BMW Window Regulator Buyer's Guide
- A BMW window regulator is something that not everyone would think needs replacing, but it’s a very important part of your window mechanism.
- In choosing a window regulator, you need to know if you need a scissor-type or a cable-type regulator. You also need to take into account its durability and ability to withstand constant use.
- Your window regulator is broken if it produces strange noises as you press the window button. If your window gets stuck, goes up or down too fast or too slow, or if it doesn’t stay up, it’s time to find a replacement window regulator.
- You can get OE replacement BMW window regulators anywhere from $2 to $365 here at CarParts.com. Just enter your vehicle’s year and model, and choose from our selection of affordable and long-lasting OE replacements.
BMW, or Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (Bavarian Motor Works), is an automobile manufacturer specializing in luxury vehicles. Established in 1916, they initially only manufactured aircraft engines. Since the Second World War, they have continually led innovations in the industry. They also ventured into motorcycle manufacturing and motorsports.
And because they value trust, their customers are confident that their vehicles are made to last. However, accidents happen and parts might need to be replaced. A BMW window regulator is something that not everyone would think needs replacing. Just in case you do, this guide should help you in choosing the right window regulator replacement for your BMW.
How to choose a BMW window regulator
Your BMW window regulator is the mechanism that’s responsible for the upward and downward movement of your car’s window. The window regulator lets your window be raised, lowered, and locked in place. They’re built to last constant use and should operate smoothly. If you’re going to replace a broken window regulator, go for something that’s sturdy and can last long.
There are two types of window regulators out in the market--the scissor-type and the cable type. Before replacing yours, you might want to check which type you need. Scissor-types are x-shaped, gear-driven regulators. On the other hand, cable types have a bracket that holds the glass. Windows controlled by cable-type regulators are moved across a sliding bar moved by cables.
Symptoms of a bad BMW window regulator
A lot of things can cause BMW window regulator problems. These include broken glass clips or broken motors. Below are a couple of signs that indicate that you need to replace your window regulator.
- You can hear buzzing noises while pressing the window button, but nothing happens.
- The windows go up and down faster or slower than normal.
- Windows might get stuck halfway and you can’t get it down.
- Windows can’t be rolled up because they fall back down.
OE replacements vs OEM: Which is better?
OE replacements can work better than, if not the same as, OEM parts. That’s because most of them are made to match the quality standards of OEM parts. Because they aren’t made and distributed only by the authorized manufacturers and dealers, OEM replacement BMW window regulators come in a wide variety and can be bought almost anywhere. With OE replacements, you get the quality, durability, and variety of OEM parts, for an even better price.
How much is a BMW window regulator replacement?
A BMW window regulator replacement should cost you about $2 to $365. The price of an OE replacement window regulator would depend if you’re buying an individual replacement component or a set. When choosing a replacement part, you also need to know where you need to place it--if it’s the rear or front passenger and/or driver’s side.
Your car’s year and model are also important in choosing the right BMW window regulator replacement. Here on CarParts.com, all you need to do is input your car’s year and model in our vehicle selector. Choose the OE replacement part that you need from our wide selection of durable and affordable components.