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That's a good way of putting it -- reliable engine and transmission, but expect to replace many other $200-600 things somewhere between 80k and 200k miles.
Unfortunately, it's hard to come by good TCO numbers. The ZHP has the same known weak points as other E46s -- rear subframes, VANOS seals, control arm ball joints, oil filter housing gaskets, etc. As much as I like them, they are not low maintenance cars. The ZHP does have an exceptional combination of handling and ride quality. It's not too hard to find one or the other, but both are pretty unusual to come by. I don't know anything about the Evo, and I can certainly...
It won't really be much different than maintenance on a regular E46 330i or 325i. The ZHP suspension uses higher-quality components than other non-M E46s and therefore lasts longer though parts of it (especially bushings) are going to feel tired by 100k miles. $10-15k is the top end of the scale, so you could afford to buy one in tip-top condition. I usually go the other direction and get a cheap one that I know needs work because I know that even the best cars are...
I meant solar shades. As I said before, they will allow light in and preserve your ability to see outside while preventing people from seeing in during the day. I suppose they're not entirely unlike reflective film in that regard though I would prefer shades to film in most residential applications.
Solar shades will allow light in and preserve your ability to see outside while preventing people from seeing in during the day. They may provide less privacy at night when it is dark outside and you have interior lights on.
I've played with one. They seem appealing at the $300-400 point, but at $1300, it's hard to see the appeal.
I dug up that info and Hunter Douglas was the one I was thinking of. Oddly enough, they are available through custom order from Home Depot. What I don't know is Hunter Douglas makes a lower line of shades for Home Depot that is not as good as what you would get through a designer or other trade representative.
From what I've read, Cree is widely considered to make the best LEDs on the market right now. I wish it were easier to find LED bulbs in the 3500k color range. Despite its similarity to incandescent bulbs, I'm not a fan of the overly-yellow 2700k bulbs and the 5000k bulbs are a little much, too. I have a bunch of CFLs in the 3500k range throughout my house and I think they do a better job lighting a more modern house without going all the way to the sterile 5000k look.
Blinds and shades are items where the higher-quality stuff is rarely available without going through a designer or dealer (and is often custom-order only). Stuff like Graber is miles ahead of the junk you'll find at Home Depot, but you have to look a little harder to find it. I'll have to see if I can dig up the list of high-end shade manufacturers. It's been a while since I looked into it.
Well, the posted examples are the worst kind. There are fans with much lower-profile light kits. I'm not saying they look better than the same fan with no light at all, but there's a certain practicality that ceiling-mounted lights have over lamps. I have some fan-lights similar to the posted ones that I am looking to replace with something along the following lines:
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