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Old 05-15-2010, 05:10 PM
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Exclamation Interior quality - Or lack of

Ok, so lets poll up how many of us suffer from the same issues of poor interior build or quality. Here is what I am getting:

- The pillar on driver and passenger side is coming off

- Passenger airbag cover looks off

- Door moldings start to come off


But, I do report little to absolutely no rattles. Seems like the glue they used is crappy, I will post pictures up of the car finally and interior issues
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:15 PM
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On my 1997 740iL, my interior issues at 183,000 miles are

-Front cupholder broke
-Rear sunshade won't come down on its own
-Front ashtray won't click closed
-Passenger rear door panel leather starting to peel inward due to summer heat

Everything else seems fine.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:51 AM
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yes sir when i had my 740i the whole interior fell apart. outside was nice. lol
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:22 PM
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I'm getting a lot of rattles from the instrument panel and the panel near the idrive screen.
The "paint" is chipping and peeling badly on the plastic door sills.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:27 AM
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even after taking door panels off and messing with the interior pieces, mine is still holding up nicely. although i have seen quite a few that have issues with the interior bits comming loose. those were older than mine though which could be something to do with it, especially if they changed the types of glue or fasteners used.
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:54 PM
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even after taking door panels off and messing with the interior pieces, mine is still holding up nicely. although i have seen quite a few that have issues with the interior bits comming loose. those were older than mine though which could be something to do with it, especially if they changed the types of glue or fasteners used.
I almost want to get a better glue, specially on the pillars next to the drive side. Or go to an interior shop to see what they can do
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:37 PM
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is it the fabric thats coming off , or the whole panel, plastic and all? my headliner is actually sagging around where the sun visors go up into. not bad, but i notice it.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:28 AM
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On my 1997 740iL, my interior issues at 183,000 miles are

-Front cupholder broke
-Rear sunshade won't come down on its own
-Front ashtray won't click closed
-Passenger rear door panel leather starting to peel inward due to summer heat

Everything else seems fine.

I think everybody's cupholder and ashtray brakes on these cars
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:48 PM
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yes indeed, the cup holders arent really made to hold anything larger than a small styrofoam coffee cup, if even that! the stop mechanism that keeps the cup holder from extending too far out always breaks and then you cant use the cup holders. they needed to have made them into the console like normal cars have them. but then again, these cars werent made for fat americans who go through drive throughs were they? they were made for smokers though!
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:06 AM
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At 185K miles she is surprisingly quiet inside except for something that started last week - the cover on the dash passenger side air bag is rattling away and its driving me crazy! Other than that no complaints
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