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Hey all,
Have a few questions for all you wise bimmer owners.
1 - with all the air intake systems out there at different prices what would you all suggest is the best, easiest to install, and best value out of them all?
2 - whats the best product for the dash to protect it yet not promote cracking. I've heard Armour all with it's synthetic ingredients will promote cracking.
3 - whats the best product and how often of use for rubber trim strips for my convertible top, window seams etc.
4- what's the best all around oil to use in the Northeast? Synthetic or Regular?
4 - Is there a site that offers alternative automatic not manual gear shift knobs?
Okay, I'll stop now!! :}
I own a 1992 e30 series 325i convertible.
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2 - Armor All works just fine if you use it well. Don't scub it in really hard, let it sit for forty minutes to an hour, then get some moderate cleaning solution (like something you'd use for vinyl flooring) and clean the Armor All off. Your dash won't be shiny for as long, but the worst chemicals will be off it.
4 - For a high-mileage engine, and if you live anywhere that gets summertime temperatures, I'd suggest Castrol GTX full-synthetic. It's pretty hot where I live, so I get 20w50. The only issue with that it that it's pretty prone to heat expansion, so you have to be careful about how much you put in.
4 (the second one) - Bavarian Autosport has automatic knobs.

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1) I'll leave this for the BMW-F mod squad.

2) Any of the brand name products are good. Everyone has their opinion/favorite.Click here for a link to the major car care products by category or manufacturer. Scroll down to see this info.

Note: I use/have used Armor All for over 20 years without a problem (old school), not as a cleaner but as a conditioner. I clean first with a gentle cleaning solution, apply Armor All and then polish/wipe it off real good after applying it. This will leave a nice sheen and remove that wet look that is greasy, slippery, causes glare, attracts dust and generally looks bad.

IMO, for long term, no effort protection of your dash, purchasing a dash cover is the simplest, most cost effective method of protecting it. Try Bav Auto for further info. You'll clean your dash about 10 times less often and reach your goal of keeping your dash from cracking.

3) I use Black again. It seems to work well on trim that is good condition. It doesn't last that long though. I'll probably try something else when I finish using what I have. Forever Black seems to get very good reviews for trim that needs restoring. Check the link above for add'l products. .

4) Synthetic Oil is the way to go. Less friction, better lubrication.

5) or 4II Bav Auto, again :-)

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