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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 06-25-2009, 03:49 PM
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Driver's Side Window Stopped Working

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My driver's side window stopped working today. The car has 76,000 miles on it. Is this a common issue? Can someone please provide instructions on how to remove the door panel? Its a 2001 530i. Thank you!
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:04 PM
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Your window regulator probably went out (you didn't describe any symptoms, but it is extremely common on the e39). Hit up google for a diy e39 window regulator replacement.
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:38 PM
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well basically when I press the switch I hear parts moving but the window doesn't move. I can manually move the window down about a quarter of the way and power it back up but otherwise its dead

thanks for the tip
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:31 PM
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chances are the nut that secures the window to the regulator became dislodged and freed from the regulator assembly.

Do yourself a favor and stop messing with the controls and start working on that DIY project. It's not too difficult, I've done a regulator repair and that was my first automotive project.

Head over to youtube and search for e39 regulator. You'll see a few videos of a rear door regulator repair. It's not the same door but a video is worth a million words.

Once you watch that video read the text/photo based diy's scattered all over the creation.


If you're lucky you might be able to just reseat the nut in the regulator and do some epoxying or whatever to hold it in place. If you keep messing with the controls you risk burning out the motor or shredding the cable which will require a new motor/regulator to fix. using epoxy or even fabricating your own cover to prevent it from happening will buy you some time (or a lot of time if you're good with fabricating a more secure placement) that will allow you to return the project with a more suitable replacement at a later date.
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Old 06-27-2009, 02:23 PM
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thanks for the advice
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:04 PM
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Definitely sounds like the regulator. They indeed are very common problems with E39's. I've done this job 3 times for the back doors!
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:20 PM
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There is a repair kit for 25 that will fix the problem if it is the nut that came out of the regulator holder, usually the holder chips or breaks, allowing the nut to move freely but will not move the window. i had to do this repair on my e39 about 3 weeks ago and the repair kit worked great and saved me quite a bit of money.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:36 PM
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Try:
http://www.bmwrepairkit.com/

(From the same person in bimmerforums who started out with this repair kit).
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Careful, I believe the front regulators are different then the rear regulators and the kit from bmwrepairkit won't work. It's shaped differently.

You'll have to remove the regulator and inspect it to determine if you can fabricate a fix or get by with some epoxy. when we had that problem we used the repair kits for the rear windows and used a rough file and epoxy for the front.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:14 AM
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You are propably right,Front regulator not fixable. See post #6:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1012534

I guess if your front reg is gone, just cough up with $260 for a new part. Help the economy guys....hehe...

As an emergency measure to keep window up to keep rain water out, this fellow is very clever (using 2 suction cups to hold the glass up!!!):
http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e39/8918407-1.html

REAR REG DIY:
http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e39/8965453-1.html
(Same kit as LanceM in ebay, same person).

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Old 06-28-2009, 07:32 AM
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BMWGTMAN,

You live in NJ, then try this rebuilder in NY (they rebuild guide not motor) about $50:
http://www.regulatorusa.com/index.php

Or browse their website and buy the guide WITHOUT the motor for $95.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:53 PM
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Its too bad they don't make a kit for the front window regulators. Thanks for all the advice. I am going to take off the door panel this week and see whats going on and if I can't apoxy it, i'll have to cough up the money for a new one or try that guy in NY.

Thanks for all the responses.
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I am parting outmy car and I am selling my regulators... maybe I can help you out? Check out the parting out thread and let me know if you need anything.
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