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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 05-18-2011, 11:05 PM
Y2K_Bimmer Y2K_Bimmer is offline
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2000 323i E 46 Sedan Window Regulator DIY Compendium

This is a piggyback on Skene and Elbee's DIY. Read these first, they list all the tools and have some good pics. Here is what I would do different:
Lower the window to 5 1/4 from the sill straight up, or 5 1/2" if measuring up the window frame. Disconnect the battery.
Instead of trying to hang the airbag just unplug it. Hope you disconnected the battery.
Use a utility knife to cut the gooey black stuff when pulling off the vapor barrier. Vinyl throw away gloves are your friend.
In elbee's post, she, as well as I, used tape to hold up the window. I used duct tape and what a pain cleaning. Instead if you have big spring clamps with rubber jaws or this kind that is a clamp / spreader but dont use metal clamps. I didn't think of clamps until I was cleaning (cursing at) the glue off the windows.

The zip tie repair may or may not work. Skenes picture is great. I took a few more and here are some notes / ideas.
Pic 1 is the metal plate with the plastic piece that breaks. The bottom plastic parts ride on the black runner.
Pic 2 shows the cable slug.
Pic 3 I drew an arrow for a likely spot for a zip tie. On the other side it might be better to use a cable or wire clamp if you have one the right size. The goal is to keep that slug in its slot without so much pressure it keeps the cable from moving.
Pic 4 I flipped the part over an put it on the track. This is a passenger side, right side of the regulator. Without zip ties the slug pops out pretty easy. Remember that grinding noise? Look at the scrape marks in the black piece.
Pic 5 shows a zip tie. Honestly, this is a questionable method using one zip tie. Really need one on the other side. Going to the hardware store tomorrow...
Pic 6 is a bit blurry but you can see that part of what hold the slug is metal. Nice but there is nothing to make the slug not pop out.

Have a couple other ideas, will edit tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:41 PM
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Came up with a way to secure the other side of the cable. Searched all over the hardware store and came up with a very simple solution.

Pic 1 is a simple coax cable clip. I trimmed the part that stick up a bit. Bought a screw to replace the nail. The screw was the smallest size x 3/4".
Pic 2 Clip screwed to the plate.
Pic 3 Add a zip tie. Should barely touch if at all.
Pic 4 Added another zip tie to the right of that. Seemed like a good idea...
Pic 5 I flipped the bracket over and attached to the black channel / guide / runner. The extra zip tie was a bit too tight.
Pic 6 All zip tied / coax clamped and ready for the big dance. Need to clip off the extra threads.

Maybe put a bit of door grease on it and should work fine.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:35 PM
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Window Zip Tie trick

Thanks for this excellent info.
Am attacking right passenger door this week end. First the actuator went then click click, the window fell down.
Hope this does the trick.
I have an actuator for the drivers side front that came as a pair when I fixed the left front actuator, will it fit in the right rear passenger side?
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:17 PM
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Actuator meaning the motor? It could be clicking because the wire that moves the mechanism is bound up.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:47 AM
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The zip tie fix worked thanks!!!
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:26 AM
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My model is 2006 320i E90 so the internal parts are different. There is a green plastic clip that attaches to the window motor. This has broken where the cable goes through.
I am searching the forum but cant find info for an E90 window fix. Intend to post some pics for others.
Thanks anyway.
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