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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Wed, Dec-15-2010, 01:40:34 AM   #1
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Default OEM BMW Car Cover - is it NOAH? Which is best?

Hey there,

Just picked up a 2006 M3 and I definitely want to get a cover for it. I've been reading and found that the NOAH material covers are the best.

I found one at Turner Motorsport which is definitely NOAH: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...CT_ID=C15721NH

Also found one that is actually a little cheaper at bmwusa.com:
http://accessories.bmwusa.com/ItemVi...=fmaviewallacc

Does anyone know if the bmwusa.com one is the NOAH material or not? Or opinions on which cover is best?

Thanks a bunch - I'm really excited to join the M3 club!
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I got mine from the thecoverstore.com. Better prices than most places. The NOAH material is great if you need outdoor/weather protection. It is a little overkill for a car that is garaged.
http://www.the-cover-store.com/CarCo...Pattern=C15721
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Right, thanks. I definitely need an outdoor cover. Unfortunately, the M3 might be spending some nights outside... :-(
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I disagree with your conclusion that NOAH material is best. Best for what? Indoor? Outdoor? Wet weather?

Personally I don't like NOAH - and I have used covers for over 20 years.

Keep in mind that covers have to be washed constantly - and they are too large for home washing machines. NEVER put a cover on a car unless the car has just been washed and the cover is similarly clean. Now a lot of people get lazy and do that anyway - which is why their paint looks like crap with fine scratch marks where the cover picked up fine road grit from the paint surface, collected it in the fuzzy fabric and then it becomes a mildly abrasive cloth. Every time you put the cover on and off - that abrades your paint. Your car picks up very fine road grit while you drive down the road. Much more in winter.

Make sure you understand that covers are high maintenance. Using one in the winter is highly problematic because its hard to wash your car frequently.
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Thanks for the input. I definitely took into consideration the true maintenance of a cover. Have a couple of cars covered indoors now to keep dust off. Right now, I need something to keep snow/falling sticks off the car during the winter. Car will be squeaky clean when the cover goes on!!
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I disagree with your conclusion that NOAH material is best. Best for what? Indoor? Outdoor? Wet weather?

Personally I don't like NOAH - and I have used covers for over 20 years.

Keep in mind that covers have to be washed constantly - and they are too large for home washing machines. NEVER put a cover on a car unless the car has just been washed and the cover is similarly clean. Now a lot of people get lazy and do that anyway - which is why their paint looks like crap with fine scratch marks where the cover picked up fine road grit from the paint surface, collected it in the fuzzy fabric and then it becomes a mildly abrasive cloth. Every time you put the cover on and off - that abrades your paint. Your car picks up very fine road grit while you drive down the road. Much more in winter.

Make sure you understand that covers are high maintenance. Using one in the winter is highly problematic because its hard to wash your car frequently.
I agree, covers are a P.I.T.A, especially for outdoor use. I only cover mine in the winter in the garage. Be diligent about washing your car prior to covering...or even go without a cover unless you are leaving your car parked for an extended period of time.
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Totally agree. I just want to make sure I'm getting the best one for when the weather does require a covering!
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Totally agree. I just want to make sure I'm getting the best one for when the weather does require a covering!
I like the oem cover. It fits well and very soft.

I normally run a duster on the car before putting on the cover.
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for the input. I ended up picking up the cover and lock today - surprisingly I got a great deal at the local dealership's parts counter. The Original BMW cover is in fact NOAH, which is good news!
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the OEM one fits the best... but I'm too lazy to cover and uncover...
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