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There's nothing better than driving on a bumpy road and not hearing any car interior ticks, squeaks or rattles. That in mind, I took my i3 in for service because it developed a consistent rattle on the right side of the dash. I could duplicate the rattle by thumping the trim under the HVAC controls with the palm of my hand. The technicians at Stevens Creek BMW (San Jose, CA) agreed that something was amiss and performed a repair. The invoice says that they "road tested vehicle. verified rattle coming from right side of dash. removed right a-pillar trim, rechecked. noise still present. removed glovebox, rechecked. noise still present. removed fuse/junction box. noise still present. pulled back dash board. found noise coming from vent tube near firewall. added insulating material, noise no longer present. road tested... ok." Wow, what an ordeal.
I drove away very satisfied and enjoyed the "solid" feel I expect from BMW. About two weeks later the rattle is back, so the car is scheduled for another service. Has anyone else experienced a right dash rattle?
Post by tommoloughney on Oct 7, 2015 20:43:16 GMT -5
Hopefully they'll get it fixed for good this time. Unfortunately, this kind of issue happens randomly to cars of all makes and models, as far as I know it's not something that has affected many i3s. Let us know how it works out.
I'm not sure what type of body testing BMW does, but it's not good enough. Get in a Lexus or Toyota and the cars are quiet. Every BMW I have owned has various rattles. Not right for such an expensive car.
Picked up my i3 REx on 11/2/15. I too have the rattle in or around the glove box that is annoying to say the least. Thought I just had to much junk in it but the rattle is still there even after removing the stuff. The rattle is a lot more prevalent when starting out in the morning (cold ones now here in eastern PA) and stops almost completely when the interior gets nice and warm (sitting in the sun on the parking lot at work). My car was manufactured in 03/15. For others who are experiencing this problem check to see when your vehicle was made. Perhaps the problem is specific to a certain manufacturing period. I have not notified my BMW dealer yet. Just waiting to see if any other defects crop up.
Was extremely hesitant to go electric but at this point am very happy with the i3. Did a lot of research and 3 test drives each of the Nissan Leaf and the i3 before deciding on the BMW. I think my dealer was especially happy to move this car since they had it since 04/15. Don't think I fit the BMW user profile either (male 64). Just shows you can teach an old dog new tricks.
I too have the same dash rattle being described by others, its annoying... it comes and goes... i press on parts of the dash to try and find it but to no avail. I will get the dealer to try and fix it in the middle of winter when the car goes in for its scheduled service.
When I bought my new 2015 i3 REX in Jan. 2016, there was a high pitch (metallic sounding) rattle along the top right dash. After hours of investigation at the dealer, the entire lock mechanism replacement was installed in the glove box. A few days later, the rattle returned. It turned out that the rattle came from the inside of the rearview mirror housing. It can be duplicated by gently tapping the mirror housing. I discovered it by accident as I installed a radar detector mount.
My point: rattle is a very tricky business in a car. Sometimes sound reflections don't always coincide with the apparent location. In my specific case, the rattle was amplified and deflected by the windshield and it appeared to be coming from the top of the right dash.