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Jun 28, 2005 (8:22 am)
Hello everyone. I know that this subject has been discussed, but I was wondering if anybody has any updates or any new information on possible creaks coming from the door areas. I bought a 2005 X3 2.5i at the end of April and I started hearing creaks about 5-6 weeks later. I am not very pleased, especially being a returning BMW owner, having a lot of faith in BMW solid build quality. I currently also own a 2001 325i, which I have been driving a bit over 4 years now on very bumpy Detroit-Metro area roads. Whoever lives here knows what I am talking about. I have not heard a creak or rattle in my 325i yet. So I as wondering is this a real problem, or is it something that will go away? It sounds more like rubbing and it is not very loud, but will become very annoying very soon.
#2003 of 4187 Re: Door Creaks [motorcity3]
Jun 28, 2005 (11:29 am)
This is copied and pasted from another thread going on at another forum for the same complaints.
"It's the door seals.
Go to your BMW dealer and ask them to read a SIB 51 07 04
which tells them to clean the flock covered door seal
that is on the doors top edge - clean it first
with 220.127.116.117.906 BMW Silicone Remover and
let it dry . Then apply 18.104.22.1689.627
Cabaflo lubricant to the flock covering
on all four door seals. No additional
treatment is necessary after this
application - such as drying,
polishing the roof...etc
(thanks to Creighton BMW of Demerest)"
Jul 02, 2005 (7:51 am)
. . .page 91 of the new Car and Driver magazine.
The new X5 is the slightly bigger brother of the X3. The new X5 is the "spittin' image" of the X3.
Likely to cause attraction in some and revulsion in others, the new X5 simply carries on the "fresh" (that's one word for it) look of the X3.
It took a little time for it to grow on us, but the X3 (without the contrasting bumpers) has become quite handsome to our eye (my wife and me is the limit of the word "our" at this time.)
Of course I think the real looker is the new Audi Q5 -- same issue.
#2005 of 4187 Re: City and Hwy Mileage BMW X3 (2.5 and 3.0) [robertv]
Jul 02, 2005 (11:20 pm)
Had my X3 3.0i (6 speed manual, premium package - black w/beige leather) for just one week now. I was surprised to get 22 mpg my first tank, with half city/hwy. I kept my shifting max to 4,000 RPM for breakin considerations.
For anyone considering an X3, I got mine at Irvine BMW, CA for a steal - $399/month lease 3 years, with zero down (only DMV, first months payment and refundable security dep. = $1250) MSRP 39,600$
#2006 of 4187 Re: City and Hwy Mileage BMW X3 (2.5 and 3.0) [adamwade]
Jul 03, 2005 (10:02 am)
We too feel we got a screaming deal at $581 per month, 3yrs 15K/year. $250.00 down, sec dep+first mo.
MSRP north of $46K. Jet Black Gloss/Terracotta, virtually all options.
Love the look -- the new X5 pictured in the new C&D even has the X3 sport package wheels.
Of course, we still don't like the unpainted bumpers that DO SHOW in any color other than black.
Dealer claims new X3 will be fully painted!
Let's hope so.
#2007 of 4187 Re: City and Hwy Mileage BMW X3 (2.5 and 3.0) [markcincinnati]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 03, 2005 (11:21 am)
Please post about your deal over in BMW X3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience (like Adam did - thanks!). Or maybe you did and I didn't go back far enough; you got it in early May, right?
And congrats to all the new owners.
Jul 05, 2005 (1:16 am)
I agree that painted bumpers look smarter.....at least for a short time...until you park downtown for the first time that is; and then you wish you'd black plastic ones. Remember the days when cars had side protections on their doors? even small cars built for city driving seem to have lost them; or when they haven't, their protections have been...guess what? PAINTED!
by the way why is it that in the US quite a few American Males seem to regard the X3 as a Woman's car?
and -once more- go diesel (204HP, tremendous torque and 31/32mpg, and a clean engine!)
Jul 05, 2005 (6:03 am)
I don't know who thinks the X3 is any gender's car -- but don't say that to the owner of the BMW store here in River City. His personal driver is an X3.
Maybe his feminie side is showing -- nahhhh.
Especially don't tell my wife she is driving a "woman's car" -- she, I'm sure, would diagree with that on so many levels.
Finally look at the new X5 (pg 91 -- as I recall -- of the new C&D): spittin' image of the X3. Can't imagine BMW would produce a "look" of their SAV that would be anything other than gender neutral.
#2010 of 4187 Re: bumpers [markcincinnati]
Jul 07, 2005 (12:29 pm)
glad you didn't take my remarks about the X3 being a woman's car too seriously; I just noticed reading the messages on the forum that it was the kind of car that seemed to appeal to many American women while here in Europe you will hardly see one being driven by a woman; is it because the average European male is too macho or the average European female too timid ?
#2011 of 4187 Re: bumpers [idagorn]
Jul 07, 2005 (12:42 pm)
or the average European female too timid ?
Not a chance!