3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
I have a 1988 325i and whenever it rains the carpet gets soaked. Mainly in the back seat and mainly on the passenger side. The convertible top is perfect and the windows seal is also perfect. Any help will be appreciated, I'm tired of removing the front seats to pull up the carpeting whenever it rains hard.
It's most likely the plugs at the bottom of the passenger buckets. In the center of the floor where your feet go is a plug under the carpet. These tend to go bad. Only place to order them is from a dealer usually. If you look under the car you can see if they have popped up or just disappeared.
I actually have that exact problem, but not in the footwell - under my pass. side rear seat. As some of you may know, you can actually lift the bottom part of the seat up on the tourings to fold the backrest down, and under the bottom of the seat I sometimes have moisture, at times even a small puddle. I really have no clue where it may come from - since the cover of the seat is never wet, just the carpet underneath...
Not sure where the holes are on yours, but they are normally at the front corners of the sun roof.
Open the s/roof fully, you will see holes either at the front corners or rear, maybe all four corners, model dependant, what I use is garden strimmer twine (thick one), cut yourself a decent length off (as high as the car) and with a lighter heat the end up and smooth it over so there's no sharp bits, get some warm soapy water and pour it in to the sunroof trough whilst threading the twine down the holes, move the twine up and down a few times ( don't be to aggressive), you should see water coming from under the car when clear.
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I have a 1988 BMW 325iC and it leaks.....I hate convertables...the wife wanted it..anyway...they all leak..problem is there is no B-Pillar on the car and the doors are not totally framed...next there is the issue of the top itself...it goes on and on.....I feel your pain....
It's definitely the drain holes. There are typically four in each car. I didn't want to A) have to order the plugs from the dealer, and B) Take up the carpet to replace them. So I just went underneath with a flyers pulled the plugs back into place and in some cases gave it a little cocking. Sealed it perfectly! No more wet carpet when it rains.
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