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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 05-29-2013, 06:52 PM
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Unhappy New 2014 X1 - Poor quality window rubbers?

Its week 5 with my brand new 2014 X1 and I noticed this low-quality looking rubber all around the window borders!

Is this normal for all BMWs or just some faulty/low-quality rubber just on my car? (or is it some sort of chemical reaction?)

I'd like to know how to take care of this please... Do I get some kind of rubber/wax/oil polish?
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:21 PM
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:49 PM
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New 2014 X1 - Poor quality window rubbers?

Sounds good for exteriors. Anyone find something that keeps seats shiny that lasts more than one seating?



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Old 05-30-2013, 06:22 AM
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Wow - that is disappointing! I have had my 2014 since May 2 (4 weeks) but mine don't look like that at all. I wonder what is going on.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:09 AM
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Is this normal for all BMWs or just some faulty/low-quality rubber just on my car? (or is it some sort of chemical reaction?)

I'd like to know how to take care of this please... Do I get some kind of rubber/wax/oil polish?
ive had mine since December and it looks fine. That looks bad...disappointing. I'm sure there are many products available that will get the job done. I've used 1Z Gummipfledge for over 10 years and have no reason to switch.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...inszt_pg10.htm
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:04 PM
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From further research online I found out that its a problem with mildew/mold on window rubbers and is common.
http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/116-...er-fungus.html
http://www.autopiaforums.com/forums/...bber-trim.html
http://www.thedetailerscafe.com/smf/...p?topic=2669.0

I see many recommend bleach, vinegar, APC, etc.!! Will Adam's VRT or Gummipfledge take care of getting rid of such mildew/mold crap?
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:15 AM
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From further research online I found out that its a problem with mildew/mold on window rubbers and is common.
http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/116-...er-fungus.html
http://www.autopiaforums.com/forums/...bber-trim.html
http://www.thedetailerscafe.com/smf/...p?topic=2669.0

I see many recommend bleach, vinegar, APC, etc.!! Will Adam's VRT or Gummipfledge take care of getting rid of such mildew/mold crap?
I don't know but I'd attempt a cleaning before attempting a treatment with Gummipfledge.
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Eagle One makes a product called Trim Protector Gel that works and is inexpensive and readily available at auto parts store.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:47 AM
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Eagle One makes a product called Trim Protector Gel that works and is inexpensive and readily available at auto parts store.
Is this like a dye that is like paint over the trim or is it a cleaner/enhancer for trim?
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:31 PM
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More of a cleaner enhancer. Also protects against UV. Used on MINI trim and it was great. Also had a problem with a pine sap glob that landed on the plastic between the hood and the windshield. Tried everything including olive oil to remove it. Finally got it off but color was bleached. Used the Gel and it restored it to original. Think you would love it.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:18 PM
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That's too bad. When I had my car in for its first service a couple weeks ago, I witnessed a lady giving the Service Manager an ass-chewin' for the ugly black trim on her new 3-Series. He kept insisting it's normal for BMW's, but she wasn't buying it. Brand new vehicles shouldn't have that problem.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:42 PM
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I traded a XT Forester for my X1. It looked like it was left in the open as the rubbers were dull and faded. I used MEGUIARS Gold Class Trim Detailer, claims to Restore and maintain original richness to dark plastic and rubber. Did great job on my Forester. I have noticed a few comments on X1,s Window Rubbers. You are not alone as mine to sound similar to your X1. I,m not mechanically minded but thought that cars coming from overseas were coated in some areas to protect them from the elliments. The Dealer is then responsible for washing/detailing this off before presenting the car for sale. I have have been washing mine thinking it should be OK but have been slack at speaking to the dealer 1,st then trying this Trim Detailer on my X1. I,m in Australia but this product on the back says Made in USA. Try meguiars.com Good Luck
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