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Old 08-12-2012, 11:06 PM
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tailgate knock

Hi Guys,

Just got my 2012 M a few weeks ago. Loving the truck so far, except for one issues - I occasionally get a knocking noise from the tailgate area when I hit bumps or go over them in a particular direction

I already adjusted the upper stops and the lower latches to make the gate close very tightly. So much so that the auto-close almost won't close the upper gate.

It's still there.

Any ideas of what I can do to make this go away? It's incredibly annoying on what is otherwise a fantastic vehicle.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:59 PM
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Hi Guys,

Just got my 2012 M a few weeks ago. Loving the truck so far, except for one issues - I occasionally get a knocking noise from the tailgate area when I hit bumps or go over them in a particular direction

I already adjusted the upper stops and the lower latches to make the gate close very tightly. So much so that the auto-close almost won't close the upper gate.

It's still there.

Any ideas of what I can do to make this go away? It's incredibly annoying on what is otherwise a fantastic vehicle.

I'm experiencing the same noise as well. I've tried everything, I'm down to removing the spare tire in hopes that may be the cause. I would like to hear if others are having the same issue and if so, how they corrected it.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:40 PM
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Unfortunate and annoying design flaw, since the E53. Dealer will adjust but the rattle/knock returns. Pickup some thin felt tape from any craft store (Michaels etc...) or even electric tape. Apply once or twice to the two black metal U brackets on the lower left/right that lower tailgate latches onto. Should do the trick.

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This is weird that I'm reading this. I have a 13' X5M and have the popping noise in the rear as well. Hope the felt tape works!
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This help, but did not totally eliminate the noise...more tape I guess???
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:04 PM
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I also have all sorts of squeaks/knocks from the back. I found the worst one was the back seat latch. If I pull down the backrest, it goes away. I've told the dealer multiple times and it looks like they grease the U latches. It goes away for a little while then comes back. But there might be some other places that the knocks are coming from other than just the tailgate.
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Mine is fine with no rattles so far
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knock in the back since 3rd month of ownership, dealer cured it for a little, but it awayz comes back, it does seem like a design fault, strange that BMW hasn't done something about this down the production as I read even 2012 cars have it.
how much tape did you guys apply for it to work?
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Unfortunate and annoying design flaw, since the E53. Dealer will adjust but the rattle/knock returns. Pickup some thin felt tape from any craft store (Michaels etc...) or even electric tape. Apply once or twice to the two black metal U brackets on the lower left/right that lower tailgate latches onto. Should do the trick.

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