Sunroof not closing - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E46 (1999 - 2006)

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

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-16-2009, 12:22 PM
samlimster samlimster is offline
Registered User
Location: Canada
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 36
Mein Auto: 2001 325i
Sunroof not closing

Hi folks.

Just noticed that once in a while, my sunroof doesn't want to close. It gets to about the halfway point and then opens all the way again. Sometimes, I have to push on it while it's closing to help it a little.

Is there a way to fix this? I tried adding some grease to the rails, but I don't think that has really helped much.


Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 12:45 PM
jvr826's Avatar
jvr826 jvr826 is offline
Is it Trackday yet?
Location: In the woods. Santa Cruz County, CA
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 8,975
Mein Auto: 05 330ci 6MT
Sounds to me like it's hanging up on something and operating like someone's head is in the way. Is the sunshield operating OK? Is anything in it's path? That's where I'd start... see if anything is causing it to bind up.
Jeff R.
Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA - Autocross - Come Join Us!

"You drive like old people $#@%... slow and sloppy!" - George Carlin
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 12:52 PM
Coconutpete's Avatar
Coconutpete Coconutpete is offline
Coconut Pete's paella!
Location: Charlotte, NC / Denmark
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 4,917
Mein Auto: VW Wabbit
Open the door, stand on the door jam and look down at the rails. From this point, clean them up real good and then slap some good lubricant all over them ( make sure to be thorough ).

The sunroof thinks your arm is out of the sunroof and that's why it's doing that.

My 1999 did it the first few months i had it and I started doing what I just described every spring. Not a problem for the remaining 3 years I had it.

In the meantime, just hold the button down, it'll close.
The word "there" can appear as a pronoun, as in “over there".

"Their" is a possessive pronoun. In a phrase like “Susan and Bill's car,” it could be used to to make a new phrase: “their car.”

”They're” is a contraction of “they are.”
“They are” should always be able to replace “they're.”

Extra credit: It's "I'm looking for an M3" not "I'm looking for a M3".
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E46 (1999 - 2006)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.