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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 08-22-2014, 10:21 PM
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drivers door window , regulator or motor ?

so my drivers window started to hang up a bit about half way up , tick, tick tick , then continued up. now , no down at all . I can hear the motor working , so I stopped using it . Don`t want to have the window stuck halfway or all the way down . Motor ? Motor gear ? or Regulator ? thanks in advance
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:35 PM
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Motor ? Motor gear ? or Regulator ?
Type /regulator f3 in the bestlinks and you'll get lots of answers, e.g., here's just one:
- One user's effort to diagnose, rebuild, and replace a BMW E39 front driver side door window regulator (1)
It's almost always not the motor itself, nor the gears.

See also:
- One user's effort to diagnose, rebuild, and replace a BMW E39 front driver side door window regulator (1) and how to remove a BMW E39 front passenger side door window regulator (1) (2) & the unintuitive trick to effortlessly loosen and tighten the astronomical cable tension without damaging the front door window regulator (1) & how to rebuild and restring your current E39 front door window regulator (1) & scores of pictures showing how NOT to remove & repair your front door window regulators (1) & how to replace just the rollers (1) (2) & a survey of all available brands and prices and suppliers for front window regulators (1) (2) & how to replace just the plastic pulleys with machined stainless steel rollers (1) & things not mentioned in most window regulator DIYs (1) & BMW E39 rear window regulator replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & McGyver fixes on the road (1) (2) & rear window regulator repair kits (1) (2) (3) (4) & what brand rear window regulators should I get (1) & where to get salvaged parts (1) & how to remove the rear window (1) (2) & how to adjust the windows after the repair (1) (2) (3) & how to temporarily keep the window up (1) & how to rewind the transmission case windup spool (1) (2) & how to slip the cable wires back onto the pulleys (1) (2) (3) & how to replace just the rollers (1) (2)
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:14 PM
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thanks bluebee
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