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duffy325
10-27-2004, 07:43 PM
Well its getting to that time of year, and I'm wondering for those who don't drive their cars in the winter what kind of cover they chose.

My car will be parked in a carport for the next six months but it will be somewhat exposed to some snow, wind, and rain due to it not being totally enclosed.

So can anybody give some tips on choosing the right cover?

M50E30
10-27-2004, 07:48 PM
Covercraft Technalon is not to shabby.

http://www.covercraft.com/

RevShoT
10-27-2004, 07:51 PM
get a cover that covers...

SpudBoy
10-27-2004, 08:01 PM
I picked up a BMW e36 cover and it fit like a glove on my old car. Quality was very very good for the heavy duty one. Aftermarket is probably cheaper though. You'll get what you pay for and since your ride is semi-outside I'd ensure a close fit so the wind doesn't cause the cover to wear on your paint.

good luck *th-up*

RevShoT
10-27-2004, 08:03 PM
my friend had his 32 ford apraised at 20,000 for the paint. (true candy apple red with ghost flames) well he put it in a barn for the winter with a cover, the cover was cheap and it rested on the paint, come spring when we took the cover off the cover held the moisture down on the paint and it bubbled

be careful!!!!

grossi
10-27-2004, 08:08 PM
I've heard good things about the car covers sold by BMW. The "Noah Fabric" car covers are quite good from who I've spoken to. I will be picking up one of those covers up definetly for myself.

duffy325
10-27-2004, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. I will look into these options. I don't mind paying a premium cause I just got my car painted this summer so I need proper protection.

Keep any more opinions coming.

Antz_Marchin
10-28-2004, 09:37 PM
Hey man, I looked into this same issue for my E36 M3 for about 3 weeks before I finally chose a cover. After extensive research, I went with one from covercraft over the OEM one. The oem uses NOAH fabric and is rediculously expensive because it says BMW on it (which I didn't really see as a good thing if you have it on there to keep people away/security at all either). Covercraft makes a NOAH cover which is cheaper than OEM but one step up from this one is called "Weather-tech" or something like that. It breathes as well as the NOAH but has better weather protection for snow/rain, etc. It's great and they have specific patterns for every single car (not just E36 in general) so it fits like a glove and packs really small. I'd go with this one hands down (I found mine used and mint for $110 US shipped) The only way I'd go with OEM is if you can't find a used covercraft and don't want to spend the $225+ USD from their website, cause used OEM ones are pretty plentiful in the $100-125 USD range on Bimmerforums/ebay. Good Luck -BJ

///Greco540
10-29-2004, 01:22 AM
Colgan makes probably the best car cover/bra's around.

duffy325
10-29-2004, 01:45 PM
Hey man, I looked into this same issue for my E36 M3 for about 3 weeks before I finally chose a cover. After extensive research, I went with one from covercraft over the OEM one. The oem uses NOAH fabric and is rediculously expensive because it says BMW on it (which I didn't really see as a good thing if you have it on there to keep people away/security at all either). Covercraft makes a NOAH cover which is cheaper than OEM but one step up from this one is called "Weather-tech" or something like that. It breathes as well as the NOAH but has better weather protection for snow/rain, etc. It's great and they have specific patterns for every single car (not just E36 in general) so it fits like a glove and packs really small. I'd go with this one hands down (I found mine used and mint for $110 US shipped) The only way I'd go with OEM is if you can't find a used covercraft and don't want to spend the $225+ USD from their website, cause used OEM ones are pretty plentiful in the $100-125 USD range on Bimmerforums/ebay. Good Luck -BJ

I think I will get the covercraft weathershield as you suggest. I dont mind paying for quality.