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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-22-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By dmatre
Sounds like a dead amp. Open trunk, look down on...

Sounds like a dead amp. Open trunk, look down on left side. Pry plastic tray out with your fingertips. Check for water around the amp.

If it's wet, it's dead.


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Forum: The Detail Department 08-22-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,153
Posted By dmatre
You may get more/better info at Autopia.org. ...

You may get more/better info at Autopia.org.





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Forum: The Detail Department 07-26-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 729
Posted By dmatre
Be patient, years of neglect don't come off with...

Be patient, years of neglect don't come off with a spray on, wipe off process.

Get a wheel cleaner, spray on, agitate, spray more, agitate again, etc until the crud loosens up. You need chemistry...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-19-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By dmatre
Did you test the connection at the socket with a...

Did you test the connection at the socket with a multi-meter? Could be an issue with the connector making contact with the metal tabs on the bulb.


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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-13-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 195
Posted By dmatre
Just look for photos of cars with the kit you...

Just look for photos of cars with the kit you want to buy. Your car is the same as all the others....


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Forum: The Detail Department 07-05-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By dmatre
I've used Zaino Z-9 leather cleaner on my M wheel...

I've used Zaino Z-9 leather cleaner on my M wheel for the past 3 years and it still looks/feels as good as the day I picked it up from the dealer.


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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-28-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 718
Posted By dmatre
C7 Vette. No question. Sent from...

C7 Vette. No question.


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Forum: The Detail Department 06-25-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 804
Posted By dmatre
For mail order I like Griot's Garage Car Wash -...

For mail order I like Griot's Garage Car Wash - best slickness/lubrication at ping. For OTC. Meg's Gold Class is good as well.

Personally, I like a wool mitt, but truth is that technique trumps...
Forum: The Detail Department 06-25-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 956
Posted By dmatre
If you're going to purchase ONR, look for a 'kit'...

If you're going to purchase ONR, look for a 'kit' that includes the proper Microfiber towels. They are key to avoiding micro-scratches during washing. Also check YouTube for how-to vids (there are...
Forum: The Detail Department 06-23-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 956
Posted By dmatre
That's not a problem, it's why ONR was created. ...

That's not a problem, it's why ONR was created. Fill your bucket in the apartment, grab your MF towels and go to work.



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Forum: The Detail Department 06-23-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 956
Posted By dmatre
If using ONR, you don't even need to use soft...

If using ONR, you don't even need to use soft water. It works great even with the super-hard mineral-rich water in SoCal. No spotting at all.


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Forum: The Detail Department 06-20-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,770
Posted By dmatre
I've never seen SG go yellow (silver, red & black...

I've never seen SG go yellow (silver, red & black cars), but I did notice that the car had more 'pop' after the AIO step than after SG. To me, the SG muted the shine a bit.

Someone above...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-16-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 454
Posted By dmatre
If your car is 5 years old then you are beyond...

If your car is 5 years old then you are beyond the point where paint will affect the value.

It sounds like you require perfection, so the best course would be to sell it if you can't live with the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-15-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 454
Posted By dmatre
The quality of repair/paint has everything to do...

The quality of repair/paint has everything to do with the body shop & almost nothing to do with the insurance company. Don't automatically go where they refer you. Talk to friends, make contact...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-15-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 454
Posted By dmatre
Repaint areas and repairs after hail

So much bad info here. No way the insurance company will total the car if it can be fixed for less than 75% of the current value, so scratch that idea.

The real question is: How important is...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-14-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By dmatre
Michelins are the quietest tires I've had,...

Michelins are the quietest tires I've had, regardless of type.

Reviews can help, but keep in mind they are written by the public. If 10% of the general population are morons, this applies to...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-14-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 337
Posted By dmatre
Tires won't do what you want - it takes much more...

Tires won't do what you want - it takes much more than that. Buy quality and enjoy the ride while you save up for the mods you want.


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Forum: The Detail Department 06-09-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 616
Posted By dmatre
I can confirm: they do a FAR BETTER job than the...

I can confirm: they do a FAR BETTER job than the dealer. Been there, done that. Wouldn't let the dealer come near my car with their bucket monkeys.


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Forum: The Detail Department 06-09-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,214
Posted By dmatre
I switched from Z to Optimum, and I think the...

I switched from Z to Optimum, and I think the results are better, with less effort.

I've still got 1/2 full bottles of Z2, Z5, Z8, ZCS which don't get touched because I like how easy the Opti...
Forum: The Detail Department 06-03-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 616
Posted By dmatre
I've seen it noted here before that the use...

I've seen it noted here before that the use Meguiars.


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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-03-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By dmatre
More likely the tires are worn & feathered. I've...

More likely the tires are worn & feathered. I've had tires that were so loud that I've changed them with more than 1/2 tread left.




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Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 05-27-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By dmatre
335 should fit fine. You can check fitment...

335 should fit fine.

You can check fitment (and purchase if you wish) at Tire Rack or Shox.com. I've purchased from both & both have been around for ages.
Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 05-26-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By dmatre
Koni shocks- will they fit!?

M3 rear shocks will not fit. The mounting hardware is completely different.

Look for 328/325/335 fitment.



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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-19-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By dmatre
If comfort is your goal, pass on the Bilsteins. ...

If comfort is your goal, pass on the Bilsteins. They are harsher than most.

Best choice would likely be to go to Koni FSDs, which have good reviews.

Next option would be to go -1 in wheel/tire...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-05-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 902
Posted By dmatre
I made the jump from the MB C To a similar '11...

I made the jump from the MB C To a similar '11 328 MSport. The MB was a much better cruiser. Long distances evaporated while on that driver's seat. But the 328 is far more engaging. It does...
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