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Old 06-04-2010, 01:56 PM
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:07 PM
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Are there BMW OEM mudflaps available for the M or for that matter the M Sport Package? Anyone have a picture of them installed?
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:13 PM
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They specifically do not have a listing for X5M. However, I do know that the M and the DP (individual) rocker panels have the same shape in the front.

Type the word flaps in search box.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:41 PM
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From what I have read, the mud flaps do not do the trick. The best hope is a clear bra-type of covering and even then it still happens, but less significant.
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It happened on my ML320 with sport package too. Welcome to wide tires and painted lowers.

My X3 M Sport will be getting a full 3M clear package, with full rockers and fender flares, before fall to stop this.

The only other way to stop it is to move to a location that doesn't get snow. My car is from Vancouver and is pristine, but it mostly rains there in the winter. Up where I live, the snow and gravel on the roads will eat the paint away.
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:32 PM
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Found out today that most dealers around the country are receiving complaints about the paint chipping issue on X5 M. Chipping issue is not just the rocker panels but also fender flares and lower half of doors. Some owners have even returned the car back to dealer, breaking the lease term.

Beware, those installing spacers as this issue will only get worse.

Certainly not a winter car, unless you don't mind salt chipping the paint.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:07 AM
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I just started looking into the issue at my dealership. It might be
time to visit Porsche across the street here. a true shame, the car is magnificent.

the 3m tape i had put on all over my car with custom cuts is literally disintegrating off....the cost was around 2,200 for the tape and i was just quoted at 2,500 to repair it...there is no fix honestly and BMW knows this.

the picture posted is exactly what it looks like, now just add damage to the lower doors and you own an x5m.

does the x6m have this problem?
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:27 PM
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I think just like the rear subframe tearing issue, a defective design, there should be a class action lawsuit regarding this defective design. I too am considering a trade for a new porsche instead, what a shame
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I installed 3M stoneguard along rockers, running boards, and rear doors on my X6M; 4k miles and the 3M product is destroyed. Bad design!!! Installed when the X6M had 300 miles.
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For whatever reason, I did not notice the same issues on my previous 09 X6 5.0?
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