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Posted by Jeremy on October 08, 1999 at 09:47:46:

In Reply to: A few questions- I need your help!!!(long) posted by Jonathan on October 07, 1999 at 18:42:19:

: Hey guys i have a few questions and need your help.

: 1. I have the light gray on my 99 M3/2 with the msport seats. The leather is starting to crease and "bunch up in the lower corners. How can i get rid of this or at least stopit from getting worse? Ive seen some pics of used m3's and many dont have this problem. Could it be the wa i sit? i tried to adjust my seating position with no success. I do use lexol. what can/should i do?
: 2. After i take a long hard corner at speed, i will sometimes hear a clicking noise that gets faster as i speed up. It sounds like a fan. Is this normal?
: 3. Where can i get carbon fiber dash interior inserts?
: 4. Do the forged alloys actually feel faster (than my m-contours) due to their lighter weight?
: 5. I heard the mxx3 pilots are better performers than the pilot sports in some categories. Is this true? I seem to hav found that my sports have worn out rather quickly. Are the mxx3's a harder compound? How much mileage should i expect out of each tire?
: 6. Do lowering springs affect the ride quality at all? I was curious about lowering my car but did not want to sacrifice much comfort since i drive on crappy roads sometimes.Any comments?
: thanks for all your help in advance, i appreciate you guy answering my questions. after all thats what this board is all about isnt it?! not for arguments over stupid stuff like we've all seen lately. cya, Jonathan =)

Seats---We have a '97 328i sport and the side bolsters of the seats are beginning to crease from getting in and out of the car. I have started trying to get into the car without sitting on the side bolster. I kind of plop right into the flat part of the seat. I don't know if this will help that much but I think it should.

Forged doublespokes---From what I've read the forged BMW wheels are not much lighter than the MContours or the 10-spokes. It seems the biggest advantage is that they are stronger and will resist bending from potholes better than the cast wheels. The other advantage is you can get them in the cool polished finish (not chrome, but polished like the Mroadster).

Tire Wear---We got about 25k miles out of the rear tires on our E36 (16" wheels w/ Dunlop SP2000's) The fronts are still going strong at 45k+ and will probably last over 50K. That's with relatively "tame" driving. If you stand on it often, the drive wheels will get chewed up, especially on an M3. We had a Z3 for a while with Mich. Pilot HX's. The tires seemed to be not as squishy as the Dunlops and consequently a bit more responsive, but the ride quality suffered a bit and road noise was more than with the Dunlops, although I can't tell how much cuz the Z is a much louder car due to the soft top. This is also based on what I've read about the these tires. I don't know about the Pilot SX's or Sport's but you should see comparable tire wear, but it's going to depend on your driving style.

Good luck.

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