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Old 07-04-2010, 06:00 PM
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Cost to fix Driver's Side Rear Window Regulator?

Stumbled upon this site when troubleshooting an issue with my driver's side rear window--it wont roll up. After reading about this common issue from several sources, I am confident its the regulator.


I do not have the time to do this myself nor do I want to risk screwing anything up. How much will this cost me If I take to the dealership or other import auto service repair shop? If anyone has any idea I would really appreciate to hear from you.

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Old 07-04-2010, 06:11 PM
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If you can hear the motor working inside the door, it's not the whole regulator, but the driving dog that broke. It's a little plastic bracket that holds the glass and is attached to the cable that makes the window go up and down.
There's a Service Bulletin on this, and the part was substituted for a stronger one. This happened to me about a month ago, got the part and adhesive for the vapor barrier for about $75.00 from my local dealer and changed myself in about 1 1/2 hour, not difficult at all and there's a DIY posted in the FAQ sticky thread.

I would guess a Dealer might charge a couple of hours labor (+/- $250) plus parts.
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Old 07-04-2010, 06:13 PM
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Oh, I remember seeing something about the driving dog and I can definitely hear the motor working. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 07-04-2010, 06:56 PM
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I would guess a Dealer might charge a couple of hours labor (+/- $250) plus parts.
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I seem to remember that people who have had it done at the dealer paid around $450,

because they prefer to replace the regulator in one piece - saves them a bit of time (but not you).

It may not be possible to sign the W.O. as "replace drive dog only",
as they won't know for sure what is wrong until they open the door up.

If you use an indy shop, try to make sure they are fully aware of resealing the vapor barrier properly.

Or your cost savings will be eaten up with wet carpet and return visits to get if fixed right.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:38 PM
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Well, in reality, you don't need to touch the regulator at all when changing the driving dog, they are two separate things. What they can do is "say" they replaced it so you get charged for everything....
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:35 AM
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Jac. how far out of warranty are you? This is a WELL KNOWN problem and the dealer might fix it for you under the "goodwill" policy. Check the stickey on the top of this page for details of the program. It is SI B01 07 03. Personally, I would have the dealer repair it and replace the vapor barrier (which seems to be a critical thing for "water in the cabin" problems) correctly just because I don't want to hassle with it. Making sure that you discuss with the SA about the need to seal the barrier properly, etc. It has been my experience over the years that if you call their attention to something, like having it written on the RO, they actually do it.

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Old 07-05-2010, 08:18 AM
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Our passenger side rear regulator (actually the Drive Dog but they replace the whole thing) just broke Friday, less rethan a year after the driver's side rear broke. Appointment is for Wednesday to fix it. With CPO it cost us $52, but if I recall the regulator cost is about $200, then add their labor cost. So the $450 charge is probably pretty close.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:33 AM
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hey, have you fixed the problem? how much does it cost?Mine just broke last weekend. dealer asked for $680
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:25 PM
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+/-$75.00 (cost of the parts) if it's the drive dog only (plastic little piece) and you can so it yourself following th DIY instructions on the sticky FAQ's thread at the top of this forum. Can you hear the motor inside the door?
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I cannot find the DIY for this
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I cannot find the DIY for this
Look further down under Miscellaneous Documents - the last one in that PDF list.

(It is the same content as what was a downloadable M/S DOC in DIY Threads and Links. We just need to get that dead link removed. The PDF is more compact and downloads quickly.)
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:01 PM
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:59 AM
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+1

I seem to remember that people who have had it done at the dealer paid around $450,

because they prefer to replace the regulator in one piece - saves them a bit of time (but not you).

It may not be possible to sign the W.O. as "replace drive dog only",
as they won't know for sure what is wrong until they open the door up.

If you use an indy shop, try to make sure they are fully aware of resealing the vapor barrier properly.

Or your cost savings will be eaten up with wet carpet and return visits to get if fixed right.
On my 2008 328i sedan, I just had my rear window regulator replaced with BMW OEM parts and total cost was $355 at a good non-dealer shop I use. the OEM part was $155 and took a couple of hours to replace.
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