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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

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Old 09-06-2014, 11:51 AM
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Doors Stick on 325Ci

I bought a used 2005 325Ci with fairly low miles on it.....51k at time of purchase. The doors on both sides take what seems like too much effort to open.

My local independent BMW repair shop says that the problem is that the window tracks are out of alignment inside the doors, and/or need replacing. They inspected the door latches, alignment, etc. and the car has no accident history.

Does this seem like a reasonable explanation? Has anyone had this type of repair done? (note picture is NOT the vehicle I'm asking about!)

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As you lift up on the door handle, do the windows drop down about 1/4 of an inch ? If not, that`s your problem.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:22 PM
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Yes, they do. It isn't like you're fighting air pressure, the theory, I guess, is that the glass isn't fitted properly to the overall door/window seals. Not the right angle, curvature, or something like that.
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:13 PM
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Have you ever owned a coupe before ? Coupe doors are very large and extraordinarily heavy compared to sedan doors....all that weight and leverage is working against you when you go to open the door....if you`ve ever parked going Uphill, you probably know exactly what I mean....
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Old 09-06-2014, 01:26 PM
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Nope, first coupe. The problem is the actual pull on the exterior door handle, which readily unlatches, but then one has to exert extra force to get the doors to "release" and open. It's that moment of release, not the weight of the doors when they are moving.
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hmmm perhaps the weather stripping is all sticky, cause ive never heard of that problem before. the handle functions properly and opens the door, but then you have to pull harder to actually get the door open, correct? maybe the latch isnt clearing completely
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hmmm perhaps the weather stripping is all sticky, cause ive never heard of that problem before. the handle functions properly and opens the door, but then you have to pull harder to actually get the door open, correct? maybe the latch isnt clearing completely
Yes, it's rather hard to describe. The BMW independent shop thinks that it has to close too tightly because the windows are not aligned properly. What I'm saying is that you have to use some force on the handle to make it release, although, once that force is applied, the latch operates and the door opens. The door never gets jammed in a closed position.

I could live with this condition but it just isn't the way it should be.

Even if the windows are misaligned, the automatic feature which drops the windows about inch has never failed.

Will check the weather stripping, however.

The door alignment was my first suspect, but I'm told it is correct. Maybe I'll have them do their recommended fix on one door but not the other, in order for them to prove their theory to me at my expense?
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Before spending any money, I would get some 91% isopropyl alcohol, and thoroughly clean all the rubber seals, as well as their mating surfaces, and see if that has any effect.
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Yes, it's rather hard to describe. The BMW independent shop thinks that it has to close too tightly because the windows are not aligned properly. What I'm saying is that you have to use some force on the handle to make it release, although, once that force is applied, the latch operates and the door opens. The door never gets jammed in a closed position.

I could live with this condition but it just isn't the way it should be.

Even if the windows are misaligned, the automatic feature which drops the windows about inch has never failed.

Will check the weather stripping, however.

The door alignment was my first suspect, but I'm told it is correct. Maybe I'll have them do their recommended fix on one door but not the other, in order for them to prove their theory to me at my expense?
Pictures are long gone but read the text. Does the issue sound familiar?
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I will try this again. I tried it a few months ago and didn't seem to get results. I probably didn't bear down hard enough or was turning the wrong directions.

Did anyone try shooting some penetrating oil in there to facilitate tightening the thing? Or maybe you can't see well enough to aim the oil at the target?

Yes, the issue sounds extremely familiar!

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I will try this again. I tried it a few months ago and didn't seem to get results. I probably didn't bear down hard enough or was turning the wrong directions.

Did anyone try shooting some penetrating oil in there to facilitate tightening the thing? Or maybe you can't see well enough to aim the oil at the target?

Yes, the issue sounds extremely familiar!

Thanks very much.
Careful though. I've heard of that bolt head shearing when turned too far.
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