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      05-17-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Windshield weather strip rotting?? WTF

Today im flying down I95 from work enjoying my friday and all of sudden i hear this rattling/clacking noise. It was incredibly loud. It completely startled me. So im like WTFFFFFF so i exit at the closest exit i could find. I look up, down, inside all over and couldnt find wtf was causing the noise. I thought maybe a rock got up inside the intercooler or inside the under carriage and was making the noise. I had my friend drive with me when i got home still nothing. We couldnt figure it out.... So i break out the lawn blower and start blowing the car to replicate the noise bc it only did it at 50mph+.. still Nothing. I was completely pissed off. My friend looks up and we notice the weather stripping on top of the windshield was completely screwed up. So im thinking OH HELL NAH i never noticed that it was sooo bad. Then im thinking theres NO way that would cause all that noise.. GUESS WHAT??? We blow it with the blower while im sitting in the car and DING DING DING. It was that effing weather stripping making the rattling/clacking/ticking noise.

Has anyone seen anything like this before on their car? This is totally bizarre. My car is an 07 with 60k on it. Its garaged parked for the most part... Is this an easy fix? Does anyone know?

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      05-17-2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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Normal. Mine looks like shit too. There is a DIY in the forum to replace it.
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      05-17-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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somehow that seems pretty soon to be happening to an 07.. why is it that everything seems to fall apart so easily..
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You must park outside a lot. Rubber treatment does wonders.
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      05-17-2013, 07:34 PM   #6
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Damn, you probably live somewhere with lots of sun as even my previous 12 year old 323ci was looking better than that. Maybe once you replace it you should put some kind of wax / conditioner to help it last.
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A little gummi pflege goes a long way.
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      05-18-2013, 12:39 AM   #8
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Mine is the same on '06 330i, BMW service advisor said it was common, caused by car wash checmicals or the outdoor elements. I checked the price on a new one from the dealer it $24, not sure yet the price to install.
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my 07 CPO 335i had already rotting molding. I bought replacement part at ecs for 18.95 or so. it does not really have a function nor does it block water coming through the windshield. its really a 'looks nice' part.
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Hey guys:

So I called a few places this morning.. Found a great guy in my local area. Called him up took it to his shop. He gave one look at it and shook his head. I guess like the others have said, he said it's extremely common for these cars to do this. Long story short, he called the local BMW dealer, thankfully they had the windshield rubber in gasket in stock. It was 25 bucks.. And 40 minutes later I'm sitting outside his shop waiting for it to be installed...

#nomoewindowrattling lol
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Do you think applying a bit of regular car wax over the weather stripping will help prevent it from cracking up like that? Or will car wax stain the rubber white?
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holy crap man seeing stuff like that is pretty off-putting. i want to check my car's but it's 100 miles away
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Do you think applying a bit of regular car wax over the weather stripping will help prevent it from cracking up like that? Or will car wax stain the rubber white?
See my post.
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Guys, 303 aerospace protectant is the best protection for something like this
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Guys, 303 aerospace protectant is the best protection for something like this
How does it stack up against gummi pflege?
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I asked the guy who installed the window about the gummi pflege and he couldn't stop talking about how great it is... So thanks man. I will be purchasing it. I can't believe that I drive the car every day and not once did I notice how bad the window rubber was cracking like that.. I'm almost embarrassed.

Thanks everyone for the help and reassurance that it wasn't that big of a deal. I honestly thought that water would be leaking all over the inside of my car if I didn't get fixed ASAP. Now I know it's more of a cosmetic thing...

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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I asked the guy who installed the window about the gummi pflege and he couldn't stop talking about how great it is... So thanks man. I will be purchasing it. I can't believe that I drive the car every day and not once did I notice how bad the window rubber was cracking like that.. I'm almost embarrassed.

Thanks everyone for the help and reassurance that it wasn't that big of a deal. I honestly thought that water would be leaking all over the inside of my car if I didn't get fixed ASAP. Now I know it's more of a cosmetic thing...

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Excellent. You are welcome! It's what they put on the hard top seals and windshield portion of the E93s from the factory mind you.

You will definitely benefit from it. Be sure to apply it to any and every rubber seal, molding, etc- read the instructions for application however- a little goes a long way.

I say if it's good enough for the Germans, it's good enough for us
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Will definitely be checking out gummi pledge as well. Thanks for the tip
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Will definitely be checking out gummi pledge as well. Thanks for the tip
Oh absolutely brother- it's especially important if you have a hard top convertible- these things are notorious for rotting rubber parts gaskets seals etc.
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Also just a FYI- that 303 aerospace protectant thing that the other guy mentioned is also excellent stuff based on the reviews I've read online. Everyone online was raving about it... ( we all know if its on the Internet it must be true) lol..
I guess they're both good but I'm gonna stick with the gummi!!
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