I absolutely love my i3, but I would unfortunately have to agree. I remember when I bought my Volt three years ago being concerned that the build quality was going to be shotty, but it was one of the most solid and reliable cars I've ever owned. I guess vanity comes with a price!WoodlandHills wrote:This is our first BMW, we had a few Mercedes in the past and of course various Japanese brands, never had to break out the Velcro and tape for DIY Final Assembly before. Since this is a lease, we can live with a few rattles although it is a disappointment. More annoying are the electronic sort of glitches, like the garage door opener only working 1/2 the time for me and 100% of the time for my wife, like having to reconfigure practically everything in the car after getting out for a moment, like the semi-automatic climate control, that is the kind of thing that can make me look elsewhere for our next EV.
I cut pieces of felt tape in a shape that fit on the entire BASE of the arm (not the arm itself). You could probably do the arm instead. Just watch the motion of the arm as it goes through the open to close states to ensure that the contact points are covered. I used the following:kylemcooper wrote:To follow Kilgharrah94027 and JelloSlug's leads, I pulled out the passenger vent assembly last night and agree that it contributes significantly to rattles on that side. I didn't have any felt tape on me, so I couldn't tape the lever as suggested. Kilgharrah94027 --- did you just tape the long ball-socketed arm so it doesn't flap against itself? I put some velcro tape along the bottom horizontal stretch of plastic on the dash side just above the upholstered section in the even it hits against that (thought I don't think it does).
Just had the same done here in San Jose. Tech found the source of the rattle and added some felt. Covered under factory warranty on my 12/15 CPO.DJCeeJay wrote:I just had a dash rattle fixed with no problem by my local BMW i dealer - Arden BMW in Maidstone. So I don't know why anyone would mess with the car themselves while it is under warranty ?
The rattle came from the glove compartment, and was noticeable when driving over slightly bumpy roads. It stopped when opening the glove compartment.
The service department found the source quickly, it turned out two panels behind the glove compartment were rubbing/ bumping against each other. They inserted some felt in between and the noise stopped.