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Old 06-24-2004, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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one day when it got really hot, my window trim came off. i guess it melted the glue. well i took it to the dealer to fix, they said it cant be reglued, has to be replaced. cost me over $350. now my driver side is doing it, do yall know if i can get some kind of special glu to fix this. dont want to spend another $350. i tried rubber cement, and super glue. nothing sticks. does the dealer have someting, and just ripped me off, or does it have to be replaced.
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that is a very well known problem among E46 owners. Usually this happens during when the owners still have warranty on the car, which is repaired for free.

ive heard that epoxy works...
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so ive heard, but warranty just up. i believe i tried epoxy. guess i could try again, maybe hold it there longer. ???

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Old 06-24-2004, 02:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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3M super weather strip adhesive works. I have done the pass and the drivers side now. Just follow the directions on the tube I think I spent $5 at Pep Boys on the stuff.
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that is a very well known problem among E46 owners. Usually this happens during when the owners still have warranty on the car, which is repaired for free.

If your warranty was just up, I would take it back to the dealer and complain that it is a common problem (design flaw) and only a matter of time before it happened and ask them to fix it as if it was under warranty. They must have a service bulletin on this. Ask them to see it.

I would then ask them for my $350 back (go all the way to the general manager) and tell him/her that if the money is not returned you will sue them in small claims court that will cost them much more in time and hassle than fixing your problem would.
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ILL TRY THE 3M WEATHER STRIPING TODAY. WELL I BOUGHT THE CAR USED FROM A DODGE DEALERSHIP. WARRANTY WAS UP I BELEIVE AT 50K IT NOW HAS 60K. I KNOW ITS A COMMON PROBLEM, EVEN THE GUY AT THE BMW DEALER SAID IT WAS. SO YOUR SAYING I COULD STILL GO UP THERE AND GET THEM TO FIX IT FOR FREE, PLUS GET MY MONEY BACK???
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if you are unhappy, you can always call BMW NA. they are actually very receptive and will prob help you out.
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bmw na?? what's this? & just tell them about the prob. ? whats the #
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thanks mach 5 for the help, it worked great. i wish i had known this before i would have saved myself $350.
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I had the same problems with the regulators. Three of them went out within the last four months. The dealer wanted 301.83 to replace just one. I bought the service manual for about $99 from bavauto.com. I bought the window regulators both from the dealer and from bavauto.com from $80-90 each. I did the work myself and now consider myself an expert in window regulator replacement. Bottom line, I saved myself about $500.00 doing it myself. I also avoided having to drive a total of 6 hours in round-trip drives in Louisville's horrible traffic plus the time spent waiting.

I also had a problem with water leaking in from the radio antenna mount. The dealer wanted $459.59 claiming "they had to remove the headliner". I bought the antenna base for $76.00 (still a rip-off because I just needed the rubber grommet at the base. Bastards sell it as a whole assembly) and saved about $300.00 DIY.

Total money saved so far on DIY: $800.00.
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