In Reply to: Saved $500 today by replacing the rear window posted by Doug96 on April 04, 1999 at 21:50:04:
I remember reading about the window replacement on mZ3.net. The author there reported that this job was not recommended and was a real pain in the rump. For me, I find that keeping rear window scratches to a minimum is the most difficult maintenance issue with my '99 2.3, and I suspect that my anal retentiveness will eventually lead to replacing it every so often to keep the car looking new. Can you give a summary of how you did this job? What was most difficult? On the surface, looks like a simple zip out/zip in deal, but it can't be that easy, right? I assume the window is $100? Thanks!
: Well, my wife and I replaced the rear window on our Z3 today despite the warnings from this message board. We decided to do it after the dealer (Hendrick BMW of Charlotte NC) told me that their cost to replace the window would be $600. I couldnít believe the cost! I asked two different service advisers on two different days and got the same quote $600.
: Instead of making Hendrick any richer, we decided to tackle the job ourselves. I ordered the window from Quality Imports for a reasonable cost. The window from Quality was genuine BMW and it arrived in great condition.
: The job only took about 2 hours for us to do. Next time it will probably only take an hour or so.
: Donít be afraid to replace your window. It does take two people, but itís relatively easy to accomplish.