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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 05-18-2011, 08:21 PM
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So I have the 28 w/ sport package.... i love the wheels, but they get absolutely filthy within 2-3 days... is there any protective coating that would be suggested to reject the grime or brake dust that accumulates? Or do you just have to clean your wheels constantly to keep em lookin fresh?
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:38 PM
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I have the same problem...with my ride.....I would like 2 know the answer or advise also.

I know BMW sells this tire cleaner, would that help keep it clean longer?

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Old 05-19-2011, 12:13 AM
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clean them and then wax well with a polymer - such as Nu-finish or one f the best: Rejex - get it on line...turtle wax ICE is their version too....
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:41 AM
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You will get a good amount of brake dust for the first few thousand miles. We just spray ours off with the hose occasionally and it keeps them looking somewhat nice. A nice wasx on the wheels like Glen mentions will help out as well
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:46 AM
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The polymers are particularity good for sloughing off the dust. Rejex was invented for the commmercial/military to keep jet engine turbine blades clean from insects and such, Very slippery and lasts a long time. Two simple coats 24 hours apart. I use it on all my cars and boats, liquid and easy to apply. The orange bottle you see at drugstores call Nu-finish is very close and good too, not a scam.

read about rejex here: http://www.rejex.com/rejex.html
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:53 AM
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Rejex is an excellent product

I use it on the wheels of all of our cars. It doesn't prevent the brake dust...it makes it easier to wipe off. I discovered it a number of years back from a Car and Driver article and purchase it on line. I also use it on my watches.

I was commenting to my brother who has had a series of BMW's that my new 2011 X# puts off twice the black brake dust of any German engineered car that I have owned! I really have never seen anything like it. I wipe my wheels every night that it isnt raining.
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:29 PM
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Ok just cleaned my wheels at 1000 miles. Disgusting! Never seen so much brake dust and grime. Will definately have to get Rejex. Can you drive the car in between putting on the 2 coats of rejex on?
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:44 PM
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gotta clean BMW wheels every week or so - at least get a hose on them....go to griotsgarage.com and get their wheel cleaner tool - pack of 3...gets between the spokes - get two coats of rejex on in 24 hours

never let brake dust set for longer than 2 weeks or so or it won't come off and embeds in paint....don't get hung up on the rejex name though, nu finish works well too....

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Old 05-23-2011, 11:59 AM
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I have no investment with REJEX but can tell you that I have been using it for years. You can certainly drive inbetween applications. Nu Finish is also quite competent as is any wax or polymer that will coat the finish on the aluminum wheels. I know the composition of the brake dust and it is suprising to see how harsh it is on a painted aluminum wheel but mixed with water and other road dirt it can be quite corrosive so any application of any surface protection will help.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:46 PM
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Ok just cleaned my wheels at 1000 miles. Disgusting! Never seen so much brake dust and grime. Will definately have to get Rejex. Can you drive the car in between putting on the 2 coats of rejex on?
You went 1,000 miles before your cleaned your wheels? Seriously?? I've owned my X3 just over a week and have cleaned them 4 times already! Can't get past the wheels looking dirty!
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:35 AM
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I've never tried Rejex, however Armor All has a product called "Wheel Protectant" that comes in a spray can that works very well for keeping the dust off the wheel. It lasts for about a month and you spray it on after cleaning the wheel.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:39 AM
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I was talking to a real gear head detailer about this the other night and he's a proponent of turtle wax spray on polymer "Ice"- say brake dust slips right off and easy to apply like Windex.....The real key is a good wax to seal the wheels - any of them will help...
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:18 PM
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I am just moving from a 2005 3.0i X3 to a 2011 model. (Ordered today.)

My 2005 had dirty wheels ( a month?) and suddenly the finish was shot, i.e., it looked like the alloy had rusted or the hot brake dust had melted through the coating and created a pockmarked surface. The dealer said this was common when the wheels were not washed "soon enough" and that the damage was not covered under warranty. So my wheels have looked terrible for 6 years. Lesson learned. I note that my wife's Mercedes had a similar problem and the wheels were replaced under warranty.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:27 PM
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I will keep that in mind I did use the armor all wheel cleaner spray and it really does work so thanks for the advice everyone!!!

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Old 09-02-2011, 06:19 AM
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Regarding the filthy wheel situation: My beautiful 4 month old X3 35i with 5,800 miles on it still produces black filth the same as from day one on all four wheels. I wish I werent OCD but I clean them everyday and let me tell you it is getting tiring! Again I use a special polymer that I have discussed before once a month so these wheels are weel protected.

I love the look of the standard wheels but everytime I see a Q5 with a simple and stylish 5 spoke wheel that you can clean in a second I get envious...not of the car but of the simplicity of cleaning them!
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:57 AM
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Regarding the filthy wheel situation: My beautiful 4 month old X3 35i with 5,800 miles on it still produces black filth the same as from day one on all four wheels. I wish I werent OCD but I clean them everyday and let me tell you it is getting tiring! Again I use a special polymer that I have discussed before once a month so these wheels are weel protected.

I love the look of the standard wheels but everytime I see a Q5 with a simple and stylish 5 spoke wheel that you can clean in a second I get envious...not of the car but of the simplicity of cleaning them!
Yep, I hear you. I DETEST cleaning the rims yet I do it 2-3 times a week. There is so much break dust that when I travel on the highway I actually get little back specs of brake dust that end up on my driver and passanger side doors. BIZZARE.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:58 AM
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Surprised no mention Sonax wheel cleaner, it's a little pricey but considered one of the best by many.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:37 PM
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After many years of cleaning the brake dust, I have finally decided to have the BMW factory brake pads replaced with the ceramic pads. I still have great braking power with little or no brake dust to clean off the wheels.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:37 PM
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I have two friends who have each leased new 335i's after turning in 2008 e90s. Both have remarked how little brake dust the 2011 cars produce, far less than the old e90s. So BMW is now using low dust pads on some cars. Question is why not on the X3.

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Old 09-02-2011, 08:52 PM
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I didn't have any wheel cleaner at home. While waiting for some paperwork during my X3 pickup I wandered down to the Parts department to buy some BMW wheel cleaner. The Parts guy said Yes, we have that. You'll need two.
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:05 PM
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Rejex is what I use, and it works pretty well, although I've never tried it 24 hours apart. I have religiously kept the curing wheels out of UV (sun) light for 24 hours after application and it has noticeably better longevity.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:51 AM
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Armor all makes a good product for this problem.

Use it on both cars the X3 and the wife's MCS.

Cuts clean up time dramatically.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:47 PM
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... greetings gents ...

alternatively may i suggest using "POORBOYS WORLD WHEEL SEALANT"

to clean very dirty wheels use "SONAX WHEEL CLEANER FULL EFFECT"

for between "good cleanings" any ph neutral wheel cleaners like "PS12 WHEEL CLEANER", Meguiar's wheel cleaner, etc. or good quality automobile shampoo will do a good job

a "E-Z Detail Brush" comes in very handy (full or mini size)

tire dressing without the "sling" ... try "TUF SHINE TIRE CLEAR COAT" (you will be amazed by the look and longevity of this product

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Old 09-07-2011, 06:00 AM
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After many years of cleaning the brake dust, I have finally decided to have the BMW factory brake pads replaced with the ceramic pads. I still have great braking power with little or no brake dust to clean off the wheels.
Yup, that's what I did as well. Don't own an X3 (yet) but Akebono Euro Ceramic pads are working just fine on our 328I and 540iT. It does not bite quite as well as dusty factory pads (you need to press the pedal a little harder), but stops as well, produces almost no dust, and any dust it does make does not damage the wheels. Plus very rotor friendly, very close to zero rotor wear. Just don't know if with all the new features in the latest braking systems (such as being part of the traction control) if changing the pads like this would have any negative effect.
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