I got a ride in an E46 and noticed something funny about the windows.
The windows are kind of "stand alone"...they are not "in the frame" of
the door like on my old Japanese car. When you close the door with
the window up, the top most part of the door IS the window...ie
there's no metal frame in which the window is enclosed.
I'm not sure why BMW does this. I would think it maybe makes it look
sleeker...but you have to be careful to close the door from the actual
door and not the window. In my Japanese car you can grab the top
corner of the door, right at roof level and it's metal. In the BMW it
is the window itself.
Do they do this on sedans as well?
I'm just curious. Sorry to belabor the point.
Right, E46 coupe. I titled the thread COUPLE question it should have
been COUPE question.
I was wondering if they did that with sedans as well.
I think coupes are a little lower to the ground too. I think a sedan
would be better for me, although the coupes have a more captivating
They do this with coupes. It is style over substance and, yeah, it leads to
trouble with the rubber seals. They also have the window lower a bit before
closing and this adds to wear of the (already short-lived) window winder
mechanism. Sedans have proper framed windows, and also the under-designed
BMW is a very strange company design/engineering wise.
Some things they do extremely well and intelligently (like the in-line six
gas engines and their diesels) and some things they do really, really
ineptly and almost criminally stupidly (sun-roofs, window mechanisms, water
pumps, E36/E46 rear shock supports).
It's like once in a while the adults leave the kids in charge of
I have the convertible/cabrio, and it doesn't have a frame either.
No real issues with my 2001 - and I don't think anyone expects a door frame
on a convertible! I think it's the same body as the coupe, with the frame
stiffening... So maybe it's easier to manufacture if they limit the door
types to 2 instead of 3 for the sedan, coupe, and convertible...
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