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djcontra
07-11-2003, 04:29 PM
I have this slight problem, and wonder if anyone has a solution. On my e36 coupe, the rear windows aren't powered, they're manual (the only feature NOT on my car..damn :(). When I open them up, I lock them in place, but when I'm driving on the highway above 130km/h they slam shut scaring the sh*t out of me thinking a rock or something hit my car! Does anyone know how I can either lock these open, tighten the clips, or convert it to powered ones??

thanks

Autotechnica
07-11-2003, 05:59 PM
what are you doing driving above 130km/h? :D

Bry

djcontra
07-11-2003, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by Autotechnica
what are you doing driving above 130km/h? :D

Bry

Driving home :D

The one thing I realized when I started driving a 5spd bimmer is that I'm always going too fast. Half the time I look down at my speedo (Since I'm always looking at the tach) and I'm doing 140+ hehehe. I guess I'll learn one day to slow down...but probably noe :)

R_JAY
07-11-2003, 06:02 PM
Didn't the power ones only come on the E46?

Autotechnica
07-11-2003, 06:03 PM
I've never seen power ones on an E36. Even all the M3's I've seen they are all manual.

Bry

Albertae30
07-11-2003, 06:29 PM
meh 140 aint that fast i hit way faster speeds with my e30 every day cause i have to drive 30 mins on a rural high way.

Alezone
07-11-2003, 07:27 PM
you can't fight the forces of nature, WIND.

you can bolt them in place if you wish, but driving at a high speed I'd rather have all my windows closed. In fact, your car will be more stable in that way...

djcontra
07-11-2003, 07:37 PM
Does anyone else's windows stay open at those speeds though?

Autotechnica
07-11-2003, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by Alezone
you can't fight the forces of nature, WIND.

you can bolt them in place if you wish, but driving at a high speed I'd rather have all my windows closed. In fact, your car will be more stable in that way...

It will be faster too, less drag.

Bry

cnj328iC
07-12-2003, 03:58 AM
The European E36 had the power coupe swing out windows as an option, not the NA versions

M3ti Compact
07-12-2003, 04:23 AM
I pretty much never open those...they probably have been opened about 10 times in their life. Those 2 windows are chumps change when the roof or the front windows are open.

thinair
07-12-2003, 04:33 PM
my rear windows never shut by themselves, no matter what speed I go at:P

Here is a write up on how to convert to the power ones, Alan Taur paid $370US for parts, and it's a 4-6 hour procedure. I dunno if it's worth it, but it'd sure save some time crawling into the back seat to open and close them, plus then you could just open them while driving too.

http://www.hghtransitional.com/public/95M3/tech_procedures.htm
It's the second one from the top.

chitown
07-12-2003, 06:10 PM
rofl, didn't even know those opened till I read this. Shows you how much I've looked in the back, I feel stupid now :)

djcontra
07-12-2003, 06:57 PM
Thanks thinair!
I dont think I want to spend that kind of money right now on windows :D
I've got to find a way to tighten these somehow though. My passenger side one seems to be partially ok because it can stay open up to 160km/h but the driver side one shuts down at 120 to 130km/h which sucks. I want them to be open all the way up to 200km/h and beyond because I want the air to pass through the car cooling me off until I can install my new A/C compressor.

P.S. I don't advise that anyone exceed the posted speed limit. i drive 200+km/h only on a closed course and for educational purposes only :D (yeah right)