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08-15-2002, 03:34 PM
Can any of the windshield replacement companies get an OEM BMW windshield or do I have to go through the dealer?

I know I asked this but I forgot...for the people that have replaced theirs, how much did it cost?

08-15-2002, 03:39 PM
sensing wipers, you may have to go through the dealer until the ws companies catch up.

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08-15-2002, 03:51 PM
I had my old old E36 windshield replaced by a glass company with the correct brand of glass (same as OEM), but after they replaced it the plastic trim at the base of the windshield always rattled after that and the glass company couldn't fix it. On my later E36 I had the dealer do for about $100 more ($450, I think) and it was perfect the first time. At least if the dealer has a problem like this you have some recourse when a problem occurs.

08-15-2002, 04:07 PM
It's for a 330i though w/ rain sensor, just for your reference.

08-15-2002, 04:12 PM
I don't trust the fact I try to avoid having my car at the dealership for any reason. I'll take the car in for one thing and have several things go wrong with it once I get it back....OR they will take it for a 20 mile test drive after the windshield is in place to make sure there are no leaks at 150mph...OR it will take all day and they'll give me a rental Ford Taurus to drive in the meantime. With a glass place, I feel like I can have more control over what they do, whether they drive the car, and it will take less time.

Anyway, thanks for the info, because the good side to having the dealer fix it is that they theoretically will be held accountable if something goes wrong.

08-15-2002, 04:19 PM
They did excellent work. I have the rain sensor as well. I made sure the glass was OEM.

I asked my dealer who they recommended, and I went with them.

Can't even tell it was replaced. No additional wind noise. These guys did a top job.

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08-15-2002, 04:21 PM
I agree that you need to have a dealer that you can trust. Gladly, I have that with Autobahn.

08-15-2002, 04:48 PM
I replaced my windshield for an 01 M3 cab (O.E.M PART NUMBER : 51-31-8-236-301) with a list price of $327.59. I picked it up for $254.00 plus CA sales tax. $20.96. The dealer out sourced the work, so I purchased the glass from the dealer and took it to the auto glass shop. Labor $125.00, 1500HV high visvosity nonconductive $111.00. plus molding $10.50 & tax $10.02. Total: $531.48

08-15-2002, 04:52 PM
The dealer ordered it and then called out the windshield installation company to put it in. The repair company would rather go to the dealership where the windshield is delivered rather than go pick up the glass and take it to their shop. The dealership doesn't do windshields. But, they will warrant the work and I think it's important to get an OEM windshield on a car like the M3. Good luck.


PS: This was in May of 2002

08-15-2002, 05:17 PM
I just went thru this litany the other day - two (unproductive) trips 30 miles away to the closest (and not-so-competent) dealer. They recommend the glass company next door (wonder why). Well, they seem like a pretty straightforward company so I went to them. Twice they ordered a w/s and twice I drove away w/out a new w/s, not to mention wasting my entire day. The first w/s was chipped so they (thankfully) weren't putting that one in. The second one had a plug for the rain sensor that didn't match mine. They thought since I picked my car up in Germany that it was Euro spec and that must have been the reason it didn't match. I countered with the fact that it IS US spec and there must be something wrong w/ the w/s. We went back and forth a while until - get this - I suggested calling another w/s vendor! Well, they did and he told them that some w/s companies have been making them with the wrong rain sensor plug assembly mounted to them. Hmmm...

Anyway, they ordered a THIRD w/s - from said vendor this time and it should be here. I was told it's a BMW w/s so we'll see. BTW, Pilkington is the company that makes BMW's windshields and if you look closely you'll see their brand name right next to the roundel on the driver's side, lower left side of your w/s. You can also get a Pilkington w/s without the BMW logo, but it's EXACTLY the same thing. It's just not been branded with the roundel yet.

As usual, you guessed it - the dealer has no clue about ANY of this...

I'm exhausted...

08-15-2002, 06:16 PM
they don't do the work.

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