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Old 05-05-2009, 12:24 PM
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Interior Peeling??

How quickly do you see signs of peeling on the soft touch and other surfaces. 1 year, 2 year, never??

I was just curious because that seems like a real turn off to have a nice $50k with a peeling interior

How many of you guys have an interior that isn't peeling at all??
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:24 PM
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1.5 years, no peeling at all
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that's reassuring.

I guess it seemed a lot more common than it really was because only people with the problem actually posted.

I'm looking to buy a new car, and am heavily considering the e90/e92, but the peeling worried me

Thanks for the reassurance
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they replace a lot of that soft touch stuff when they sell a CPO car.
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See is this SIB refers to your problem: http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/...p/B511806g.htm
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:07 PM
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See is this SIB refers to your problem: http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/...p/B511806g.htm
I agree with others that it's likely the heat causes it to happen quicker or more severely. Purchased a new 2006 325i titanium silver, gray leather with aluminum trim, w/sports package, winter package, premium package, navi, and after a year...a very small scratch developed into a huge section tearing off off the interior door pull. Each summer it gets worse. During the winters it slowed down. When it's very very hot....it only takes a fingernail to start a scratch....then it gets worse from there.

It was U.S. spec purchased under a military sales program overseas and I hope a dealer will fix it when I ship the car back to the US (on it's way now). I have about 33K miles and a year left on the warranty...here's to hoping it will not be a problem. :-\

The Service Information Bulletin you provided me much more confidence this will be fixed with a long term remedy provided they don't simply replace it with another "painted surface" part.

THANK YOU for that SIB post!
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Due to environmental concerns many manufacturers have this issue. It is normally exacerbated by certain skin treatments (moisturizer, suntan lotion, etc) and so if you don't use a lot of that stuff it may never happen to you.
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The driver's door handle has peeled once again! This is gonna be the second time it'll be replaced.
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The driver's door handle has peeled once again! This is gonna be the second time it'll be replaced.
this was the kind of thing i was worried about
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this was the kind of thing i was worried about




The soft touch paint is a nice touch but it peels or tears rather easily. It will probably happen to you sooner or later, if your car is under warranty apparently it's covered (although I've yet to bring it up at my dealership) if not there are some pretty inexpensive diys out there. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but it happens to more people than it doesn't so count on yours peeling.
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It will probably happen to you sooner or later, if your car is under warranty apparently it's covered (although I've yet to bring it up at my dealership) if not there are some pretty inexpensive diys out there. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but it happens to more people than it doesn't so count on yours peeling.
It is the first time I hear about this problem. None of people with BMWs I know ever complained about it.

I don't even understand how it can happen. I only touch the door handle when I close the door. How does it get scratched so bad??? In the pictures it looks like someone actually tried to scratch them
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It is the first time I hear about this problem. None of people with BMWs I know ever complained about it.

I don't even understand how it can happen. I only touch the door handle when I close the door. How does it get scratched so bad??? In the pictures it looks like someone actually tried to scratch them
This is a common problem and the fact that there is a service bulletin just for the peeling paint is evidence of that. You only know a small portion of the bmw owner community, just because you've never heard of it doesn't mean it isn't a big problem. It peels because it is just the nature of the soft touch paint they use. I'm guessing they did not expect this to happen in the long run but it seemed like a great idea up front. And why would I intentionally scratch my paint... Just to get it replaced? That's a dumb idea and isn't worth the hassle imo and my dealership has yet to recognize it as a problem... Also you car is an 08, they've either addressed and fixed the problem by now or it hasn't had enough wear and tear to show signs of it. Most of the cars that are experiencing the peeling paint are 06 cars.
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The soft touch paint is a nice touch but it peels or tears rather easily. It will probably happen to you sooner or later, if your car is under warranty apparently it's covered (although I've yet to bring it up at my dealership) if not there are some pretty inexpensive diys out there. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but it happens to more people than it doesn't so count on yours peeling.
This is precisely what has happened to my vehicle. It doesn't bug me, and should be easy to replace.
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The driver's door handle has peeled once again! This is gonna be the second time it'll be replaced.
Is that covered under warranty?
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on my old bimmer around 3.5 years.
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How quickly do you see signs of peeling on the soft touch and other surfaces. 1 year, 2 year, never??

I was just curious because that seems like a real turn off to have a nice $50k with a peeling interior

How many of you guys have an interior that isn't peeling at all??
Steering wheel was peeling (2 years old), BMW replaced soft-touch. door handle also peeling, I will address at brake job in a month or two.
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I'm taking mine in at 48000 miles to replace the interior passenger door handle for peeling. Also a stuck cup holder and a flaking shift knob.

Minor stuff, but hey...
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So is this only a warranty-repaired issue? I just came out of warranty and wasn't aware it was as wide spread as it appears to be. I have an '06 and the driver's side is much like one of the posted pictures. Am I out of luck?
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i bought 325xi from a private seller. Had door handle redone by an interior tech in his garage, and he painted the console where it curves. i have seen many peel there as well. He also fixed the leather where the seatbelt rubs. Becareful with those it acts like sandpaper. Looks like brand new. $100. i put this on Bimmerfest a few months back and someone said it was under warranty. My bust ..... but I am not sure if it would have been covered or not. Too late now
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:20 PM
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That happened to my 325 xi 2006. Had it repainted by an interior tech in his garage. He goes around to dealers in albany N.Y to fix these type of things. It is quite common on the 2006 models. So are the dealers really replacing things???? I do not know, mine looks brand new.
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:42 AM
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In the early 2000's....

...most European car manufacturers used "soft touch" paint on door pulls and radio/climate control buttons to give them a more luxurious feel.

A few years later, they learned that hand lotions, sunscreen, bug repellant and other oily products caused this stuff to peel and slowly replaced it with either color molded or painted surfaces. The problem is indeed greater in warmer climates either because of the additional heat or because more people use sunscreen.

The problem is also worse in the US because many people here still use that ArmorAll crap to "protect" their interior. The only thing that ArmorAll is good for is to peel your soft touch surfaces.

The problem will not reappear if they replace it with the injection molded part - but you may have to cajole the dealership into replacing both sides as the TSB says to replace the damaged side only.

Perhaps you'll want to protect the other side from peeling by using ArmorAll
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