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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-05-2005, 02:18 PM
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Wife backed minivan into my bimmer

Does anyone's wife know how to look behind them before backing up the van?
She managed to bang up both vehicles in our driveway with one simple push of the gas pedal. Fortunately, my insurance company waives the deductibles if one insured driver in the household hits the other insured driver. Otherwise, I woulda been out $2k since i have $1k deductibles on both vehicles.

Anyway, my bimmer is in the body shop this week and I have a question about the paint job. How soon can I wash/wax the new paint?
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Old 03-05-2005, 02:28 PM
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Sorry to hear about the incident.

You can wash it right away. Waxing is not a problem too, but make sure that the surface is CLEAN.

No polishing in the first 4 weeks.
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Old 03-05-2005, 02:45 PM
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....and yet another reason not to own a minivan. This accident is obviously blamed on the minivan, no?
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Old 03-05-2005, 03:13 PM
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I always thought no wax or polish for two or three months
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Old 03-05-2005, 03:17 PM
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I always thought no wax or polish for two or three months
Carnauba Wax or Hand Glaze (for example 3M Hand Glaze) have no abbrasives, so it won't hurt the paint, even the fresh paint.

However, I wouldn't recommend a polymere sealant, since they work via bonding to the paint, which is a chemical process.

But you are correct on the polishing part. No polishing, abbrasives are taboo.
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Old 03-05-2005, 03:19 PM
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....and yet another reason not to own a minivan. This accident is obviously blamed on the minivan, no?
You're a smarter man than me. I shoulda gone with the X5 like you. Doesn't the X5 come with a bimmer sensing mechanism to avoid accidents like this?
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Old 03-05-2005, 05:17 PM
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You're a smarter man than me. I shoulda gone with the X5 like you. Doesn't the X5 come with a bimmer sensing mechanism to avoid accidents like this?
Ha ha! I really wish it did. So far, so good on the bimmer to bimmer contact (fingers crossed). Not so good on the bimmer to garage contact (no I wasn't the driver), but we won't go there.
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Old 03-05-2005, 08:20 PM
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....and yet another reason not to own a minivan.
or another reason to not have a wife.
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:07 PM
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You're a smarter man than me. I shoulda gone with the X5 like you. Doesn't the X5 come with a bimmer sensing mechanism to avoid accidents like this?
Parking Distance Control might have helped. Not quite the same thing as bimmer sensing, but it's more versatile, assuming your wife would know what the beeping sound meant.
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Old 03-08-2005, 01:07 AM
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Old 05-08-2005, 04:40 PM
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No Silicone

I've always been told no wax with silicone for at least 4 weeks. I've seen a lot of products that specifically say "no silicone." I always guessed that was for the guy who wanted to wax his newly painted car within the 4 weeks.
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Is it me or ...

When I got mine - it seems like more ppl pull out in front of me ...
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:05 PM
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Is it me or ...

When I got mine - it seems like more ppl pull out in front of me ...
I think it's most likely "new car syndrome." Get a new car and you are so in love with it that every little false move on the road seems like it's aimed right at you! I've felt this way with every new car I bought.

Is it paranoia if they really ARE out to get you?
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:39 AM
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I think it's most likely "new car syndrome." Get a new car and you are so in love with it that every little false move on the road seems like it's aimed right at you! I've felt this way with every new car I bought.

Is it paranoia if they really ARE out to get you?
Always felt that way whenever I drive out with a new car... lasts for months though... maybe everybody *is* out ot get me!!! (If you've ever driven in Montreal you know what I mean... such bad drivers here in Quebec!!!)
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