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Old 06-30-2013, 02:35 AM   #1
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So, its been exactly 2 weeks since I picked up my Alpine on Grey 04 M3 and I'm very happy for the most part, but have a few rants about the car after acclimating myself with my first Bimmer ever.

1. No Homelink. For a BMW that costed nearly $60K brand new, why does this car not have homelink as a standard option? My wife's old '99 Infiniti G20 has this so why oh why do I need to pay $60+ to add this to my high end Euro? With the lack of storage space as it is, carrying 2 remotes(1 for the garage and the other for the security gate) is a little cumbersome.

2. There's a built-in mic but bluetooth connection is not standard? Same as above. A car of this class should have these things standard. Guess I'll be using a clip on bluetooth speaker.

3. Rubber window molding is crap. The exterior of the car was in pristine condition thanks to the previous owner, however, 1 glaring aspect stood out. The rubber molding on the driver's side rear quarter window was almost completed cracked and deteriorated! The passenger side is also on it way out. What gives? My 21+ yo Nissan Sentra's rubber molding looks better than the M3's, so does my wife's weathered G20? I seriously hope BMW changed their supplier cuz whoever supplied the E46 was garbage.

4. Front seatbelt design = accelerated wearing on the side bolster and door armrest. There's very_little_clearance between the door and the side bolster when the door is closed so when you put your belt on when getting in the car will cause you to rub the belt on these surfaces. hence why so many M3s have worn down side bolsters and scratched up door armrests. I have to be super careful just to "preserve" these areas.

So how many of you share my rants? I know I'm not alone! Still love my M3 regardless.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:46 AM   #2
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
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If those are your greatest complaints - you are looking for nits to complain about.

Check back with us when your VANOS fails, SMG pump goes south or you find your subframe has failed..
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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if those are your greatest complaints - you are looking for nits to complain about.

check back with us when your vanos fails, smg pump goes south or you find your subframe has failed..
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OP, the first three items you're ranting about can be easily addressed. Rather than complain about them just retrofit Homelink and bluetooth into your ///M. It's not hard to do and there are DIY's here and on M3Forum on this As for the rear window rubber moulding, pony up the cash and replace with a new trim piece...not much else you can really do about that.

Like Alan mentioned above, there's a lot more worse things to worry about concerning the ///M and preventive maintenance will help prevent those big ticket items....welcome to ///M ownership.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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2 weeks of ownership - My Initial Rants

Just thank the man upstairs that you haven't had any cooling issues. Emphasis on "haven't." Just do preventative cooling maintenance and that M3 will hopefully never overheat on you.


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So, its been exactly 2 weeks since I picked up my Alpine on Grey 04 M3 and I'm very happy for the most part, but have a few rants about the car after acclimating myself with my first Bimmer ever.

1. No Homelink. For a BMW that costed nearly $60K brand new, why does this car not have homelink as a standard option? My wife's old '99 Infiniti G20 has this so why oh why do I need to pay $60+ to add this to my high end Euro? With the lack of storage space as it is, carrying 2 remotes(1 for the garage and the other for the security gate) is a little cumbersome.

2. There's a built-in mic but bluetooth connection is not standard? Same as above. A car of this class should have these things standard. Guess I'll be using a clip on bluetooth speaker.

3. Rubber window molding is crap. The exterior of the car was in pristine condition thanks to the previous owner, however, 1 glaring aspect stood out. The rubber molding on the driver's side rear quarter window was almost completed cracked and deteriorated! The passenger side is also on it way out. What gives? My 21+ yo Nissan Sentra's rubber molding looks better than the M3's, so does my wife's weathered G20? I seriously hope BMW changed their supplier cuz whoever supplied the E46 was garbage.

4. Front seatbelt design = accelerated wearing on the side bolster and door armrest. There's very_little_clearance between the door and the side bolster when the door is closed so when you put your belt on when getting in the car will cause you to rub the belt on these surfaces. hence why so many M3s have worn down side bolsters and scratched up door armrests. I have to be super careful just to "preserve" these areas.

So how many of you share my rants? I know I'm not alone! Still love my M3 regardless.

Is the rubber strip on the Sentra the only thing thats better then on the M3? I once had a 95 neon and I think the left side marker was less faded then the one on my M3.
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Re: 2 weeks of ownership - My Initial Rants

I had the same comment about homelink coming from a Mercedes. It's just how BMW rolls, everything is optional as it should be in "the ultimate driving machine". Remember you bought a sports car, not a luxo-barge.

At least it didn't come with a cassette deck like my 2003 Mercedes. :-P

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Old 06-30-2013, 08:45 PM   #9
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For the record, I never said I was unhappy. Just "nit picking". Thought some of you would share my sentiments.

I love the car and knew the common problems that may arise in the future owning one, but these are the minor annoyances that I only came to find out about after living with it for a couple of weeks. I'll eventually pony up to add some of those "luxuries" but honestly think they should've came on the car as standard equipment. I'm pretty sure the E9x M3 does and hopefully the rubber molding is much better quality. I don't care what any of you say, the cheap rubber is unacceptable for a car of this caliber. I bought a replacement from ECS already and invested in a bottle of Einszett Rubber Gummi Pflege to hopefully protect the rest of the rubber from falling apart prematurely as well.

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Sometimes you get lucky. I was very impressed that my 1998 M3 came with a 5th matching alloy for the spare. Seemed like an unnecessary expense but it was a real nice touch.
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Pretend 1-3 are weight savings and 4 is so the car is not bulky.

Enjoy. You seem to have found a good one.

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For the record, I never said I was unhappy. Just "nit picking". Thought some of you would share my sentiments.

I love the car and knew the common problems that may arise in the future owning one, but these are the minor annoyances that I only came to find out about after living with it for a couple of weeks. I'll eventually pony up to add some of those "luxuries" but honestly think they should've came on the car as standard equipment. I'm pretty sure the E9x M3 does and hopefully the rubber molding is much better quality. I don't care what any of you say, the cheap rubber is unacceptable for a car of this caliber. I bought a replacement from ECS already and invested in a bottle of Einszett Rubber Gummi Pflege to hopefully protect the rest of the rubber from falling apart prematurely as well.

You are assuming that the car is produced with low quality rubber molding.
What are you basing that assumption on?
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[QUOTE=Alan;15538792]You are assuming that the car is produced with low quality rubber molding.
What are you basing that assumption on?[/QUOTE

All my rubber molding looks like new. I remember when looking a few years ago I did see an M3 at the dealer for an awesome price and all the window moldings did look like they came out the other end of a jungle monkey. I am assuming that if a car has never seen a garage, no matter what brand after 10+ years the molding has to get damaged by the sun.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:39 PM   #14
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ummm...you bought a 10 year old BMW,...& you're complaining about "Bluetooth" which was barely invented in 2004? May I have some of the smoke you're smoking? 10-yr-old bolster wear? Seatbelts? How over-weight are you?

You need a Honda Civic...4 door.

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If those are your greatest complaints - you are looking for nits to complain about.

Check back with us when your VANOS fails, SMG pump goes south or you find your subframe has failed..
Yup. You're in for a world of hurt.

I'm pretty sure the subframe already has cracks.
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wow, really...those are your complaints? my vanos went out last year, and my window cowl had to be replaced. if you didnt like the car, you shouldnt have bought it.
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For the record, I never said I was unhappy. Just "nit picking". Thought some of you would share my sentiments.

I love the car and knew the common problems that may arise in the future owning one, but these are the minor annoyances that I only came to find out about after living with it for a couple of weeks. I'll eventually pony up to add some of those "luxuries" but honestly think they should've came on the car as standard equipment. I'm pretty sure the E9x M3 does and hopefully the rubber molding is much better quality. I don't care what any of you say, the cheap rubber is unacceptable for a car of this caliber. I bought a replacement from ECS already and invested in a bottle of Einszett Rubber Gummi Pflege to hopefully protect the rest of the rubber from falling apart prematurely as well.
Keep saying this to yourself "ultimate driving machine".

Yes it's an expensive car, yet all the options you expect add weight and aren't useful on the track. The e92 M3 coupe is heavier than my e46 M3 vert and not as fun to throw around, so comparing the luxuries is not fair.

If you wanted a luxury sports car with all the bells and whistles, the Mercedes AMG models are better suited.

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Bluetooth didn't exist when the e46 came out. I say we count ourselves lucky that BMW added it in the final 2 years of the production cycle at all, instead of just leaving it for the e9X.
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You are assuming that the car is produced with low quality rubber molding.
What are you basing that assumption on?
BMW rubber parts in general are low quality. My coolant temp sensor o-ring failed @ 50k miles spewing coolant everywhere. I've driven several different makes past 150k miles with all original cooling parts (including hoses ). My wife's 2011 X5 's molding already looks worse than my M3's, and its been garaged since new.

I wouldn't worry about the bluetooth. I can't even use it the call quality is so bad. I've been thru 3 phones, and even bought a new Mic. The previous owner had already replaced the bluetooth module in the trunk to try to remedy the problem.

As for the homelink, its cheap enough to add, and plug-n-play. The wires are already there.
Even with the little nuances its still the best driving car, with this kind of practicality. If Honda made a car this fun I would of bought it instead.
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BMW rubber parts in general are low quality. My coolant temp sensor o-ring failed @ 50k miles spewing coolant everywhere. I've driven several different makes past 150k miles with all original cooling parts (including hoses ). My wife's 2011 X5 's molding already looks worse than my M3's, and its been garaged since new.

I wouldn't worry about the bluetooth. I can't even use it the call quality is so bad. I've been thru 3 phones, and even bought a new Mic. The previous owner had already replaced the bluetooth module in the trunk to try to remedy the problem.

As for the homelink, its cheap enough to add, and plug-n-play. The wires are already there.
Even with the little nuances its still the best driving car, with this kind of practicality. If Honda made a car this fun I would of bought it instead.
Well said, wilsel, as opposed to most of the other "responses" on this thread. Y'all are WAY too defensive. Lighten up!

Just to answer some of the wisecrack remarks. No, I'm not overweight, I actually weigh a buck fifty and am pacific islander. The dude I bought it from was the one and only owner and pampered the crap out of it, yet he still had noticeable wear on the side bolster and center armrest. The car is from sunny SD so yes, that could've contributed to the premature deterioration of the rubber moldings but again, I am comparing this to my "cheap" Nissan and Infiniti that are 5 and 15 yrs older than the M3, respectively. I'm not comparing apples to oranges here. I'm not talking about engines or transmissions, I'm talking about rubber moldings.
So apparently nobody rants about their cars on these forums? I find that hard to believe.
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