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Old 01-28-2014, 05:54 PM
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to garage or not...

i have a garage in bad shape, and quite a walk from my house. i guess it keeps sun and wind out, but no climate control, probably critters in there, and is really a pain to open and get the car in and out on a daily basis. so i greatly prefer to not use it and keep it out in the open air. changing/fixing the garage is not an option.

for those that keep their car outside, does it weather badly over the years? fading/dash cracking, dry rotting, etc? maybe you have a car that you've kept in a garage and one outside, and have seen a difference over the years? looking for a couple opinions as i start to take care of my new/old 335xi. thanks
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:06 PM
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Originally I used to garage my car at night and parked it in a parking garage during the day. Later on I parked it outside during the day and inside the garage at night. Even later still, the car was parked exclusively outdoors. The biggest and worst effects I noticed were sun damage... but that came from parking it outside during the day.

Ideally it would be better to park it inside at night because it will keep it cleaner, but you're probably doing more harm leaving it outside when you go to work during the day.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:28 PM
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Got chrome? plastic peices start looking dry, and faded.

i park under garage at work, and in garage at home. Only time my car sees light is driving, and sometimes never on weekends.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:38 PM
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Garage keeps leaves and bird droppings off your paint.

That said we have a 12 year old 330i in the family that has lived outside for the past 10'years.

Keep it waxed and pay attention to leaves trapped in the trunk crevices and under the hood.

Paint is still glossy......some discoloration on the chrome window trim.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:51 PM
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Sounds like you have some work to do on your garage!
Get to it!
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:54 PM
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Miller - there is probably some truth in your statement. My garage is antique (turn of century), and i don't want to change things out to make it easier to open, etc. Great feedback about parking inside at work. I do have a garage at work so i think i'll park inside during day, and leave it outside at night. Glad i posted. Thanks all
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Use a sunshield for the windshield to reduce UV rays/cracking/drying/fading out the dash.
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Miller - there is probably some truth in your statement. My garage is antique (turn of century), and i don't want to change things out to make it easier to open, etc. Great feedback about parking inside at work. I do have a garage at work so i think i'll park inside during day, and leave it outside at night. Glad i posted. Thanks all
If you do it right, you can make the garage more functional and retain the historical aspects of it. It's done all the time.
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My garage is antique (turn of century), and i don't want to change things out to make it easier to open, etc.
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If you do it right, you can make the garage more functional and retain the historical aspects of it. It's done all the time.
Great advice, there.

Heat and sun always spring to mind, but don't underestimate the benefits of keeping a car out of deep cold every night. All manner of seals and hoses and squishy bits will last a lot longer. The most important thing you can do to improve the garage is make it weather-tight, as draft-free as possible and insulate it.

You might be surprised how much residual heat from a parked car is trapped by a garage. After a 45-minute commute in a winter storm, I'll pull into the sub-freezing garage (attached and insulated, but unheated) and park the car for the night, covered with snow and slush encrustation from the drive. Next morning, all the snow and ice have melted and it's rare to find the puddles of meltwater have frozen.

Naturally, this works best for a daily driver, but even a weekend toy will benefit from being stored in an insulated space.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:54 PM
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I don't disagree with what anyone is saying about keeping it in the garage......if you can but I got my 335i new in October 2007. I live just outside of Baltimore and the number of times the car has been garaged I can count on my fingers. That is at least six years and 3 months outside in all types of weather. The car still looks very good. Not showroom, it is my DD, but very good.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:11 PM
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Fix the garage and use it. Your car is that much better protected from the elements, including rain, hail and snow.

If the garage door is hard to open, fix it. If there are critters, clean it up. There's no reason not to get the garage right.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:32 PM
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My philosophy is. You're keeping its patina for the next person/owner. Who might move in next day and demolish it. Sure we do it for our cars too. But they're paying more for the land than the structure.
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