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Old 04-11-2014, 03:38 AM
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Now I see. Initially, I imagined you would have difficulty closing the hood with the thickness of 2 pieces. Now that I see where you have applied the seal and the hood can be closed without any error alert, it stands to reason why there was no such problems. But I must say, it takes some precision to align the piece immediately under the hood such that the the upper and lower pieces can interlock. On the other hand, I wonder if that additional step is necessary since bimmernut1's method has managed to "seal" the engine compartment rather well I must say.

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Old 04-18-2014, 01:43 PM
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Here are the pics
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:23 PM
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Prior to adding the weather stripping (or even after), do you have a bit of movement of the hood when you press down on it? My hood is aligned perfectly but the travel when I press down on it seems excessive. Definitely more than on my MB E350 cab. I am having the dealer look at it in 2 weeks. I have the weather stripping arriving in the mail today but will not put it on until after my visit to the dealer. I do not want them giving me any hassles.
Dealer says the movement in the hood is normal. I wasn't there. My wife was and a tech showed her another X3 that had the same movement ( so she says).
I will be installing thevweatherstrippingnthisvweekend.
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:16 AM
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Just installed the weather stripping today. Hopefully it works as well as your has.
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:45 PM
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Those of you (including bimmernut1 & gfeiner) who have installed the weather seal for some time now, how are they holding? Please state how long and leave some comments on the state of the engine compartment? It's also appreciated if you can make a note if material and technique used is different from that posted here. THANKS!
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:34 PM
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Those of you (including bimmernut1 & gfeiner) who have installed the weather seal for some time now, how are they holding? Please state how long and leave some comments on the state of the engine compartment? It's also appreciated if you can make a note if material and technique used is different from that posted here. THANKS!
Everything is holding perfectly. No movement in the weatherstripping and a clean engine compartment. Because my neighbor decided to startup his sprinkler system the one day in 15 years I parked my car on the street (while guttering was being put on house), I had to have the entire X3 detailed. Engine compartment literally looks better than the day I picked it up and the weather stripping will keep it that way.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:25 PM
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Finally drove the X3 in inclimate weather since installing the weather stripping in the engine compartment. Perfectly clean after the rain soaked ride.
I too, had to use a few drops of super clue in 2 spots to keep the rubber down. I also extended the stripping on top of the lights whereby they go further into the front fender since there is a space under the front fender over the headlights whereby dirt can get in. But thanks to you guys (especially Bimmernut1), this was great fix.

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Old 10-18-2014, 08:02 PM
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Bimmernut,
Fascinating (if not crazy) string of posts and hats off to you for all the work to fix what is obviously a design flaw of really serious proportions. Couple of follow ups:
Is everything still holding as originally installed, or have you had to replace some of the stripping now that you've gone through the summer months?
Did you ever get this in front of anyone at BMW and, if so, can you tell if they've modified their specs to address the issue?
Seems crazy that a $10 purchase on Amazon is such a great fix for a $50,000 vehicle, but it is what it is.
Thanks again for your diligence.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:59 AM
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Has the lack of a good front hood weather seal been addressed on the new revised 2015 models?
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:23 PM
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The weatherstripping is still secure. No excessive blow by anymore. Now I just do the normal engine cleaning to remove dust buildup.

I never heard anything back from BMW although I sent them before and after photos. I'm not sure if they've addressed it on the 2015 models. The next time I'm at the dealer I'll pop one of the hoods and look.

I agree, the cost to BMW would be next to nothing. I probably shouldn't blame accountants but it seems like some type of cost cutting measure that a bean counter would do since the older models sealed the compartment. It could be the current engineers just missed it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:30 AM
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Finally drove the X3 in inclimate weather since installing the weather stripping in the engine compartment. Perfectly clean after the rain soaked ride.
I too, had to use a few drops of super clue in 2 spots to keep the rubber down. I also extended the stripping on top of the lights whereby they go further into the front fender since there is a space under the front fender over the headlights whereby dirt can get in. But thanks to you guys (especially Bimmernut1), this was great fix.
Mine has help up very well.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:32 AM
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Finally drove the X3 in inclimate weather since installing the weather stripping in the engine compartment. Perfectly clean after the rain soaked ride.
I too, had to use a few drops of super clue in 2 spots to keep the rubber down. I also extended the stripping on top of the lights whereby they go further into the front fender since there is a space under the front fender over the headlights whereby dirt can get in. But thanks to you guys (especially Bimmernut1), this was great fix.
Mine has help up very well. Some blow by when real heavy rain but nothing like pre-weather-stripping application.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:06 AM
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Another winter has gone by. For those who have applied the weather strips as described earlier, how has things been? Is the engine compartment as clean? Do you need to renew the weather strips?
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:14 AM
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Another winter has gone by. For those who have applied the weather strips as described earlier, how has things been? Is the engine compartment as clean? Do you need to renew the weather strips?
The engine compartment was much dirtier than I expected with a lot of residue from this winter. I was surprised and disappointed. I cannot see where it's coming in. I weatherstripped just as the others did.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:31 PM
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The engine compartment was much dirtier than I expected with a lot of residue from this winter. I was surprised and disappointed. I cannot see where it's coming in. I weatherstripped just as the others did.

That is disappointing. After your post, I did a good check on mine. I do have some blow by but it's no where near like it was. It took me about 10 minutes to wipe the engine bay down using just a rag and detail spray, not steam cleaning or chemicals.

However, after your post I started looking where else it could be coming from. I've come up with three areas, one we can do nothing about. I think some is naturally coming through the radiator as would be expected.

However, I think another is where the latch fits. I know I didn't place anything additional behind the latch. Take a look, it's only blocked there by the piece in front which we know from other areas is insufficient. I'm going to take a look at some options to improve that area.

The last, and I'd like you to look at yours as well is at the top and on either end of the radiator. I used a flashlight to look from the front and there are two totally open areas there where the rubber flap that should cover the entire radiator top stops about 1" from either end.

I have a feeling that these two openings on top of the radiator allow the fan to blow a substantial amount of crap through them. The fan velocity on top of the normal driving speed would push even more through these holes than the area that we fixed.

See what you think and if you also have these openings. Maybe it's just me that got shorted on the radiator flap.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:55 AM
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The engine compartment was much dirtier than I expected with a lot of residue from this winter. I was surprised and disappointed. I cannot see where it's coming in. I weatherstripped just as the others did.
Maybe it's the openings on the front?
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:25 AM
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That is disappointing. After your post, I did a good check on mine. I do have some blow by but it's no where near like it was. It took me about 10 minutes to wipe the engine bay down using just a rag and detail spray, not steam cleaning or chemicals.

However, after your post I started looking where else it could be coming from. I've come up with three areas, one we can do nothing about. I think some is naturally coming through the radiator as would be expected.

However, I think another is where the latch fits. I know I didn't place anything additional behind the latch. Take a look, it's only blocked there by the piece in front which we know from other areas is insufficient. I'm going to take a look at some options to improve that area.

The last, and I'd like you to look at yours as well is at the top and on either end of the radiator. I used a flashlight to look from the front and there are two totally open areas there where the rubber flap that should cover the entire radiator top stops about 1" from either end.

I have a feeling that these two openings on top of the radiator allow the fan to blow a substantial amount of crap through them. The fan velocity on top of the normal driving speed would push even more through these holes than the area that we fixed.

See what you think and if you also have these openings. Maybe it's just me that got shorted on the radiator flap.
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I will do that when I have time. Moving to FLA this coming Saturday. Won't have to deal with this garbage (snow, road salt) anymore. Actually driving the BMW down there while transporting my MB E350 cabriolet. This will be the longest trip I have ever taken in my X3 (or any car for that matter). At least the X3 is a fun drive. But again, I will tackle the weather stripping once I get settled down there.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:23 PM
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I will do that when I have time. Moving to FLA this coming Saturday. Won't have to deal with this garbage (snow, road salt) anymore. Actually driving the BMW down there while transporting my MB E350 cabriolet. This will be the longest trip I have ever taken in my X3 (or any car for that matter). At least the X3 is a fun drive. But again, I will tackle the weather stripping once I get settled down there.
Hey, that's not fair. That's one way to solve it. Good luck on your move and congratulations on going to a warmer climate. Watch for the gator crossings.
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Do you guys detail your engine bays below the shroud line? Probably tons of salt down there if you don't.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:26 AM
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Hey, that's not fair. That's one way to solve it. Good luck on your move and congratulations on going to a warmer climate. Watch for the gator crossings.
My X3 is AWD. I will drive over the gators!
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:02 PM
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Do you guys detail your engine bays below the shroud line? Probably tons of salt down there if you don't.
About once a year, I use low pressure spray on my M5 to get to the areas I can't manually. Like anything, if you keep it clean, maintaining that condition is not that difficult.

The guys on this board convinced me I could spray water into the X3 compartment. I've done it only once since purchase after covering electrical components. I still need to do it this spring. You're right about dirt and salt collecting down low.
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