called my local BMW dealer parts dept, Yep, they have it in stock, part #51317172022, cost $33. He says it's double sided tape, peel & stick. He's not sure about whether we can do this ourselves, or have the dealer install it... Does anyone know? It just sounds too easy...?
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:43 PM
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I believe the part I was referring to is 51318125887. It is the rubber gasket that is installed on the top edge of the windshield and extends just past each top corner. This trim piece has an internal aluminum channel that goes over the top edge glass itself and then sort of "rolls down" into place. At least that's how I remember the DIY instructions I read describing its' installation. I believe they can be found on www.e38.org. I've pulled mine out, but have not installed the new one. I think I've got to remove some excess urethane adhesive from a sloppy windshield installation before I can properly install the gasket.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:57 PM
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Smilford:

Thanks for the correction. Yours was the correct part #, & my local BMW dealer has it in stock for $32.

I've found some posts about DIY replacement.

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/286210

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/290108

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/376925

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/481753
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:43 PM
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Replace the upper trim on my windshield and I am still getting a lot of wind noise and it is getting worse. There are crackes in the lower trim as well. Could this be the cause? Is it something I can replace? I read a post on bimmerboard and it talked about the winshields on these cars are very tempermental and must be positioned with exact measurements. There is even an 11 pages of instructions on how to do it that they advise giving to the installer. I would love to be able to fix without replacing windshield. Any ideas??
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:19 PM
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replace windshield upper molding

Hi guys,

I just replaced this upper trim on my 2001 740iL. Picked up the piece from my local BMW dealer for $45 or something like that. Took me about an hour to finish the whole job. I put the instructions with photos on my site - hope it doesn't get filtered out: replace windshield trim
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:52 AM
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Replace the upper trim on my windshield and I am still getting a lot of wind noise and it is getting worse. There are crackes in the lower trim as well. Could this be the cause? Is it something I can replace? I read a post on bimmerboard and it talked about the winshields on these cars are very tempermental and must be positioned with exact measurements. There is even an 11 pages of instructions on how to do it that they advise giving to the installer. I would love to be able to fix without replacing windshield. Any ideas??
Well the trims upper and lower are just finishers. It is known that if a replacement screen is not postioned correctly, then you will get wind noise...
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:33 PM
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Good stuff....
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:00 PM
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I have a 2001 and just before I bought it the PO had the windshield replaced. Top trim is new and the sides look pretty new also. 11 pages of instructions?? I have wind noise but have no reference point as i bought it with the new windshield. The side strips are up off the glass with a gap. is that normal or is it supposed to be flush to the windshield??
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:37 AM
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DIYs for the windshield trim to solve noise problems:

- The main causes of bimmer wind noise, from the BMW TIS on missing jack pads (0) (1) (2) (3) or from a crumbled windshield cover molding gasket (1) (2) (3) or from a badly replaced windshield (1) or from the door weatherstripping (1) or from the cabin air filter housings (1) or loose sunroof drainpipes inside the A-pillar (1) and how to test window glass wind noise by taping the windows (1) (2)
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:16 AM
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Just ordered the trim. Thanks for the part number. Will post photos of installation.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:33 PM
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Installed my windshield trim using Nickh's posted instructions. Using the petroleum grease truly was a major help as I tried without using it first. I have not drive the car yet to see if noise is reduced. Next big task is changing the filters under the dash, but that is a different post. Thank God for my fellow BMW enthusiast.
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