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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:22 AM
japjotsvig japjotsvig is offline
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98 Z3 roadster rear window replacement

Hey all,

So I come back to my car and what do I see? A huge tear in the rear window. So a replacement is in order

Where is the cheapest place to get an OEM window? I've seen people quote 150-180 dollars for a new oem window but I can't find that anywhere.

Emiata sells them for 85 plus 22 dollars international shipping (I'm in canada) but I've seen many problems with installation from other forums.

Please help!
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:57 PM
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I bought a tinted one from this company. I haven't received it yet because its coming from Germany, but they have very high marks on eBay. I made them an offer for a little less than their buy it now price to cover the shipping costs so I got it for about $200 including the shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140662555659...84.m1439.l2649
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:03 PM
japjotsvig japjotsvig is offline
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let me know how that works! Its seems pretty good! I wonder if there are any other people who have used this window as well
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:06 PM
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Read there reviews on eBay!! There are many satisfied customers! I will however do a post when I get it installed. It's taking quite a while to get here. I think they put it on a slow boat!! I'm not in a big hurry for mine though so I don't mind it taking a little time.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:44 AM
Benjamin757 Benjamin757 is offline
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yea they do that

Get some black duct tape, thats what I'm working with. The car upoulstry shop quoted me 300.00 to sew in a new window. an oe soft top is 269.00. Installation is a B*tch but I'll have to go with a new top.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:43 AM
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here is link to install the rear window: http://www.zscca.org/techtopics/imag...structions.pdf
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:30 AM
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New Z3 Rear window

Go to ebay and enter item number 150822892830. Works great and is a fair price at only $149.95. Ships international for only $20.00
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:00 PM
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Read there reviews on eBay!! There are many satisfied customers! I will however do a post when I get it installed. It's taking quite a while to get here. I think they put it on a slow boat!! I'm not in a big hurry for mine though so I don't mind it taking a little time.
Have you received the window and installed it yet? Curious to see how it came out. I'm on the market for a new rear window as well... or maybe an entire top as the seams below the rear window started to break. now there is a opening..
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:21 PM
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Have you received the window and installed it yet? Curious to see how it came out. I'm on the market for a new rear window as well... or maybe an entire top as the seams below the rear window started to break. now there is a opening..

I received it a few weeks ago. It was missing a couple of hardware pieces that probably fell out along the way (zip fastener and retaining clips) I contacted them and they sent them out immediately. The quality appears to be excellent. I have not installed it yet because the weather here in SoCal is fantastic and I never put the hood up, except maybe to wash the car. I didn't want to install it just to have it get folded up for several months, so I probably won't do the install until end of summer.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:39 AM
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Speaking of rear windows, what do you guys do to protect the window/top when putting down? Someone else said they use a pool noodle and a towel? It does seem to crease a lot which concerns me...my last convertible had an actual glass window with rear defrost!
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:20 AM
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I haven't tried the pool noodle trick yet, but I've been thinking about it. I just lay a couple of very soft fluffy detail cloths on the window when folding it down. This keeps the window from getting scratched. When I put the top up the crease mostly disappears after it sits in the sun for awhile.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:33 AM
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The noodle works well. just wrap a soft towel around the noodle. I just used black electrical tape on the ends and the middle to hold towel on. It works great and is round enough to keep window from creasing and scratching. With that said, I am looking to replace my top on my 97 Z3. I want to do the replacemant myself. Any recommendations on what top to buy?

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Old 04-29-2014, 09:04 AM
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BMW Z3 Rear Windows on ebay

Go to eBay Item number 150839598053 for a great Z3 window replacement. Only $149.95
with free shipping in US and only $20.00 anywhere else worldwide. Great window at a great price with good communication and instructions.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:18 AM
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Go to eBay Item number 150839598053 for a great Z3 window replacement. Only $149.95....
That would be:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150839598053...053%26_rdc%3D1
From the canvas sealing flange, it appears to be the Emiata window made by Rothenbacher Enterprises in NC.
http://www.emiata.com/Z3Window.asp
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:10 PM
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for a temporary fix, there are clear packing tapes. also, clear sail tape used to patch sailboat sails; strong and sticks well.
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