the motor is NOT riveted to the door. The E46 window regulators are bmw's easiest ones to replace. And YES, the regulator needs replacing and not the motor. Typically the cables break inside those things or the plastic guide breaks and the cable comes loose. If you want a step by step instruction on how to do it then email or pm me and I will go through it... don't have the time right this second. The only pain in the but thing are having the right tools and getting the 8mm screws out of the window clamps. E46 regulators go out allllllll the time. I have done millions of them and would suggest getting used to replacing them.
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