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Old 01-28-2011, 02:56 PM
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Picked up my car few weeks ago from body shop and only noticed today that my 550i badge was missing. For a moment I considered leaving as is -- more "Euro" I suppose. Then I snapped to my senses (and a quick pic), and headed to the shop to have them apply the badge.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:19 PM
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To each his own I guess, but I like that picture on the left...
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:23 PM
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It looks to me like they put the badge back on too low. The space up from the lip is supposed to be larger, isn't.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:30 PM
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It looks to me like they put the badge back on too low. The space up from the lip is supposed to be larger, isn't.
Nope. Positioned as new. Badge comes with its own templet. German precision I guess.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:52 PM
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The badge replacement position looks perfect, as I looked up pics of them on google to verify. However, I do think the de-badged back looks classier. Any enthusiast would know its a 550 but the lines are unbroken without the badge and it does seem more incognito to the layman.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:04 PM
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Maybe it's just my eyes or the angle of the photo that is throwing me off.

I still see a difference between these two placements.

As for the template, that is good though because when I had work done on my 330 some 6 years ago the dealer noticeably put the badge on wrong, not to mention the few times I have seen this happen to other cars.

BUT BACK TO THE OP, maybe its the American in me, but I like seeing the model badge on the back of a car.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:45 PM
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Maybe it's just my eyes or the angle of the photo that is throwing me off.

I still see a difference between these two placements.

As for the template, that is good though because when I had work done on my 330 some 6 years ago the dealer noticeably put the badge on wrong, not to mention the few times I have seen this happen to other cars.

BUT BACK TO THE OP, maybe its the American in me, but I like seeing the model badge on the back of a car.
Probably just the angle, or the scale of the US license plate...
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Nope. Positioned as new. Badge comes with its own templet. German precision I guess.
Does this mean the whole badge came off in one piece?

Personally, I like the cleaner debadged look. Add a dual or quad exhaust with a new lower fascia and no one would have any idea what you are driving.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:27 PM
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Does this mean the whole badge came off in one piece?

Personally, I like the cleaner debadged look. Add a dual or quad exhaust with a new lower fascia and no one would have any idea what you are driving.
They are individual pieces.
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Originally I thought black's badge was too low, however, after looking at all the pictures again and comparing them to a picture of my F10, I think his badge was put back in the correct location. The first photo of black's does make it appear that the badge is too low, but the second picture, which is a close up, makes it appear that the badge is in the correct location.
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Originally I thought black's badge was too low
Nevermind, I think it's low, but maybe an optical illusion. Here's my 535i...
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:23 PM
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Nevermind, I think it's low, but maybe an optical illusion. Here's my 535i...
This is a tough call. Originally, my post stated that the badge on black's vehicle appeared low, but then I changed my mind and changed my post. After comparing mark's vehicle's badge to my vehicle's badge, I seem to be going back to my original thought. The badge on black's vehicle is not in the same exact location as the factory installed badges. Also, black's vehicle's badge seems to be at a different angle. Our factory installed badges seem to be a little higher on the left and the slope down to the right. Black's badge does not appear to do this. I would suggest that black take another picture of the rear of his vehicle from the same perspective and distance as our pictures. Once the new picture is posted, maybe we can make a better comparison.

P.S.: What do you mean by "Nevermind"?
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:31 PM
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This is a tough call. Originally, my post stated that the badge on black's vehicle appeared low, but then I changed my mind and changed my post. After comparing mark's vehicle's badge to my vehicle's badge, I seem to be going back to my original thought. The badge on black's vehicle is not in the same exact location as the factory installed badges. Also, black's vehicle's badge seems to be at a different angle. Our factory installed badges seem to be a little higher on the left and the slope down to the right. Black's badge does not appear to do this. I would suggest that black take another picture of the rear of his vehicle from the same perspective and distance as our pictures. Once the new picture is posted, maybe we can make a better comparison.

P.S.: What do you mean by "Nevermind"?
I had also posted that I definitely thought his was low, then I saw your post again. I had thought you said it was low and then thought I mis-read it, LOL. Now I understand that you did change it from what I saw originally. So then I said "nevermind"...
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I had also posted that I definitely thought his was low, then I saw your post again. I had thought you said it was low and then thought I mis-read it, LOL. Now I understand that you did change it from what I saw originally. So then I said "nevermind"...
You probably read my original post where I said that the badge appeared low, but then I edited that post after I changed my mind. I guess that my final answer (Did anyone say Regis Philbin?) is that the badge does in fact appear to be low and it is also not at the proper angle. This horribly serious defect clearly cries out for BMW to buy the vehicle back!!! I am not sure if I missed it, but why was the badge taken off in the first place?
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:39 AM
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See, poor guy posts all excited his badges are back on because he likes that style and we all tell him they're mis-aligned or look better completely off..
Lol.... But seriously no badges looks better IMO
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:14 AM
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I'd vote for WITH badge.

I would have preferred they keep the "x" there for xDrive as well. Not sure why they decide to delete it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:48 AM
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:06 AM
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Here it is now, and new.
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I guess I am in the minority with MWARES212 I like the designation badges. I hate dealer ads pasted to the car, but BMW badges are OK. Dealer license plate frames are borderline acceptable to me.
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It's clearly a matter of personal pref., but I like the "steathiness" of the no badge look. With the badge, 535 drivers like me will be able to quickly assess the odds of beating you off the line at the next light
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De-badged provides cleaner and balanced look

IMO the rear deck of the trunk looks much cleaner and more in balance without the model designation pasted on...(See photo) After witnessing many of the Bimmers in Europe without their badges adorning the rear trunk, I grew to prefer the look and modified my 535i shortly after redelivery in the U.S.A. Another benefit: you'll never have to worry whether the model designation letters/numbers are too close to the edge of the trunk lid
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Without badge looks better.
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I debadged mine on the first day I got the car. I liked the clean look.

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Will debatching have an influence on resale value?
So should you save the batch after debatching and will it be reusable after three years?
I like the clear look and detest all kind of stickers that are fitted by the producer, importer or sales organisation of my BMW.
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