My e39 is booked in to the dealer for the fourth time in 18 months for
the rear door vapor barrier to be fixed. The dealer acknowledges that
it's a "design flaw" in the car, and I've never been charged to have
it fixed even though the car's now out of warranty. I know it's the
subject of a TSB, but I'm now getting really pissed off with periodic
soggy carpets and a damp, smelly car.
I'm just curious about whether there's some more serious or longer
term fix for this. A "secret" warranty, or something like that?
The vapor barrier was fixed again by the dealer, at no cost. They
mentioned that the one that had failed, only fitted in the last year
or so, was a "redesigned" one and it caused them some surprise that it
It was news to me that there is a redesigned vapor barrier; the dealer
was trying to dismiss its failure as an installation error.
What do I care? I just want the car to stop smelling like a wet dog
when it rains.
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