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water leaking inside ---passenger door , driver side

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Dave

United States

#1 Aug 21, 2009
I bought my 2006 X-3 used, great car except every time it rains, water leaks in driver side passenger door, runs on to floor....carpet gets wet. Been into dealer 3 times, they have not been able to figure out where water is coming in...supposedly they've worked on the "membrane" inside the door to make sure it's working properly. They claim to water test, but every time my car sits outside in the rain, the floor gets wet and the water will pool up on the plastic between the door sill and the rear seat. Anyone else having a similar problem?
Luis

Puerto Rico

#2 Sep 23, 2009
I'm having the same problem on the front passenger and rear left sides on 2004 BMW X3
Bruce Toronto ON

Hamilton, Canada

#3 Nov 17, 2009
1 have a 2005 X3. It was leaking inside the driver's door. The leak was caused by blocked drains in the sunroof. Apparently this is a common problem
Luis

Cidra, Puerto Rico

#4 Nov 18, 2009
Bruce Toronto ON wrote:
1 have a 2005 X3. It was leaking inside the driver's door. The leak was caused by blocked drains in the sunroof. Apparently this is a common problem
How did you fix it?
Judy

San Francisco, CA

#5 Dec 13, 2009
Dave wrote:
I bought my 2006 X-3 used, great car except every time it rains, water leaks in driver side passenger door, runs on to floor....carpet gets wet. Been into dealer 3 times, they have not been able to figure out where water is coming in...supposedly they've worked on the "membrane" inside the door to make sure it's working properly. They claim to water test, but every time my car sits outside in the rain, the floor gets wet and the water will pool up on the plastic between the door sill and the rear seat. Anyone else having a similar problem?
I am having the same problem. I have a 2005 x3 and didn't realize that this water leakage problem was happening because we have had so little rain here in California in the past 4 years. However it seems to be coming in all of my doors. It has been back to the dealer 5 times now and is still not fixed!
x3treme

Lindenhurst, NY

#6 Jan 8, 2010
the problem is the sunroof. either you have a blocked drain or the prob is this simple.....open the cloth cover of your sunroof to expose the glass.(do not open actual glass roof). on each side there is an accordian like piece of foam...this is the cushion, air seal, whatever! just make sure it is on the track..if it is not panoramic roof does not close fully and viola!!!!water leak from the inside down your pillars onto the floor.! took me 8 wet dry vacumm sessions to realize. hope it helps you.
LeakyBMW

Marlborough, MA

#7 Jan 14, 2010
Having same problem. Trying to contact BMW now to have this resolve peacefully.
David

Tulsa, OK

#8 Feb 21, 2010
I also have a 2004 X 3 I bought used and I also am having the same problem with water leaking in the passenger rear door. Wet carpet in the rear right floor. I had the door membrane replaced, stopped for a short time and back leaking everytime it rains or I go to the car wash. Where are the drain holes?
Fay

Rome, Italy

#9 May 15, 2010
I am also having the same problem with my 2008 X3 I will go to the dealer Monday. I thought my husband was leaving the window down when going through the car wash. Now it's pouring down the rain so I am sure the carpet is soaked.
Marty

Kirkland, Canada

#10 Aug 17, 2010
Your problem is the sunroof drain. see x3treme post for resolution. first time I bring the car to BMW cost me 250$ to unblock it.
allinda

Jefferson, GA

#11 Aug 21, 2010
x3 parked steep down hill ,l sunroof wind deflector caught the water held it over sunroof front seal toward one side. so all the water on the roof got pooled over one drain and overwhelmed it.
water got into left roof pillar and down the side where the hood release is and on the floor, forming a small lake.
I removed all the moldings near carpet edge and the four nuts and bolts on driver seat, rocking the seat back and forth I was able to get the soaked carpet loose, I then but little blocks of wood under front and back carpet on left side of car because when I moved the car to level ground water drained to back foot well too. I then put two small heaters fan driven to direct slightly warm air under carpet took three days to dry it. results great no smell
I forgot to mention there is a plug that I removed in front to drain the lake before I started with the heaters hope this helps ,
So the angle of the parking the wind deflector and the amount of rain caused this mess.
Mike KING

Inverurie, UK

#12 Aug 27, 2010
LeakyBMW wrote:
Having same problem. Trying to contact BMW now to have this resolve peacefully.
Hi have just bought 2006 X3 3 ltr, super but get leaks on rear passenger doors just inside at the top . When I open the door water drops onto the fabric seat. Have just been to BMW at Ipswich to be told that BMW know about it and there is nothing that can be done. said it was the water calcifying which breaks down the waterproofing on the thin fabric strip.How did you get on witrh BMW ? I am just about to fire the first salvo
Chris Hawkes

Falkirk, UK

#13 Oct 12, 2010
Mike KING wrote:
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Hi have just bought 2006 X3 3 ltr, super but get leaks on rear passenger doors just inside at the top . When I open the door water drops onto the fabric seat. Have just been to BMW at Ipswich to be told that BMW know about it and there is nothing that can be done. said it was the water calcifying which breaks down the waterproofing on the thin fabric strip.How did you get on witrh BMW ? I am just about to fire the first salvo
Sounds just like the same problem (among others) I'm having with a 2006 X3 2.0d which I bought a month ago - did you get anywhere resolving this?

As the car is an approved used BMW bought from a main dealer it has a 12 month warranty so hoping there is something that can be done about this when the garage looks at it next week.
Mike KING

Glasgow, UK

#14 Oct 12, 2010
Chris Hawkes wrote:
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Sounds just like the same problem (among others) I'm having with a 2006 X3 2.0d which I bought a month ago - did you get anywhere resolving this?
As the car is an approved used BMW bought from a main dealer it has a 12 month warranty so hoping there is something that can be done about this when the garage looks at it next week.
Hi same as me but they admitted that it was a design fault and they could do nothing about it. I notice my door seals have small holes drilled in them and providing I open the door slowly and immeadiatly wipe the seal and surround it is o k. The trick is to open the door slowly. The chief engineer has one and he has the same fault. It goes through car washes o k no leak to the inside. If you want to speak dial 01728 602 730.
Chris Hawkes

Falkirk, UK

#15 Oct 12, 2010
Mike KING wrote:
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Hi same as me but they admitted that it was a design fault and they could do nothing about it. I notice my door seals have small holes drilled in them and providing I open the door slowly and immeadiatly wipe the seal and surround it is o k. The trick is to open the door slowly. The chief engineer has one and he has the same fault. It goes through car washes o k no leak to the inside. If you want to speak dial 01728 602 730.
Thanks for the reply Mike. I also have no leak as long as the door is closed. For me the problem is that when I open either of the rear doors and it is either raining or has been raining I get a good dollop of water land on the seats (we're talking more than just a couple of drops to the extent that I need to mop it up). The rainwater is obviously pooling up and the door seal is not draining properly. I've checked the drainage holes in the door seal as these can get blocked, but they seem fine.

I did think this was probably just a design fault and your comments seem to confirm this suspicion. It is not a major problem, but given I live in the North West of Scotland and it rains ALOT up here, is an irritation, guess I'll need to learn to live with it.
Phil Ceppaglia

Roseland, NJ

#16 Nov 7, 2010
Chris Hawkes wrote:
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Sounds just like the same problem (among others) I'm having with a 2006 X3 2.0d which I bought a month ago - did you get anywhere resolving this?
As the car is an approved used BMW bought from a main dealer it has a 12 month warranty so hoping there is something that can be done about this when the garage looks at it next week.
I am having the same problem. The real problem starts when warranty expires and they want to charge for taking apart the door and "resealing" it as the dealer says. They wanted $1500 at Prestige BMW to do all 4 doors. I complained and they said they would do the passenger door "this time" at no charge. That was last week, and.....it rained last night and water is in the front passenger side again.

I wonder where we can go as a group to get something done at the corporate level of BMW.

Any ideas anyone?
Phil Ceppaglia

Roseland, NJ

#17 Nov 7, 2010
I am having the same problem. The real problem starts when warranty expires and they want to charge for taking apart the door and "resealing" it as the dealer says. They wanted $1500 at Prestige BMW to do all 4 doors. I complained and they said they would do the passenger door "this time" at no charge. That was last week, and.....it rained last night and water is in the front passenger side again.

I wonder where we can go as a group to get something done at the corporate level of BMW.

Any ideas anyone?
Chris Hawkes

UK

#18 Nov 8, 2010
When I initially posted I was only having trouble with the rear doors letting a dollop of water in that had built up when I opened them. I spoke to BMW about this when the car was in having some other problems looked at and they said it was basically a design fault, nothing that can be done.

However about a week ago I noticed that the front passenger footwell was a bit damp. I didn't think much of this and thought it is probably just from wet boots. However I removed the mat at the weekend to dry it out and on closer inspection the footwell is really quite damp, I am now suspecting a leak.

I've only just noticed this so I am going to monitor the situation to try to figure out what is going on. I live in the west of Scotland, where it rains alot so this is something that I need sorted! Iím fortunate that I bought the car as an approved BMW so it came with a full years warranty, if there is a problem I will be making sure it gets fixed!

Phil - I'll post on here once I find out a bit more.
Angus Kerr

Amanzimtoti, South Africa

#19 Nov 12, 2010
Chris Hawkes wrote:
When I initially posted I was only having trouble with the rear doors letting a dollop of water in that had built up when I opened them. I spoke to BMW about this when the car was in having some other problems looked at and they said it was basically a design fault, nothing that can be done.
However about a week ago I noticed that the front passenger footwell was a bit damp. I didn't think much of this and thought it is probably just from wet boots. However I removed the mat at the weekend to dry it out and on closer inspection the footwell is really quite damp, I am now suspecting a leak.
I've only just noticed this so I am going to monitor the situation to try to figure out what is going on. I live in the west of Scotland, where it rains alot so this is something that I need sorted! Iím fortunate that I bought the car as an approved BMW so it came with a full years warranty, if there is a problem I will be making sure it gets fixed!
Phil - I'll post on here once I find out a bit more.
I had a similar problem on my 2005 X3 2.0d. It rained buckets during the night and as I went out of my driveway on the way to work I noticed a sloshing sound and saw the passenger footwell about an inch under water.

I immediately suspected the sunroof, but there was no dampness on the rooflining or on the door pillar.

Also checked the sunroof drains and they were functioning correctly.

I then checked the air vents at the front of the car where the ventilation system draws in air, and IMO, this is a very marginal design at best. I park under a tree with small leaves. These leaves collect on the windscreen and then run down and clog the drainholes where the water running down the windscreen is supposed to drain out. The holes seem to be designed to clog up, they are rubber grommets with end flaps (why? I have no idea). When it rains heavily they can't drain water away at the rate that it is flowing in and the water dams up and eventually spills into the ventilation intake, under the carpet and dams up inside the car. By the time the water is visible, there are a few gallons there, as the foam under the carpet is at least six inches deep.

After removing the passenger seat, and then lifting the carpets, it was quite an ugly scene. The foam is like a giant sponge, holding huge amounts of water.

I've cleared the drain holes, and hopefully some sunny days will assist in drying it up.

But by the time you notice surface water, you have a big problem. Oh, also, there is a loudspeaker there too, of course it got soaking wet as well.

I'll monitor progress, but suggest that you check the drainholes on the ventilation air intake. Make sure they are clear and free from debris.
MArmina

Sydney, Australia

#20 Nov 13, 2010
Hi it good to know I am not alone! It hasent stopped raining and the floor on the passager side is like a swimming pool, I am over it ! I have had the sunroof drains done about 4 times now so I am 100 0/0 is not that ! Can some one help me understand what the he'll it is and how to fix it?carnt spend all this money and have this promblem suryly BMW has to fix it ,' I have a x demo x3 06 d love the car !!!!can some one help please

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