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Hmmm another “convenient” thread lol. I just lost the DS too and need to open up the door to confirm. Anyone have tips for replacement and/or best place/brand to buy?


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I would suggest OEM ones, but then I went and looked and holy crap, they are almost $500 from FCP Euro.

Honestly, I'd go pick something under the "standard replacement" category on RockAuto
 

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I see that the drivers side has been replaced three times on my car.
It's a bad design: the glass lifter (elevator) is a metal bracket which bolted to the glass, but it has plastic molding to hold the steel cable ends, and the weak-link plastic cracked then broke, leading to loose cable and a dead window regulator. Why they didn't make the elevator 100% metal? Assembly issue: it's impossible to assemble the metal elevator to the guide rails. Of course the elevator can be 100% metal but the design will need more assembly time.
 

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Agree with Sapote.
As soon as you start to hear the proverbial "tink" from the regulator cable, it's coming up on you.
Conversely the coupes, will tink for a couple of years before they need a regulator.

If I had to guess, my ratio of 4 dr. to 2 dr. regulators is about 7 to 1....
 

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I would suggest OEM ones, but then I went and looked and holy crap, they are almost $500 from FCP Euro.

Honestly, I'd go pick something under the "standard replacement" category on RockAuto
Another alternative is buying used from a salvage car. It can be questionable in terms of what you're getting and is extra work to remove it from the junk car, but you can usually find a good genuine BMW part for around $20. Judging by the number of cars I see with removed door panels it seems to be a popular part to grab at the pick n pull.
 

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Plastic in another poor place ,it's all over these cars

The window also seals to the rubber ,sticks ,and puts strain on the poorly designed reg

I used uro premium, no complaints

You guys really gota stop giving that pos family at rock auto your money
 

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I had to replace the front driver and the front passenger side once each so far - but can't complain as this spans 15 years and two cars...
 

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Both ZHP sedans that I bought in the last 3 years with varying miles (one was 120k miles the other was 240k miles) required at least 2 window regulators when I bought them. I just end up changing all 4 while I'm doing it
 
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