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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 12-03-2012, 01:34 PM
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Thanks. I think that is the only way to go now.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:24 AM
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Help! Bought the new regulator. Swapping the motor was a snap, and I was really proud/happy when I reinstalled the entire system without any problems. And then . .. . . . tested it before even putting the glass back on, and it seemed to work beautifully. So I reassembled just about everything: placed glass in the appropriate "jaws" which were at the very bottom of the door, tightened them in, and hit the window button. Window went up nicely until about half way up, when it suddenly slowed considerably; it seemed to labor going up any further. Long story short, it is now up, with about two inches left to go for a full close, but it will not move either up or down. I can hear the motor wanting to work, but nothing happens. Is there a trick to this? Some adjustment that no one has disclosed yet? Some magical spot at which the window glass needs to be installed for the entire system to work? Assuming I can now get the glass out again (may be very hard since it is difficult to reach the Jaw, how does this system get "tuned??"
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:27 AM
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how does this system get "tuned??"
Nobody answered when I asked the same question recently:
- Do we have a step-by-step DIY for ADJUSTING window glass when replacing the regulator?
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:12 PM
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For the record, the exact question I asked (still unanswered) was opened today:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Purpose of wire connector
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:36 AM
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For the record, an enterprising soul is contemplating manufacturing stainless steel pulleys for us, which would be a godsend, given how easily the nylon ones crack:
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Hey everyone, my name is Aaron I'm a mechanical engineer in AZ. I've recently had my front passenger regulator go out as one of the plastic pulleys cracked and broke. After doing some research, I am new to the BMW community, seems like this is a common problem and though not to expensive, I am a firm believer in do things once and done. So, I have designed and built my first 303 Stainless pulley set for both the front and rear doors on my 540i. I used a bronze oil impregated bushing for the pulley to ride on for longevity. I plan on doing a write up this week and posting pics of my project.

Ive made the pulley groove slightly deeper for the cable to ride in and I've designed this as a bolt on replacement kit.

I'm thinking of doing a group buy, to sell these as kits for minimal costs per car, all four doors. Right now I want to install my set and post a write up of it and see if anyone else may want to buy the same setup and never replace your window regulator again.

Any comments are welcome, let me know if you would be interested!
thank you!

Here are some pics of the parts on my regulator.



Back side hardware:





Here you can see my layout. A threaded flange on the backside runs through the regulator's existing hole. So you will have to drill out the hardware and existing plastic pulley, I was planning on including the needed drill bit in the kit. The bronze bushing threads onto the flange thus clamping onto the regulator. Then the pulley rides on this bronze bushing. Pretty simple and easy to install.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:46 AM
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Mega thanks for exhaustive research and description

Thanks to Bluebee and others for an exhaustive and easy to follow description of his solution to the repair of the window regulator. I also agree with his final solution: buy the cheapest repacement you can find and transfer the old motor to the new unit.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the thread. Well done!
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:04 AM
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I bought a URO regulator for $70 and it's still going strong

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Old 09-24-2013, 04:17 PM
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I'm hoping we'll learn more about how to retension the window regulator cable based on what was posted today in this thread:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > E39 Window motor dead

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Looks like the cable's slipped. Inspected the rest and it all looks okay. The cable ate into the round metal retainer in the middle of the plastic cable holder

The cable has slipped out and the whole metal system that holds the door is stuck on the small black hanger
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:56 AM
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Looks like someone else will be trying the cable-tension trick, and letting us know what happens ...
> E46 (1999 - 2006) > Do i need a new rear window regulator?
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Hey there. So my passenger side rear window went down the other day but won't go back up (unless I grab it and pull up). I got the paneling apart and moved the motor and found the wire around the spool pretty tangled up. I ran out of time and couldn't continue, but will this require a replacement regulator, or will it still work if I am able to untangle the wire around the spool? Just wondering before I make a purchase.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:02 PM
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There is potentially very useful information for those who chipped their brittle plastic window regulator rollers:
> E46 (1999 - 2006) > Do i need a new rear window regulator?
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I replaced my plastic rollers with brass ball-bearing patio door rollers I bought at Lowes. Cost me 4 bucks for two of them and they work like a charm.
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Was it these Lowe's rollers?

Or maybe these?

Or, maybe even these?
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:58 AM
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Did you ever figure out how to adjust the back of the window down.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=744357
This is for the e46 coupe. Maybe it will help.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:03 PM
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Did you ever figure out how to adjust the back of the window down.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=744357
This is for the e46 coupe. Maybe it will help.



This is the pdf version for adjusting e46 coupe windows. Shows a rubber plug on the bottom of the door to access the lowering bolt.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...0&d=1299687570

I know nothing about the e39 except they are probably similar enough to warrant looking at e46 stuff to figure out adjustment if none can be found for the e39

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Old 01-08-2015, 11:41 AM
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Anecdotally, it's rare, but here's a case today of a bad motor ...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Replaced window regulator - burning smell!!!
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Been a little bit, rechecking my posts. The motor was toast. Swapped out a motor and reinstalled it. Works well now. Onto my next issue that just came up - a new alternator...
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:36 AM
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I assume we never got a proper method to adjust the window? My daughter and I fixed the front passenger window last week. This week, it stopped again about two inches from the top. It looks like this happens when replacing the regulator.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:06 AM
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I assume we never got a proper method to adjust the window? My daughter and I fixed the front passenger window last week. This week, it stopped again about two inches from the top. It looks like this happens when replacing the regulator.
I hear you.
I have the Bentleys, and the TIS, and I tried the official methods, and I still failed miserably (for whatever reason, I don't know).

So, we certainly could use BETTER information on how to adjust the window position AFTER a repair!

Typing /adjust f3 in the bestlinks, it looks like the first thread below is the thread to start at, and improve from there:
- How to adjust the windows after the repair (1) (2) (3)
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:33 AM
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Thanks Bluebee, it took me a while to get back. Right after my post, I sat down to work on my passenger window regulator problem with no luck. I then decided to look at the driver's side to see if it would yield any hints. Well, just as I pressed the button to raise my window, I heard a thunk, and saw the window sticking up from the back end. Yup, I now had two regulators to fix. After some choice words, my wife left to do some grocery shopping. By the time she returned, I had 1) fixed the driver's side and decided to 2) get a new regulator for the passenger's side.

However, when I did open up the driver's side, I found that the problem the small rubber Edge Protection (51338257721) that actually hold the window. The rear one on my window had broken at the bottom, so only one side was gripping the window. I managed to get it back in place and then tighten it enough to get some grip on the window. I raised it slowly and left it in place. I did not want to move it since the side of the rubber protection was now missing and the regulator is now in direct contact with the glass.

I will have to wait for my items to arrive before I can start again, but I will take plenty of pics to get the conversation started again. Its crazy that these things fail so often and have to be replaced. But, so it goes.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:55 AM
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I will take plenty of pics to get the conversation started again.
Please do snap pics!
I never understand why people don't post pics so that we can, incrementally, learn from each of our results.

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Its crazy that these things fail so often and have to be replaced. But, so it goes.
My new regulator failed within a month. So, something is/was wrong. It's still broken. I need to fix it myself.
Please let us know what BRAND your old ones are (Kuster?) and what brand you get, so we can begin to populate the table of the most reliable brands...
- What brand of window regulator is the most reliable to replace the OEM Kuster (1)
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