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3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

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Old 12-11-2005, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help please

I have been offered a 1993 318 i S coupe, but it has two faults, one is the electric windows won't go down or up without continually pressing the button i.e. they only move half an inch every press.

The other fault is the cables for both the front seats are either broken or have jumped off and the guy selling the car doesn't know how to get the backs off of the seats to repair them.

Are these easy fixes or could it run into a lot of money?

Thanks Cam

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Old 12-11-2005, 12:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Worst case scenario:window motors need replaced. $70.00 from a good recycler or e-Bay, $175.00 new from a good independent parts guy, who knows how much at the stealer. DIY is just removing the inner door panel, drill out the rivets that hold the regulator and motor in the door, replace the motor and bolt the whole shebang back in the door. Then you must "set the motor". You have to tell the motor where "all the way up" is. To do this you run the window all the way down, then with the door shut, run it all the way up then continue to hold the switch in the up position for 5 seconds. It would be worth it to see if this procedure solves the problem before replacing the motors. Sometimes the motors forget and have to be reminded, and this costs you nothing.

As for seats, no clue. Sorry.
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