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Richard Steele 05-05-2012 08:53 AM

2013 X3 Grill color
 
I've read that the grill for the 2013 X3 can either be black or silver/gray. How is this determined or can the grill color be specified? If not, is it expensive to order the part and swap it out? Thanks in advance.

Wabbajack 05-05-2012 09:01 AM

Not on the X3. On the 3 Series.

Want the Thrill 05-05-2012 09:50 AM

On the 2013's, the 28i get the black grills (noting the engine difference like they do in other lines) and the 35i gets the silver grills. They just started this for the 2013's X3's. It was not this way for the 11 & 12 model years.

Wabbajack 05-05-2012 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Want the Thrill (Post 6816223)
On the 2013's, the 28i get the black grills (noting the engine difference like they do in other lines) and the 35i gets the silver grills. They just started this for the 2013's X3's. It was not this way for the 11 & 12 model years.

You sure about that? It doesn't show that way in the BYO and I never heard mention of that when I was ordering mine, albeit I was only looking at the 35.

Wabbajack 05-05-2012 10:55 AM

Over in the Production Thread several people have taken delivery on their 28s and posted pics and I don't see any Black grills. :dunno:

decade2000 05-05-2012 11:05 AM

Well this guy got black grills on his 2013 28
http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=685875

NeedWisdom 05-07-2012 09:51 AM

I can verify that indeed, the MY13 28i, does indeed get the black grills. Apparently the 4 cyl models all get them, so never an issue on the '11 or '12 MY's.

Want the Thrill 05-07-2012 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Wabbajack (Post 6816309)
You sure about that? It doesn't show that way in the BYO and I never heard mention of that when I was ordering mine, albeit I was only looking at the 35.

100% positive. Every picture of a 28i 2013 model has the black grills. Maybe you are looking at pics of 2012's.

joebry 05-16-2012 04:01 PM

Front grill
 
The X3 35i may have a different grill than the 28i. In looking at the BMWUSA site, the 35i appears to have a chromy grill.

Fryguy29 05-16-2012 04:26 PM

Is this a way of distinguishing the cars or is the chrome grill considered an upgrade? I got a 35i and would have preferred the black grill.

snowboardjoe 05-16-2012 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Fryguy29 (Post 6838850)
Is this a way of distinguishing the cars or is the chrome grill considered an upgrade? I got a 35i and would have preferred the black grill.

It's a distinguishing feature. Not an upgrade.

One could always change them on their own pretty easily (either by changing part or some paint to the old one). :)

Red_X3 05-16-2012 08:04 PM

I got a 2013 X3 xDrive28i and it has a black grill. Personally I like the black better, for some reason I've never really cared for chrome.
http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...i/DSC_0851.jpg

lbjgh 05-16-2012 08:26 PM

The 28i (4cyl) gets black and the 35i gets silver.

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Originally Posted by Richard Steele (Post 6816142)
I've read that the grill for the 2013 X3 can either be black or silver/gray. How is this determined or can the grill color be specified? If not, is it expensive to order the part and swap it out? Thanks in advance.


joebry 05-16-2012 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Red_X3 (Post 6839370)
I got a 2013 X3 xDrive28i and it has a black grill. Personally I like the black better, for some reason I've never really cared for chrome.
http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...i/DSC_0851.jpg

Did your dealer put your front tag on for you? Have you looked at the license frame base to see how it is attached?

Red_X3 05-16-2012 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by joebry (Post 6839486)
Did your dealer put your front tag on for you? Have you looked at the license frame base to see how it is attached?

The front license plate and holder were installed by the dealer. In NY we have to both front and rear plates. I'll pull the plate and take a look at for you.

joebry 05-16-2012 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Red_X3 (Post 6839496)
The front license plate and holder were installed by the dealer. In NY we have to both front and rear plates. Is there anything you'd like me to take a look at for you?

Is the plate base attached to 'bumper' with one or two screws? I have the base plate that was in the trunk of the X3 but there are no instructions or screws to attach it with. Since we are in a state that does not require a front tag, the dealer wants $56 to put it on.

No12 05-16-2012 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joebry (Post 6839498)
Is the plate base attached to 'bumper' with one or two screws? I have the base plate that was in the trunk of the X3 but there are no instructions or screws to attach it with. Since we are in a state that does not require a front tag, the dealer wants $56 to put it on.

Just out of morbid curiousity, I'm wondering why you would want a front plate holder put on when you live in a one-plate state...???

Red_X3 05-16-2012 09:39 PM

The license plate holder is secured via two fasteners, see photo below. The two areas highlighted in red are the screws that attach the plate holder to the bumper. The license plate holder is shaped to fit the front bumper as you can see from the side view photo. The lip of the plate holder is pressed up against the bumper fairly snugly and it looks like they sank the screws into the bumper with the holder in position.

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...htFastners.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...r-SideView.jpg

decade2000 05-16-2012 09:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Red_X3 (Post 6839370)
I got a 2013 X3 xDrive28i and it has a black grill. Personally I like the black better, for some reason I've never really cared for chrome.

Black grill looks great on a Vermilion.

Red_X3 05-16-2012 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by decade2000 (Post 6839595)
Black grill looks great on a Vermilion.

I feel it does look great and the silver trim provides a nice bit of definition to it.

joebry 05-17-2012 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Red_X3 (Post 6839569)
The license plate holder is secured via two fasteners, see photo below. The two areas highlighted in red are the screws that attach the plate holder to the bumper. The license plate holder is shaped to fit the front bumper as you can see from the side view photo. The lip of the plate holder is pressed up against the bumper fairly snugly and it looks like they sank the screws into the bumper with the holder in position.

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...htFastners.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...r-SideView.jpg

Thanks for the pictures. Maybe I can go to the dealer and get the two fasteners.

That is the same base plate that I have. There are two nipples on the bottom of the plate, one on each end, and these fit into slots on the bottom of the bumper and make sure the plate in centered on the bumper. Also, they are a way of hooking the bottom part.

My X3 is alpine white and my wife wants one of the 300's in vermillion red.

Thanks for the help.

joebry 05-17-2012 07:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by No12 (Post 6839558)
Just out of morbid curiousity, I'm wondering why you would want a front plate holder put on when you live in a one-plate state...???

Everybody keeps asking me the same question. This is a college football state and my 2003 525 had a college tag on the front. :dunno: But, every time I look at doing it, I have reservations.

No12 05-17-2012 08:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joebry (Post 6840106)
Everybody keeps asking me the same question. This is a college football state and my 2003 525 had a college tag on the front. :dunno: But, every time I look at doing it, I have reservations.

There is no college football team in existance today that would cause me to put on a front plate holder if I did not have to. But, I know some ppl get pretty intense about their college teams, so it's your car and your choice. :)

X3emist 05-17-2012 09:16 AM

2013 28i with black here as well
 
http://web.optilink.us/~treigel1/X/X35.jpg

Doctorx3 06-09-2012 07:54 AM

How depressing :( I am not happy that my 28i will have the black grille :( damn it :(


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