BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Cosmetic/Visual (Exterior + Interior) Modifications
 
OneEighty
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      09-28-2010, 12:42 PM   #1
IbanezGod
Captain
IbanezGod's Avatar
30
Rep
954
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 E90 M3
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: NJ

iTrader: (0)

M3 Car Cover?

So i've searched and each time the server fails on me. I'm looking for an all weather M3 car cover. Unfortunately I do not have a garage and would like to protect it during the winter.

Anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks!


found this... but dunno if it's any good.
http://www.amazon.com/BMW-Outdoor-Br.../dp/B00337659M
__________________
[size="1"]
2007 Porsche 911 Turbo, 1998 M Roadster, 2011 E90 M3 (sold)
Appreciate 0
      09-28-2010, 10:08 PM   #2
askjeeves
Lieutenant
8
Rep
527
Posts

 
Drives: 350z/e92 m3
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Miami, FL

iTrader: (1)

I am using that cover (e92 version) on my car. Seems decent enough in quality, though I thought the fit could be a bit better. The oem cover I have for my 350z fits perfectly snug, while the bmw cover is a little tight in some areas, and loose in others. Tisher sells the cover for $200 + free shipping iirc.
__________________
2011 e92 ///m3 zcp - jzb/fr
ED 6/29/10
Appreciate 0
      10-01-2010, 09:01 PM   #3
calintexas
Major
calintexas's Avatar
United_States
17
Rep
1,416
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 E90 M3
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Texas

iTrader: (1)

Look at the Covercraft site (http://www.covercraft.com/). Their stuff is first rate and available in many materials to meet your needs. They sell through independent retailers (that you can access from their site). I've used Big Sky Car Covers several times. The covers are UPS direct shipped to you from the Covercraft factory in Oklahoma.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      10-03-2010, 02:32 PM   #4
mdrobc13
Lieutenant Colonel
mdrobc13's Avatar
United_States
42
Rep
1,622
Posts

 
Drives: Made in Bavaria
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: On a base somewhere near or afar!

iTrader: (5)

Garage List
2012 BMW 550i  [5.00]
Send a message via MSN to mdrobc13 Send a message via Yahoo to mdrobc13
Quote:
Originally Posted by calintexas View Post
Look at the Covercraft site (http://www.covercraft.com/). Their stuff is first rate and available in many materials to meet your needs. They sell through independent retailers (that you can access from their site). I've used Big Sky Car Covers several times. The covers are UPS direct shipped to you from the Covercraft factory in Oklahoma.
Concur i had a a covercraft cover custom ordered for my M3 and cost me about $250-275 I think in color and material of my choice. Fits great, used it during my 5+ month deployment overseas where the car was kept outside and it did great. No damage to the paint and using a car cover cable lock it stayed in place perfectly. Highly recommend it.
__________________
'14 F06 650xi Gran Coupe (Carbon Black)- Mine #1
'10 e70 X5M (Sapphire Black Mettalic) - Mine #2
'12 F10 550i (Dinan modded) - Gone
'10 e71 X6 35iDrive SAV (Space Gray) - Gone
'08 e92 M3 coupe (Sparkling Graphite) -Gone
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 06:22 PM   #5
CarbonAlpine
Lieutenant
CarbonAlpine's Avatar
7
Rep
581
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 M3
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Miami

iTrader: (13)

When I went to buy the cover, bmw told me that car covers are meant to store cars in garage. That storing outdoors would damage car...is this factual?
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 06:26 PM   #6
johnnyace
Enlisted Member
0
Rep
42
Posts

 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Orange County, NY

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by CarbonAlpine View Post
When I went to buy the cover, bmw told me that car covers are meant to store cars in garage. That storing outdoors would damage car...is this factual?
No, provided you use a quality outdoor cover.
__________________

2008 E92 M3 6MT
(DD) - stock except for Dinan exhaust
1999 Corvette Convertible 6MT - heads, cam, intake, exhaust, 4.10 gears, more...
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 06:40 PM   #7
calintexas
Major
calintexas's Avatar
United_States
17
Rep
1,416
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 E90 M3
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Texas

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by CarbonAlpine View Post
When I went to buy the cover, bmw told me that car covers are meant to store cars in garage. That storing outdoors would damage car...is this factual?
It's likely that is the case with the covers that BMW sells.

I've attached the Covercraft Application Guide. Page 3 has information on the various outdoor materials that they offer. Post #3 in this thread has a link to the Covercraft website.
Attached Images
File Type: pdf Covercraft Aplication Guide .pdf (879.6 KB, 410 views)
__________________
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 06:43 PM   #8
CarbonAlpine
Lieutenant
CarbonAlpine's Avatar
7
Rep
581
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 M3
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Miami

iTrader: (13)

Thanks guys, how about when it rain...humidity?
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 06:51 PM   #9
CarbonAlpine
Lieutenant
CarbonAlpine's Avatar
7
Rep
581
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 M3
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Miami

iTrader: (13)

The WeatherShield HD is the one that I see that best protects outdoors...$375
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 07:02 PM   #10
CarbonAlpine
Lieutenant
CarbonAlpine's Avatar
7
Rep
581
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 M3
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Miami

iTrader: (13)

Is the ultratect any good? I have a daily driver and I will be keeping m3 outside on driveway all day with sun exposure 100%. Please help me with this guys, so i can order it already.

many thanks
Appreciate 0
      10-06-2010, 10:26 PM   #11
askjeeves
Lieutenant
8
Rep
527
Posts

 
Drives: 350z/e92 m3
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Miami, FL

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by CarbonAlpine View Post
When I went to buy the cover, bmw told me that car covers are meant to store cars in garage. That storing outdoors would damage car...is this factual?
BMW sells two different covers, one for indoor use, the other for outdoor use. both can be found on tisher's site.
__________________
2011 e92 ///m3 zcp - jzb/fr
ED 6/29/10
Appreciate 0
      10-07-2010, 12:55 PM   #12
raiste
Time is the fire in which we burn.
raiste's Avatar
United_States
1
Rep
161
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 M3 E92
Join Date: May 2010
Location: SC

iTrader: (2)

I just got the Evolution Block-It, mainly for the ding (lots of oak and hickory trees) and weather protection.

Just started using it yesterday, so no experience to report right now except that it is very well built, and it fits like a glove.


.
Appreciate 0
      10-07-2010, 01:21 PM   #13
kiln
Lieutenant
kiln's Avatar
United_States
9
Rep
461
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 E90 M3
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New Orleans, LA

iTrader: (6)

Send a message via AIM to kiln
When I purchase my E90 this will be the first thing to get.. Damn cats
Appreciate 0
      10-07-2010, 03:03 PM   #14
calintexas
Major
calintexas's Avatar
United_States
17
Rep
1,416
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 E90 M3
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Texas

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by CarbonAlpine View Post
The WeatherShield HD is the one that I see that best protects outdoors...$375
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarbonAlpine View Post
Is the ultratect any good? I have a daily driver and I will be keeping m3 outside on driveway all day with sun exposure 100%. Please help me with this guys, so i can order it already.

many thanks
Quote:
Originally Posted by raiste View Post
I just got the Evolution Block-It, mainly for the ding (lots of oak and hickory trees) and weather protection.

Just started using it yesterday, so no experience to report right now except that it is very well built, and it fits like a glove.


.
A quality cover in a durable fabric is expensive. The thing I recommend is to look at both what the application information says and the length of the warranty to determine if the cover will meet your needs. My primary experience is with the Evolution IV fabric with the 4 year warranty. I've had several of those (used primarily for covering my car at work (North Texas). With daily use in Texas the Evolution IV fabric lasts about 2 years (holes start appearing in the outer surface and the cover starts shedding fine particles (almost like dust)). Covercraft will replace the failed cover (no problem); so, you get 4 years of use or more depending on when your original cover fails. The Evolution fabric is bulky, but it's soft and provides some cushioning protection from outside bumps. It also rides better in the wind than the lighter fabrics. The quality exterior fabric covers are designed to get wet and to dry out. They breathe (allow moisture to pass through) so that your paint isn't damaged. Pulling a wet cover off a car can be a real pain as the covers (particularly the Evolution) can hold a lot of water (which will drain wherever you put the wet cover. I've dried wet covers in a few hours by putting them back on a clean dry car and alternately by spreading them out on my living room floor.
A few tips:
* Only use a cover on a clean car.
* Tie the cover down as best you can. You want to minimize wind billowing. It's often pretty windy in Texas. When I worked, I'd look at the weather forecast in the morning and park my car to line it up with the expected wind direction that day.
* Develop a routine for installing and removing your cover. My method is to insert the driver's side mirror pocket then the passenger side mirror pocket. I then roll the rear potion of the cover over the back of the car and finally roll the front portion over the front of the car. Removal is just the reverse. This method allows me to do it by myself in a good breeze.

With a little experience it only takes a few minutes to install or remove a cover. The upside is that your car stays cleaner, requires less wax/sealant applications, and stays looking new both inside and out for a long time due to dramatically less sun related damage.

I bought a WeatherShieldŽ HP cover for my current M3 as my needs have changed now that I'm retired to using the cover primarily in the garage to keep dust off the car, but I still wanted something that could be used outside if needed. WeatherShieldŽ HP is a thin lightweight fabric making the cover much more compact than the Evolution fabric when off the car.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      10-07-2010, 03:37 PM   #15
SM_M3
Private
United_States
0
Rep
77
Posts

 
Drives: Jet Black 2008 M3 Sedan
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Santa Monica, CA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I bought the BMW outdoor car cover for my M3 Sedan. It accomplished it's primary purpose which was getting me through a sublet situation I was in with too many cats... It probably saved it's cost in handwashes. They're a pain to clean and need to be run through a wash cycle with Fantastic, then a rinse cycle in a giant commercial washer and hand dried. If not, they'll leave soap film on your car which is kind of a pain. Only put on car when it's reasonably clean which can also be a bit of a pain when it starts raining... I live in SoCal and was glad I used one. I'd only use one if I had too due to animals, birds or trees...
Appreciate 0
      11-12-2014, 02:39 AM   #16
karenhenry04
Registered
0
Rep
3
Posts

 
Drives: Ford
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Yes, you can go for car cover which are best in material.

For M3 I think you may visit this link.
http://www.amazon.com/b?node=390620011

__________________
Appreciate 0
      11-12-2014, 08:13 AM   #17
1SICKM
Captain
1SICKM's Avatar
15
Rep
974
Posts

 
Drives: 2009 M3 E92
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mansfield, NJ

iTrader: (5)

Google California Car Covers.
__________________
E92 M3 DCT...Powered by ESS VT2 650/DCT GTS Software/Aquamist HFS-3 50/50/Morr /Toyo R888's

ATCO RACEWAY: 10.65 @ 131.79MPH 1.725 60FT
(Stock ESS 625)
Appreciate 0
      11-15-2014, 12:32 AM   #18
PandaM3
First Lieutenant
3
Rep
365
Posts

 
Drives:
Join Date: Apr 2008

iTrader: (1)

Fyi... The bmw outdoor cover is the same as the Noah cover from covercraft and california car cover. There is even a tag on it that says Noah.

That being said... The BMW cover has worked great for the M3. I keep it covered at work to keep droppings/ dirt/ leaves off the car and I keep it covered in the garage to protect the car incase of any accidents.

In fact during our last earthquake a bunch of boxes fell on the car and the cover protected the car.

I also have a weathershield HP on my FJ cruiser that stays parked outside. So far it's worked great as well.
Appreciate 0
      11-15-2014, 12:47 AM   #19
m3ray
Banned
No_Country
75
Rep
702
Posts

 
Drives: '09 e92 M3
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: New York City

iTrader: (0)

http://www.covercraft.com/carcovers/...ar_covers.html

Custom fit, I am using the Weathershield HP. Softest material, wont scratch paint but still excellent rain protection. Its a light cover so I ordered it with the grommets front/back and on the sides. This way I can lock it down. Especially importantly when using outdoor.

Here is a good comparison tool.

http://www.covercraft.com/carcovers/...r_fabrics.html

I have used covercrafts on three BMW's so far. They will run you about $250-300 and are excellent quality.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:40 PM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST