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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-27-2005, 01:21 PM
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Replacement of rear convertible window e36

I have a 99 323i convertible. The top is in great shape but the rear window has a slit in it. Is this something that can be replaced or do I have to replace the entire top. What should I expect to pay for this service? Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:21 PM
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easy Search on ebay for bmw convertible rear window

cheap, 130$ and simple instructions for the rear zipper window. I changed my window in about 29 mins by myself. Easy to do yourself. Guy on ebay came recommended by other vert owners.
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:07 PM
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I think my window is sewn in and not zippered.
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Old 06-28-2005, 12:33 PM
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All E36 have zipped in windows.

It is not as easy as people make it out to be. You will probably want the help of a friend to do the replacement.

There is a guy on eBay that sells both OEM and his home made replacement windows. Far less expensive than going to the stealer. He provides instructions as well.
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:57 PM
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I would love to know the guy's name on e-bay that sells rear windows. How do I contact him? I'v been on e-bay and apparently haven't entered the appropriate search command.
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Old 08-05-2005, 07:02 PM
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www.emiata.com sells rear window for vert

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Old 08-07-2005, 06:39 AM
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Andy325 - ebay link for window

Here is the link for the guy on Ebay selling windows

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...spagenameZWDVW
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:42 AM
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Not All Have Zippers

Unfortunately, some of us buy used cars that someone rigged. Mine was sewn in, way harder to fix now!! Why do people not just do it right the first time???
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:07 AM
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That guy Pete at emiata int being very good in my case.

I ordered one via paypal giving my personal postal details as I paid with company paypal. also posted address details in a direct email to him. When he eventually gets around to responding that he recieved payment (about a week just to get a reply) he now tells me that he has posted to an old address he got from paypal.

I am of course asking him now to send me another one. His mistake. If he cannot keep up with his emails etc and take customer service as part of the equation then he shouldnt be advertising dont you think?

I will keep you informed as to what happens. He has a day or so to reply now that it has taken so long b4 I have to ask for payment back. What a pain for something so simple.

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Old 02-21-2008, 10:24 AM
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Well..

when i said i would escalate this to the paypal dispute he said he would refund us. Actually this was for my wifes car. He promised payment several times until the date expires at paypal and then you cannot escalate the claim for a refund.

So basically the guy has just ripped her off simply cos he didnt have the resources or make the effort to read and reply in a decent manner to an order.

A shame as we have had to spend almost twice the price but also because he could probably have sold at least 20 more through our bimmer clubs etc out in that we attend.

So well done Peter
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:32 AM
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damn..

damn dude..i almost bought one from the same guy..thanks for the info
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:33 AM
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What is the overall verdict on emiata? My top is in great shape but the window is showing signs of fatigue. A bit foggy and shows a mark where it folds. I did use PasticX and it made it a lot better. However, I am thinking about replacement eventually. People that have used this guy----how is the window holding up, how does it look?
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:45 AM
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I used a window from emiata and it was super easy to install. I didn't quite understand what was so hard about it that other people were expierencing.

The window is holding up great and still looks new after a year of sitting outside in the snow and all.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:54 AM
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I used a window from emiata and it was super easy to install. I didn't quite understand what was so hard about it that other people were expierencing.

The window is holding up great and still looks new after a year of sitting outside in the snow and all.
I'm replacing my window too and considering which way to go (aftermarket vs OEM). How does the emiata window look from the outside compared with the OEM window? How does it seal with the canvas top? Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:23 AM
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Ive replaced mine, it was relatively simple, Bought a 125$ one off ebay, it came with instructions. a buddy and I did it in About 45 Minutes.. you just need to be careful that your corners match up before you rezip, otherwise you could mess up the zipline.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:26 PM
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I'd deffinately go with aftermarket. Its looks exactly like the oem one does and it was easy to put in. Now I have heard of some people having problems getting them in, but the one I put in went in very easily. It doesn't leak either.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:16 PM
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I just installed the emiata rear window in my vert. How tough the job is depends on how many tries it takes to get the zipper started in the right position so that you don't have any wrinkles in the window. Seemed like for mine just 2-3 zipper teeth left or right made a difference. Job was more time consuming than it was difficult. The sewing the zippers closed to finish it up was a royal pain, but then I'm not much of a sewer.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:46 PM
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about the zipper. all e36s have it. believe me the zipper is buried. get down to the plastic, next to the seam, and you'll be able to locate the zipper
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:14 AM
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i dont understand this. i cant find the tab to unzip the zipper! is there a tab or do i need a special tool for this?
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:11 PM
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There isn't a tab for the zipper or a zipper closer. When the window is installed you zip all the way around and the zipper closer comes off the end. There is a clasp that locks the zipper. Some aftermarket tops have a sewn in window and don't zip out.

See the diagram at this link:

http://www.bmw-convertible-window.co...structions.htm
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:28 AM
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I just installed the emiata rear window in my vert. How tough the job is depends on how many tries it takes to get the zipper started in the right position so that you don't have any wrinkles in the window. Seemed like for mine just 2-3 zipper teeth left or right made a difference. Job was more time consuming than it was difficult. The sewing the zippers closed to finish it up was a royal pain, but then I'm not much of a sewer.
Yeah, I've heard that aligning the zipper correctly is the most critical and time consuming part of the job whether you're installing an OEM window or aftermarket. I guess my question is, how close to factory does the emiata window look from the outside where it joins to the roof material? Does it still have the nice, neat rubber trim around the window, or is there some kind of flap that has to overlap in some way?

Can anyone post a close-up picture of what the completed emiata window installation looks like?
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:57 PM
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The Emiata window has a canvas flap that folds over the top of the window flap and gets glued down. Here's a photo of what it looks like installed.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:24 AM
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Thanks for the helpful pic. One last question-- is the stitched border (closest to the window in your picture) part of your top or part of the replacement window?
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:33 AM
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Thanks for the helpful pic. One last question-- is the stitched border (closest to the window in your picture) part of your top or part of the replacement window?
It's part of the replacement window. The zipper that holds the window in place and the flap that gets folded over to hide it are stitched to the plastic.
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