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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:30 pm
Post subject: E46 (and E36) Owners - Windshield Cowl

I know there were quite a few of you that mentioned the windshield cowl that was cracking on their car. I just banged out mine in about 15 minutes and $60.

Here is the part:
Sedan: www.ecstuning.com/ES129793/
Coupe/M3: www.ecstuning.com/Sear.../ES129925/

Here is the DIY: forums.bimmerforums.co...?t=1334705

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:33 pm
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easy fix and well worth the few pennies it cost!

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:44 pm
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I need to replace mine

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 3:01 am
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shit...didn't know it was that cheap. nice.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 3:32 am
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For all the E36 guys out there too. Replace it too, about 50 bucks.


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 1:33 pm
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Petrucci wrote:
For all the E36 guys out there too. Replace it too, about 50 bucks.


Thanks Josh. I updated the thread title. If you have a part number that would be great!

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 7:15 pm
Post subject: Re: E46 (and E36) Owners - Windshield Cowl

I've seen this part on ECS for a long time and been meaning to replace it, but now I keep saying to myself "I'll do it when I replace my windshield"

I think for E36 it was $40ish, mine is so dry/chipped/cracked away I can see the bottom edge of the windshield. Actually it was the first thing I noticed after I got the car, mainly cause it's super faded too.

I'll have to bookmark this diy for when I finally do it, some year

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 9:04 pm
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Windshield Cowl - E36 M3
www.ecstuning.com/BMW-...ield_Cowl/

Windshield Cowl - E36 328i
www.ecstuning.com/BMW-...ield_Cowl/

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 11:02 pm
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My 2002 330ci was garaged the whole time sense it was bought new from dealer and that thing still dryed and cracked. I can't believe the poor quality of material on there E46 cars.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 12:18 am
Post subject: Re: E46 (and E36) Owners - Windshield Cowl

bullfrog wrote:
Windshield Cowl - E36 M3
www.ecstuning.com/BMW-...ield_Cowl/

Windshield Cowl - E36 328i
www.ecstuning.com/BMW-...ield_Cowl/

Actually that E36 M3 link is the parts for the sedan only. Here's the part for the coupe/convertible, it's all one piece.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E36-M3-S52_3.2L/Exterior/Body/ES128009/

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:23 pm
Post subject: Re: E46 (and E36) Owners - Windshield Cowl

This thread is old, but I thought I'd share my experience...

FYI, ECS is cheap but the shipping ends up costing more than the part. I think I also looked at Turner Motorsports and found the same story. I bought the piece from Chapman. They wanted ~$80 but I think I talked them down to ~$65 after dropping a name of my windshield guy who does work for them too. It was more than ECS (or list price on RealOEM), but cheaper when you factor in shipping.

Also, the DIY wasnt very tough. The hardest part was wiggling off the wiper arms, but that didnt take too long overall.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:57 pm
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I finally did this back a few months ago, I ended up getting mine from BMA parts for $48, for a genuine BMW one

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:07 pm
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I just bought mine from ECS for 52 shipped.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:52 pm
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Thats odd... When I added to cart for the e46 sedan, base price was $53.55 and normal UPS ground shipping added $54.27 for at total of almost $108.

edit: Just saw that the e36 cowl on ECS is 3 piece, whereas e46 is a single piece. Mine was pretty big, which would explain the high shipping cost.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:55 pm
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I got the cowl and the euro radiator cover for 12 dollars in shipping.

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