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Old 01-04-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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admit it: who runs their E46 thru touchless auto carwash????

admit it!!!


i've never done it but since i got skinnyass 16" snow tires mounted and it's like -10deg now, i'm gonna go to one of those touchless carwash places...

plus i think it's a good idea to do this during wintertime coz the underbody spray will get rid of whatever gunk, sand, salt & CaCl that's stuck on the underbody.

so 1. is it safe?
2. is it worth to get the more expensive wash, ?? w/ extra waxes & stuff?
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:08 PM   #2
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Tough call. I have never used one of those before. I am too proud!! Plus, will they clean your rims?

-10...ouch.....nice and toasty here in Florida....ahhhhh 78'
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:09 PM   #3
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I've done it only once. It was actually not too bad. But I am not going to make it a habit.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:10 PM   #4
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ive done it - it may have curbed my rim - im not sure - im kinda p1ssed about it - i dont remember ever curbing that rim or any rim for that matter.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:23 PM   #5
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yea i dont know, people claim they scratch and what not, but i find it kind of hard to believe that once ina while would be so bad. i mean driving on the freeway going 100mph has got to be worse, with all the debris crashing into your car.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:30 PM   #6
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Winter wheels and tires = touchless car wash when weather is cold... go for it... then wash your wheels at lunch.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:32 PM   #7
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Winter wheels and tires = touchless car wash when weather is cold... go for it... then wash your wheels at lunch.
i did it all the time when i had stock wheels....but not since i got my 19s with 9.5" rears.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:35 PM   #8
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I've never done the touchless, but I have done the coin op. Probably wasnt the best for the car, I'll make it up in summer.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:35 PM   #9
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I only go to car washes to get cars cleaned. I don't hand wash. Too lazy. My baby has owned me for almost 3 months now but she's only been washed once. Living in Phoenix has its benefits. It never rains so I only need to rub her with a microfiber rag to scare away the dust. The wheels get cleaned twice a week though. They're pizza cutters but they're easy to clean so I like them.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:38 PM   #10
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I think that it is cool for the winter months, like you said, it gets the crap from the underbody. I did it all last winter when I was in NY. I would do it all the time though, it really just makes your car LOOK clean. One time after the wash, I took the Absorber is dry the car...and all this dirt came off. nasty
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ive done it - it may have curbed my rim - im not sure - im kinda p1ssed about it - i dont remember ever curbing that rim or any rim for that matter.

Touchless is great for quickies without damage to your paint.

I've used touchless car wash on all my cars including my Boxster S and M3 and no problems what so ever
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:55 PM   #12
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Before I'd use a automatic car wash, I'd sell my car and buy a clean one!
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:17 PM   #13
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its just a car...I use car washes all the time.

I own my car, not the other way around.
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Old 01-04-2006, 05:19 PM   #14
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I use the touchless during winter. All it does is pressure wash (not even that hard) your car. There is no harm, unless you can't pull it into the wash without rubbing your rims I don't see any reason not to. Hell, its probably better for it than rubbing a sponge over the finish .
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never ever and never will, hell I wont even go through one if someone paid me!

*my car is too low to go through one anyway
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my 2 centavos, when I used to drive in the winter. hence it's parked right now.

Touchless if I'm so lazy I wanna do the drive thru thing. But I only get basic wash/rinse - no soaps/waxes or any of that garbage. Drive-Thur wash chemicals are very harsh on the paint. Next, if I do go through Drive Thrus, I make sure they are open-drive, meaning they don't have the rails to guide your car in - most of these will scratch your rim up. I like the ones you drive into, and sign tells you to stop and it does it's thing.

But at most, when I used to drive my car in the winter I didn't bother washing it at all and detailed it in Spring (I detail for a living) or I'll go to coin up, give it a quick pressure rinse, no chemical and thats it.

It may be just a car, but I worked damn hard for it and the money I've spent on mods.
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Yeah, it's not a matter of being owned by your belongings, but of caring for them properly. Using those washes ranks up there with wearing a suede jacket in a thunderstorm or washing cashmere with hot water and dish soap.
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i ride 16" steelies in winter and my car is not lowered

the dirt and salt thrown around in Toronto is probably 10 million times worse than any cheap quality car wash soap.

don't get too attached to your material possessions guys/gals...they will always disappoint you somewhere down the line
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:15 PM   #19
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I only go through those in the winter. It does get some moisture in my headlight housing, but that's probably because mine are no longer sealed due to the halo install I had done. I think it's because of the high power spray it hits the car with.

I'm also from Toronto, and since they use salt to keep the ice off the roads, I have to wash the car often....especially under the car.
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Well I have a 2000 323Ci too, and I rode on 16" steelies in the winter in NY too, and I'm sorry your car's not lowered, and that you live in Canada. It's not about being owned by your possessions, it's about taking pride in what you've worked hard to get. If you can't take care of your car properly, how can you take care of a woman properly, because if you don't know by now, I guarantee you a woman is a hell of a lot more maintenance...and see won't let you drive her as hard...think about it and take care of your car
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