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silverforum 04-30-2011 03:38 PM

Plastic on Exterior (on Black x3)
Does the plastic on the exterior bother anyone? I wish I could get it painted without getting the M Kit (which makes the car look a little fat) and prefer xline rather than shadowline

Glen E 04-30-2011 04:10 PM

Any good body shop can paint it..with the proper prep and primer...but I stress a GOOD body shop that paints with BMW factory approved paint. Those body shops are registered with BMW, and customer relations could tell you.

Clivem2 05-01-2011 04:06 AM

A good body shop is a must.....plastic takes paint differently to metal and the colour on plastic changes over time. Take a look at silver Audis in particular, you will see the bumpers are often a different shade to the body. BMW's suffer too but to far lesser degree. Possibly this is down to the more eco paints they use nowadays.

Evlengr 05-01-2011 04:13 AM

Hmm, funny one of the things I like on many newer vehicles is the plastic black along the bottom trim. Helps to hide all the nicks that are caused by gravel and little rocks.

andrewbmw 05-01-2011 08:55 PM

I am ordering a black x3 and curious about what plastic you are referring to here.


Glen E 05-01-2011 08:57 PM

the black plastic around the wheel wells and the bumpers...

andrewbmw 05-01-2011 09:03 PM

Thanks for the quick reply.

Will it also be there for the Xline as I ordered sports package?

Glen E 05-01-2011 09:05 PM

it's on all the X3's except for the m sport package - black hides it best

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