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#1 (permalink) Old 08-31-2005, 07:54 PM
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Alright...I'm a newbie on this forum. Hope you all can help me. I actually have several question regarding my 323 CI; 2000, 5spd, coupe.
1) Is it possible for my car to be broken into by way of the keyhole on the door handle? Just the other day I noticed that half the lock on the handle of the door was missing. The handle did not have a scratch on it -only half the lock was missing through the handle. Looks like they tried to steal the car, but were not successful. The same thing happened to a friend and the only thing it lead to was a scratched up handle. I am actually planning on replacing the handle with a dummy one, where there would be no keyhole at all. So, there will be no other way to get into the car, but the key remote itself. -Any ideas?
2)I just had my brakes done and when it was returned to me, I noticed somewhat of a rubbing noise whenever I turn the steering wheel. The noise is louder when the car is moving slow or not moving at all. It's pretty annoying, and I'm not sure if it just needs a little wear. I talked to the mechanic and he says it has nothing to do with the brake job. ...I don't know, but I doubt it. -Any Ideas?
3)The interior stripping along both doors keep falling off when the weather is really hot. What kind of glue should I be using, 'cuz nothing seems to be working. ..And I really don't think it's worth buying a whole new stripping when they are perfectly fine, and especially @ $150 a piece. -Any Ideas?
4)I actually live in a city where potholes are more common than smooth road. I heard a rumor that BMW rims can easily lose shape. Is this true? I'm not sure if I should purchase 2 new rims to match my set...or if I should get a whole new set of different(not BMW) rims.

Any thoughts will help. Thanks in advance!
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1) Is it possible for my car to be broken into by way of the keyhole on the door handle?
Yes any car can be stolen or broken into (except maybe the presidential limousine). Now the questions is even if they break into a bimmer they may not be able to drive away with it (some technicality regarding the chip on your key or sumthin) unless they have sophisticated bypass system or another programmed key. So they will usually brek into bimmers for expensive upgrade stuff.....CD players, navigation, DVD etc etc.

2)I just had my brakes done and when it was returned to me, I noticed somewhat of a rubbing noise whenever I turn the steering wheel. The noise is louder when the car is moving slow or not moving at all. It's pretty annoying, and I'm not sure if it just needs a little wear. I talked to the mechanic and he says it has nothing to do with the brake job. ...I don't know, but I doubt it. -Any Ideas?

I maybe not be able to answer this but you need to give more details....is the noise only when you press the brakes or otherwise too.....is it squeaking, thudding what? If its a brake problem why would it come during steering wheel turn beats me....I think it looks like a alignment problem???? Zibby....Peterkuleza an ideas?

3)The interior stripping along both doors keep falling off when the weather is really hot. What kind of glue should I be using, 'cuz nothing seems to be working. ..And I really don't think it's worth buying a whole new stripping when they are perfectly fine, and especially @ $150 a piece. -Any Ideas?

Where do you live? how hot does it get there?....usually stripping should not come off so easily unless it is actually spoilt. It gets upto 115 here in summers and my 01 never has had any stripping??? Are you sure the strips are fine?

4)I actually live in a city where potholes are more common than smooth road. I heard a rumor that BMW rims can easily lose shape. Is this true? I'm not sure if I should purchase 2 new rims to match my set...or if I should get a whole new set of different(not BMW) rims.

I had read that too someplace here that the OEM rims get bent outta shape sooner than others but cannot corroborate it. Best guess would be to ask a local Bimmer mechanic and take his advice.

Any thoughts will help. Thanks in advance!
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2) It Almost sounds like two pieces of rubber rubbing against each other. It only happens when I turn; and it happens whether my foot is on the brake or not.


3) So how do I know that the strippings are just bad? It happens on both doors.



Thanks for the advice 2001BMW325xi. Much appreciated.
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I also have a 2000 323ci, though mine is an automatic. i too have the same problem with the door stripping. all you can do is keep pushing it back on. i've replaced a few $500 door seals and wish to avoid that in the future.

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Even getting rid of the keyhole wont eliminate the threat. Professional car theives just drill a 1/4" hole next to the key hole and use a special tool to pop the lock.

There is pretty much nothing you can do without modifying your ignition system thoroughly to make your car theif proof. The best thing I could recommend would be get a satelite tracker system, and a VERY loud (like the DEI 512T) alarm installed inside the vehicle itself so even if they get inside they'll be quite deaf.

Make sure to have a professional alarm installer do an alarm install.. most of them have little tricks and tips of how they can modify an aftermarket alarm to do extra little things to help make a vehicle theif proof.

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1) BMW's are some of the toughest cars to break in to and also to steal. The keys are laser cut keys which makes picking the lock very difficult also since the early 90's BMW has what they call the double-lock system which on your car in particular means that every time you lock the car the pull rods mechanically disengage themselves from the lock cylinder so that slim jimming is impossible. Beyond that if somebody does get into the vehicle then they would basically need your individual key in order to actually start the car because your key has a built in transponder chip which has rolling code technology that the vehicles computers need to see in order to supply spark and injection and even starter control to the car. This is no doubt an intricate and highly effective layering of protection on every late Model BMW which makes theft only possible by highly skilled car thieves with very expensive equipment and/or crime rings who falsify DMV documents in order to order a replacement key coded to your car in order to get it. Like someone else here said if somebody really wants your car .. theyre gonna get it.. but BMW makes that no easy feat.

2) Is the noise coming from under the car or is it right at the steering wheel? If its right at the wheel then it may be a faulty contact ring for the airbag and horn. Do a search for info on that if you think it might apply.

3) Are you talking about the the interior color matched door seals on the body of the car that go around the entire door opening or the door sill plates just on the bottom entryway of the car that say BMW on them. If your talking about the seals then I dont know of any glue that will hold them permanently and obviously niether does BMW because they cant seem to get this issue resolved. The only fix I know of is to replace the seals, the only saving grace here is that BMW parts warranty now covers any new part installed at a BMW dealer for 2 years from the purchase date and it covers the part and the labor. I dont see these seals lasting 2 years unless they get them updated so it seems to me that you continue to have the seals replaced under warranty after buying 1 set.

4)Yes the BMW wheels are not steel wheels (just like 90% of other modern cars wheels) and they are definitely suceptable to bending. I dont however think that aftermarket wheels are going to be a whole lot better and with them you run the risk of vibrations especially if they are not good quality Hubcentric wheels which would cost you the same as a BMW wheel anyway.
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ABout the rubbing noise: perhaps the wheel well plastic cover has come lose. Do you hear the rubbing noise throughout the turn, or only if you are turning tighter?

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All this information is great. I'm glad I found this forum.
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Q2) The sound seems like it's coming from the tires. Fortunately just the other day, the noise disappeared. I no longer hear the rubbing at all. What could have caused this? I'll let you guys know if it comes back. -Hope it doesn't...
Q3)I'll take your advice DT.
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i have the door seals replaced twice when i was living in california. then they just came off again last month. no glue i tried works. they have to be replaced. but the bmw place here in texas says its a known default and even though my car was out of warranty, they should have replaced them for free. they said they would have. then gave me a number to call bmw directly to talk to them about a reinbursment. said it might work. but they didnt ever get back with me. but you should be able to go to the dealership and get them to replace it. make a fuss.
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If you want an absolute theif proof car there are bmw stereo systems which need a code to enter inorder to start the car. Then there are double locking systems. Anti tow alarms, wheels locks which engage your braking system and doesn't let go of the rotors, pagers, alarms you could hear a mile away, alarms that use subwoofers that blast absolute noise far stronger than any ear could handle and causes internal organ damage,low jacks,ect The question is: is it worth to spend to protect spending 100,000 to protect a $30,000 car.

My friends family owns 3 lamborginis one M3, M5, hummer1 and a Mclaren f1 they have a security system on there garage that locks down all windows and doors and turns on all the cars. There was one proffessional attempt to steal the cars and a team of 15 people died. That system costs nothing because the father created it him self using motors, sensors, and keyless start ups.
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