Emergency door handle guard switch

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long time listener....first time caller.

Has anyone created a guard switch to prevent the "normals" who aren't familiar with the M3 inside door opening button to prevent that latch from being pulled?.

Or is there a simple DIY that doesn't look atrocious?.
 

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When our car goes in for PPF and ceramic installation, I plan to put painter's tape over it. When showing the car to friends and family I've mentioned it immediately when they get into the car. No issues yet.
 

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long time listener....first time caller.

Has anyone created a guard switch to prevent the "normals" who aren't familiar with the M3 inside door opening button to prevent that latch from being pulled?.

Or is there a simple DIY that doesn't look atrocious?.
Welcome to the site!

I’ve been diligent in explaining to passengers, but frankly from a safety standpoint I don’t intend to block the functionality. The car won’t break from one or two pulls on the manual release so you should be ok as long as it’s not habitual! :)
 

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long time listener....first time caller.

Has anyone created a guard switch to prevent the "normals" who aren't familiar with the M3 inside door opening button to prevent that latch from being pulled?.

Or is there a simple DIY that doesn't look atrocious?.
 
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I'm with the OP. This is a needed accessory.

In the past 30 years of driving I've been involved in zero accidents (never mind accidents that would cut power to the doors) and in the past two months of M3 ownership I've had at least 5 people open door incorrectly (despite giving them explicit instructions on how it operates).

So I either need the cover or smarter friends...

I'd rather explain to every occupant that in in case of power loss remove this clip to emergency open the door then tell them to not open the door the way they have done it in every other car they have ridden in.
 

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Banish them to the back seat until they learn to press the button. ;)
 

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I think the RPMTesla vinyl skins will go along way to deterring people unaware from using the emergency handle.
 

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Black painter's tape should not contrast too much with color of the trim and is not too hard to tear in an emergency, as long as you are aware of the emergency latch.
 

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I think the RPMTesla vinyl skins will go along way to deterring people unaware from using the emergency handle.
Agreed - if someone can't see the latch, they won't pull it.

My only hesitation with this is the rash of recent complaints about that source - they appear to have been sitting on orders lately with no communication. Further, their center console wraps have been reported by a few customers to be off ever so slightly. If I'm paying well over $100 to wrap my center console and at least two of the piano black handle areas, I would expect accurately measured and trimmed products. I mean, it's literally the only reason for purchasing them that way versus just buying the 3M vinyl one's self.

Then again, they're the only game in town at this point, if one's not willing to DIY.
 

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Sorry, maybe I missed something, but what's the problem with using the latch exactly?
 

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Sorry, maybe I missed something, but what's the problem with using the latch exactly?
It opens the door without lowering the glass, potentially damaging or getting the window out of alignment if used on a regular basis.

I’ve also seen some people claim if used, it could brake the in-door cable it is connected to, but think they are misunderstanding the reason for avoiding the emergency latch.
 

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It opens the door without lowering the glass, potentially damaging or getting the window out of alignment if used on a regular basis.

I’ve also seen some people claim if used, it could brake the in-door cable it is connected to, but think they are misunderstanding the reason for avoiding the emergency latch.
My understanding was that the biggest potential issue was damage to the rubber seal.
 

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That "thunk/rattle" sound the glass makes when the door is opened manually sure makes me scared the glass will shatter. I know it's tough but still...

For that matter, has anyone had passengers who shoved the door closed USING the glass frame? That's one of my biggest fears though it hasn't happened (knock on wood).
 

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Was just looking at the RPM Tesla options, not sure how those would deter someone from pulling the manual release.

Now off the top of my head, if they had a red wrap for the latch handle itself and maybe a green one for the door release button, that might help. Except for those people who don't understand that red typically means 'do not touch!'

The green I would probably skip actually, but I'm liking the idea for the red on the manual release.

I e-mailed rpmtesla asking if they'd considered it, we'll see if they respond.
 
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Agreed - if someone can't see the latch, they won't pull it.

My only hesitation with this is the rash of recent complaints about that source - they appear to have been sitting on orders lately with no communication. Further, their center console wraps have been reported by a few customers to be off ever so slightly. If I'm paying well over $100 to wrap my center console and at least two of the piano black handle areas, I would expect accurately measured and trimmed products. I mean, it's literally the only reason for purchasing them that way versus just buying the 3M vinyl one's self.

Then again, they're the only game in town at this point, if one's not willing to DIY.
I put RPM's $55 matte stealth film on my center console. Film fit perfectly. Looks great. No complaints with them.

I don't think they are any worse than any other small business that is a little informal with customer communications. Certainly don't see any ill intent or deception, in my experience.
 

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I put RPM's $55 matte stealth film on my center console. Film fit perfectly. Looks great. No complaints with them.

I don't think they are any worse than any other small business that is a little informal with customer communications. Certainly don't see any ill intent or deception, in my experience.
I honestly don't think ill intent matters if they're just doing a poor job. I also never attributed their issues to ill intent or deception to begin with. Further, I don't understand why being a small business means anyone should accept less from a company, but whatever.

There are numerous others who have posted bad experiences with them here, but I'm glad your order worked out, though the stealth product is a different product than the others (PPF vs vinyl).
 
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I used a film similar to XPel film. I cut a small strip and taped. In case of emergency, it’s easy to access.