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Discussion Starter #161 (Edited)
Ahhhhh, I understand now. It looks much cleaner with two switches, instead of four window switches plus the window lock button. :thumbsup:


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Yep
When i think more this. Rear windows have been open maybe 2 or 3 times between 2005-2018.
I know this because my father bought this car new and has been in my ownership since June 2017.
Totally fine with manual handles.
Electric motors add more weight. So my winter car is superleggera. :D
 

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Cannot imagine what care your summer car will get. Tell me how you clean the engine bay? I did clean mine, it took few hours but yours looks much better.
 

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Cannot imagine what care your summer car will get. Tell me how you clean the engine bay? I did clean mine, it took few hours but yours looks much better.
Okay, no problem.

1. Snow-foam with foam lance.
2. I wait couple of minutes, then i go with detail brush and i clean all plastic parts and suspension towers etc with brush.
3. I take garden hose , i rinse with warm water.
4. Then i dry most of the water with drying towel
5. Start car and check everything is working ok
6. I apply small amount of plastic dressing with towels.
7. I apply quickdetailer for metal parts like for example suspension towers.

Here is some pics from my previous E46 325i:



 

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Finally we saw sun yesterday after 4 weeks of grey and darkness.

Saturday i used Rupes LHR 15MK2 polisher for left front fender & left front door.
Those parts was repainted in october. I applied ceramic coating, and left car for warm garage for 12 hours.
When i took car out from garage, it was really nice weather and -5celsius + sunshine!





 

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I have to report, that Teboil gearbox fluid is not working at all. -5 celsius it is almost impossible to choose gear when engine/gearbox is cold.
Today i will buy genuine oil from BMW, MTF LT-2 oil 1.2 litres. I hope it will help for my problem.
 

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Just read the full thread, I love your dedication, and the paint finish is amazing! I was a bit shocked to see the rot on the sills with the rest of the bodywork looking so clean. I'd probably keep mine in the same condition if I had a garage! As it is it stands outside all year round getting frozen in the winter and baked in the summer.

One thing I've found useful as a rust repellent (I have a Classic Mini which rust as soon as it rains!) is a product called ACF50, It's from the States, all the bikers use it here in the UK. It's like an oily substance that soaks in to everything. It was developed for aircraft and it has worked wonders on both the Mini and the BMW. Come spring, just wash the oily residue off and re-apply next winter.
 

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Just read the full thread, I love your dedication, and the paint finish is amazing! I was a bit shocked to see the rot on the sills with the rest of the bodywork looking so clean. I'd probably keep mine in the same condition if I had a garage! As it is it stands outside all year round getting frozen in the winter and baked in the summer.

One thing I've found useful as a rust repellent (I have a Classic Mini which rust as soon as it rains!) is a product called ACF50, It's from the States, all the bikers use it here in the UK. It's like an oily substance that soaks in to everything. It was developed for aircraft and it has worked wonders on both the Mini and the BMW. Come spring, just wash the oily residue off and re-apply next winter.
Hello
Yes, i was quite amazed when i took sill plastics off.
My father, first owner drove lot in gravel roads.
He was working in forest industry. Maybe pick up would be better car for him..
There was no mud flaps installed never. I think because of that, there was lot of dirt, sand and small rocks inside sill plastics. With moisture that sand / dirt caused corrosion problems.
Car was washed, maybe 6-7 times/year, not so often in wintertime. when it was my father ownership.
It was regular daily driver. Car was parked outside 2005-2017.

I do not drive gravel roads at all. I dont have to.
I will check under sill plastics every summer how things are going there.
Salt is now the worst enemy for this car, i try to avoid driving in highways if there is wet weather in wintertime.
I wash once/week with hot water.

Today is time to change manual gearbox oil, lets hope cold stifness is sorted with genuine oil:

 

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Small winter update from here. We have 18 inches of snow (45cm).
Winterbeater just works. Nothing to fix now. "knock knock"..

Car is really comfortable with 16" winter tyres

 

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Like from showroom:thumbup:.
Nothing to fix knock knock:rofl:. Sad but true phrase with these cars. Every time I start especially now in winter I wonder what is about to break.
 

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Like from showroom:thumbup:.
Nothing to fix knock knock:rofl:. Sad but true phrase with these cars. Every time I start especially now in winter I wonder what is about to break.
I know that feeling with cars.
This 316 1.8i has been so reliable, i dont have any hesitation for driving. It is nice to start in the morning, i use 230 VAC preheaters in engine + interior.
Nice warm start. Coolant is approx +30celsius and cabin +40celsius.
My car has DEFA pre-heating kit installed. Total power is 2300W including engine block heater + interior heater.

Beautiful "beater" :thumbup:
Thank you :)
 

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Discussion Starter #176 (Edited)
Finally summer tyres

I swapped summer tyres in saturday morning. Weather was very nice.



Sunday morning. It was interesting to drive home.



I washed winter tyres. Lets see you again in october.
Note: this kind of tyres we use in winter. Studded.

 

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Discussion Starter #177 (Edited)
Oil service with new air filter

12 months / 12.000km(7456miles) since last service. I decided i replace air filter, it was so cheap in my parts supplier.
Car is running without any problems. Next oil change will be 2020 April.

Mann Filter HU 815/2X Oil filter
Mahle LAK 102 Carbon type cabin filter
Mahle LX 759 air filter
Castrol Magnatec 5W-40 BMW LL04 approved oil.

 

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Discussion Starter #179 (Edited)
This car has been in garage since 4/2019, currently i am using 330ci for my daily driving.
I have small plans for this august / september. Maybe i do full machine correction once again, and re apply ceramic coating.
So then i will have fresh coat of ceramic coating in perfect paintwork. Yep, we have dark winter ahead..
Perfect glossy paintwork looks nice against clean snow and sun, what we will have in february or march.

For engine etc, i dont have any plans. It has fresh oils inside and at least in april everything was fine.
I am tempted to buy E90 LCI generation 3-series for my daily driver (wintercar) but those have so complex engines and expensive to fix.
Good second hand car is so big project to find. Most cars are so worn out or lowered etc.
 

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Discussion Starter #180 (Edited)
Winterbeater fresh from garage. I enabled insurance yesterday and now the winter season begins. It has been already freezing temps here.

 
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