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View Poll Results: Would You Recommend driving an E36 M3 in the winter?
Yes I would if I had winter tires. 47 62.67%
No I wouldn't even if I had winter tires. 10 13.33%
Your better off driving a winter beater. 18 24.00%
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:37 AM   #31
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^^Too funny, I feel sorry for those that feel they have to store it to keep it nice. There are two basic types of car owners: those that take care of their car and those that don't. Whether you drive it through the winter or not, if you're the type of person that takes care of your car then it will always be nice. I don't believe in storing cars (ask any of my friends, one of my goals in life is to purchase a Ferrari and DD it throught the winters as well and put 1,000,000 km on it) I'm a driver, and enjoy the feel and performance of my car year round. A winter beater will not perform like your pride and joy, so you're paying extra to own a second car and not enjoy your pride year long, limiting yourself to just the 7 or 8 good weather months. Not for me. Sorry. But if you're the type of person to take care of your car as I am, if something breaks, I fix it asap, I wash my car 1-2 times/week through the winter months, I wax, and do everything I can to make sure it's in good shape. I get offers on it at least once a month, at lights, gas stations, etc... because of the shape its in..............Winter driven and all, with 313000km and counting at a rate of about 1200km/week.
Yea, it's funny how there's 2 distinct views on this. I suppose you could keep a car DECENT 9/10 through winter but 2 washes a week is not something I can handle. You'd have to inspect the car for chips in the paint every week, do touchoups, etc, triple oil undercoat. Too much hassle for a 9/10 when you can just be patient for a 10/10

That's how I see it.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:06 AM   #32
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It's defiantly been interesting to read peoples opinion on the subject. At the end of the day whoever owns whatever car will do what they want to do regardless. I was just curious to get peoples thoughts. What I do find interesting is that for the poll must people say they would drive it with winter tires.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:15 AM   #33
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It may just be a lot easier for some people to buy a winter beater for $1000 and not worry about washing it and etc... As Doogee mentioned many of us spend a lot of money and would rather not see it go to waste. Also, many people may not feel comfortable driving with others on the road during stormy conditions or icy roads. In the end it is a subjective topic so we really cannot come to a final conclusion. The op has to make the decision whether or not he can handle the responsibility of maintaining the car through the winter months or if he is better off storing it.

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^^Too funny, I feel sorry for those that feel they have to store it to keep it nice. There are two basic types of car owners: those that take care of their car and those that don't. Whether you drive it through the winter or not, if you're the type of person that takes care of your car then it will always be nice. I don't believe in storing cars (ask any of my friends, one of my goals in life is to purchase a Ferrari and DD it throught the winters as well and put 1,000,000 km on it) I'm a driver, and enjoy the feel and performance of my car year round. A winter beater will not perform like your pride and joy, so you're paying extra to own a second car and not enjoy your pride year long, limiting yourself to just the 7 or 8 good weather months. Not for me. Sorry. But if you're the type of person to take care of your car as I am, if something breaks, I fix it asap, I wash my car 1-2 times/week through the winter months, I wax, and do everything I can to make sure it's in good shape. I get offers on it at least once a month, at lights, gas stations, etc... because of the shape its in..............Winter driven and all, with 313000km and counting at a rate of about 1200km/week.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:19 AM   #34
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I defiantly agree with you on that Steve30 by the way if that's a pic of your car thumbs up!
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:44 AM   #35
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I have two cars and two different attitudes:

One is an E36 daily driver, in better shape than most I've seen despite having been winter driven most of its life. I know it's only a matter of time until things start to happen though. I've had some rust repaired and I know it's coming back eventually, so as much as I hate the thought of wintering it, I really don't see the point of letting it sit in the garage all winter, slowly rusting away as opposed to enjoying it year round and just trying to keep it as nice as possible for as long as possible. Not to mention the extra costs associated with getting a beater on the road. I rust proofed it, got some good snows, wash it frequently, and park it indoors at night.

The other is an E34 touring - a winter project I picked up over the summer. It's from Cali and, despite needing some TLC, is rust free. When I finish the B40/6 swap (donor car is my E34 540i/6 which, due to rust issues, is now 'dead to me' lol), I'll only drive it during the good months. It's never seen snow and I don't want to be the one to introduce it to that. To me this one's worth trying to preserve.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:11 AM   #36
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Lots of ppl have just got there car painted.
the car is lower
and if they do lots of up north driving or winter driving they dont want to risk losing the car to an accident.

Plus i dont trust anyone else on the roads during winter.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:34 AM   #37
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dble trouble thats great you dont want to store your car. i guess if i had a junky e30 id feel the same way :p

others want to store their car and they arent stupid for doing so. your junk heap ferrari wont make it through the winter either. it will put you in the poor house with maintenance costs though

At the end of the day do what you want to do and dont worry about what others are doing.
The m3 will be fine with winter rubber but if you can afford to have another car and want to keep your pride and joys mileage down and as rust free as possible. store it. no big deal.
Clean low mileage m3's will always fetch a bit more money than the rest of the line up. (obvious statement)


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Old 12-13-2010, 10:34 AM   #38
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:51 AM   #39
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I washed and detailed my car during the weekend, it was in my garage the whole time and i'm off to the US for a few days, taking a Taxi to the airport and my car will get a nice couple of days rest.

I can't imagine not washing my car in the winter, especially with these warm days. If you drove your car in the wet, salt would be all over the car and inside every hole, I'm not sure how ppl say washing your car doesn't clean off the salt but makes it worst, everyone has their opinion i guess.

Unless temps are constantly well below freezing, washing > not washing your car in the winter.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:46 PM   #40
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No need to be a hater, I stated my opinion, you've stated yours HondaBOI!
Im a hater? i make a joke and im a hater?
yet you are sitting on your soap box hating on people who want to store there cars , basically calling them stupid
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:39 PM   #41
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Im a hater? i make a joke and im a hater?
yet you are sitting on your soap box hating on people who want to store there cars , basically calling them stupid
As I said before, All you do on this forum is hate and bash BMW, I'm surprise you even drive one.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:01 PM   #42
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maybe I should reconsider storing: today was the first day we've had any significant accumulation on the roads here and I got bumped by a pickup truck while waiting to turn out of a parking lot. Luckily there was no damage, but certainly not a real confidence-booster!
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:23 PM   #43
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Lots of ppl have just got there car painted.
the car is lower
and if they do lots of up north driving or winter driving they dont want to risk losing the car to an accident.

Plus i dont trust anyone else on the roads during winter.
I dont understand this comment at all.

Do you walk in the winter?

Also, paint, suspension and other items can be well preserved during winter.

My car is lowered> no problems.

4 of my cars out of the 6 were lowered and those 4 all saw winter, they also saw Barrie's and what you guys call up-north storms.

Just learn how to drive, put snow tires, wax your car and go enjoy your car.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:38 PM   #44
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Im a hater? i make a joke and im a hater?
yet you are sitting on your soap box hating on people who want to store there cars , basically calling them stupid
Your worst then a hater. Your a troll who's an idiot, has no life and just tries to stir up shit from behind a computer while stuffing his face with cheese puffs and dreaming of the day people will actually want to listen to him.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:41 PM   #45
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As I said before, All you do on this forum is hate and bash BMW, I'm surprise you even drive one.
wait.. what? how did he do that?
all he said was if he had an e30 with 300 000+km he wouldn't store it either, which i don't think anyone would disagree on
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