BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      06-20-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
audi4t
audi4t
United_States
4
Rep
96
Posts

 
Drives: 08 135i Convertible
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Madison Ct

iTrader: (0)

Window Dropped Out of Sight !!!

Yesterday I closed the drivers side door of my 08 vert. Lots of noise bangs etc and the window literally fell into the door.
Won't raise with switch.

Dealer says new window regulator needed. Ordered hopefully will be here tomorrow.

Fingers crossed it doesn't rain.
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
fullboost
Second Lieutenant
fullboost's Avatar
3
Rep
203
Posts

 
Drives: '11 M3 DCT
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SD, CA

iTrader: (0)

Do a ghetto duct tape/hefty sack quick fix.
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
Bimmer-Bob
!
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
United_States
31
Rep
2,240
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Jeez, seriously? I drove a 1996 318ti for a while with the same problem. A trip to the forums taught me that window regulators were prone to failure on the E36. Hard to believe that BMW still hasn't figured them out. Good luck with the fix.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
Lucky1
Captain
Canada
18
Rep
848
Posts

 
Drives: '08 128i Coupe SGM 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer-Bob View Post
Jeez, seriously? I drove a 1996 318ti for a while with the same problem. A trip to the forums taught me that window regulators were prone to failure on the E36. Hard to believe that BMW still hasn't figured them out. Good luck with the fix.
Maybe they just don't care?
Same with the cooling systems I keep reading.
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
Grayson
Heisenberg
Grayson's Avatar
9
Rep
563
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 135i
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

iTrader: (2)

Fell off the track. My 95' 318i did the same thing back in the day.
__________________

AR Catless Downpipes | Berk Full Street Exhaust | HPF FMIC | COBB AP | aFe Magnum Stage 2 | E93 M3 Front Sway Bar & Bushings | Michelin Pilot Super Sports | Hardwired Radar | Eurotek BBS LM | Schmiedmann LCI Blacklines | BMW Performance: Spoiler, Diffuser, Shift Boot, E-Brake
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #6
jkoral
Captain
United_States
11
Rep
834
Posts

 
Drives: '09 135i MSport 6MT
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: MA

iTrader: (5)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer-Bob View Post
Jeez, seriously? I drove a 1996 318ti for a while with the same problem. A trip to the forums taught me that window regulators were prone to failure on the E36. Hard to believe that BMW still hasn't figured them out. Good luck with the fix.
Same here (owned a '96 ti Sport for 14 years). Window regulators were also a problem in the E46 (had a couple).

I haven't heard about it E90 (but haven't looked) and also hoped it was fixed with the E82.
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 08:16 PM   #7
BuddhaPilot
Swollen Member
BuddhaPilot's Avatar
4
Rep
142
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 AW 135i
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Summerville, SC

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer-Bob
Jeez, seriously? I drove a 1996 318ti for a while with the same problem. A trip to the forums taught me that window regulators were prone to failure on the E36. Hard to believe that BMW still hasn't figured them out. Good luck with the fix.
Didn't get fixed in the E46 either. My 323i has had 3 of 4 regulators replaced. Each of them failed in the same way you described. It was fine until all of a sudden the window just drops into the door. The little Teflon wheels on the lower end of the regulators all came apart which caused the cables to let go.
__________________

Finally delivered!!...2012 135i/AW over Coral Red/MSport/Nav/HK/Toasty Seats/6MT
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2012, 08:32 PM   #8
Section147
Good To Be Alive!
Section147's Avatar
United_States
9
Rep
606
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 135i ***Convertible***
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: The North Coast

iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Reminds me of the dreaded regulator failures that plagued nearly every MKIV GTI.
You knew they were gonna go, you just didn't know when...ugh.
__________________

Vermillion Red Boston Black Walnut Trim DCT M Sport Pkg. Premium Pkg. PPK1 PE
18" 313s Michelin PPS LUX 5k Blackline LCI Tails CF Diffuser & Mirrors XPEL Ultimate


"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" - W. Shakespeare
Appreciate 0
      06-21-2012, 02:07 PM   #9
VMRWheels
Lieutenant General
VMRWheels's Avatar
259
Rep
16,008
Posts

 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA

iTrader: (4)

Garage List
2014 BMW F22  [0.00]
2013 BMW F06  [0.00]
2013 BMW F30  [0.00]
Happened to my buddy's E36. Funny that it happened to your vert. I haven't heard many of these issues so it might be just bad luck?
__________________

VMR | Wheels - Mitch A. | p. 714-442-7916 extension 107 | e. Mitch@velocitymotoring.com | ** VMR Holiday Special! **
Appreciate 0
      06-21-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
ejm3
Captain
United_States
9
Rep
660
Posts

 
Drives: 135 Convertible 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Connecticut

iTrader: (0)

Me and lots of people I know have had this happen in all kinds of cars (even Japanese ones).
Problem is even in a cheap car it was like $700 fix I couldn't imagine what the BMW dealer gets for a repair like that.
I agree you would think car makers (not just BMW) would be able to make a window regulator that doesn't crap out after a few years.
__________________
2012 135 Convertible
2010 Lexus RX350
Appreciate 0
      06-23-2012, 05:16 AM   #11
Bluelady
Enlisted Member
0
Rep
40
Posts

 
Drives: 2002 330i
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Australia

iTrader: (0)

I have a 02 330i. And all four regulators have been replaced over the last three years. Fingers crossed same thing doesn't happen to my 135 for 5 yrs
Appreciate 0
      07-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #12
foofopps
Private First Class
1
Rep
162
Posts

 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (3)

This happened to me yesterday. Took it to the dealer today and I think they said its going to be $510, still waiting to get the car back today. It sucks, I just bought the car 2 weeks ago, but it's out of warranty. I thought about doing it myself but I'd rather have them do it so when/if it fails again I can bitch at them.
Appreciate 0
      07-16-2012, 02:43 PM   #13
jkoral
Captain
United_States
11
Rep
834
Posts

 
Drives: '09 135i MSport 6MT
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: MA

iTrader: (5)

Quote:
Originally Posted by foofopps View Post
This happened to me yesterday. Took it to the dealer today and I think they said its going to be $510, still waiting to get the car back today. It sucks, I just bought the car 2 weeks ago, but it's out of warranty. I thought about doing it myself but I'd rather have them do it so when/if it fails again I can bitch at them.
$400 to $500 is what I paid for my E46 years ago at an indy shop, so $510 from the dealer is not bad.

That said, it totally sucks that it happened and especially after just buying the car.
Appreciate 0
      07-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #14
TheSt|G
Resident Tamed Racing Driver
TheSt|G's Avatar
United_States
68
Rep
4,319
Posts

 
Drives: 911, 130is, E39 M5, E36 M3
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Outside Philly

iTrader: (2)

Every single BMW has window regulator problems. Replaced them personally on E46s, E36s, and E39s. The coupes tend to do a little better as they are used daily, and tend not to get the dirt resistance buildup that their sedan counterparts can suffer from.
__________________
130is MSport 6MT/ SuperSprint Headers & Exhaust with Swain Tech Race Coat / DISA Manifold / EVOLVE Tune / TCK DA Coilovers / Euro CF Intake/Box / BMW v1 Wheel / BBS RGRs with PSS / F30 Brake Shield / BMW CF Spoiler & Diffuser / Blackline Tails / Rear Fogs Enabled / Front Fogs Delete / CDV Delete / BMW Black Kidneys / M5 Illuminated Knob / BMW Stripe
Appreciate 0
      07-16-2012, 05:18 PM   #15
JimD
Colonel
JimD's Avatar
43
Rep
2,844
Posts

 
Drives: 128i convertible
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lexington, SC

iTrader: (0)

Seems like you can save a bunch of money if you are handy. I googled and a new regulator, admittedly without the motor, is well under $100. There are numerous videos of how to do the replacement - but none I saw was for a 1 series. It still seems quite do-able. To save several hundred dollars I would at least give it a try.

Jim
__________________
128i Convertible, MT, Alpine White, Black Top, Taupe Leatherette, Walnut, Sport
Ordered 5/22/09, Completed 6/4/09, At Port 6/9/09, On the Georgia Highway 6/13/09, Ship Arrived Charleston 6/24/09 at 10pm, PCD 7/21/09
Appreciate 0
      07-16-2012, 10:04 PM   #16
josemh23
Private First Class
josemh23's Avatar
Puerto Rico
3
Rep
158
Posts

 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: PR

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2011 135i  [0.00]
my 2006 325 had similar problems, now my 2011 135 its giving signals of window malfunctions...too bad for a $40+ car...
Appreciate 0
      07-17-2012, 07:35 AM   #17
e34m5
Major
14
Rep
1,027
Posts

 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Atlanta

iTrader: (0)

Known issues with BMW's. Nylon gears wear out. Frankly it's a fairly easy fix. I've done it twice and in both cases purchased regulators from salvage yard at fraction of cost.

Couple hours DIY and done.
Appreciate 0
      07-17-2012, 10:38 AM   #18
zamboni
I want to drive a Zamboni
zamboni's Avatar
United_States
43
Rep
3,242
Posts

 
Drives: 13 E93 M3 14 F30 335i
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Monte Sereno, CA

iTrader: (5)

Garage List
Had 4 of them replaced on my E90 happened to be the same window as well over 6 years.
__________________
14 F30 335i Melbourne Red
13 E93 M3 Melbourne Red
12 E93 Space Gray ( Retired BMW buy back )
2006 E90 ( sold ) 09 E82 Space Gray ( sold )
My next vehicle would be a Zamboni
Appreciate 0
      10-25-2012, 04:50 AM   #19
AZ_1Zeries
midnight modder
AZ_1Zeries's Avatar
United_States
0
Rep
81
Posts

 
Drives: 09' 135i cp 6MT
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Arizona

iTrader: (4)

This just happened to me today. Closed passenger door and window slid right down. Makes a clicking sound when I try to raise it and window won't budge. Anyone know of a DIY or video for replacing the regulator?
__________________
COBB Race E30, CDV Mod, Pedal Stop Mod, KW V2, M3 control arms and 28mm Frt Sway, Helix FMIC, AR DPs, DCIs, ER Chargepipe/Tial BOV, Agency Power Mids, CPe axleback exhaust, BMS 4LED Angel Eyes, BMW Perf CF mirror caps, Bimmian Amber Delete, Alufegen SF71 Hankook Ventus[/font]
Appreciate 0
      10-25-2012, 07:15 AM   #20
JimD
Colonel
JimD's Avatar
43
Rep
2,844
Posts

 
Drives: 128i convertible
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lexington, SC

iTrader: (0)

If you just google "bmw window regulator" you can get lots of information. Here's a video, for instance:



I did not notice anything for the 1 series but our cars are closely related to the 3 series. It might be a little different but should be similar. I would watch the 3 process, maybe watch the bavarian soundwerks speaker replacement video for how to get the door panels off, and jump in.

Jim
__________________
128i Convertible, MT, Alpine White, Black Top, Taupe Leatherette, Walnut, Sport
Ordered 5/22/09, Completed 6/4/09, At Port 6/9/09, On the Georgia Highway 6/13/09, Ship Arrived Charleston 6/24/09 at 10pm, PCD 7/21/09
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:48 PM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST