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      09-10-2011, 05:41 AM   #23
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I don't see why everyone is against automatic car washes so much?? I take mine all the time to these. As long as it's a touchless wash, I don't see how any damage can occur. There's two local ones I go to on a regular basis. One you drive in, stop/park, and the spray/soap moves around your car. The other one is belt driven with no rails. Been doing this since 2003 when I got my E46 M. Not a single bad incident. They're quick, easy, cheap, convenient and do a pretty good clean job. I also take the car to a pro cleaning shop for a wax twice a year (right before and after the winter season). Yes I'm that lazy to wash/wax my car, would rather pay a machine or someone to do it for me..
Sounds like the OP took it to a belt driven wash that grabs the wheels along a rail. Avoid those!
I agree that touchless ones aren`t horrible but there are downsides... first, the chemicals they use are very harsh and will strip the wax you spent a lot of money on quickly (I bet within two auto washes). Second, a lot of these places use recycled water that is filtered. Ultimately, you are shooting little dirt specs at your car at 100mph from the jet sprays. Whether this is really bad or not, who knows.

I will take my car to the self wash places and spray off the car myself but without the chemicals, etc in winter. I avoid the auto wash because I dňn`t want my my paint protection getting stripped via harsh chemicals, etc.
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      09-10-2011, 12:38 PM   #24
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You're taking a lot of risk by paying for a car wash. It's like parking your $70k on a ghetto, busy street. This should be a lesson. Learn to love and care for your owned car is all there is in here.
It should my lesson
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      09-10-2011, 12:40 PM   #25
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I don't see why everyone is against automatic car washes so much?? I take mine all the time to these. As long as it's a touchless wash, I don't see how any damage can occur. There's two local ones I go to on a regular basis. One you drive in, stop/park, and the spray/soap moves around your car. The other one is belt driven with no rails. Been doing this since 2003 when I got my E46 M. Not a single bad incident. They're quick, easy, cheap, convenient and do a pretty good clean job. I also take the car to a pro cleaning shop for a wax twice a year (right before and after the winter season). Yes I'm that lazy to wash/wax my car, would rather pay a machine or someone to do it for me..
Sounds like the OP took it to a belt driven wash that grabs the wheels along a rail. Avoid those!
right, he hit the rail.
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      09-10-2011, 12:41 PM   #26
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I still can't wrap my head around why anyone would take a 60K+ car to a cheapo carwash....
still paid $24.99 for it.
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      09-10-2011, 12:42 PM   #27
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lol at car washes. Do it yourself if you have any pride in ownership– nothing more satisfying than cleaning it yourself.
living in a aprtment,
not too convenient to wash it by yourself.
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      09-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #28
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i take mine to a car wash

but hand wash only

and I'm watching them like a hawk

They remember me now lol.

They do a great job for $17 with tip
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      09-10-2011, 05:47 PM   #29
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living in a aprtment,
not too convenient to wash it by yourself.
so do i. Where there's a will, there's a way.
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      09-11-2011, 02:37 AM   #30
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i got the same issue, its front and rear left, and its worse then yours. my dealer told me it will cost me $280 to repair and paint them
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      09-11-2011, 03:39 AM   #31
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Wait you took your car where?
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      09-12-2011, 11:08 AM   #32
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Wait you took your car where?
the one next to Target, Willow Grove
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You're gonna pay more than $25 now I guess huh?

When I was living in an apartment I took mine to one of those outside spray your car down places, but I took all of my hand washing stuff and did it myself. Nothing but my equipment touched the car.

Paid much less than $24.99 to basically just spray the car down with their spray thing.

Like someone else above said, where there's a will there's a way. Now you'll have to pay $100+ to have the wheel fixed because of the people that work at car washes because they don't care about your car.
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      09-13-2011, 09:53 AM   #34
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living in a aprtment,
not too convenient to wash it by yourself.
You can do a pretty good wash with Optimum No Rinse (ONR) as long as you can fill 2 buckets with 2 gallons of water & carry them out to your car. If that's not possible, you can use Optimum Opti-Clean and a bunch of thick microfiber towels, but I don't trust that yet.

I like to spray ONR on in the quick-detailer strength & then use a grout sponge to wash the car. Make sure you rinse out the sponge in between small areas (I do the hood in 4 sections) in a 2nd bucket of clean water with a grit guard. This way, your fresh ONR bucket stays clean. You can buy all of these things from forum sponsors. I get my grout sponge & buckets from Home Depot. You also need 2-3 good microfiber drying cloths, I like the waffle pattern ones. Any of the detailing shops that sell ONR & Grit-Guards will have these.

The car will much easier to clean if you keep a coat of sealant or wax on it. The type doesn't matter, as long as it is of decent quality. I've used One Grand, Autoglym, Meguiars, and Griot's and they all work well as long as you keep a fresh coat on.

http://www.optimumcarcare.com/onrwns.php?li=2
http://www.gritguard.com/the-grit-guard-insert.html

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...catalogId=1005

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      09-13-2011, 10:58 AM   #35
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I took a friends car (non-BMW) to a car wash and saw those rails that bring the car through. I swear to myself that I will never do that to my car ever... =(
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      09-14-2011, 10:23 PM   #36
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Although I am new to this and have not ordererd my wheels yet, that picture made me cringe...I hope you can fix it and work things out.
Also, thanks for the directness with auto car washes.
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      09-15-2011, 07:27 AM   #37
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I would never take my car to one of those car washes. Much less allow some chuckle head to drive it.

You should be able to get the rim repaired. Although the car wash should be liable for the damage, probably easier to just get it done yourself rather than spend money on a lawyer.
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I would never take my car to one of those car washes. Much less allow some chuckle head to drive it.

You should be able to get the rim repaired. Although the car wash should be liable for the damage, probably easier to just get it done yourself rather than spend money on a lawyer.
chuckle head very nice three stooges reference
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      09-18-2011, 06:00 AM   #39
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No one, and I mean no one will never ever lay their hands on my M3, period. I drive it, wash it, and pay it, so it's just me, and no one else. I do consider my M3 to be my 4th dependent (wife and 2 kids), so that being said, it means a lot to me, like a family. It takes me between 4 to 5 hours in washing my M3, from hand-washing to hand-drying, and finally to detailing (exterior and interior). I've even take all the wheels off in every wash, so the inside fenders and most importantly my wheels are immacualte clean, all the way around. Take pride of your BMW my friend, and D-Y-S...
...it's worth it!
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No one, and I mean no one will never ever lay their hands on my M3, period. I drive it, wash it, and pay it, so it's just me, and no one else. I do consider my M3 to be my 4th dependent (wife and 2 kids), so that being said, it means a lot to me, like a family. It takes me between 4 to 5 hours in washing my M3, from hand-washing to hand-drying, and finally to detailing (exterior and interior). I've even take all the wheels off in every wash, so the inside fenders and most importantly my wheels are immacualte clean, all the way around. Take pride of your BMW my friend, and D-Y-S...
...it's worth it!
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