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Old 01-28-2013, 10:45 AM
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Windshield seal cracked - help?

My wife's 2007 328i developed clracks in the plastic/rubber seal that goes across the top of the windshield. In some places, the cracked bits have fallen off, revealing the gap between the glass and the roof line underneath.

Her mechanic tells her this seal cannot be easily fixed / replaced, but that instead the entire windshield has to come out and re-seated and re-sealed. Minimum cost: $500.
If the windshield breaks (which he said they frequently do) during this operation, total cost goes up to $1,000.

All this for a strip of rubber that cracks and disintegrates prematurely?
I have never seen this happen on any other 6-year old car we have ever driven and I find it hard to believe there is not a simpler (and more importantly CHEAPER) way to fix this.

I am a BMW n00b (I'm a p-car driver myself) so I welcome any help, suggestions and/or feedback from the forum.

thanks you.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:51 AM
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=573281
the molding is cheap, about 20, its supposed to be applied to glass not in the frame, but you can get it in without removing the glass.

btw, the mechanic sounds like a ripoff. i had an OE st gobain windshield installed, new molding, etc, for $420 (out the door, including the removal of the old one, new glass, new molding, labor) in NYC.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:03 AM
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My wife's 2007 328i developed clracks in the plastic/rubber seal that goes across the top of the windshield. In some places, the cracked bits have fallen off, revealing the gap between the glass and the roof line underneath.

Her mechanic tells her this seal cannot be easily fixed / replaced, but that instead the entire windshield has to come out and re-seated and re-sealed. Minimum cost: $500.
If the windshield breaks (which he said they frequently do) during this operation, total cost goes up to $1,000.


All this for a strip of rubber that cracks and disintegrates prematurely?
I have never seen this happen on any other 6-year old car we have ever driven and I find it hard to believe there is not a simpler (and more importantly CHEAPER) way to fix this.

I am a BMW n00b (I'm a p-car driver myself) so I welcome any help, suggestions and/or feedback from the forum.

This would be the same guy asking for payment? Dunno....maybe he's right. Or, he's a dog at the dinner table waiting for some food to fall into his mouth.

Then again....

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Old 01-28-2013, 11:21 AM
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Thank you very much for this info.
Now all I need is an indy shop in my area who will do the work.

Anybody know a decent indy in the Bay area (San Francisco to San Jose)?
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:33 AM
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Thank you very much for this info.
Now all I need is an indy shop in my area who will do the work.

Anybody know a decent indy in the Bay area (San Francisco to San Jose)?

I can recommend Bill Arnold in San Rafael - has it all over any dealer I've been to, especially the local emporium.
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