BMW window regulator – good and bad
Ahhhhh the infamous BMW window regulator! The window regulators on certain BMW models/years are notorious for failing unexpectedly. It’s a plastic wheel component with a wire cable running over a channel (held taut). The cable snaps or more commonly, the plastic wheel breaks. You may be driving along and hear a very loud noise inside the vehicle. Your kid starts crying because, all he/she did “was try to roll down the window” and the sound obviously scared the heck out of everyone!
We have seen clients who have had all replaced, some replaced, none replaced and some replaced more than once by the local dealer! It does not seem to make a difference whether the window is used often, less often, or in use when it fails. It’s just hit or miss. Some of the plastics in your vehicle are subject to extreme heat (like sandwiched between a door panel!), and unfortunately they can fail and some will fail. The good news is that parts are readily available and it can be fixed, aside from the fact it is not happening on all models. It’s a minor inconvenience when you consider the awesome driving experience that only your BMW can deliver! Happy Motoring.