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I've done this repair 5 times now. Before the Dorman part, with the URO part (which is trash, definitely don't buy that). This one was a little tricky to install for some reason (the screw holes were a tiny bit off; some force fixed that), but once it was in, it was good to go. I originally purchased in October 2014. While it has not died yet, it started making a ton of scraping/grinding noise about a month ago (February 2016). This is certainly longer than my previous parts have lasted, although based on other user comments, maybe I was just lucky.
I'm going to once again fix the window. Probably check the grease on the wires first, but most likely will buy this product again...and again...and if not Dorman, some other...again...and again...
Fast delivery, fits perfectly, would buy again if I didn't think I would have needed to replace it so soon. After 2 months the cable got tangled/bounded inside the regulator. Which caused my window to not be able to roll up or down. I had to force it back up after I rolled it down this morning before I got to work. When I came home I took it apart and it was all tangled/bound inside the regulator. I tried get it untangled/unbound, did this a for few hours after I got home from work, not what I was expecting to do after an 11 hour shift. I bought this part because of all the positive reviews and I just happen to get the one malfunctioning unit, not good. The motor is fine so that is a plus, just the regulator that went kaput!! Now, it's to late for me return or replace it by just a few days. I am awaiting response from Amazon, hoping on getting a refund or credit for part because I had to order an different part elsewhere (eBay).
I think this is the 2nd one I've bought for my driver side window. They are made pretty decently. Can't say they are the best or worst. It works well for a few years, but then I needed to replace it again. So that sucked. But sometimes you get what you pay for. I can't say that I wouldn't recommend it though. I think it's a combination of factors. Such as it's my drivers side window and I'm a smoker, so it gets used multiple times every single day. Some people wouldn't use it that much, so in turn wouldn't probably need to replace it near as often. I bought one for one of my back windows like 3-4 years ago and it's still completely fine (I don't use that window often at all). So overall I think it's a good product and would recommend trying it before spending twice as much on a name brand factory one.
the unit without the supplied motor was fine window goes up and down just fine the reason for the three stars is the supplied motor attached to the regulator was very weak thank god i tested it before i put the entire door back together i put the the old motor into the new regulator and threw away the weak slow replacement dorman tried pawning off on me and the window operated as it should
please supply the proper matched motor to stock if you are going to sell a complete assembly like this either that or drop the price to make it more affordable and sell the motor separate
I bought this and it sat in the package for a while. I finaly got to install it. It was really slow. Way worse than the old one. A few weeks later the cable popped out of the wheel and now its stuck. I am not happy with this product. I am also a 25 year master technician so it was installed correctly.
My 2nd replacement didn't last six months. Found the cable had jumped the main gear and wrapped around the motor. This time I ordered the BMW original part. As least it will last a few more years than the aftermarket at six months, and the other at two years. You get what you pay for...
bought this as a backup part may 13, 2013 installed it in December 2013, after drivers side oem broke as I figured it would after the other three did. 10 months later, today October 2014 cable broke, yet the other three Dorman regulators are working fine.
lesson learned, if the cable makes a very very slight noise , as this regulator did month after installation RETURN IT, OR REPLACE IT IS DEFECTIVE AT MANUFACTURE TIME. now I am hoping Dorman will replace this part.