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Old 11-21-2014, 04:21 AM
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I've just replaced the windscreen moulding on my 1999 523i SE and discovered something which I haven't read about on this forum - it was causing me a problem so I thought I'd share it. The moulding seated perfectly in the top corner on the driver's side, but would not do the same on the other top corner. It became obvious that the width of the channel between the edge of the glass and the body was significantly narrower on this side and would never accept the rubber moulding. I began to think that the windscreen must have been a replacement and that I'd need to modify the rubber to make it fit. Then I discovered that the strip of roof metal at the edge of the roof - the strip that has the holes for mounting a roof rack - slides a bit from front to back. So I pushed it backwards with the side of a screwdriver and the necessary width of channel opened up and the moulding went in nice and flush. You can then slide the strip forwards if desired to 'trap' the moulding more firmly in the corner.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:46 AM
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Good info, and glad it worked out for you. But...

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So I pushed it backwards with the side of a screwdriver
Screwdriver shouldn't be anywhere near the glass. Need to use plastic tools.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:37 AM
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Yes I agree - much safer to use plastic tools. I just hope the new rubber from BMW is of a more lasting quality than the original.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:39 AM
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There's a very nice windshield cover molding R&R DIY here today ...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > DIY Windshield and rear windows seal cover
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This is my second DIY

I had purchased the windshield and rear windows months ago.

I visited a couple of shops, both: wanted $100-150 for the job, both wanted to remove both glasses then reinstall, both mentioned the risk of breaking the glass.

I read on Real OEM that this rubber pieces are "cover" not a seal, so I thought WTH, and finally decided to DIM (do it myself)

WARNING: Avoid trouble with the wife. THE RUBBER DEBRIS FALLING ON YOUR FLOOR WILL HAVE A DARK GLUE THAT WILL LEAVE STUBBORN STAINS, take precautions.


























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Old 10-19-2015, 12:34 PM
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Seems to be a common problem here in Florida , first the moisture in the morning then the tremendous heat in the afternoon .

Even the windshield washer tubes dry out and go brittle then snap .

There should be some kind of silicone sealer to prevent this
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:58 AM
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10 Australian summers has made a mess of our X5 E52 Upper Trim Seal for Front Windshield Moulding. Does not rain much here so it's just trim and is not causing any leaking issues. Going to replace it and it seems easiest to get one from the USA than here but finding the exact one on Ebay is challenging.

PN # for the 2006 seems to be

Manufacturer Part Number: 51 31 7 182 004
Other Part Number: 51317182004

Looked on youtube and no one seems to have done this particular one but looks simple and as was said they windscreen specialists recommend the window screen removal but it's looking like a furphy.

The LHS top is in the best condition and a photo of it attached.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:24 PM
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To Australia as well? I am cussing now, was in SF in August should have brought a few bits then...grrh.

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Old 03-02-2016, 05:43 PM
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I have a 2003 525i i am in kansas and have the same issue how do we find out which cars are in the recall? I thought i read somewhere here that there was a recall on this
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:36 AM
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For mine this one was purchased

Cover, windshield 51317182004 $27.82

It was easy as to remove the old degraded one, clean it's channel out with a good hosing and microfiber rub and the new one fitted like a dream just using my hands making sure both ends lined up.

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Old 03-16-2016, 02:20 AM
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Top trim windscreen X5

The finished product.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:06 PM
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same problem here... I want to change mine as well. Anyone know a good glass shop in the sf bay area ? East bay preferred.
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:30 AM
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same problem here... I want to change mine as well. Anyone know a good glass shop in the sf bay area ? East bay preferred.
Why are you asking for a glass shop - this is a DIY thread!
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:12 AM
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Seal cracking

I have a 2006 530xi and i'm having the same problem.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:52 AM
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It's so easy. I used Windex to clean out the channel. Looked closely at how the old one fitted (take a photo) lined it up on each side and slotted it in and tapped it down with fist and a matter of minutes.
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I also have the cracked window cover on my front window on a 2001 e39
 

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