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      05-18-2005, 01:34 AM   #31
NuovoTech
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Drives: 1996 318ti
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volsfan0911 - So would either of you still buy a red car after all of that? Was her car clearcoated? That's been the main problem with mine. I did not know how thick it was & had BMW detail my fading red 318ti, thinking that would fix the oxidation. When I went to pick it up the clearcoat was peeling off in a few places(see attached foto) after the power buffing. BMW did not charge me for the work, but eventually I talked to the district BMW rep & he said too bad, that I should have garaged it, etc. He implied I should have chose a different color?

So now my 318ti needs a new paint job(~$4K), most shops I talked to said it SHOULD have lasted much longer even if not garaged. I guess I could have waxed it more than 2x/year...so it goes. Still I believe the clearcoat was defective, 1995 was 1st year it was used on 3-series I'm told.
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Last edited by NuovoTech; 05-18-2005 at 01:55 AM.