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I'd like to start my post by thanking everyone who contributes to this forum for making my life way easier when purchasing this E46, the opinions and knowledge here are amazing, so thank you.

Here's my issues:
Knew that the driver's side window was not working when I purchased the car but knew that these window regulators were poorly made. The window was stuck in the fully closed position, so luckily it wasn't an emergency fix. Followed proper procedure of taking everything off, disconnecting battery first etc. etc. When I went to reconnect the battery and get the window in place to access the screws, it doesn't move, at all. The motor is working properly, the cables inside the regulator are moving up and down properly, but the window itself is not moving. Since this is the case, I can't get access to the last two bolts needed to take out the regulator, but since this is happening, I'm not sure if the regulator is actually what is bad. Is there a way for me to get the window unstuck? Do i need to continue to remove more of the door to get in there to be able to un-jam it somehow? Let me know what you guys think. I have a buddy who also does work on BMW's but, he's never had this problem occur.

Before you ask, yes I did properly detach and reattached the air bag each time before reconnecting the battery to avoid the airbag light. I've done most if not all work to the cars I've owned in the past and have a history with racing and such, but this is the first time I've run into this kind of issue with the window being totally stuck.

Thanks again, and just let me know what you guys think.
 

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So I got a mirror in there and also used the iphone light and video to see in where i can't. After playing with it a bit more, the back clip for the regulator moves down like it should (the window does not move along with it) and the front clip stays in place and doesn't move at all. Looking at where the back clip should sit (the one closest to the rear view mirror that actually moves) there appears to be some little red clip device that is jammed into place to hold the window there. Trying to play with the red clip did nothing, kinda like you said where it may be super glued to the window itself. Guess i may just have to bring it to the dealership and beg for them to fix it for me.
Just sucks to hit the point where I'm ready to replace the regulator and fix the issue and it's something totally different that can't really be expected. The vapor backing was also somewhat torn up and looked like it was sloppily put back on and none of the door screws matched the 20 torx it should be. Also about to replace Rear Break Light switch but checked the fuse box first to make sure it wasn't shorted first, and in Fuse #9 where it should be a 5 Amp was a 25 Amp. So i think the previous owner took the car to some half a$$ shop to get these two issues fixed and the place just did terrible work and didn't care for actually fixing anything properly.
 

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Thanks for the response Randy. After taking a step away, clearing my head, and going back at it I was able to get the regulator issue resolved. There was a small piece of plastic jammed into the place where one of the clips had disconnected. After some patience and prying I was able to get the piece out. Luckily whatever glue or adhesive they used was pretty poor and I was able to get it unstuck pretty quickly. After getting that unstuck and placing my hands like you suggested on the window, I was able to force the window and the other clip down into the proper position to get the bolt out. After that the rest of the process was cake and I now have a working window.
As for the Break Light Switch, I had initially thought it went bad and needed to be replaced, but after looking at it, the thing was just disconnected and needed to be readjusted. Luckily I was able to get both issues resolved in a reasonable amount of time and can now continue with other maintenance and fluid changes I plan to do before using the car. Thanks again for the responses, and I'm very glad I was able to resolve these issues today with the helpful input from you guys.
 
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