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Door close rattle

nickID

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Is it normal for the m3 doors to have a pretty noticeable rattle upon close? (They don’t have a persistent rattle *after* they’ve been closed, it’s just a single rattling noise the moment they’re closed). I’m thinking it’s due to the frameless windows, but I’m not positive. It might be normal for cars with frameless windows. It’s really not a huge annoyance, more just something I’ve wondered since I got the car.
 

Solidred

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Is it normal for the m3 doors to have a pretty noticeable rattle upon close? (They don’t have a persistent rattle *after* they’ve been closed, it’s just a single rattling noise the moment they’re closed). I’m thinking it’s due to the frameless windows, but I’m not positive. It might be normal for cars with frameless windows. It’s really not a huge annoyance, more just something I’ve wondered since I got the car.

I’m noticing it too, but only from my rear passenger side
 

PoitNarf

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I've only noticed a rattle if I close the door with the window down. The window rattles around a bit inside of the door. If the window is all the way up I don't notice any rattle when closing the door.
 

WilliamG

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I've only noticed a rattle if I close the door with the window down. The window rattles around a bit inside of the door. If the window is all the way up I don't notice any rattle when closing the door.

Agreed. Closing the door with the window down is... embarrassing. Window up is no issue at all.
 
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XLR82XS

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I've only noticed a rattle if I close the door with the window down. The window rattles around a bit inside of the door. If the window is all the way up I don't notice any rattle when closing the door.
Ditto - windows down both front doors only. Very light rattle that seems to be coming from the tweeter area.
 

nickID

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Thanks for all the feedback! I thought it happened with windows all the way up too, but I might be mistaken. I’ll check and report back.
 

WilliamG

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Thanks for all the feedback! I thought it happened with windows all the way up too, but I might be mistaken. I’ll check and report back.

Well, it it doesn't happen with the window up and only with the windows down, then you're just like the rest of us!
 

nickID

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Yep, it only happens with the windows down. That’s good to know. And also good to know it’s normal. Thanks again all. (I don’t have a showroom nearby to go test this stuff out on other model 3s)
 

jaykaye

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I have this too. More noticeable on the passenger door (RHD car).
I pulled apart the door to see if I could find and fix the issue. Put in some felt tape around the parts that I thought would be problematic, but this didnt help. I also removed the window itself and it stopped happening. There are two cast aluminium metal clamps hold the window in place, I suspect it is coming from the one closer to the door hinge (you can see the top part of it in the attached pic where the speaker hole is).

Im posting this to in the hopes that someone else may find this useful and if they fixed it to tell us how.

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