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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:58 AM
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Emiata back windshield

I was just wondering if anybody has bought this product and how they feel about the quality of it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:22 AM
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It is identical to the OE zipper window, less than 1/3 the cost, and favored by most people.

This one sounds like it is from the same source but marked up:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Z3-M-ROA...50822892830%26
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:04 AM
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I put one in and I am VERY happy with it. Spend the extra $10 or so for the tint. It's not much but evert little bit helps.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:52 PM
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It's a very good product. It actually seems better than OEM. Be aware that replacing the rear window is a two-person job, and you have to really like each other. It can get frustrating.
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I will chime in here with my negative opinion of this window:

First, the good points: The material for the window itself is very clear and durable and doesn't seem to scratch as easily as the OEM plastic. The fit in the opening is good too.

What I didn't like about these windows was the trim. They have a black canvas edging that is glued down to the top material for a finisher. Given enough time and temperature variations, eventually that canvas edging will start coming unglued and it looks terrible. Tried multiple times to reglue the edging with multiple types of glues with no success.

I went back to an OEM window to restore the clean lines around the rear window.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:32 AM
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... What I didn't like about these windows was the trim. They have a black canvas edging that is glued down to the top material for a finisher... I went back to an OEM window to restore the clean lines around the rear window.
I got the OEM window. As we know, the OEM window has the black edging, but it is plastic, not canvas. And the edging is part of the window, not the top. I didn't realize the eMiata window was so different.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:15 AM
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Thanks guys. My second person will be my dad, and im looking for more durable as my oem window has what appears to be a crack. Also, after twelve years of folding its harder to see through and it looks bad. How dark was the tint percentage of the tinted one?
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:33 AM
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I don't think it gave an actual percentage. It is hardly noticeable but just enough to warrant the ten extra dollars.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:35 AM
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I don't think it gave an actual percentage. It is hardly noticeable but just enough to warrant the ten extra dollars.
Alright thank you. I planned on getting the tinted anyway, but this just reaffirms it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:41 PM
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... looking for more durable as my oem window has what appears to be a crack. Also, after twelve years of folding its harder to see through and it looks bad...
I don't think anyone is claiming that the eMiata window will be any better after twelve years. The design of how the window captures the surrounding canvas edge is probably more important, as that edge condition is what causes the first trouble.
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