Rubbing Noise From Rear Differential When Turning on BMW M3

During tight, slow speed turning, a rubbing noise can sometimes be heard from the rear of the car. This noise is likely coming from the clutches in the limited slip differential. If the noise persists, the differential fluid can be replaced with a special oil available from BMW. On higher mileage vehicles, this noise may never be eliminated unless the differential is replaced.

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Average mileage: 53,476 (4,500–97,960)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
8 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
14 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
2004 BMW M376,000
I hear the same rubbing noise when making tight uturns.
2008 BMW M332,000
Rubbing sound from the rear of the car when cold (just started), during tight cornering. Goes away once the car is warmed up.
2004 BMW M374,000
Rubbing sound in rear axle when first started making a slow tight turn
2004 BMW M324,300
Growling sound from rear when making U-turn or a hard left at slow speeds. Replaced rear differential fluid
2003 BMW M360,000
noise started at 10k, dealer changed fluid fixed for awile, noise came back. Changed to Redline
2010 BMW M3- Manual Transmission4,500
Same rear end moan during slow tight turns.
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