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X3 F25 (2011 - 2017)
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:31 PM
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Lock question

When unlocking the car with the fob or comfort access, I naturally hear a variety of operating solenoids moving the locks. What I find unusual is that after the car is unlocked, every time I touch a door sensor to get something from or put something in the car, I hear the click-clack of a solenoid near the fuel door. None of the other locks make a sound, but the solenoid near the fuel door makes a click-clack with each and every touch. Is this normal? I can get use to the noise, but I'm concerned that the extra cycles on the solenoid may shorten its life. The solenoid-lock on the fuel door to my old 1998 328i failed and I was just starting to panic when I remembered the emergency release in the trunk. They don't include the emergency release anymore so it will be much more stressful if it happened again.
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Old 06-01-2017, 12:34 AM
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There is an Fuel Door Release, if you have taken the time to read the manual.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:02 AM
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I have a 2017 model and yes I have read the manual. It clearly states "...in the event of an electrical malfunction, have the fuel filter flap unlocked by a dealer's service center ..." This was also emphasized by the BMW specialist during the vehicle orientation at the PCD.

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Old 06-09-2017, 06:58 AM
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I called the BMW Einstein people about the actuator behavior and they said take it to the dealer. It turns out the actuator is supposed to activate with each unlocked and the service representative demonstrated it on another 2017 X3.

We then talked about the emergency release on the fuel flap. He said there was an emergency release and showed it to me on the other 2017. Then I asked him to look at mine which does not have the little pull tab. He checks the side panel and behind it and confirms that I have the same actuator and cut out on the panel for a tab, but the pull tab is missing. This is consistent with my manual and what the delivery specialist told me; my car does not have a manual emergency release.

The serviceman checks the parts list for my VIN and sure enough the emergency release tab is available; they just did not install it at the factory. He is going to order it and install it under warranty.

So it appears that BMW manufacturing is saving a few pennies by not taking a couple of minutes of assembly time to install a piece of plastic that probably cost a few pennies to make. Makes me wonder where else they are skimping on to save pennies.
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:25 AM
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What!!!! That is troublesome and scary that the bmw factory is forgetting to install default parts of the vehicle. Where is the quality assurance. Where is the built in USA confidence?
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