10-09-2002, 12:11 AM
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Rides:98 328 i, 97 2.8 litre Z3
I had this exact same problem fixed by BMW when i took it in for her oil change. I tried to many ways to fix it, all i really needed was the part. Its quite easy to fix after i watched them do it.
When the door "hooks" onto the main frame of the body there is a small plastic peice that rotates. That plastic peice over the years is worn down and or falls off in some cases. I had them check it over and all they did was take a razor and cut the old plastic peice off. They then added a new larger plastic peice onto where the door clamps down on. This did not fix the problem in full but it did help in opening it. They then realligned the place where the door latches on to-it took a while to find the exact spot but it worked. Where it latches onto there are two star bit sized screws going into the frame. They unscrwed those and realligned it, after trial and error it finnally worked. If you have any questions jsut private message me. Ill try and get some pics up later on if my digital camera cooperates =/
Hope this helps as though it was a vague description but should help nevertheless.