The following story is hard to believe but for thirty US owners of the BMW M3 Frozen Gray Special Edition it has become reality.
Bimmerfile reports that owners of the M car have to sign a ‘paint agreement’. The agreement explicitly states that the warranty does not cover the paint if it is damaged as a environmental damage, result of negligence, lack of maintenance or proper care, or improper repairs. BMW North America has created a list of suggestions which should avoid damaging the wonderful and unique matte finish.
The list includes the following:
- Never polish or wax the frozen gray paint as it could lead to a glossy surface.
- If washing your frozen gray M3 in a automatic car wash choose a car wash that does not apply vehicle wax. Rinse the M3 with high pressure water to remove dirt before sending it through the automatic car wash to avoid scratches from sand, dust and other micro-particles.
- Remove bugs, bird poo, tree sap, tar, fuel spills or oil immediately using a soft sponge.
- Avoid strong rubbing while cleaning the frozen paint. BMW sells suitable products for maintaining the frozen paint at your local dealer.
- Repairs to the paint (scratches, dents, etching) must be completed by a BMW trained body shop. Most auto body shop will not be capable of repairing the frozen gray paint.
You could call this ridiculous, insane or just amusing. Next time you choose a BMW, do not choose a matte finish paint job for your car. Or else lawyers will chase you…