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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Jan-10-2018, 03:25:22 PM   #1
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Default Driver's side door

My driver's side door is getting harder to close. I have to use more force more and more. What is the cause of this and how do I fix it? Thanks for the help in advance.
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Mine are the same. This would probably be a good place to start if it's hard to close before it contacts the seals. Otherwise, some striker adjustment is required.

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Old Wed, Jan-10-2018, 04:33:03 PM   #3
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What exactly do you mean? Door doesn't swing freely or, at the point of contact to fully closed is difficult? If the latter and you see no scraping (bad alignment), with the door open, pull on the outside handle while watching the latch mechanism. My guess is the latch is not retracting probably. Should move fully without any hesitation. If that's it you either need to disassemble and lube, or buy a new mechanism.

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You might try adjusting your door striker, I had to do this on my coupe a long time ago and it shut without problem after.
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Old Wed, Jan-10-2018, 09:24:49 PM   #5
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So while we are on the subject:

Does anyone own a E36 that has nice opening/shutting doors? Is it even possible? Obviously the strikers can cause issues upon closure and unlock if not adjusted properly.

I'm just trying to gauge if my coupe's door hardware is just shot after 20years or if BMW just had shitty door mechanisms. The parts aren't that expensive to rebuild most of the mechanicals.


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Old Wed, Jan-10-2018, 09:45:50 PM   #6
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Does anyone own a E36 that has nice opening/shutting doors? Is it even possible?
My current M3 doesn't have any issues and I didn't notice anything with my prior e36.
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My driver side is perfect. My pax side has a sticky latch mechanism. I originally thought it was bad alignment of the strike plate. But that didn't make sense because nothing had ever been adjusted on it or the door. That's when I found the sticky latch. I sprayed the inside with some marine lube. But the real solution is to disassemble and rebuild/grease or replace.

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Old Thu, Jan-11-2018, 03:23:30 PM   #8
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No problem here too with the doors.
If the doors close harder, often the case is a shrinking door gasket, that one can repair DIY, shown here on an E34 based on my idea https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...pping-Seal-Fix
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I have a similar issue as Haywood.
The (hardtop coupe) door swings open fine but it must be shut a lot harder for it to completely catch closed. It partially catches closed if I do not shut it hard enough.

My door seals are in very good condition and I do not see any scraping.
Should I lube the striker area or is more likely that the door is sitting too low and the hinge is in need of rebuilding?
Ensuring that the door surround seal is clean along where it makes contact with the door glass makes a big difference in this problem. I have also had a lot of improvement by keeping the door surround treated with Gummi Pflege. You can rule out a sticky door lock or striker if you notice that the door shuts confidently and with much less force when the window is rolled down.

The root of the problem is definitely door alignment - probably caused by wear. Adjusting the striker completely solves the problem, but in my case, results in a wonky panel alignment with the door sticking out past flush with the B-pillar-rear quarter sheet metal. That means the next step is to also adjust or repair the hinges along the A-pillar, or perhaps even add some shims, but I just haven't gotten to that because the steps I mentioned in the first paragraph are good enough to live with.
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No problem here too with the doors.
If the doors close harder, often the case is a shrinking door gasket, that one can repair DIY, shown here on an E34 based on my idea https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...pping-Seal-Fix
I have just replaced both of my door gaskets ($600) and this problem (with my doors anyway) was unaffected. The striker plate adjustment (along with window tilt) also affects the closing, but mine still aren't "good". They both feel like opening a 1970s dump truck door on my coupe.

IMO, I think the hinge bushings (and while you're in there) door brake could stand an upgrade. They are both wear items. Has anyone done this and can share before/after thoughts?
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