Since I've had some requests for this in the past I have decided to open this up.
What is this:
A service to repairs broken Window shades.
The E39/E38 generation rear quarter window sunshades carry a flawed design in that the shade has way to much tension from factory and under-engineered plastic reinforcement to accommodate this. Often resulting in failure of the plastic base and a shade that does not retract! Under my solution, I work to repair said fractures, build a new / stronger base for continued use at a much lower cost than OEM new runs now. That being said, the shades that are repaired will not look brand spanking new. If your shade cracked/split, it will still be visible after repair, just not broken!
What is the cost:
The prices are as follows:
Repair one shade: $55
Repair two shades: $90 (this is a combo deal since shipped in same box!)
Reinforce Existing (working-non damaged) shade: $27 (Discount available if paired with another working or broken shade service)
Please note all these Prices include Return shipping.
Shipping the item to me will be at your cost.
The best box is a 16x4x4 shipped via USPS Priority Mail. Anything oddly sized/weighed may be re-boxed upon return.
What can you repair:
Bottom end fractures only. Commonly full base failures and lateral splits.
I will not be repairing any mid level or top end fractures (plastic too thin!)
What if my plastic is destroyed:
At certain times I will have cores available, so a core charge can be discussed.
My minimal requirement is that your screen mesh is NOT ripped or torn (preferably not stretched too)
My Window Shade base isn't broken, but the shade does not retract:
PM on this, you may have an internal failure. This is much trickier to repair, but I usually keep some spare internals around.
Are all shades the same?
: No. BMW made 1 version from 1997-2002 and another for only the 2003 model year.
Strangely of which if you buy a new shade these days, you get the 2003 version.
2003 Shades have a notch cut out in the top corner for various reasons. This is an important consideration for core swaps!
How long does the repair hold
: Can't say since I have yet to see one of my repairs fail. Usually something unrelated gives out. I've run my repaired shade in my car for years and being an outside car, they have been in the extended position for years at this point. I have replaced one of my shades NOT because the repair failed, but I used them so much in the extended position, the sun baked my mesh! If you have OEM shades (with OEM tension rates) take note doing this may lead to stretching of the pull tab if done too often!
The other slightly common failure is a fracture on the top where the shade clips into it's holder. This isn't really repairable unfortunately due to the thin requirement of plastic. I've done some, but prefer not to.
Those looking to go with this service, please PM me pictures of your shade and it's failure for evaluation.