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iwanna330cic
02-16-2006, 03:02 PM
The two posts I started about oxford green and deep green verts have had over 50 hits... but no responses. Clearly, there is interest, but no one here has a green BMW? You all suppose that's simply a sign of the low popularity of this color? :confused:

Doug

chuck92103
02-16-2006, 03:10 PM
Green was popular with the 5 series prior to the E39, what was that model and E34? :dunno:

Anyway I rarely see a hunter green car from any manufacturer so I guess they have fallen out of favor a bit.

My neighbor bought a new 330Cic in the deep green color a couple years ago. Not very attractive on a convertible.

avalys
02-16-2006, 03:12 PM
I saw a dark green E46 coupe once, with a tan interior. It looked very nice. I don't know why it's not more popular, I think that's the only green modern BMW I've seen.

The E90 would probably look pretty good in green too, I think.

Salvator
02-16-2006, 03:15 PM
My car is Sienna Red, and everybody who sees it (clean, and in person), likes it... but apparently, it was not a popular color... :dunno: Got a nice discount on it because of it (I think...) :thumbup:

Elvis530i
02-16-2006, 03:17 PM
Some years ago, my stepmother had an E36 325 and actually had it painted metallic green. Never really cared for it myself, though it wasn't precisely unattractive.

FDMeloan
02-16-2006, 03:25 PM
I've got TWO GREEN BMWs. It's not that green is my all time favorite color but it's a lot better than most of the other colors. I almost bought a green 325Cic last summer but my wife thought that was a bit too much green so her 325Cic is steel blue.

eddisney
02-16-2006, 07:30 PM
Bought a used 2000 323ci in green w/ tan interior Dec. 2004 with 32,000 miles, great looking and running, My 1st bimmer, Love It!

Parrothead
02-17-2006, 08:32 AM
I just bought a 2006 Highland Green Metallic X3. It's en route to me right now. :)

DaveH
02-17-2006, 09:23 AM
I have a fern green E46 which is absolutely stunning in the sunlight. It is no longer available as a BMW color.

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vern
02-17-2006, 09:52 AM
I had a Fern Green 99 323i and loved it.When I ordered myE60 I wanted to get Green again and my CA talked me out of it. Could be a resale problem.So few green cars are being sold they are probably going to do away with that color.Good luck
cheers
vern

govtec
02-17-2006, 11:29 AM
yes, it is the ugliest color on a car. any shades of it i detest.

acitydweller
02-17-2006, 12:36 PM
My Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited is a dark forest green. My old 95 nissan maxima gle was a dark green as well. i dont think its so much Hate for green as it is a lack of admiration.

SeauxCalTiger
02-17-2006, 12:44 PM
Green looks great on British sports cars

P.Chas
02-17-2006, 01:10 PM
Superstition could have something to do with the unpopularity of this colour.
I have frequently been surprised at the number of people who have told me that
they would never own a green coloured car, or have green tiles on the roof of their
house.
They seem to think that this would be tempting providence= buried under the green-
grass.
Personally I like this colour; BRG = British racing green!

BobbiOh
02-17-2006, 01:46 PM
I love BRG on the right car. I have a 1991 Limited Edition Miata in BRG with tan interior. Replaced the top with tan cloth and it's sharp.

DH, however, prefers non-green cars. In the racing world green cars are considered unlucky.

hugh1850
02-17-2006, 01:55 PM
Green you say? Not BRG, bust Aston Martin Racing Green:

http://www.y2kusa.com/y2k-usa/00DB7Grn3K/MVC-002S.JPG

But this badboy looks good in any color!:thumbup:

Pinecone
02-18-2006, 06:47 AM
If BMW offered a tan or natural interior inth E46 M3 it is likely we would own an Oxford Green and tan M3. But they only offered the cinnamon, which looks too red to go with green.

nowonder
02-18-2006, 08:17 AM
It's not easy being green

--Kermit

Mr.Allen
02-18-2006, 09:10 AM
My E46 is Green and it looks really good, especially on a sunny day.

Bob Clevenger
02-18-2006, 03:39 PM
...When I ordered myE60 I wanted to get Green again and my CA talked me out of it.
Yep, they actively discourage customers from purchasing green cars and then have the chutzpah to claim that "green does not sell." Can anyone say "self-fulfilling prophecy"?

akhbhaat
02-18-2006, 05:06 PM
I've noticed that the popularity of certain colors on cars tends to correspond to the popularity of said color in fashion or in society in general during the year(s) in which the cars are built.

For example, notice the semi-pastel colored cars built during the late 80s and early 90s...teal blues, seafoam greens, light reds, etc. The popularity of these colors faded going into the mid 90s, so they were ultimately dropped from most manufacturer's lines.

Greens, particularly dark greens, were popular throughout the 90s, but popularity waned at the beginning of the 2000s. Remember all the dark green Explorers, Intrepids, Mustangs and Jeep Cherokees built during the mid 90s? You don't see many of these same vehicles built in green these days. The E46, with production beginning in early 1998, was available in a nice deep green known as fern green. This color was dropped a couple years into E46 production. The colors of the mid to late 90s were typically characterized by deep, dark shades of various reds, greens, and blues (navy etc).

Today, I'd say that neutral, minimalist colors or solid primary colors are the most popular - black and white, of course (as always), as well as darker greys, but I've also seen a very large number of new cars in primary red, yellow, and blue.

If you want to guarantee long term viability of your car on the used market, it's probably best to go with a timeless color choice - black, white, or silver, mainly. :)

MMME30W
02-18-2006, 05:15 PM
yes, it is the ugliest color on a car. any shades of it i detest.

Oh, c'mon, tell us how you really feel :rofl:.

No, seriously, I don't know either. The cover and interior shots of my MY2003 E46 brochure has all the cars of the light green color (can't recall name, but its very light metallic.)

I suggested it once to Mrs. Wingspan, her response was 'yuck'.

So I ended up following the SG herd. :dunno:

Pinecone
02-18-2006, 06:59 PM
Realize that from the early 80s until mid 90s a lot of pastel colors were due to EPA bans on certain pigments and those were the ones that gave use the intense colors.

It took a while to figure out how to get those colors without the old pigments.

cwsqbm
02-18-2006, 10:35 PM
Sorry, but every time I think about buying a green car, I flash back to my parents '76 two-tone Ford van. The top and bottom were a medium green, and the middle was a light yellow green. Ugh! Worse, they ordered it from the factory that way! Worst of all, it matched the ugly carpeting in their living room. I'm convinced they were color-blind.

wwb4
02-18-2006, 10:41 PM
I like "green".....or should I say "love" green when it comes to <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008_ZNfox000' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/3/3_5_6.gif' alt='Money' border=0></a>....:p Although "green" is honestly my favorite color, I could never see myself buying a BMW in green, another car (like the Aston Martin pictured in an earlier post) perhaps, but not a BMW. I owned a "Kent Green" Land Rover Discovery II, and loved it. It was a beautiful SUV couples with the tan leather interior w/black piping, and I was constantly bombarded with compliments.

wwb4
02-18-2006, 10:41 PM
Green you say? Not BRG, bust Aston Martin Racing Green:

http://www.y2kusa.com/y2k-usa/00DB7Grn3K/MVC-002S.JPG

But this badboy looks good in any color!:thumbup:

Beautiful car!!! :thumbup:

MarcusSDCA
02-19-2006, 12:17 AM
I had a Fern Green 99 323i and loved it.When I ordered myE60 I wanted to get Green again and my CA talked me out of it. Could be a resale problem.So few green cars are being sold they are probably going to do away with that color.Good luck
cheers
vern

Fern Green? She was my third grade teacher.:p

I think Slate Green in the 7 is very classy. But the darker greens (forest greens) tend to look a little conservative....especially with tan interiors. They look better on Jaguars than on BMWs....a bit too conservative and hence not BMerish enough for my taste. Then again I hate 75% of BMWs colors.

wwb4
02-19-2006, 12:31 AM
Fern Green? She was my third grade teacher.:p

I think Slate Green in the 7 is very classy. But the darker greens (forest greens) tend to look a little conservative....especially with tan interiors. They look better on Jaguars than on BMWs....a bit too conservative and hence not BMerish enough for my taste. Then again I hate 75% of BMWs colors.

I think that Jaguars......Land Rovers/Range Rovers.......and Aston Martins all look the "best" in green....isn't it interesting.....they're all made by the same manufacturer. The odd thing is that Fords "don't" look good in green.....:confused:.......:dunno:

Kanuck
02-19-2006, 08:47 AM
Ah, grey-green. An inspired choice.

I must admit that I alternate between being interested in the, "what is the best colour" debate, and being completely bored by it. It is interesting though that certain colours seem to catch on in certain places, and others that do not. I think it has a lot to do with inherent human tendencies. There is one group that does not want to be too different from what they see as the norm. They don't want to be identical, but they are very sensitive to being perceived as too radical.

There is another group (the minority) who want to be different, no matter what that implies. I, for one, have always thought I wanted a red car, but when it came down to actually doing it, have always ended up picking something else in the end.

So when you factor in:
1. Dark versus light (or, how often do I have to clean it)
2. Perceived resale value
3. How much do I want to be noticed ("Look at me!")
4. Whether a colour is perceived as masculine or feminine

You can see why the car companies stick to a fairly small list of colours. They have to trade off all these factors and they don't want to be stuck with a lot of cars in an unpopular colour. It would be interesting to know if BMW forecasts sales by colour, and how accurate those forecasts are.

TeeZee
02-20-2006, 12:20 PM
If BMW offered a tan or natural interior inth E46 M3 it is likely we would own an Oxford Green and tan M3. But they only offered the cinnamon, which looks too red to go with green.

Oxford green and sand leather- a classic combination

Matthew330Ci
02-20-2006, 02:29 PM
2 words, URBAN GREEN. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

that's probably the only color uglier than puke yellow (aka phoenix yellow)

MikeCTM2
02-20-2006, 07:29 PM
i call mine 'mountain water' green. though the bmw name is Schiefer Grun, or Slate Green.

this E39 is 100% options and was originally purchased by Beverly Hills BMW (per window sticker). this green is a rarer, more elite, executive color -and definately Bavarian.

Aufwiederhoren

SONET
02-20-2006, 07:48 PM
Green you say? Not BRG, bust Aston Martin Racing Green:

http://www.y2kusa.com/y2k-usa/00DB7Grn3K/MVC-002S.JPG

But this badboy looks good in any color!:thumbup:
Nice. :thumbup:

A bit of trivia... there is not an official color for 'British Racing Green'. It's usually a medium to dark green, but there has never been any official specs for the color.

--SONET

D2-AUTOSPORT
02-20-2006, 09:16 PM
I used to HATE green cars until we got this car on board for our 2006 Promo car squad. The color along with the interior, wheel finish, and tint just all flow so well. Very very classy overall.

After this vehicle I said that as long as the basic body shape is right then any car can look jaw-dropping in green

What do you guys think?

http://www.d2autosport.com/gallery/cl55monoblk3f.jpg

http://www.d2autosport.com/gallery/cl55monoblk3g.jpg

http://www.d2autosport.com/gallery/cl55monoblk3b.png

wwb4
02-21-2006, 12:10 AM
Nice. :thumbup:

A bit of trivia... there is not an official color for 'British Racing Green'. It's usually a medium to dark green, but there has never been any official specs for the color.

--SONET

Mazda classified and made a special edition Miata in the '90s and called/colored it "British Racing Green".

windnsea00
02-21-2006, 12:23 AM
We may be buying a `02 325iT with oxford green on sand this week. Rather unique color for that wagon and this particular one has nearly everything: xenon, pdc, step, premium, sport, cold weather, & harman kardon. No I won't be paying anywhere near that advertised price if I plan to go thru with it :)
<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-11/1110558/green3.jpg' width=562 height=421 >
<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-11/1110558/green1.jpg' width=562 height=421 >
<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-11/1110558/green2.jpg' width=562 height=421 >

wwb4
02-21-2006, 01:18 AM
We may be buying a `02 325iT with oxford green on sand this week. Rather unique color for that wagon and this particular one has nearly everything: xenon, pdc, step, premium, sport, cold weather, & harman kardon. No I won't be paying anywhere near that advertised price if I plan to go thru with it :)
<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-11/1110558/green3.jpg' width=562 height=421 >
<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-11/1110558/green1.jpg' width=562 height=421 >
<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-11/1110558/green2.jpg' width=562 height=421 >

Wish you the best of luck with your purchase. :thumbup: Are those CA dealer tags on it? They look like owner tags. :dunno:

hugh1850
02-21-2006, 08:55 AM
Nice. :thumbup:

A bit of trivia... there is not an official color for 'British Racing Green'. It's usually a medium to dark green, but there has never been any official specs for the color.

--SONET

I think BRG should be non-metalic too...another Aston Martin DB7, this time BRG

http://www.autosportdesigns.com/Sales/images/1100-23255.jpg

Vroom
02-21-2006, 09:18 AM
No, not everyone hates green. Just a lot of people :rofl:

windnsea00
02-21-2006, 12:25 PM
Wish you the best of luck with your purchase. :thumbup: Are those CA dealer tags on it? They look like owner tags. :dunno:
It was bought thru an auction and is at an Infiniti dealer, I never buy thru dealers but since so many people lease newer BMW's these days most of them just end up trading them in.

Ågent99
02-21-2006, 02:36 PM
Well, I don't hate green but it usually isn't at the top of my list. The problem is that BMWs color palette is so grey/black one-sided. I mean, how many shades of silver are needed? I'm so sick of seeing Ti-Ag...that is a color I hate but only because of its prevalence. BMWs look great in silver but there are too many of them in these colors.

My 2001 is a Topaz Blue. It's nice--perhaps too sweet of a blue color (sweet as in bright, candy-ish) but looks incredible wet under a pale street lamp at midnight! :rofl:

The interior I got with my 2001 is, ahem, Stone Green/Black--the only two-tone interior offered on Non-M E39s. Most of my friends describe it a minty fresh! My dealer wouldn't order it without a huge non-refundable deposit! In the end, most compliment it and even my dealer became a convert. This color combo was my wife's choice.

Fast-forward to today and she is now thinking the Deep Green with the Auburn (cinnamon-orange-pigskinish) might be the ticket for her. I like the Auburn...saw it with a Monaco Blue 550i and it worked. I think it would work fine with the Dark Green, too, but I'm usually against dark colors...too hard to keep the suckers clean and I'm not big on whiling away my Saturdays detailing my car.

So, nothing against green here! May well end up with another "unusual" color-combo BMW again!!

windnsea00
02-21-2006, 03:28 PM
Well, I don't hate green but it usually isn't at the top of my list. The problem is that BMWs color palette is so grey/black one-sided. I mean, how many shades of silver are needed? I'm so sick of seeing Ti-Ag...that is a color I hate but only because of its prevalence. BMWs look great in silver but there are too many of them in these colors.

My 2001 is a Topaz Blue. It's nice--perhaps too sweet of a blue color (sweet as in bright, candy-ish) but looks incredible wet under a pale street lamp at midnight! :rofl:

The interior I got with my 2001 is, ahem, Stone Green/Black--the only two-tone interior offered on Non-M E39s. Most of my friends describe it a minty fresh! My dealer wouldn't order it without a huge non-refundable deposit! In the end, most compliment it and even my dealer became a convert. This color combo was my wife's choice.

Fast-forward to today and she is now thinking the Deep Green with the Auburn (cinnamon-orange-pigskinish) might be the ticket for her. I like the Auburn...saw it with a Monaco Blue 550i and it worked. I think it would work fine with the Dark Green, too, but I'm usually against dark colors...too hard to keep the suckers clean and I'm not big on whiling away my Saturdays detailing my car.

So, nothing against green here! May well end up with another "unusual" color-combo BMW again!!
Monaco Blue on Auburn is BEAUTIFUL, I rode in a 550i with that combination. By the way, how did you like SMG in your 545i? I've heard lots of mixed reviews, of course I understand it really is a manual tranny so it needs to be expected to act like one.

wwb4
02-21-2006, 05:07 PM
It was bought thru an auction and is at an Infiniti dealer, I never buy thru dealers but since so many people lease newer BMW's these days most of them just end up trading them in.

I got ya.....makes sense now.

mullman
02-21-2006, 05:40 PM
Green just does not do it for me.
Colors are very personal.

White & Silver are historically very German and for some reason I gravitate there.
Many LeMans racing Jags were green though! D-Types in particular

Bob Clevenger
02-21-2006, 06:48 PM
A bit of trivia... there is not an official color for 'British Racing Green'. It's usually a medium to dark green, but there has never been any official specs for the color.

--SONET
However you can order a Jaguar in "British Racing Green" --- or at least you could last year, so Jaguar must have their own specs for it.

hawk2100n
02-21-2006, 06:56 PM
Jaguar's version of Brittish racing green, at least in 04 was a flat green. If you sprung for the metallic version, it was called Jaguar Racing Green. The car in the background of the signature is a Jaguar Racing Green x-type.



"They say a geinus would pick green, then again, you didnt pick the color, did you Focker?
-Meet the Parents

TeeZee
02-21-2006, 10:38 PM
We may be buying a `02 325iT with oxford green on sand this week. Rather unique color for that wagon and this particular one has nearly everything: xenon, pdc, step, premium, sport, cold weather, & harman kardon. No I won't be paying anywhere near that advertised price if I plan to go thru with it :)

Hey- same as mine. Nice choice!