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batym 11-18-2010 06:59 AM

'11 X5, doors don't close well?
 
Hi - took delivery of '11 X5, 5.0 and immeditely noticed that doors have to be slammed (sometimes several times) in order to close properly. Spoke with the dealer and he mentioned that car is new and need to settle in. This has been annoying, especially that I don't get warning that door not closed properly until driving 2-5 seconds.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Thanks

swamyg1 11-18-2010 07:15 AM

I too have also noticed this! It's something I have to get used to I suppose. At least the indicator tells us which door is open, as long as it's not the baby's door I guess I'm ok haha.

Havelcek 11-18-2010 07:22 AM

Yes, the doors on my new X5 need to be shut "enthusiastically".

batym 11-18-2010 07:47 AM

I guess something I have to get used to. Also noticed that when trunk auto closes it slams it pretty hard. Quite a difference from japanese cars.

alex123 11-18-2010 07:55 AM

+1

Rosmoss 11-18-2010 08:03 AM

I was irritated by the fact that BMW Canada bundles soft close doors into the same package that includes things I actually wanted (pretty much the only standalone option on the 50 is HUD) but now I guess I'm glad I have them. If only there was a reason not to be irritated that I also had to get the roll up side screens....

roadkillrob 11-18-2010 08:15 AM

Mine is the same, takes a good slam and 2 months later, it didn't get any easier, just have to get used to it I guess!

panic75 11-18-2010 08:57 AM

Glad to know I'm not the only one to experience this! We picked up our new X5d on Tuesday and one of the first things I noticed was how difficult it is to close the doors ("enthusiastically" is a great way to describe it). Even the CA, while giving us the tour of the new ride, had to try a few times to get it to close completely. I'm also curious as to whether or not this might become easier over time.

SkipSauls 11-18-2010 09:06 AM

Open one of the rear windows a tiny bit and then try shutting the doors again. If they're easier to shut then it's likely that the tight seals on the X5 are the problem. I had a 2001 X5 with doors that felt very similar to the 2011 I just got. The 335i e92 that I traded in had frameless windows that made the doors easier to shut, but the sound that they made was far more unpleasant when someone slammed them.

You can train yourself to pull the doors shut without slamming them, but you'll find that most passengers will slam away no matter how nicely you ask them not to. :yikes:

rtcage 11-18-2010 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SkipSauls (Post 5634599)
Open one of the rear windows a tiny bit and then try shutting the doors again. If they're easier to shut then it's likely that the tight seals on the X5 are the problem. I had a 2001 X5 with doors that felt very similar to the 2011 I just got. The 335i e92 that I traded in had frameless windows that made the doors easier to shut, but the sound that they made was far more unpleasant when someone slammed them.

You can train yourself to pull the doors shut without slamming them, but you'll find that most passengers will slam away no matter how nicely you ask them not to. :yikes:

Yep, my guess is that is has to do with how air-tight the car is. Opening the windows and closing should confirm that. The benefit of this is the quiet ride.

Aqua Bliss 11-18-2010 09:17 AM

C'mon ladies put a little muscle in it!

bobamoo 11-18-2010 09:19 AM

Hmmm..have not noticed this. Maybe I have been closing doors on other cars too hard?

Jim E. 11-18-2010 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aqua Bliss;
C'mon ladies put a little muscle in it!

Makes me happy i ordered soft close doors. I never knew this was an issue. :dunno:

53K 11-18-2010 03:46 PM

I don't have this problem with my X5. The doors close very smoothly.

My previous car, e46 coupe, had a similar issue with the passenger door. It needed to be shut 'enthusiastically' and it never got any better during 8 years of ownership. My female friends almost always had to close it more than once. It would have bothered me quite a bit if it was the driver's side..

alexmish 11-18-2010 07:15 PM

The car needs to "settle in" is a BS!!!! All that needs to be done is to adjust the striker - the "loop"-like looking thingy on your car's body frame, onto which the door lock's latches. It has 2 screws - loosen them up about 1/2-3/4 turn, and slide the striker outwards (toward the outside of the car) for about 1mm. Re-tighten the screw and try closing the door - you will see the difference. Make sure you dont "overdo" it, as the door then will rattle a bit.

I've done one too many times on just about every car I've owned. A 2-minute job. I also use masking tape around the striker to "remember" its original position, in case I need to move it back where it was.

micahmiles 11-18-2010 07:16 PM

This is simply an "air cushion effect" due to multiple layers of seals in the doors as mentioned above. OP "doors don't close well" is misleading, the doors close very well and seal very tight, hence the extra effort to close when all other doors are closed with windows up. The issue you must be careful of is slamming the door with normal required force while another door is open when the "air cushion effect" is not available. If you are exiting the car the same time as your spouse, the last one out of the car will think you're angry because you slammed the door!

ard 11-18-2010 08:45 PM

I wonder if there is a trade off between closing force and 'pressure on the door seal' when closed.

There is a known issue with door seals causing noise which sounds like rattles... it could be making the door easier to close might lead to less pressure on the seal and more noises when driving...

Just thinking out loud...

A

nyranger74 11-19-2010 04:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim E. (Post 5635687)
Makes me happy i ordered soft close doors. I never knew this was an issue. :dunno:

Soft close doors aren't available, only on the X5M



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Jim E. 11-19-2010 05:35 AM

Granted that soft close doors are not a standard option. That doesn't mean you can't get them because in fact i am. Same goes for individual wood and the individual sound system that is also on my order. Was also going to get the climate comfort windcreen but you can't get that with lane departure as it turned out.







Quote:

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Soft close doors aren't available, only on the X5M



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nyranger74 11-19-2010 06:19 AM

I would have really liked the soft close doors. Oh well I guess I should have asked.


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Marlbro 11-22-2010 02:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ard (Post 5636529)
I wonder if there is a trade off between closing force and 'pressure on the door seal' when closed.

There is a known issue with door seals causing noise which sounds like rattles... it could be making the door easier to close might lead to less pressure on the seal and more noises when driving...

Just thinking out loud...

A

exactly !


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