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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:59 PM
Marky_N Marky_N is offline
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Rattling noise from door cards

Lately I have been having an annoying rattle from both door cards, I have read that the speakers become lose in the door panels. I have tightened them up and there was still a little noise so I packed them out a little with some clothes. The noise has gone from that location but not it's around the door locking pin area. I did noticed that a few of the plastic pins was snapped! Would this make that much of a issue and make the door cards rattle!?
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:47 PM
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Known issue on the coupes. It's the regulator cable. Remove the vapor barrier, reach in and up. The cable running at the top is insulated by a 2-inch section of foam and a plastic clip that holds it to the door. Unfortunately the clip breaks, and the foam ride up the cable, creating a rattling sound that sounds like a loose pane of glass when the cable vibrates against the metal door frame.

If that's the sound you experience, that's the first place I'd look. When I did my door, the speaker housing can make noise, but that cable is the biggest offender. The speaker housing makes more of a creaking (as opposed to rattling) noise.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:03 AM
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Ok mate. That sounds like the noise am getting! I will order some clips this week and get it done. It's the most annoying noise!!! :-(
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:41 AM
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I might sound stupid but what does the vapour barrier look like? Do you mean the large black foam cover on the door?
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