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    Wet Rear Carpet Fix

    This information might be useful to some folks here...


    Problem:
    -Water pooling behind the driver seat
    -Water pooling under the rear seat


    Culprit:
    There are holes under the top frame (in between where the frame gets bolted down). I can't understand what the holes are for but they need to be sealed off. It seems that BMW used various methods of dealing with these holes. If they are left uncovered, any water that gets into the area will drain into the car, pooling behind the front seats and under the rear bench. I have seen everything from stickers, caps, and plugs (as shown) used to deal with this. If you are unlucky and have a sticker covering the hole, you're likely going to have leak issues after years of the sticker getting wet. If you have caps or plugs you may be fine...


    Solution:
    Remove the top frame (2 bolts on each side). If you're missing plugs, go get some from a hardware store if you can find the right size. If that's not an option, you can get creative and silicone a small piece of hard plastic (someone mentioned margarine lid cut to size). This is also a good time to clean out the drains while the top is off. I also took the opportunity to change out my top shocks while the frame was out.
    It's also a good idea to make sure that your rocker drains are not plugged up while you're addressing this issue.

    (Pics are from the net, I couldn't take any pics during my repairs)



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    Current:
    92 325ic Mtech 770
    99í 528it
    Past:
    02í 325it - 88' 735i - 88' 325ic - 89' 325is - 85' 325e
    90' 535i - 95' 530i - 03' 530i - 88' 325ic

    #2
    where is this?

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      #3
      Originally posted by efficient View Post
      where is this?
      If you take the top frame off this is what youíll see. Itís hidden under the brackets that bolt down.
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      Current:
      92 325ic Mtech 770
      99í 528it
      Past:
      02í 325it - 88' 735i - 88' 325ic - 89' 325is - 85' 325e
      90' 535i - 95' 530i - 03' 530i - 88' 325ic

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        #4
        I always thought there were drain holes in that area that are supposed to drain out through the rockers. Not correct? When I remove the rear speaker cover on my vert, I see what looks like a drain hose.

        Cory
        1992 325i 'vert
        1988 320i Touring
        1977 530i
        2015 328i - Euro Delivery/Performance Center Delivery
        2001 325i - R.I.P.
        BMWCCA
        E30CCA

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          #5
          Originally posted by cory58 View Post
          I always thought there were drain holes in that area that are supposed to drain out through the rockers. Not correct? When I remove the rear speaker cover on my vert, I see what looks like a drain hose.

          Cory
          There are drains. Look at the square opening under the wire clips in the pics I posted. They drain down to the rockers. Mine didnít have any hoses, pours down to the rocker. Not sure if thatís different year to year.
          sigpic
          Current:
          92 325ic Mtech 770
          99í 528it
          Past:
          02í 325it - 88' 735i - 88' 325ic - 89' 325is - 85' 325e
          90' 535i - 95' 530i - 03' 530i - 88' 325ic

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            #6
            Originally posted by ezrez View Post
            There are drains. Look at the square opening under the wire clips in the pics I posted. They drain down to the rockers. Mine didnít have any hoses, pours down to the rocker. Not sure if thatís different year to year.

            Thanks!
            1992 325i 'vert
            1988 320i Touring
            1977 530i
            2015 328i - Euro Delivery/Performance Center Delivery
            2001 325i - R.I.P.
            BMWCCA
            E30CCA

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