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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Jun-27-2008, 04:16:08 PM   #21
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Here is an entire walkthrough on how to replace whatever you need to. I now have a moonroof because no $ or time to fix mine.

http://www.lincomatic.com/e46sunroof/e46sunroof.html
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There are clips that break. I was able to have it fixed under warranty.
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Old Fri, Jun-27-2008, 06:37:32 PM   #23
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END OF STORY PEOPLE!!

The part that was broken (bottom one, bent) and the new part (upper one, straight) with the part no from the dealership: 54 13 7 134 516 (mine was the driver side that was bad - both driver side front and driver side rear sliders are the same.)

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END OF STORY PEOPLE!!

The part that was broken (bottom one, bent) and the new part (upper one, straight) with the part no from the dealership: 54 13 7 134 516 (mine was the driver side that was bad - both driver side front and driver side rear sliders are the same.)

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Here are the bolt holes 2 towards the front and 1 towards the back (front shown) this is where the sunroof glass bolts up to the sunroof mechanism, 6 bolts total, 3 on each side, T25 Torx.



Below are the passenger side sliders, no bolts seen and thankfully didn't have to figure it out as they were serviceable. They look different because those flat spikes poke into a thin plastic slider/gliding piece that slides within a rail (I had installed it before I could take a photo) BMW part no. 54-13-8-246-025 called Right Sliding Piece.



And finally, below is the picture of how the slider should look when it is undamaged and installed (this is a rear shot since the fwd shot came out blurry, they look the same.) This uses T10 Torx and there are 2 small screws on each slider holding them down in a recessed area.



Finally a diagram/breakdown of the various parts of the Sunroof and Visor / Sunshade



It works better than before now because of two reasons, first it needed some grease (I used white lithium grease) and secondly, I could not find the plastic slider part that goes within the rail for the passenger side flat spike sliders to go into. It is as if it was never there and therefore, caused the whole setup to get misaligned and fail. I'm just glad it didn't ruin the entire mechanism!!

Hey big thanks to Obioban and ArtM3 for a quick response, if it weren't for them, I wouldn't have had this fixed as easily as I did. A total of 18.41 in parts (it was almost $31 had it not been for my Veteran ID card - Military Discount) and 2.29 for the grease.

Thanks for the replies people. Hopefully the next person will have similar success.
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Here is an entire walkthrough on how to replace whatever you need to. I now have a moonroof because no $ or time to fix mine.

http://www.lincomatic.com/e46sunroof/e46sunroof.html
Thanks for the reply, fortunately everything is back to normal and fixed or maybe even better than what it was thanks to some grease and an additional part that was missing.
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For non military, approx. $31. I paid $18.41 with tax. White lithium grease was $2.29 with tax.

...done with repairs!!

Thanks again guys.
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Obioban, you were right with the price. It would've been less than $20 with parts. I opted for the grease though to ensure smooth operation.

I can't believe how the one piece was missing - this is why it would shift side to side when it was working last week. It finally came off track and failed. I'm glad the part that bent didn't mess anything else up or rip out the screws - I would've been buying the sliding visor itself!
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it's a beautiful thing when things come together so nicely
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Unless the OP has an objection, Im going to edit the thread title to include "DIY fix"... it will help with searches in the future.
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