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I keep my E31 under a cover on the drive as I live on a busy road and am a little paranoid about prying eyes or people that like to damage nice things for no reason. This is also partly the reason why I don't drive my car enough - it's a hassle removing the cover, taking the car out, washing it before I can put the cover back on etc

I've been using a Stormforce for a couple of years but it's not been good. Within the first year it started showing signs of wear in random places and now it has some holes and rips, and it needs replacing. Also there are some faint marks on the car where the cover has rubbed against the paint.

I'm looking for something that's durable, not too heavy (so it's easy to take off and put back on), and will of course protect the paint without rubbing against it.

Any recommendations?
 

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I have been using a fleece lined cover by Hamiltons.
Now 7 years old so lasted. However it's now starting to go at the seems and last year I needed to re water proof it
It's not the tightest of fits and although Hamiltoin's sell it as for an '8' it would fit most large coupes.
It has 2 straps that go under the car, which is an utter pain to fit, especially if the ground is wet.
It's been a great cover and has kept the dirt, but more importantly protected the rubbers from frost.

But I feel your pain in terms of use and it is not light especially when wet.
And then your stuck with a soaking wet cover to store when using.

Good luck with your search
 

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I remember a year or so ago that a neighbour ordered from Car Cover Shop, so I just looked them up. This waterproof/breathable cover looks pretty good and I just had a chat with a friendly chap that explained the differences between this and a Stormforce so I've put an order in - Waterproof Breathable Covers Car covers for indoor or outdoor protection

Should hopefully receive it tomorrow so will let you guys know what it's like.
 

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am a little paranoid about prying eyes or people that like to damage nice things for no reason.

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yes..

Take a walk up the road and back again on a daily basis and see if all the cars have been vandalised in any way.

After a week of this ask yourself if your "paranoid" thoughts are actually justified. Also think about the following question for a while.

If people in the local area were looking to upset those who were a tad snobby to buy such a nice car, and then protect it from the wind and rain, don't you think they'd target that one first?
 

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I've used Stormforce from coveryourcar.co.uk and had no problems. I have had 2 as the first was eaten by mice when stored for a short while.
My house is north facing and the car is out of the wind and most of the sun which is perhaps why I have had no problems and others clearly have had them fail.

Covering them up to keep them away from the eyes of vandals is a good idea. I once had my wing mirror kicked off when it was parked in the street.
A free way of reducing the likelihood is simply to park it nose in. An E31 is much more attractive from the front but far less conspicuous from the rear. I always park nose in when leaving it in strange car parks.

Another option is a semi permanent garage. My brother uses one, its a bit like an extra strong tent. He has had it a few years with no problems and because its not permanent he has it where he would never get planning permission to put a proper garage.
 

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This has done my head in!!! Thought it would be simple.

Here is how it is...
All the covers you see that say "tailored" for 8 series, are multi fit. These fit multiple cars with similar sizes, one up from a universal cover.

After several conversations I have found that there is only one option in the UK if you want a true made to measure cover. https://www.specialisedcovers.com/

I have pulled the trigger on one, but it is a four week lead time, so I can't feed back yet.

The company have a promotion on at present and when this is factored in, my made to measure cover comes in at £55 more than a stormforce plus cover. I know it seems a lot of money, hell I've bought cars for less, but when my car is back with her new paint I think it is a drop in the ocean relatively speaking. lets see, fingers crossed.

Here is an email from Simon, MD of Every car covered, https://www.everycarcovered.com/ what a gent!

Me:
Hi
I am looking for a "tailored" cover for my bmw e31.
This is proving to be harder than I expected, as it would appear from conversations with retailers and online reviews that all so far are generic, multi fit covers. Apparently I can get a tailor made suit made without actually going to the tailor, almost like an off the peg one, wow what a world we live in:)
So I guess you know what I am asking, was your BMW E31 cover made from the measurements from an actual car? I already have a cover purchased for my car that probably had a bread van as the model, not a supermodel in sight.
Your help with this would be appreciated.
Regards

Simon:
Hi Andy,

I hear what you are saying, let me try to put to you how it is in the car cover world.

Basically you have three categories.....

1) Small, medium and large covers that fit if you are lucky!

2) Tailored covers (our type) hundreds of shapes and sizes mass produced to reduce cost. Your cover might fit just 1 other car or 50 cars in most cases 10-20 different cars, if the shape can be used to fit a car with similar dimensions it will. Down side is you might see extra material in places you don't want but within reason.

3) Custom fit, the cover is made for just that car and only that car for a perfect fit.



The shape of the E31 drops away at the front compared with most modern cars so this is a place you might get extra material.



It sounds to me you require a better fitting cover than a tailored cover so I would go to....... https://www.specialisedcovers.com/

This company will make you a custom cover but be prepared to pay for it!



I hope you find what you are looking for.....good luck :)

Thank you for your inquiry and hope this helps.



Simon

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I can't report back to you on the fit of the specialised covers, cover yet. My car is still being rebuilt and I don't want to get crap inside the cover.
I bought a cheap amazon universal just to keep animals from setting up home in the 8 as there is no glass. I will bin this when done.
However the quality of the material of the specialised cover is in another league to all the ones I have had previously.
It comes in a bag made from the same fabric which is approx 2' long and 1' diameter, like a tent roll.
I will post pics when I have done the car.
 
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