I apologize if the answer to my questions is already on this forum, but I could not find it!
I bought a new 2002 4 door BMW 325 in 6/02. I rarely open the rear passenger side door. On 3/17/03, I opened the back door and the molding came off. I don't live close to the dealer, and since I never open that door, I didn't have it fixed until 6/03 during my yearly oil change. The dealer removed the old molding and put new molding on.
The molding broke again in the summer of 2004. I had it fixed again in 12/04, and it broke two weeks later. I noticed that it started leaking water, so I took it in again to have it fixed. It was fixed in 1/05. Both times the dealer took the molding off and replaced it with new molding. Two weeks later the molding broke. The dealership fixed it AGAIN in 2/05. I was told that they were going to drill new holes for the molding into the frame of the car.
So the molding just broke again (atleast it made it 8 months this time), water leaked in, and I have green mold on my seat (not the first time that has happened). The dealership just picked the car up today and said that they have some technician who works with BMW in Germany who is going to look at it. I think that might have been smoke up my . . .
When I called the service department yesterday (as nicely as I could!), I was told that there wasn't anything they could do other than replace the molding. The service rep also told me that they had 3 other cars with molding problems in the department that day!
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, please let me know what you did that worked.
What's the point of having a 4 door car if you can't open up one of the doors? At this point my husband wants to get rid of the car. He is sick of the floor boards and back seat getting moldy. I live about 45 minutes away from the dealer in Atlanta (horrible traffic), so it's not very convienent to have the molding replaced every couple of months. Besides, I bought a BMW because I didn't want to have a car that needed to be serviced often. At this point in time I have been to the dealership more than I did with my used Honda Accord--I bought that car with 70,000 miles on it and I put another 110,000 miles over the course of 5 years.
I am starting to lose faith in BMW. Help!
Please let me know if you have had a similar experience.