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Rear window replacement recommendations

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by Si Mcinerney, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Si Mcinerney

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    My latest addition requires a new read window, can I reach out to my learned friends for recommendations please.

    Thank you
     
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    I used this place for mine, it's been in for four years now and no problems. http://www.trimmtech.co.uk/rear-screen-replacements.php
    Not that far from Harrogate, really.;) Dropped the car off, went to the pub down the road, came back a couple of hours later and there it was, done.
     
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    This question has been asked and discussed at length a couple of times recently. So not sure if you will get a good response. But those threads are obviously available if you do a search. If you use the magic words 'jack smith' you should see what you want in the results.
     
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    From experience if you plan to do it yourself buy a genuine BMW window and zip kit from BMW. There are many kits on ebay that supply windows with a zip kit but few work very well. You will find yourself spending hours trying to get the zip to take or halfway round it decides it does not want to knit. Save yourself the headache and buy a BMW window then it will take 10mins to change.

    Unless you have a stitched in window (Non Oem) you will need to visit somewhere.
     
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    Lee is correct. But there are other variables to bear in mind. Condition of the zip itself on the car side, condition of the zip stitching, condition of the rest of the roof and price. The alternative is a new roof. New window c £150. New roof (and window) £330.

    It's all in the old threads.
     
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  6. Si Mcinerney

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    Thank you for that.
     
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    £330 for window & roof sounds decent value. I’ve just been quoted £259 direct from BMW for just the window.
     
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    How bad is your window?

    If there are no splits there are polishing products on the market that will give a you a good result.

    A picture of the offending article may help us pass judgement better!
     
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    https://www.ebay.de/itm/BMW-Z3-Cabr...948600&hash=item41b359836f:g:~LAAAOSwmfhX3osO

    I used this tinted window shipped from Germany. Decent price and the quality felt good. I found the window and zip fitting to be good quality and with a bit of patience and taking time, the window was in without much trouble. They even include a few handy fitting and removal tools. I will be ordering another of these for my 2.8i for next year.
    bmwtintwindow.jpg View out the back is no problem. Just a slight hue.
     
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    This is very true. When i did the repair on mine, i used some black nautical nylon thread that worked very well. I used a 'back stitching' method to match the pattern with the original hood. In order for the window to fit you need to be very patient with this step, especially around the corners of the hood making sure the zip is aligned up. Best to go over the stitching when the window is out so you can get into the threads easier, then zip in the window. I managed to do it on my own with a few pieces of masking tape holding the window in a position to start zipping it up. A graphite pencil rubbed on the teeth will help with lubrication.

    Whichever route you go for, good luck.