Rubbing Noise From Rear Differential When Turning on BMW M3

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 56,160 (4,500–97,960)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
8 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
16 people reported this problem
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I hear the same rubbing noise when making tight uturns.
Growling sound from rear when making U-turn or a hard left at slow speeds.
Replaced rear differential fluid
rubbing noise at rear end, at low speed turning left.
Rubbing sound from the rear of the car when cold (just started), during tight cornering. Goes away once the car is warmed up.
Rubbing sound in rear axle when first started making a slow tight turn
noise started at 10k, dealer changed fluid fixed for awile, noise came back. Changed to Redline
Same rear end moan during slow tight turns.