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      03-30-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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New X3 2.8i - rubber window gaskets

Picked up a new 2011 Space Grey X3 2.8i today. Factory ordered with just a few options:

Nav
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Park Distance control

The rubber gaskets around and at the bottom of the side windows seem to be scratched and spotted and generally messy. Don't know if this was caused by dealer prep or if it is just residue from the factory. Not worth the trip back to the dealer, bit anyone else seen this? Any suggestions on the best way to clean it?

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      03-30-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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I assume you noticed this while you took delivery, did dealer explain why it is so?
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      03-30-2011, 08:27 PM   #3
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I noticed this too when I was detailing my car. It was easily fixed with some 303 and a little elbow grease.
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Yeah, noticed that today also, mine is Space Grey too...
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      03-30-2011, 11:34 PM   #5
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Yeah, noticed that today also, mine is Space Grey too...
Mine is space grey too, but yet to take delivery, so this happens only in 28i or in 35i as well?
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I noticed this too when I was detailing my car. It was easily fixed with some 303 and a little elbow grease.
Thanks, What is 303? It is not something I am familiar with.
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Thanks, What is 303? It is not something I am familiar with.
http://www.303products.com/shop303/i...yl-cleaner.cfm

It's good stuff.
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      03-31-2011, 10:30 AM   #8
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Yep, it's generally crappy on mine too. Cleaning fixed it. I guess that is why Mercedes covers their gaskets in "cloth." The 328i LCI I had before this X3 had its gaskets covered in a velvet like material, so no scratches showed. I think the flaws, etc. are inherent to the rubber itself and not necessarily due to the factory or build quality.
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My guess-and it's purely a guess-is that it's the oil used to weather-treat the gaskets.
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      03-31-2011, 01:25 PM   #10
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May be, the stains look "oily".
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      03-31-2011, 06:24 PM   #11
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Thanks,

Ordered some online and I will give it a a try
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any of you guys want to share your space gray pics?
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any of you guys want to share your space gray pics?
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Mine arrived at dealer on 5th April, but I am out of town and have other business priorities to take care of all of this week, also my x3 diff event is coming up on 4/12, hence planning to take delivery on 4/14, will post the group with some space grey pictures as soon as I take delivery.
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My guess-and it's purely a guess-is that it's the oil used to weather-treat the gaskets.
+1. Not sure of the scratches but I can picture it and agree its probably spots from the oil

btw, we had space grey on order but changed it to the bronze
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