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I would like to use fiber cement siding along the lines of the dark gray stuff in the photo below as the exterior cladding for my garage, but I'm having a hard time finding good information on it. There's a wealth of information on the lapped, faux wood grain Hardiplank stuff, but I want more modern smooth finished, non-overlapped siding panels. I need to choose a manufacturer and from what little I can find, James Hardy is the ubiquitous, middle-of-the-road choice,...
Thanks, but that was my grandfather. I'll pass your sentiments along to him.
Pretty cool site if accurate, but at least for me, USAA EDIT: Just saw the follow-up. GEICO is notorious for that kind of thing.
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.
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