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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 06-06-2011, 06:29 AM
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Question Who Recommends Chip Guards?

- Clear, virtually undetectable 3M material placed on the front 9 inches of the vehicle

- Keeps the vehicle clean of chip marks and bugs from highway driving

$500 CAD + Taxes
Anyone recommends it?
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:31 AM
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They work well..we see a lot of them down here -to guard against the bugs we have. They will wear a bit and have the possibility of pulling off some clear coat if left on for multi years....ask yourself if you really need it or are being OCD. If you are doing a lot of long distance driving or on back unpaved roads, there is a need. Bit if you are around town most of the time, not so much. Make sure it is the 3M paintsaver, it's the best and used by many good dealerships.

It also is used on cars that are predisposed to getting lot of rocks and such - cars with snout ends, like Porsche 911's and the like. The X3 not so much...

now mud flaps are a diff story, I'd put them on every car.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:19 AM
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Highly recommended for Toronto. I had it installed by the dealer on my 2006 325xi when I lived in the GTA, and it completely solved the chip problem with previous vehicles. It still looks good with no sign of wear or bubbles. I'm now on Vancouver Island and won't need it on my new X3.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 AM
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Highly recommended for Toronto. I had it installed by the dealer on my 2006 325xi when I lived in the GTA, and it completely solved the chip problem with previous vehicles. It still looks good with no sign of wear or bubbles. I'm now on Vancouver Island and won't need it on my new X3.
True, if you stay on Vancouver Island, and don't go over any mountain passes in the winter. If you drive the Interior hiways in winter, you would be wise to have it. Lots of small stones, sand and rock flying.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:01 AM
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Did you all have it installed?
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:18 AM
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Did you all have it installed?
I have never had the film before, but I may do it with the new 35i as it will be used year-round, and will go over mountain passes in the winters. I am currently looking into it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:36 AM
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ON the DIY scale it's about a 6...if you have applied boat decals, films to your iphone/ipad, tailight or window tints, it's doable, but if not, let them do it...
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:12 AM
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True, if you stay on Vancouver Island, and don't go over any mountain passes in the winter. If you drive the Interior hiways in winter, you would be wise to have it. Lots of small stones, sand and rock flying.
Absolutely true. I was in Kelowna for two years before coming here, and driving the Coquihalla and Connector in the winter is tough. If someone passes you it can be like someone shooting at you with a shot gun. It is preferable not to let anyone pass, but there are some crazy drivers on the road. I replaced one windshield on my 325xi but the clear bra prevented chip marks on the front of the car. My front of wife's 4Runner had no protection, and was pretty beat up after Toronto then Kelowna.

The new X3 will definitely not be taken on those roads in the winter!!
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:23 AM
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My problem with the 9" protection is that its coverage area is fairly limited... it covers only the front (grills, headlights, bumper, and just about the front of the hood and above the roundel).
This means we'd still get hit over the hood, sides and etc.
I am intending to keep the car for 3-4 years though it is not the car we drive everyday. It will be our occasional drive
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:41 AM
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My problem with the 9" protection is that its coverage area is fairly limited... it covers only the front (grills, headlights, bumper, and just about the front of the hood and above the roundel).
This means we'd still get hit over the hood, sides and etc.
I am intending to keep the car for 3-4 years though it is not the car we drive everyday. It will be our occasional drive
Nine inches on the hood is not enough, IMO. I would get at least 18-20" covered. Sides don't usually get much, so OK there. If it's not a daily driver, not sure I would do it at all.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:54 AM
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My problem with the 9" protection is that its coverage area is fairly limited... it covers only the front (grills, headlights, bumper, and just about the front of the hood and above the roundel).
This means we'd still get hit over the hood, sides and etc.
I am intending to keep the car for 3-4 years though it is not the car we drive everyday. It will be our occasional drive
It is the exposed front 6" of paint that is the most important, otherwise I advise staying off the freeways during the winter. I know from experience. What does your dealer recommend?
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:56 AM
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It is the exposed front 6" of paint that is the most important, otherwise I advise staying off the freeways during the winter. I know from experience. What does your dealer recommend?
ofcourse they want to sell...
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:35 PM
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My problem with the 9" protection is that its coverage area is fairly limited... it covers only the front (grills, headlights, bumper, and just about the front of the hood and above the roundel).
This means we'd still get hit over the hood, sides and etc.
I am intending to keep the car for 3-4 years though it is not the car we drive everyday. It will be our occasional drive
If you are only keeping the car for 3-4 years, I don't know if I'd even worry about it unless you think you are going to get a ton of chips.
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:51 AM
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If you are only keeping the car for 3-4 years, I don't know if I'd even worry about it unless you think you are going to get a ton of chips.
no, I'm not sure...
the car will not commute heavily in winter...nor to work...
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:41 AM
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Depending on your driving conditions I highly, highly, highly recommend the clear protective films.

I'm a DIYer and have put films I bought off the internet (good stuff) on a 2003 330i and my wifes 2011 Kia. There were some challenges but the newest generation films are extremely forgiving and there are a lot of instructional videos out there (that make it look a lot easier than it is).

I my first 330i that I put film on was totalled within a few months of installing the film and I didn't have the energy to put it on the replacement 330i and can tell you after putting 75k miles of highway/winter driving on it that the front was absolutely distroyed (I'll see if I can find photos).

My current Mazdaspeed 3's front end is completely destroyed with stone markings after 46k miles (two years of driving for me). I definitely can get picks of that. Any highway/winter driving will destroy the front of the car, me personally, films go on all my cars now.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:08 PM
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Just had mine installed last week in Northern California. Turned out great. $1,100 but well worth it, seeing how our roads are awful...
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