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Mini F56 owners - Does your car have this gap between the dashboard and door seals?

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Greetings all, ;)

I have lately received my new F56 and noticed the following gap:

Do you have a similar gap or maybe a smaller/bigger one? If you do, could you please upload a picture?

I doubt this gap came from factory. At first I suspected that an improper aftermarket installation of reverse parking sensors might have caused this, but since I have seen two additional ones with the same gap, I am unsure.

The ones at the dealer's showroom experienced no gap, but if I put my finger there it is obvious there is no permanent contact between the dashboard and the door seals.

Is it purely an aesthetic fault or does it have additional implications regarding the correct technical and mechanical operation of the car?

Thanks! :)
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I went to the dealer who did just that but the gap is still there.. They say the next move is to to disassemble and reassemble the entire dashboard.

Should I let them do that? On the one hand, such a gap is annoying, especially on a car made by BMW. On the other hand, it is risky to perform such an "operation" - I might receive the car with some rattles and scratches due to less than careful attitude of the workers, etc..

What say you?
Well all I can say then is that they did it wrong, over the gap should be a flap, the flap on yours is stuck behind and the door seal not pushed on far enough.
The flap attempts to grip but the gap is too wide for it to latch on the plastic so it latches onto itself.

Does anyone else have this gap?

siriuszero, indeed you are correct! I never realized it isn't standard in some regions.
The switch is for baby seats indeed (the passenger seat does have sensors, but for seat belt warning). When the switch is set to "off", an indicator light is lit where the rear view mirror is.

As for the gap, is it not strange that at the dealer's all the cars had no such gap? Maybe they have carefully chosen them for that reason?

On a personal note, I must say it is rather disappointing to find such a QC issue/design flaw on a (presumably) BMW.. :(
I have spoken with the dealer, and they updated me that after a thorough enquiry the Germans are saying the plastic bit that encloses the airbag switch is deformed. They are sending a new part for my car. :)

I will update this thread as necessary.
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