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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 10-25-2012, 11:03 AM
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E39 windshield trim experience

I thought why not try this myself and ordered a new trim from eactuning. My windshield was not original which made taking off the old windshield trim difficult. The trim peeled off but the lip that tucks in under the windshield remained stuck. I also cracked my windshield at the top right corner when pulling off the trim.

Geico informed me that I had glass protection that would NOT increase my rates. No deductible. They sent "safelite" to my front door and the job took 45 minutes. New windshield came with new trim and now I have an extra windshield trim.

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:49 AM
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Thats good that it was replaced, you must pay a lot for insurance on a 9 year old car to have glass coverage. No?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:56 AM
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A sloppy install of a replacement windshield can often make replacement of the rubber trim strip impossible without replacing the windshield. If a installer allows the adhesive that holds the windshield in to come in contact with the trim strip it can be difficult if not impossible to remove. You were lucky that your insurance company solved your problem for you.

BMW has plastic spacers that properly set and hold the windshield in place during replacement. Most glass shops just use lots of adhesive and masking tape. Not quite as precise. I even had a huge amount of wind noise the first time an aftermarket glass shop replaced the windshield. It had to be replaced again, and was done right the second time.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:34 PM
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Thats good that it was replaced, you must pay a lot for insurance on a 9 year old car to have glass coverage. No?
i used to pay $230 full coverage just for bmw. Now with 01 honda civic i pay $200 comprehensive coverage.

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:48 PM
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i used to pay $230 full coverage just for bmw. Now with 01 honda civic i pay $200 comprehensive coverage.
I pay 130 for my car a month, no comprehensive. Car is too old, its a waste of money to pay for comprehensive in my case.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:57 PM
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You make a good point for the age of the car i may look into paying less for insurance
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Comp and glass breakage are usually pretty cheap, you can often keep it and drop the collision coverage to save money on an older car.
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For liability on an 01 530i and an 04 Lincoln aviator together for 6 months it's just like $460
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:47 PM
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For liability on an 01 530i and an 04 Lincoln aviator together for 6 months it's just like $460
I wish manhattan offered those kind of rates.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:09 PM
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ARE YOU SERIOUS????????? i cannot believe what i am reading right now. THE EXACT SAME THING HAPPEN TO ME!!!!!! word for word... top right quarner cracked while i was removing it and it spread from there. Sad this is for me it was an original... seriously i should have posted a thread warning people dont try this at home. hahahha
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:26 PM
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My car came with a aftermarket windscreen. The trim doesn't look great and I have wind noise around the A pillars. But I've been down this road before and won't address it until I get a rock on the hwy then take it to the shop that did my 335i's. That will be the time to do a plinkinton glass (non-BMW logo) and new BMW trim. Until then I am living with it... I've put this item in the "it aint broke, it aint right but don't mess with it right now" category.
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Ya i got an used original windshield with rainsensor for 100 and then i paid 65 install and 35 for new molding so 200 total. i think thats a good deal for an original.
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Heck yeah that is ^.
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I pay 130 for my car a month, no comprehensive. Car is too old, its a waste of money to pay for comprehensive in my case.
Thanks for the tip made edits to policy. Kept comprehensive with full glass coverage paying $104 a month now for e39.
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+1 on the bmw plastic windshield spacers--buy them and give them to the installer for a precise fit

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