Reviewed by David B (San Jose, CA) — 2012-01-30 23:09:54
The 2008-11 M3 sedan bulges in ways that makes it difficult to cover in one pass. My 1997 M3 was in most ways just a 3 series body with some interior muscle, and covering in a hurry was no problem. The newer M3 sedan, however, with bigger wheel wells and significantly larger diameter from tire height downward is proving a little more tight. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that it doesn't rustle and sag as much as my older one did, so it doesn't seem to need a tether as often. However, the quick-cover-the-car-I-drank-too-much-orange-juice job will probably not make it all the way down, leaving the bottom of the doors exposed a bit and generally looking shabby. It does require one more pass around the car to pull the lower seam down and out to get it flat and cinched to the intended bottom point. Once it's on, it's holding pretty securely to the tires and I haven't had it lift itself off yet. The fit at the mirrors is good and it fits over the bulged fenders and bumper without feeling like I'm going to damage it, but it is definitely tight. The grommets are padded with a thick material on the inside so they won't scratch, and I use a thick nylon rope to tie it on during the day (garage at night). It still shows the car well and while it seemed a bit stiff at first, the material is starting to flex more easily, packing smaller into the trunk and moving more easily as it breaks in. The material is exactly what I expect, keeps the sun and heat and rain out, preserving the leather and trim (and radio), the 'shark fin' doesn't affect covering, and I'm generally happy with it. I hope that as the material starts flexing more with more use that it becomes easier to get it into place with fewer passes around the car.