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JJB
04-10-1999, 01:20 AM
All M owners beware! There are no easier wheels to rash and no harder wheels to repair. My wife put major curb rash on two of our wheels. Generally these can be refinshed by a wheel specialist, but not the BMW wheels with this new finish. The aluminum-like finish cannot be duplicated. This little set-back cost about $1000 to fix. After replacing these one week ago I took my car to a local car wash that I have used and have had good results with. Guess what? They ruined the rear driver's side wheel that I just replaced! The wheel is so wide and the tire is so narrow that the wheel rubbed up against the guide rails and took several chucks out of it, as well as scratching it badly. The general manager was not too happy to learn that he would be purchasing a $600 wheel for this mishap. To make a long story short, these wheels are not stocked by most dealerships and take weeks to get. I am also frustrated with BMW for putting such narrow tires on these wheels. I know that curbs hould be avoided, but give me a break; we live in cities and drive these cars often--curbs cannot be avioded. I am thinking about putting slightly wider tires on the rear to give me a bit of a buffer. I guess the alternative is a nice set of chrome curb feelers:) BTW...the new 540i Sport and the narrow-spoked 2.8 Coupe wheels have this same finish! Let me know if any of you have had these same problems. If not, then I hope this will forwarn you.<p>John

read
04-10-1999, 10:44 AM
The manual states that the car should not be taken to a car wash.

BMVW
04-10-1999, 01:23 PM
Whether at my own home or someone else's, I've always washed my own cars. It nearly always produces better results, and is never a threat to the car.<p>I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your car at the car wash, really. What confuses me is how so many people ask "where can I get my car washed?" What happened to a bucket of good car soap and a wash mitt?<p>Just odd, I guess...<p>BMVW

CoupeDude
04-11-1999, 04:03 PM
When the M Coupe first came out a couple of people posted this happening on alt.autos.bmw . I agree with the earlier post, that it is probably best to wash the car yourself.<p><p><br><i>: All M owners beware! There are no easier wheels to rash and no harder wheels to repair. My wife put major curb rash on two of our wheels. Generally these can be refinshed by a wheel specialist, but not the BMW wheels with this new finish. The aluminum-like finish cannot be duplicated. This little set-back cost about $1000 to fix. After replacing these one week ago I took my car to a local car wash that I have used and have had good results with. Guess what? They ruined the rear driver's side wheel that I just replaced! The wheel is so wide and the tire is so narrow that the wheel rubbed up against the guide rails and took several chucks out of it, as well as scratching it badly. The general manager was not too happy to learn that he would be purchasing a $600 wheel for this mishap. To make a long story short, these wheels are not stocked by most dealerships and take weeks to get. I am also frustrated with BMW for putting such narrow tires on these wheels. I know that curbs hould be avoided, but give me a break; we live in cities and drive these cars often--curbs cannot be avioded. I am thinking about putting slightly wider tires on the rear to give me a bit of a buffer. I guess the alternative is a nice set of chrome curb feelers:) BTW...the new 540i Sport and the narrow-spoked 2.8 Coupe wheels have this same finish! Let me know if any of you have had these same problems. If not, then I hope this will forwarn you.<p>: John<p></i>

Paul M.
04-11-1999, 08:28 PM
Happened to me in a parking garage. I have been told thqat wider tires do indeed solve al problems.

JJB
04-12-1999, 08:58 AM
<i>: Happened to me in a parking garage. I have been told thqat wider tires do indeed solve al problems.<p></i> Paul,<p>Do you know the exact tire measurement that works best to correct this? I plan to do i here in the next week or so.<p>JJB

JJB
04-12-1999, 09:01 AM
<i>: Whether at my own home or someone else's, I've always washed my own cars. It nearly always produces better results, and is never a threat to the car.<p>: I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your car at the car wash, really. What confuses me is how so many people ask "where can I get my car washed?" What happened to a bucket of good car soap and a wash mitt?<p>: Just odd, I guess...<p>: BMVW<p></i> Well, you know the old saying..."If I only had more time..."

JJB
04-12-1999, 09:05 AM
<i>: The manual states that the car should not be taken to a car wash.<p> Anonymous, <br>What page in the manual? Next, they will ask you not to drive it in the rain :)<br></i>


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