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My rear plastic window in my 97 328i convertible is cracked

I am trying to find some place to buy the rear plastic window for my 97 328i BMW other than the BMW dealer. Also I would like to know if you can zip the window out it has a zipper all the way around it

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    1999 bmw rear plastic window can un do zip and put new plastic window in my self

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Http://www.bmw-convertible-window.com/E36Window.asp
only $129.00

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Have you tried www.bavauto.com? here is the part number: 54 31 8 207803K & price from them is: $324.95

i have also seen them on www.ebaymotors.com.

window can be unzipped from the old top. new top will include a zipper head to insert into the old window & remove.

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