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pgalitzo
Thu, Aug-26-2004, 04:36:50 PM
Took my '04 m3 for 1200 mile service. dealer detailed it after service, picked car up and my rims were stained like gun metal !!!!! Something was sprayed on them because you could see where it had run in different spots. Asked what f--- did you do to my rims? Dealer stated that there may be a defect with them. Contacted BMW, they know of no such defect. Waiting for dealer response. Has anyone had a problem like this?

Rated///M
Mon, Sep-06-2004, 06:28:30 AM
Nope, tell the dealer to fix it for you. They pretty much have to.

HDClown
Mon, Sep-06-2004, 09:34:47 PM
Took my '04 m3 for 1200 mile service. dealer detailed it after service, picked car up and my rims were stained like gun metal !!!!! Something was sprayed on them because you could see where it had run in different spots. Asked what f--- did you do to my rims? Dealer stated that there may be a defect with them. Contacted BMW, they know of no such defect. Waiting for dealer response. Has anyone had a problem like this?

I've got one rim that is "stained" to be a shade or 2 darker and its rough. It's odd that it's only on one rim as well. Someone used something to clean them they shouldn't have, or it's caked on brake dust I think. I'm going to try clay bar, I suggest you try the same.

djdomcapello
Wed, Sep-08-2004, 08:19:46 PM
i have the same problem but on all 4 rims, i called the dealer I WANT NEW RIMS!!

DREAMGRL
Thu, Sep-09-2004, 07:24:21 AM
Those 04 m3 rims get dirty fast... i clean them every two weeks. I hear if you leave them covered in brake dust too long they get permanently stained. Also, applying too much of that that tire gloss stuff adds to the dirt sucked into the rims.

If anyone has suggestions on any products to help maintain the rims I'd love to know.

DaBean
Thu, Sep-09-2004, 09:27:51 AM
i have the same problem but on all 4 rims, i called the dealer I WANT NEW RIMS!!

Mine came like that new... as soon as the weather clears up and I wash my car for the first time I will clear them out... (although I like the gunmetal "look" it's so unevenly done that it's not even worth looking at..) It might be a cleaning product that they use, and then the brake dust sticks to it... although now that I think about it, they were like that in the showroom... I doubt they used the brakes THAT much before pick up...

dob0308
Fri, Sep-10-2004, 07:40:04 PM
Mine came like that new... as soon as the weather clears up and I wash my car for the first time I will clear them out... (although I like the gunmetal "look" it's so unevenly done that it's not even worth looking at..) It might be a cleaning product that they use, and then the brake dust sticks to it... although now that I think about it, they were like that in the showroom... I doubt they used the brakes THAT much before pick up...

I have an '03 w/ the optional BMW 19's and one of my rear rims is kinda stained and is a little rough as well ! I thought something happened to it after I took it to discount tire to get a nail patched... they put a bunch of grease on there to lub the tire removal ... i thought it was that stuff maybe

SpecialK
Sat, Sep-11-2004, 04:33:47 AM
Same, same. Make them pay for a new set and stand firm. Don't accept a rim repair, they'll be painted. No reason for your $800 (approx) ea. rims to suffer as you have.

M3IZZY
Sat, Sep-11-2004, 05:28:14 AM
If anyone has suggestions on any products to help maintain the rims I'd love to know.

I clean the rims AND tires with this http://www.properautocare.com/hi-c32.html in a 50/50 mix. I buy a gallon at a time and it works great. I'm gonna try a 3 to 1 mix next to see if I get the same results.

To shine and protect the rims I use this http://superiorcarcare.net/moclcowhpo.html The funk for our clear coated wheels. Mothers made a name for themselves in the automotive industry via wheel polishes first and foremost. For rims- use Mother's!

Tire shine, use this- http://www.properautocare.com/mehotshtisha.html Set it to narrow and spray on to desired shine.

Now OT- Are you hot Dreamgrl? How 'bout a pic for my tips?

Steve1970
Wed, Oct-06-2004, 01:20:40 PM
I took my 03 M3 in for it's bearing recall, and when I got the car back I noticed that the rims(18's) on the driver side were dirty. I tried wheel polisher but I can't get the stuff off. Has anyone gone back to the dealer and gotten them to fix the problem in Canada?

o0hitman0o
Tue, Nov-14-2006, 05:28:08 AM
i just got my 04 M3 about 2 months ago and have cleaned it quite a few times before it started getting cold. the previous owner didnt take good care of the car @ all it smelled of smoke and the leather and misc. interior parts had a smoke stain on them which i got off with some oxyclean warm water and a soft rag. as for the rims its like they never cleaned them. i have the 19" option rims and as i cleaned them i noticed the gun metal inside the spokes and the back of the wheel were covered in caked on brake dust what can u use to get this off without causing damage to the rim?

TIA
Don

M3IZZY
Tue, Nov-14-2006, 05:43:50 PM
Use this in a two to one mix: http://www.properautocare.com/hi-c32.html

Use a wheel brush http://www.properautocare.com/erwheelbrus.html and an old car wash pad http://www.properautocare.com/chenwaspad.html to loosen up most of the grime and you can also use the Eimann for your floor mats if needed.

Next put this on http://www.properautocare.com/wheelwax.html and get in and polish the creaks and crevices (remove remaining grime) with a shop terry cloth. That should help you with what you cannot get off with Eimann spray. This will keep them shined up for a good month plus and just clean with water only to help last a while.

After a while, repeat the process from the beginning when they build up some brake dust and wheel wax wears off.

I finish them off with this: http://www.properautocare.com/mehotshtisha.html Good bang for the buck.

My two cents. Good luck.

Peace.....:beer:

o0hitman0o
Wed, Nov-15-2006, 05:07:20 AM
cool thanks ill check into that

BimmerM
Tue, Nov-21-2006, 07:25:08 AM
I recently purchased a 03 m3 with all options - the problem is that all of the rims have curb scratches - very visible- since I am not even close to a beginner in M3 knowledge - couple of people I know suggested getting them "repaired" - I would like to hear from the experts - any advice??
will the dealership fix this?
thanks

OCDGarage
Thu, Nov-23-2006, 07:55:00 PM
The problem with the finish on our OEM wheels is that they are painted with a 3 or 4 part paint. Primer, Black based coat, metallic silver coat and then cleared. They tend to be very delicate. Any wheel cleaner that is not pH balanced can leave stains.

The dealers and car washes tend to use acid based wheel cleaners. Stay away from any wheel cleaner that state "spray on and hose off". A pH balanced cleaner will require some agitation.

I have had some success fixing this problem (if not to severe) with an light abrasive based car polish.

Finish them buy putting a good coat of a polymer wheel sealant. This will also help protect them from brake dust and harsh chemicals.

Brett @ OCD

o0hitman0o
Mon, Nov-27-2006, 01:53:30 AM
well i got down and dirty this weekend took each rim off and cleaned them one by one back and front. i used some neverdull on the caked on dust and it worked GREAT!!!! the rims look awsome. the whole two hours i was cleaning them all i could think about was how the previous owner could let this happen to his car. :nixweiss: