I have a 2004 MC with only 700 miles. When I drive at speeds of 50+, I hear an awful squeaking sound coming from the front passenger side in the area of the right front pillar somewhere between the dash and the roof. The "squeak" sounds like pieces of styroform rubbing together. Very annoying. The noise seems to disappears when I drive at speeds under 50 or so. I wonder if air is leaking through the windshield. The dealer recently replaced the lower exterior windshield trim piece on that side of the car. The noise just appeared today. My car has a sunroof. The noise is the same whether the is sunroof open or closed. Help!
Take it back to the dealer. It seems that whatever the dealer did when installing that trim piece is causing the noise your are hearing. get it checked not only because of the squeak but also you may develop a water leak as well.
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I figured out the problem. It appears that the problem is the trim piece. Apparently, it was not installed correctly. It flexes at freeway speeds and the flexing makes the annoying rubbing sound I have been hearing. Back to the dealer.
I took the car to the dealer today. The problem was not the trim piece but the plastic pillar cover. When the dealer installed the new trim piece, they failed to attach the pillar cover correctly (one of the clips was not secured properly). Air was leaking in at freeway speeds and creating the annoying squeak.
Dont talk about door pillar trim covers.......
First day I had my new car, travelled 100 miles on motorway (at 70 - 80 mph) only to hear first two sharp cracks, that sounded like stones hitting the inner wheel-arches, then an almighty crack......thought I'd driven into a brick ! Pulled over when I could see what appeared to be a little black fish-tail flapping near my driver-side wing mirror. The whole black plastic door pillar/window trim had disappeared. To be fair, I drove back home and Mini (Swansea, UK) fixed it that evening and I was off again.
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