Go Back   United Bimmer Community - BMW Forum > UnitedBimmer-General BMW Topics > BMW General Discussion
FAQ Members List Calendar Advertise With Us Mark Forums Read

BMW General Discussion Sponsored by: AutohausAZ.com
Talk about BMWs in general. Post official news, Bangle flames, or anything else related to BMW.

Thread Tools
Unread 08-23-2010, 09:25 PM   #1

Name: xtranaut
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Texas
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 07 328i
Bmw paint quality standard???

I have owned 4 BMWs. None recently until I bought a CPO 07 328I. It was beautiful and jet black and had a high shine. I didn't do more than walk around the car, concentrating on finding dings, dents, and scratches. It was very clean.

Ah, but after the dealer told me that they had clay-bared the car, I drove it home and started to give it the close up in my garage.

It was obvious that a part of the bumper had been repainted and poorly at that. It was cloudy and flat looking. Then as I began to look moRe at the car, I noticed that the paint, even though very high gloss, was very grainy looking.

I took it into the dealer who waltzed around the car with a freakin paint depth meter AND TOLD ME IT WAS WITHIN TOLERANCE. The balls!

I told him I wasn't concerned about tolerance. i was concerned about quality.
I mean, when yo shell out BMW money, you expect that it is going to look SUPERIOR to everything else.

There was absolutely no admission or confirmation of the car having been even spot painted, although they took the car in and wet=sanded that small area ... it actually ended up looking worse.

I took it to a respected paint shop who told me they see this all the time now. REAllY?

The last time I saw orange peeling like this was when I got a paint job on a beater at EARL SHEIB.

The dealer keeps waving the CARFAX at me, telling me that it shows no accidents. But friends, CARFAX is garbage. I have an 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee
that has been hit twice and fixed on insurance claim and it shows CLEAN on Carfax. What a joke.

Seems to me, if they certified this car, they would have been observant enough to tell it had been repainted and if because it had been in an accident, what the extent of that damage was, with further inspection.

Now of course, they do anything they can to avoid my request to look it over and tell me what they find for fear they will have to tell the truth which will cost them money.

Who has had experience with paint problems on BMW and could someone verify that orange peeling is showing up in these cars now that they are being made in the USA

Also, for as much as I have tried to find regional numbers for a BMW field rep
so that they can give this a look (hopefully) and I can do something before my warranty is up.


Last edited by xtranaut; 08-23-2010 at 09:26 PM..
  Reply With Quote
Unread 09-22-2010, 11:09 PM   #2

Name: ryanday21
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Gillette WY
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 98 328i
being in the auto body industry for many years repairing and restoring mostly euopean cars that bmw paint is pretty flawless from the factory..esp with todays standards and technology they can achieve a near perfect paint jobs....robots and engineers are good at it..a guy that show up in the dealership parking lot to fix a scratch or other minor imperfecton sucks at it....and thats prolly what happened in your case...seen it too many times....more than likly the car had a small scratch or somthing spot repaired...the wrong way to do it...the entire panel needs to be sanded and at least cleared to get a nice job..i love the saying that the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten..i could go on for days about people that "fix" cars...they have no pride...
  Reply With Quote
Unread 10-24-2010, 09:40 AM   #3

Name: Stickbuilder
Title: United Newb
Status: Offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: USA
User not setup in Rate My Car.
Click here to set it up.
Your Ride: 2000 BMW 320iT,
I work for a Japanese brand Dealership. We have pretty much run the tent painters, and touch up guys off. The cars ended up looking far worse after they did their thing than the cars looked before they worked them over. I feel for you, but I'd recommend you finding a first class body and paint shop and having the panel refinished correctly. If you don't, you will always see the trouble spot (even if other people don't) and will never like the car as much as you should.
  Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BMW making HD Radio standard across the range in 2010 scooter BMW News And RSS Feeds 0 04-04-2010 12:00 AM
Detailing techniques and products... ivopivo Detailing and Cleaning 2 09-15-2009 01:51 PM
Kinda raced a cocky 525i Rooz Kill Stories 29 01-22-2008 10:07 AM
BMW Announces 320si komodo BMW General Discussion 6 01-08-2008 08:59 AM
My car in the royal car list. zeaq328i United Off Topic  **FOR MEMBERS ONLY** 22 08-19-2006 06:37 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:24 PM.

A vBSkinworks Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © 2005-2013 UnitedBimmer.com