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Old 05-24-2007, 09:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I am a proud new owner of a 96 328i and I am very excited to join bmw owners club.
Normally I would not create a new thread and would try to use "search" as much as possible instead, but I seem not to be able to find any information of a windshield R/R.
The car came with a rust spot in the center under the windshield, and windshield is cracked a little in the same spot, so I wanted to pull windshield out, fix the rust and put a new windshield in.
I am worried about the trim around the windshield. I assume it's glued into the sealant.
1. Are there any tricks to removing/reinstalling seals/trim/moldings without breaking or should I just but all new pieces, since my hood cowls need to be replaced. I read in one of the posts that dealership has 2 cowls for around $70.
2. what is the price for the rest of the seals/trim/molding around the windshield?

Any of your useful input is greatly appreciated.

Mik.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Call a local windshield replacement company, it's worth paying him to take it out and put it in, or about $250 - 350 for him to install a new one if you break yours.
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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if a rock hits it "accidentally" while you are driving doesn't the insurance cover it for free!? here it does. but then again if you wanted to fix the rust in between i don't know how you'd work that out.

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all done. just need to reinstall wiper mechanism assembly.
glass shop quoted $320. I got used windshield for $70, installing was an easy part, removing the old one with a guitar string was difficult.
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