Rattling bootlid!!

Rattling bootlid!!

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rich claridge

Original Poster:

1,470 posts

209 months

Tuesday 13th June 2006
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Does anyone know how to fix a rattling bootlid?

My girlfriends Cooper S bootlid rattles on any slightly bumpy road and has done since new. The car has been back to the dealer twice and they never seem to sort it properly. I've heard elsewhere that there's a modified lock with a thicker black coloured latch (rather than a chrome one). But the BMW dealership just deny it or fob her off with some "I'm a spanner-wielding man and you're just a girl who doesn't know much about cars" excuse. I'm tempted to take the car there myself and lean on them till they fix it properly.

Thanks in advance for any help.

tweety

829 posts

229 months

Friday 16th June 2006
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Yeah we've got the same problem with ours, it's definately the lock area that's rattling, I've sat in the back with my head in the boot whilst the wife drove. Any info on this would be great as I've had no joy with the dealers and it's getting on my t1t5.

Al.

Raify

6,552 posts

218 months

Friday 16th June 2006
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Aye, same problem here on a 2003 Cooper S.

baSkey

14,271 posts

196 months

Friday 16th June 2006
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mine's just over a year old (facelift and more oomph version) and it has, and always has had, a chunky looking black catch thing. and it doesn't (touch wood) rattle - so maybe there is something in that story...

jimbob_maximos

10 posts

183 months

Sunday 2nd July 2006
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I put a bit of tissue in the lock bit now it has stopped rattling! So annoying when driving a 2 hour commute everyday!!

mini_ralf

6,335 posts

187 months

Wednesday 5th July 2006
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I had the same problem with my old Mini 1 and my mother had the same on her Cooper. We both went to our local dealers and bitched and whined at them.. About 5 minutes later both cars were fixed. There are two rubber gromets on the boot lid that can be screwed in and out but twisting them. This then pushes the bootlid away from the car a touch and forces the boot catch to engage more securely. Hope this helps...

Raify

6,552 posts

218 months

Thursday 6th July 2006
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Tried adjusting these rubber stoppers (don't know why I didn't try it before!) and it did the trick!

rich claridge

Original Poster:

1,470 posts

209 months

Thursday 6th July 2006
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Thanks for the replies. We've tried adjusting the rubber stops in and out on numerous occasions previously - and it still rattled.

I believe the 'official fix' is to fit a thicker black coated catch - although not being an official recall BMW want to charge for the part which I think is a joke.

The unofficial fix as mentioned on other new-mini sites is to wrap some black insulating tape around the horizontal section of the chrome catch.

I'll try it in the next few days and report back.

fixedwheelnut

735 posts

202 months

Sunday 6th August 2006
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A bit of grease usually does the trick aswell.

tweety

829 posts

229 months

Monday 7th August 2006
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Put tape round mine after reading this post, only needs a little bit and works a treat. Don't know why I never thought of it.

Al.

jwf

841 posts

183 months

Wednesday 9th August 2006
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your @ the nice person who solved this are a legened as mine has been driving me nuts since a new boot was fitted due to an acident i had and makes sense that theses would be in a diff setting to my old ones

derbygreg

364 posts

192 months

Saturday 12th August 2006
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Thanks for the tip, thats sorted my boot rattle out!