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Old 03-26-2012, 07:37 AM
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No more sunroof rattle

Maybe I'm an idiot for thinking that I had to live with the annoying rattle/thud/thump from the sunroof, but my pano roof rattles NO MORE!

I'd been looking (apparently not well enough) for awhile for the infamous "felt tape fix" with no luck until "usaret" on another thread gave me the attached service bulletin.

It calls for felt tape, but after going to several auto parts stores and having the associates look at me like I was crazy, I went to a craft store. I picked up a pack of Velcro Stick Back strips for under $4 and placed strips on the lip where the rear panel rests. After about an hour and a half of driving, the rattles and thuds are gone (even on rough roads)!

I couldn't have been happier............until I noticed that I had water pooling in that black plastic storage cubby in the rear passenger side of the trunk!!!!

Now I've got to hunt down the source of that leak, my THIRD with the X3!!!

At least I'm happy now with the pano roof, but is it so much to ask for a water tight car?!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:43 AM
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2 questions:

1. The pdf attachment talks to sunroof rattles when the roof is open. Mine rattles when the pano roof is fully closed. When did yours rattle?

2. Do you think your leak has anything to do with the felt tape repair causing a separation or gap?
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:16 AM
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2 questions:

1. The pdf attachment talks to sunroof rattles when the roof is open. Mine rattles when the pano roof is fully closed. When did yours rattle?

2. Do you think your leak has anything to do with the felt tape repair causing a separation or gap?
1. The only time mine didn't rattle was when it was in the vented position, which makes sense since that's the only position in which the rear panel has nothing to rattle/thud against. I'm not the best with reading directions, so a buddy of mine figured out where to place the strips of velcro. The pictures show the positions across the rear of the sunroof with it vented, not open.

2. No the leak has nothing to do with the fix. I just happened to discover it literally right after I did the velcro. Pure coincidence. It was just a little ironic since I was happy that the sunroof was fixed. I also included a pic of where the water was pooling, maybe .25" of water. But like I said, it has nothing to do with the sunroof fix.

Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:47 AM
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Sorry to bring this old thread back but I did a search because my pano started to rattle ever so slightly. The velcro felt strips should fix the problem. Thanks
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:07 PM
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Mine rattles when is closed...guess I'll do the same fix....
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:06 PM
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I did the same fix on mine about 20K miles ago. Works great.

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:25 PM
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The water pooling in the back was due to a blocked drain on mine
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:24 PM
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I just made this repair to my 2006 (new to me) X3 and it works great! No more annoying rattle!
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:49 AM
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This worked awesome in my 06! My subwoofer was causing most of the rattle though
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:19 AM
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I get a similar rattling noise from the sunroof however I hear the noise with it open, closed, whatever plus only when I go over bumps on the left side of the vehicle...
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:17 PM
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Piss poor design

I have the same issue with the panoramic sunroof all the way open. There is a terrible resonance generated that will be minimized by partially closing the roof ( also when opening the rear windows). I guess this issue was missed in the final testing during the development of the vehicle. Some engineer should have lost his job over this one. The glass in mine would actually vibrate like crazy at speeds over 65mph. If I had it my way there would be no moonroof/sunroof option. Nothing but trouble ( noisy, leaks, plugged up drain tubes and failure of the cartridge)and was standard on all US X3's as I understand it. Plus it takes away some valuable headroom. If you want a convertible then buy one.

OK enough of that rant.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:46 PM
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I have the same issue with the panoramic sunroof all the way open. There is a terrible resonance generated that will be minimized by partially closing the roof ( also when opening the rear windows). I guess this issue was missed in the final testing during the development of the vehicle. Some engineer should have lost his job over this one. The glass in mine would actually vibrate like crazy at speeds over 65mph. If I had it my way there would be no moonroof/sunroof option. Nothing but trouble ( noisy, leaks, plugged up drain tubes and failure of the cartridge)and was standard on all US X3's as I understand it. Plus it takes away some valuable headroom. If you want a convertible then buy one.

OK enough of that rant.
When I first got mine, I was rather annoyed to find the same kinds of things (rattly roof panes and the aero-acoustic 'rumble') on a vehicle of this price from a manufacturer of such apparent reputation. There's obviously a reason why BMW has programmed the roof to only partially open to the 'comfort position' (as it's called in the Owner's Manual) when you open it (you have to select the "OPEN" position of the roof control button a second time to get it to open fully): this was their 'quick-n-cheap' solution to the problem… At least it's quicker and cheaper than more wind tunnel work and a re-design...

To be fair, since purchasing my X3, I've noted this aero-acoustic 'rumble' on other vehicles -- but none display it quite so prominently as the X3 (at least in my experience). And either I've gotten used to the rattly panels, or they've kind of settled into a better-seated position. I try to keep the seals clean by wiping them down with a damp cloth when I'm drying the vehicle after washing it, and visually ensuring that the gutters and drain holes are free of clog-inducing debris. So far, I haven't had any leak issues.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:20 AM
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I have a 2005 X5 4.4i that is rattling on the passenger side when closed. do you think the velcro stripes will work to stop the rattle?? Please advise thank you.
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:58 PM
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I hear a lot of wind noise while the sunroof is closed. What can I do for that?

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Old 04-27-2016, 03:09 PM
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I have a 2005 X5 4.4i that is rattling on the passenger side when closed. do you think the velcro stripes will work to stop the rattle?? Please advise thank you.
Try the x5 forum.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:24 PM
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I hear a lot of wind noise while the sunroof is closed. What can I do for that?

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Close the sunshade. Glass isn't a great insulator; the price for having open air access.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:25 PM
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I have a 2005 X5 4.4i that is rattling on the passenger side when closed. do you think the velcro stripes will work to stop the rattle?? Please advise thank you.

Try it and find out.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:38 PM
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posts 12 and 19 etc

the problem continues into the 25 series etc....hope they get a good fix one day ...it's been many moons of issues

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=778881
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