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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 02-14-2011, 05:18 PM
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Dealer Paint Protection warranty for $399

Dealer offered a paint protection for 7 years for $399 that will protect the car paint from discoloration and fading, bird poop and will "seal" the paint with a one time application.

It also protects the headlights against fading. The headlights are expensive, do they discolor/fade in 7 years? I plan on keeping the car as long as it doesn't give me troubles.

Is it worth it?

Are there any other options to seal the paint manually? I'm not a DIY guy but starting to learn stuff. Can we just spray some kind of sealant?

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:01 PM
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Your paint is already sealed. If you want to improve its resistance to fading, learn how to do a good hand wax job and have at it. What the dealer is trying to sell you is a ripoff. Nothing applied once will protect paint for seven years.

Also do not buy any spray-on protection for your interior, any extra undercoating, or any window etching. All those are valueless rip offs too.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:27 PM
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I have it on good authority this is the "protectant" they use:
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:41 PM
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I have it on good authority this is the "protectant" they use:
LOL. I'll call to cancel it. What caught my attention was the 7 yr protection for the headlights.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:48 PM
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The biggest problem with the headlamps (and it's a minor problem IMHO) is that over time they can get "sandblasted" by stones and other road debris. You can get clear plastic strips to protect them. The plastic strips will yellow over time, but if/when they do you can pull them off and replace them.

Like any bulb, HID's can and will burn out. If it happens to you in the first 50,000 miles, it should be covered by warranty. If it happens after 50,000 miles, neither the dealer's paint protection plan nor the Anal Lube are going to replace them for you. Save your money.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:52 PM
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Is there any "protection" you won't buy????

It is one thing to buy a warranty, but to buy 'dealer applied crap' and fall for it thinking it has some kind of guaranty or assurance that it will last 7 years is mind blowing.

If I told you I'd sell magic liquid that gave you 20 year protection would you buy it? This isn't the cheap, "buy it at any dealer 7 year stuff", but the real 20 year stuff. Never mind that the contract/paperwork says "up to 20 years, not responsible for normal wear and tear"

Kudos for asking, but sheesh.

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Old 02-15-2011, 04:25 PM
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congrats!!! where are the pics???

PS don't fall prey to that warranty. I'll let you know about the 'lease protection" in 33 more payments.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:43 PM
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congrats!!! where are the pics???

PS don't fall prey to that warranty. I'll let you know about the 'lease protection" in 33 more payments.
Got my car over the weekend and had to travel for work on Sunday. Still stuck here with my rental chevy....will post something over the weekend.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:33 AM
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Got my car over the weekend and had to travel for work on Sunday. Still stuck here with my rental chevy....will post something over the weekend.
that's terrible! You've waited and agonized over getting the X5, then have to leave town in a chevy! Hope you get home soon!
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:23 AM
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Is Teflon coating worth it?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:47 AM
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Is Teflon coating worth it?
No.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:23 AM
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Is Teflon coating worth it?
Those coatings that you can't see... there's a reason you can't see them, no? Hint: They don't exist!

(I hope there aren't any religious fanatics responding to this).
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:26 PM
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Is Teflon coating worth it?
Yes, if it's on a frying pan.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:12 PM
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Yes, if it's on a frying pan.

No, just use more butter.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:20 PM
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No, just use more butter and take a Lipitor.
There. Fixed that for you.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:19 AM
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There. Fixed that for you.
THIS is the thread of the year. Reading through it, I find myself laughing uncontrollably!! Your guys' responses are hilarious!! LOL.

OP - I think the paint already has a 7 year "perforation" warranty, IIRC. Get a 3M "clear bra" for the headlights and call it good. WAY less than $400.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:17 PM
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THIS is the thread of the year. Reading through it, I find myself laughing uncontrollably!! Your guys' responses are hilarious!! LOL.

OP - I think the paint already has a 7 year "perforation" warranty, IIRC. Get a 3M "clear bra" for the headlights and call it good. WAY less than $400.
I'm laughing too
This is great!
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:23 PM
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Find a good local detailer and have your car done by a real pro. A good sealant is worth the money, but it shouldn't cost more than a flat screen tv. If you are a DIY guy, I recommend Zaino products.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:56 PM
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THIS is the thread of the year. Reading through it, I find myself laughing uncontrollably!! Your guys' responses are hilarious!! LOL.

OP - I think the paint already has a 7 year "perforation" warranty, IIRC. Get a 3M "clear bra" for the headlights and call it good. WAY less than $400.
I'm the OP so I'm glad to start the thread of the year.

Anyway, i'm going first thing tomorrow morning to the dealer to cancel it. They said I have to come in and can't be done over the phone

I have a clear bra appt as well tomorrow. Will post some pics over the weekend.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:00 PM
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Hey I already told him to save his money and use it instead to get laid by a significant other on a weekend getaway at the Ritz Carlton...I think that might be one insurance plan he won't buy....LMAO....ROFL
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