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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    I'd turn it off any time you are driving spiritedly, so long as you have the skill and sufficiently cool head to do so safely.

    DSC's Hand Of God doesn't let you do anything-- no yaw, no wheelspin, no nuttin'. If it even THINKS you're having fun or about to, it whomps you back into BoringLand.

    But during daily driving, sure you should probably leave it on.

  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    postoak... My wife's '00 323iA has the tilt reverse for passenger side mirror. But her car has premium package. Can't remember whether this is standard or part of package on sedans. My '98 540i6 also has it.

    I find it disturbing in most cases and have it turned off in both. You just slide the mirror adjustment selector knob to the right so as to be able to adjust the passenger side mirror and this feature is "off". It is "on" when the selector knob is set to adjust the driver side mirror.
  • is a part of the premium package. Quite useful when parallel parking.
  • automatic basic stuff? LOL...
  • postoakpostoak Posts: 537
    When I was reading the manual about DSC, another type of traction control was mentioned. It was either ATC or ASC. The manual seems to be a one-size-fits-all affair. What is this other type of traction control and who gets it and who doesn't?
  • AST (All Season Traction) controls rear wheel spin during acceleration. It is part of the DSC system... you have it.
  • dax9dax9 Posts: 7
    The best way to safely remove brake dust and road grime from aluminum alloy rims? Anyone?
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Okay no laughing now! I found the best rememdy to remove brake dust is:

    1. pail of lukewarm to hot water.
    2. sprinkled liberally with Palmolive to make lots of suds.

    I do have to go into every nook and cranny of the wheel with the sponge, but after I wash the wheel off, it sparkles, like I just drove it out of the showroom. I don't even think though it takes more than 1 minute per wheel. That's a few precious seconds to spend making our bimmers look sharp.
  • keeping a coat of wax on your wheels is recommended. if you wash with palmolive, you'll want to rewax.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I just can't get into waxing the wheels. All the cars I've owned with alloy wheels come squeaky shiny clean after the wash. The clearcoat that is put on the wheels nowadays really seems to protect them from getting grey from the brake dust.

    If you wax it, can you wash the brake dust off with a garden hose. To me that would be the deciding factor.

  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    The price we pay for having so much fun driving such a great car. I just tell myself it is because I drive her a bit hard 'cause she is so fun to drive hard. Seems like a small price to pay!
  • Hosing off would be nice, but it doesn't work that well. They are easier to clean than unwaxed but, more importantly, there is a layer of protection against the nasty stuff that likes to eat away at the clear-coat (salt, etc).
  • postoakpostoak Posts: 537
    I pulled out my manual again -- it's ASC+T: Automatic Stability Control plus Traction and you're right, I do have it! Oh, boy! Apparently this is the base upon which DSC is built. It's all explained in the "Technology Manual", which I had forgotten about. You get so many manuals when you buy a BMW you're sort of overwhelmed with information.
  • Hi Guys! Newbie here! I will get my first BMW 2003 325XI in a month. So excited! my question is, when can i start waxing the car to protect the paint and how often should i wax my baby?
    Thanxs guys
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I would do it before it leaves the dealer:). Seriously I'm sure you going to get varied answers. Because I thought the dealer prepped it well, I didn't wax it for about 3 months. As a matter of fact because of the water restrictions, I can't even wash it now. Every month I take it to the car wash.

    But the paint is put on very well, and the clearcoat is top-notch. You don't need to "over" take care of it, unless that's what you want to do.

    But bug and tar remover is a must, and read up on the differences between the cleaner/abrasive wax polish and the carnuba wax without clearners. Klasse seems to be a favorite on this forum, it's a synthetic. You have to decide what works best for you, but the short answer is, taking car of the exterior/interior with some common sense will yield years of enjoyment from the finish. In the long run whatever cleaning regimen you decide to use is the best for your car.
  • mpynempyne Posts: 120
    about waxing our car

    your paint is cured at the factory so you can wax ASAP

    secondly if you care about your cars paint tell the dealer not to "prep it" unless you like swirl marks or worse in your clearcoat

    (check out the link below to see the damage a dealer can do to a nice new BMW)

    next go buy a micro fiber wash mitt and some micro fiber towels and some Klasse All In One and Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze. Then spend a weekend Detailing your car. Post you pics on and let them oohhh and ahhh at your car

    check out this site for car care tips

  • mpynempyne Posts: 120
    hopefully the advice was helpful

    i think it should be a prerequisite for furture BMW owners to view this link before they have their dealer prep their shiny new BMW.

    because a dealer porter boy WILL swirl you car to hell(not maybe he will), what they do is put a glaze on when they prep it so you cant see it until you wash the car, so owners beware!!!

  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I don't know what that is, but the dealer did a great job on my car, no swirl marks no nothing. The dealer may not have done that to that car, some dealers contract to have the work done. But that's just as bad. But I would hate to generalize just because a person had a problem. After all, if someone says, I brought my car to the dealer and they messed up on the repair. Nobody is going to say, don't let the dealer touch your car again.

    I don't believe in babying the car, but using a common sense approach to the car. I'm very fanatical about the ways the cars look, but I can only do what I can do. Everything else is out of my hands.
  • Spent a week up in Colorado and had a blast -Aspen, Co Springs, Denver, Boulder, Estes Park. Not many bimmers there compared to Houston. I drove all over the place in a 2002 Maxima and drove it pretty hard. I like Colorado and I am thinking about moving up there. FWIW I have also though about moving out to the Sacramento area -- I saw a post above comparing Austin to Sacramento.

    I agree about the overwhelming talk about snow tires. If it snows enough where you live then get a set -- this would apply to any make of car IMO.

    Here is the latest on my M3 order. About 4 weeks ago I ordered one from Momentum here in town and paid MSRP. I really liked my salesperson and we had a good relationship. The car was going to be ready by late January. I stopped by to visit him a couple of weeks after the order and a used M3 (1800miles) was just dropped off and traded by the previous owner. It was not prepped for sale or anything and I asked to drive it. We (me and my salesperson) approached the General Manager of the used car lot and he refused to let me drive the car saying that it was his policy never to let anyone drive an M car without purchasing it. I was dismayed and so was my salesperson. I left disappointed and a couple of days later I called BMW North and told them about it and they laughed and said I could come drive an M3 that day and that they would be happy to change my order for me. I drove up there and ordered an M3 --December delivery -- and drove an M3. My salesperson has volunteered to call me anytime another M3 is available so that I can stop by to drive it. I cancelled the order with Momentum. My experience at BMW North was terrific in every respect. When I placed the order, the General Manager actually came out to meet me and shake my hand, which I though was a nice touch, especially compared with Momentum.

    I thought the story might be helpful for anyone buying a bimmer in the Houston area. I have a number a friends who have had similar stories.
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