The doors on my 97 would rattle if I closed the door when the window was down from the day I picked it up at the dealer's lot in May 97 until I sold it 6 years later. The 03Z I purchased then did the same thing for another 6 years. If your car door rattles when it is closed with the window down I would say it is normal and don't worry about it. If it rattles when you close the door with the window up GM had a TSB to address that issue.
Fixed mine the other day. Driver side rattled when it wasn't up. The passenger side was quiet and no rattle up or down. Took panels off both doors to see the difference. The passenger side was adjusted with the tip in against the felt pads at the top rear and the felt button at the front.
The driver door had the felt (2 strips) missing at the rear & wasn't even close to the felt, hence the rattle. Couldn't find these strips anywhere so I took some wide velcro (the soft felt side - maybe 2" wide), cut it the same as the passenger door side but left it 2" wide instead of cutting it in two strips & installed it. Then adjusted the tip in. You can adjust the tip in without taking the door panel off by removing the red reflector but can't replace the felt with the panel on,(if you need to). The other tip in adjustment is at the bottom front of the door. Have to remove the rubber boot covering it. Anyway, adjusted the tip in so both touched the felt and were not loose. Now the driver door is as quiet as the pass. side door, no rattle up or down when you close the door. It's now tighter against the weatherstripping and no wind noise. Make sure after the adjustment, you close the door gently to make sure it goes under the clip at the top & not against it or it make chip or break the glass. Take care closing the door til you get it right. This is a easy adjustment but you can't be rough or reckless with it. I played with the adjustment little at a time til I got it just right. I started to take some pics but figured mine was the only one that rattled.
Hope this helps some.
Did it from new ehhh? Hmmm...hard to believe that got past QA engineers that examine fit and finish. Interesting.
I am pretty sure they don't roll the windows down and close the doors.
By the way somebody asked me to look up that TSB and I found I was wrong. It was for doors with the windows down. Here is the TSB:
#83-15-05: DOOR GLASS RATTLE (INSTALL INSULATOR) - (Apr 24, 1998)
SUBJECT: DOOR GLASS RATTLE (INSTALL INSULATOR) MODELS: 1997-98 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE COUPE CONDITION:
SOME CUSTOMERS MAY COMMENT THAT THE DOOR GLASS RATTLES IN THE FULL DOWN POSITION WHEN CLOSING THE DOOR. CAUSE:
THIS CONDITION MAY BE DUE TO THE GLASS RATTLING AGAINST THE REGULATOR PULLEY AND CABLE GUIDE. CORRECTION:
1. REMOVE TRIM PAD.
2. CLEAN CABLE GUIDE AND ROLLER WITH GENERAL PURPOSE CLEANER. SEE FIGURE 1.
3. INSTALL A PIECE OF HOOK AND LOOP MATERIAL (LOOP SIDE) TO THE CENTER OF THE ROLLER AND ALSO TO THE FRONT OR REAR GREEN COLOR CABLE GUIDE. SEE FIGURE 1.
4. REINSTALL TRIM PAD.
Not only does my 1998 Coupe rattle when you close the door with thw glass down, BUT it also rattles with the window all the way down while driving. You only have to touch the up button to make it stop rattling, you can't even see the glass after this.
Years ago I adjusted the tip-in when I got a new top, maybe I went too far?
My 98 coupe rattles a bit when the window is part way down but I think there is an adjustment you can make inside the door to hold the window better just something my friend told me but I haven't looked into it yet best of luck
From the day I picked up my new 2000 vert the windows have rattled when they are down and the door is shut. Even if gently shut.........rattle, rattle. I have never cared enough to do anything about it. When under warranty I thought that the rattle would be easier to live with than having a dealer try to fix it.
Now I am so used to it I don't think a thing about it. Gives me warm feelings and memories about my first car, a '51 Chev. 4dr.