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HM3
06-09-2005, 12:44 PM
Hi guys, I bought my 04 M3 SMG last week and needless to say, I am enjoying it a lot!

Now for my questions: My office does not have a covered parking area and the car stands in the sun all day long and gets really HOT. I have read posts on this board the the black Nappa leather that I have will get damaged really quick because of the high heat. I have already bought the BMW windshield sunshade and I try to park the car where it can get some shade duing the day. Does anyone has any advice on what I can do to protect the interior and leather from heat??

Also, I have read several posts on this board here recommending the SpinneyBack leather kit, so I will be getting that (Any comments on that?).

Now for the Dash and other plastic surfaces: How do you guys clean and protect these? I really like the matte look of these surfaces and all the "Vinyl protectants" I have found turn them shiny. Can you recommend any product for the interior (non-leather) surfaces that will protect and clean the interior and will keep the matte finish?

Thanks to all in advance.

-HM3

bren
06-09-2005, 02:52 PM
Hi guys, I bought my 04 M3 SMG last week and needless to say, I am enjoying it a lot!

Now for my questions: My office does not have a covered parking area and the car stands in the sun all day long and gets really HOT. I have read posts on this board the the black Nappa leather that I have will get damaged really quick because of the high heat. I have already bought the BMW windshield sunshade and I try to park the car where it can get some shade duing the day. Does anyone has any advice on what I can do to protect the interior and leather from heat??
BMW solar sunroof fan kit should do the trick.

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/solarpanel-front.jpg

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/solarpanel-back.jpg

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/solar-on-2.jpg

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/fans-1-med.jpg


Now for the Dash and other plastic surfaces: How do you guys clean and protect these? I really like the matte look of these surfaces and all the "Vinyl protectants" I have found turn them shiny. Can you recommend any product for the interior (non-leather) surfaces that will protect and clean the interior and will keep the matte finish?
I use the stuff from Griot's Garage.

HM3
06-09-2005, 05:15 PM
Hi Bren, thanks for the reply. The Solar fan kit definitely looks promising. Can you tell me where did you buy it from and did you install it yourself or got it installed. If you installed it yourself, how hard was it?

Any one else has any experience with this Solar fan kit?

I went to the Griots Garage website and swa a whole lot of stuff and didn't know what to get for the interior. They have a Rubber Cleaner, some quick shine stuff but I did not notice anything specifically for the interior. Am I just overlooking the stuff? Also, how shiny does this stuff from Griot's Garage make your dash? I like the matte look it has now.

Thanks in advance,
HM3

bren
06-09-2005, 05:40 PM
I don't have a sunroof so that fan kit wouldn't do me any good :p I saw it on another message board. BMW makes it but that is all I know.

Griot's vinyl/rubber dressing is not greasy or shiny at all.

MMME30W
06-09-2005, 06:32 PM
Hi guys, I bought my 04 M3 SMG last week and needless to say, I am enjoying it a lot!

Now for my questions: My office does not have a covered parking area and the car stands in the sun all day long and gets really HOT. I have read posts on this board the the black Nappa leather that I have will get damaged really quick because of the high heat. I have already bought the BMW windshield sunshade and I try to park the car where it can get some shade duing the day. Does anyone has any advice on what I can do to protect the interior and leather from heat??

Also, I have read several posts on this board here recommending the SpinneyBack leather kit, so I will be getting that (Any comments on that?).

Now for the Dash and other plastic surfaces: How do you guys clean and protect these? I really like the matte look of these surfaces and all the "Vinyl protectants" I have found turn them shiny. Can you recommend any product for the interior (non-leather) surfaces that will protect and clean the interior and will keep the matte finish?

Thanks to all in advance.

-HM3

This thread may be useful:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93054&highlight=303

I use the Aerospace 303 protectant for the dash and Pinnacle for the seats. I live in Fla and have a black leather interior, so pretty hot most days in the summer. I have the BMW sunshade for the front window and the OEM rear side sunshades on the back side windows. I have a rear window (manual) sunshade I have not installed yet as well.

I don't have tint on the windows but folks here in the south swear by it. I can't quite get past the chance of reduced visibility at night, right at the moment.

rj

gr8330
06-09-2005, 08:05 PM
Car cover

Pinecone
06-12-2005, 12:27 AM
Car cover would be best.

I use a windshield sunshade (no sun roof also)

For interior I use Mequiar's stuff. I forget exactly which one (remote from Kenya right now), but it stays nicely matt finished.

HM3
06-13-2005, 01:42 AM
Pinecone, for the interior are you talking about the Meguiar's Natural shine product? They claim on their website that this stuff does not "shine" the interior. Here is a link to see if you recognize the bottle: http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Natural-Shine-Vinyl-&-Rubber-Protectant&sku=G-41

Also, even though I ahve ordered the Spinneyback leather care, some people were recommending the leatheriqu stuff? Anyone offers comparison of the two?

Thanks,
HM3

Pinecone
06-14-2005, 01:39 PM
Yeah, that looks like the stuff.

I use Spinneybeck stuff. I think that the Maddox Bros know more about BMW leather than BMW. :)

bren
06-20-2005, 05:50 AM
Just to clarify.....I DO NOT have the solar powered fan kit on my car and no I don't know how much it costs or what the part numbers are. Anyone interested in this should call their BMW dealer's parts dept.

Oh, and not being able to edit posts is lame! :tsk:

troymerritt
06-20-2005, 09:26 AM
BMW solar sunroof fan kit should do the trick.

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/solarpanel-front.jpg

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/solarpanel-back.jpg

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/solar-on-2.jpg

http://m3.mayzurk.com/meem/parts/fans-1-med.jpg



I use the stuff from Griot's Garage.
what is that webiste. I really like the sunroof fans. That is so awesome and ingenius. I will be moving to Texas, so I need to have something like this. How much does it cost, and can you install it yourself or do you suggest a mechanic or shop to do it. Thanks, Troy Merritt U.S. Army Germany

troymerritt
06-20-2005, 09:33 AM
Hi, my name is Troy and I have a 2005 M3. I am a soldier and I am currently stationed in Heidelberg Germany. I am about to get stationed in Texas and I would like to know where and how much it costed for the solar sunroof. Please tell me how I can order one.

Also, are those the M stickers they sell on ebay. If so, do you like them. Thanks, Troy Merritt U.S. Army Germany :thumbup:

HM3
06-26-2005, 08:51 AM
Guys, I finally was able to contact the person who has the RED M3 in the pics above and here is what he had to say about obtaining the Solar roof kit:

hi,

apologies for the delay. vaheh at the internet parts department at crevier
bmw was able to get it for me. give him a call, i'm sure he'll take care
of you!

--meem

I am planning on calling that guy on Monday to see how much it costs. Will update this thread when I get the info.

Topazman
06-27-2005, 01:01 PM
Go onto www.realoem.com and you can see the system and the prices I think it comes to in around $1,000 for the glass roof and the headliner for the roof with the fans

Topazman