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      03-20-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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E93 Owners- General issues chat

It's been suggested that us E93 owners get our own thread to chat about our general issues, so I'm starting one. (If there already is one, please let me know.)

Here are some of my random thoughts to get started.

- The windscreen/blocker. I don't have one but wish they were more affordable.

- I want to do the coding to allow me to open/close the roof while driving. What speeds have you all set it at?

And well, sadly, I am reporting that this is my first day separated from my E93 as it decided to overheat and die on me yesterday on the highway (in the USA too, ugh!) Damn water pump failure

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      03-20-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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*needs to be a sticky*

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wind deflector - i'll be on the look out for you

from knowing how "delicate" our hard top are.. i'd probably never try opening and closing the roof while i'm in motion.. i've seen it - its pretty cool - its gonna sucks HARD when it stops moving all of a sudden you misalign the damn thing

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      03-20-2014, 12:42 PM   #3
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wind deflector - i'll be on the look out for you

from knowing how "delicate" our hard top are.. i'd probably never try opening and closing the roof while i'm in motion.. i've seen it - its pretty cool - its gonna sucks HARD when it stops moving all of a sudden you misalign the damn thing
Well, I would set it at a low speed only. I know the others guys have done it so I'm asking for what has worked for them.

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I have my hardtop coded to go up / down at 25 mph or below. Watch for road imperfections/ driveways etc. though- could get expensive.
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I have my hardtop coded to go up / down at 25 mph or below. Watch for road imperfections/ driveways etc. though- could get expensive.
Ok thanks!
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This thread is a good idea! Just bought a wind deflector from an M3 forum member for a great price.cheapest price on eBay is $356 right now.
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This thread is a good idea! Just bought a wind deflector from an M3 forum member for a great price.cheapest price on eBay is $356 right now.
My problem is that E93s are not common in my area so finding a used one is hard. Anyways, with my problems, the wind is very last on my priorities right now.
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This thread is a good idea! Just bought a wind deflector from an M3 forum member for a great price.cheapest price on eBay is $356 right now.
I know! For $50-$100 I would have happily picked one up. But $400... I'm staying without it
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My problem is that E93s are not common in my area so finding a used one is hard. Anyways, with my problems, the wind is very last on my priorities right now.
Yeah I see, sorry about that... Hope it gets better soon!
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This thread is a good idea! Just bought a wind deflector from an M3 forum member for a great price.cheapest price on eBay is $356 right now.
I know! For $50-$100 I would have happily picked one up. But $400... I'm staying without it
Exactly!
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I know! For $50-$100 I would have happily picked one up. But $400... I'm staying without it
You will not find a working one for that low, I paid $240. And that's a great price.
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Interesting... I've never thought about needing a wind deflector for this car. The 1 series, yeah, for sure. I test drove them back to back.

But this car, one of the things I loved about it was with the windows up and top down, very little wind comes thru the front seats. Even more so, I actually hate the looks of the wind deflector, and wouldn't buy one and put it in even if it was $100.

Totally ruins the beautiful looks of the car, IMO, if I had it there, not to mention the PITA of removing it every time you want to use the rear seats for things or people:


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For operating the top while moving, I didn't know you could get that coded. Cool. Must be somewhat new. I bought a SmartTop years ago, which at the time, at almost $400, I thought was crazy, but it's one of the best devices ever! Totally worth it IMO and seriously, every feature in it should have come from the factory!

Not only does it let you move the top while driving, some of its best features are that you can operate your top with just one push of the button (fob or console), without having to hold it down the whole time. So you can open the top easily as you approach, and it's done by the time you're in and seatbelt's on. No more waiting.

You can close the top as soon as you park by just one tap of the button, turn car off and walk away, and it does it all for you. Don't need to stand there watching it.

Folds mirrors in and out when you lock car.

And auto unlocks the doors when you turn car off (if you've set the car to lock them when you drive).
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Interesting... I've never thought about needing a wind deflector for this car. The 1 series, yeah, for sure. I test drove them back to back.

But this car, one of the things I loved about it was with the windows up and top down, very little wind comes thru the front seats. Even more so, I actually hate the looks of the wind deflector, and wouldn't buy one and put it in even if it was $100.

Totally ruins the beautiful looks of the car, IMO, if I had it there, not to mention the PITA of removing it every time you want to use the rear seats for things or people:

For operating the top while moving, I didn't know you could get that coded. Cool. Must be somewhat new. I bought a SmartTop years ago, which at the time, at almost $400, I thought was crazy, but it's one of the best devices ever! Totally worth it IMO and seriously, every feature in it should have come from the factory!

Not only does it let you move the top while driving, some of its best features are that you can operate your top with just one push of the button (fob or console), without having to hold it down the whole time. So you can open the top easily as you approach, and it's done by the time you're in and seatbelt's on. No more waiting.

You can close the top as soon as you park by just one tap of the button, turn car off and walk away, and it does it all for you. Don't need to stand there watching it.

Folds mirrors in and out when you lock car.

And auto unlocks the doors when you turn car off (if you've set the car to lock them when you drive).
I would looooove that SmartTop, but again, it's a luxury I'm not paying for right now.
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You will not find a working one for that low, I paid $240. And that's a great price.
Good job, that is a great price!
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I would looooove that SmartTop, but again, it's a luxury I'm not paying for right now.
As I said, I totally thought the same way, and figured it was a waste of $. Then, having bought it, I swear, I couldn't live without it. I think it's easy to justify, if you plan on keeping the car a few years, and also, I find myself using my top way more than I would have otherwise.

I have no issues now closing the top each time I park either, because it's not a PITA to close it and open it. Don't have to worry about what I have in the car, hiding it, removing it (like my radar detector), etc.

The only thing that was a bit of a PITA was the install, which I did myself, but not hard to do.
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anyone has leaking problems when driving 80 + in a rain storm? Mine does but very little
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OMG, no. That's awful!
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anyone has leaking problems when driving 80 + in a rain storm? Mine does but very little
That sucks. I take it your out of warranty, I had some roof seals that were worn replaced under warranty, they told me that's usually the cause... Idk if that's true, I don't trust stealerships anyways.
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Don't forget to search the hard top maintenance procedures to keep it in top shape
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Yeah, I'm not looking forward to doing all that, but I will this summer.
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I have my hardtop coded to go up / down at 25 mph or below. Watch for road imperfections/ driveways etc. though- could get expensive.
Me too. I have the smart top module set to 25mph but I always watch out for the road ahead. When I do it in traffic on the freeway people back off further because they aren't sure if I might turn into a robot or not LOL! Its funny and cool! LMAO! But yeah I have never had any issues. I wouldn't do it in high wind though...
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