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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 01-11-2013, 07:57 AM
Grzano Grzano is offline
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2003 525 L/F Window regulator

The Drivers window regulator went bad and I replaced it a few months ago. Within one month the replacement stopped working. It seems that the wires controls are getting hung up on something. Has anyone had this problem? Also, note, before removing the airbag, you need to disconnect the battery otherwise it generates an airbag fault. No need to ask how I discovered this. lol.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:33 AM
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The Drivers window regulator went bad and I replaced it a few months ago. Within one month the replacement stopped working. It seems that the wires controls are getting hung up on something. Has anyone had this problem?
I replaced mine last month and it's getting hung up on something also.

There is only one way to figure out what the issue is though ...

And that's to open it all up again.
- How to diagnose 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) & what is the line unused connector in the front driver side door used for anyway (1)

One thing to look for is whether we tie wrapped the cable to the door frame properly.

As for the airbag fault:
- What is the cheapest usable BMW E39 airbag srs reset/scan tool on the net (1) & a cn90 DIY for replacing the driver seat belt buckle pretensioner and the passenger seat emulator (1) & what can cause a BMW E39 SRS airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & what scan tools reset the fault (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what happens when we disconnect the airbag before the battery or we connect the battery before disconnecting the airbag in seat and window regulator repairs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & where to obtain an airbag occupancy sensor bypass unit (1) (2).
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