Hi and welcome to everyone on this forums I am new here and hope you guys could help me out with my dilemma.
I have recently bought a 3 year old BMW e46 318i (2003) and noticed that the driver and front passenget doors have squeaking sounds when the it is under braking or acceleration and also on bumpy surfaces. I sent the car back to dealer with some details and solutions I have found online. I suggested the gummipledge treament (sp?) and also tightening the kicker plates.
During the first day back the car seemed fine but the second day, the squeaking sounds are back, much lesser but still there. The technicians just told me that "fixed" the problems and not going into any details how they did it. (I got the "fix" FOC as the car is under 12 months limited warranty).
I have scourged all over the net for solutions and none seems viable to me at the moment. I noticed the squeaks stop when I lowered the windows by a little bit. However, this could not be a permanent solution as I am worried that water will get into the interior of the car if left this way. Besides, I don't really fancy the increased wind and road noise into the cabin.
I have bought a silicon lubricant but and in doubts if I should apply it (I am also not sure where to apply it) as I have read (http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/...p/B510704g.htm
) this link and it seems that they are removing any silicon on the window seals instead of applying them on. I would also like to try the suggestion from (http://www.540i6.com/doorseals.html
) but I have no idea where to buy the 3M tape ( I am from the UK ) and also not sure what replacement tape should I use for it.
I am thinking of resending the car to the dealers but I feel they would be reluctant to fix a "minor" problem like this. As I drive my car everyday, this noise really is driving me mad, not expected for a quality car like beemer.
Should I push for the dealer to completely replace the seals for both doors? Hopefully someone could suggest an updated and working solution for my dilemma so I can finally get some sleep back.
p/s: I know a lot of forums have been posted about this issue but most are kind of outdated and most solutions seems to focus on people living in the States. I hope someone could give a dandy solution/advice if possible.