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.
Car Problem Reports
BMW M3 Rubbing Noise From Rear Differential When Turning
BMW M3 Problem
Drive Train Affected: Manual Transmission
Average Mileage: 52,152 mi (4,500 mi - 97,960 mi)
Visitor, 2004 BMW M3, 74,000 mi
Rubbing sound in rear axle when first started making a slow tight turn
RUBBING NOISE FROM REAR WHEN TURNING IN TIGHT CIRCLE
Visitor, 2004 BMW M3, 24,300 mi
Growling sound from rear when making U-turn or a hard left at slow speeds.
Replaced rear differential fluid
Visitor, 2003 BMW M3, 60,000 mi
noise started at 10k, dealer changed fluid fixed for awile, noise came back. Changed to Redline
Visitor, 2010 BMW M3, Manual Transmission, 4,500 mi
Same rear end moan during slow tight turns.