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Old 05-14-2008, 10:13 PM   #16
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As the owner of a 330xi, I say get the 325i. RWD is more fun and gets better mileage. With a set of good winter tires, you will get pretty close to AWD traction.

When you decide on a vehicle, remind the dealership to NOT touch the vehicle and get it reconditioned right away by Apollo Detailing. Dealerships use glazes and generally make a muck of a good trade. Used car dealers are the worst. I remember seeing a 1998 Ferrari Spyder a while back at a dealer in Richmond Hill. When I saw it a day or two after its arrival, it was in decent condition and only lightly swirled. One week later after a dealer wash, the Ferrari looked like it had been washed with steel wool and dawn.

Needless to say, I have more advanced techniques.
I have to disagree not all dealerships use glazes when I use to work for a few BMW dealers doing detailing for them I never use glazes to hide swirl marks and hide scratches so what your saying here is not all true. the one thing I don't get is why do you trash the auto industry that you work in.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:41 PM   #17
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I have to disagree not all dealerships use glazes when I use to work for a few BMW dealers doing detailing for them I never use glazes to hide swirl marks and hide scratches so what your saying here is not all true. the one thing I don't get is why do you trash the auto industry that you work in.
My experience in the detail industry, and I'm certainly not referring specifically to you, is that few people put the effort into doing the job right, or if they do put the effort in, they do not have the education to do the job properly.

I have never worked in a dealership. But I am very familiar with their techniques, products, and I have even toured several different detailing departments. For a brief three-day period, I went to see what the competition was like and worked at a shop in Newmarket. I wasn't impressed, not by a longshot. To be fair, not all shops are like them.

I think it has fallen behind other trades, such as automotive painting. I believe the job should be done right, don't you?

I think detailers should:

1) Aim for 70-90% correction instead of 30-40% and restrict the use of glazes/fillers and use clean polishing pads and replace them when worn
2) Use clean claybar on just about every detail. It should not be a rarely used item, covered in so much dirt and grime that it looks like it was dragged across the floor
3) California Water Blades - throw them out! Use WW Microfibre so the paint doesn't get scratched/swirled. It's not even that expensive.
4) Brushes should be thrown out as well. I do not believe that they belong anywhere near a vehicle.
5) Stop relying on bulk products and choose based upon quality instead of cost.

Just a couple examples.

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Old 05-15-2008, 04:11 AM   #18
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I wouldn't say ugly.

But Facelift ZHP Coupe > Facelift ZHP Sedan (sorry mike)
i dunno man, that car is the paint and the rims. There's nothing to the car.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:10 PM   #19
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e46's look way better in coupe than sedan. e36 on the other hand, only look good with 4 doors.
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:34 PM   #20
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^^its preferance, i like e36 coupes too. just the doors on them look huge.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:32 AM   #21
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E36 on the other hand, only look good with 4 doors.
say WHAT???
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:27 AM   #22
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[quote=HoldenC;1152653]As the owner of a 330xi, I say get the 325i. RWD is more fun and gets better mileage. With a set of good winter tires, you will get pretty close to AWD traction.

i have a 01 325xi and i get 550 km to the tank, if you need better mileage then that, then go see about a toyota prius...
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say WHAT???
What I meant was that in my opinion, I like how an e36 sedan looks over an e36 coupe.
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Old 05-25-2008, 12:53 PM   #24
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It's a matter of preference. I have a 325i, but winter 2007 was pretty harsh here...so I would've been much happier if I had AWD. Or perhaps I should've simply invested in better winter tires.
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