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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 06-14-2005, 08:47 AM
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I was looking at a 330CiC they other day and the leather seats were natural brown, but the carpet was black, is that normal? There was an X3 with sand interior with matching carpet. Did they screw up on the carpet color on the 330? It looked fine with black, but seemed odd.

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Old 06-14-2005, 09:23 AM
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I was looking at a 330CiC they other day and the leather seats were natural brown, but the carpet was black, is that normal? There was an X3 with sand interior with matching carpet. Did they screw up on the carpet color on the 330? It looked fine with black, but seemed odd.
That's the way natural comes in 3ers. Obviously it's individual taste, but I liked it so much I bought the car that way. It has the advantage over sand of not having a light-colored dash and other plastic trim bits.
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:35 AM
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I was looking at a 330CiC they other day and the leather seats were natural brown, but the carpet was black, is that normal? There was an X3 with sand interior with matching carpet. Did they screw up on the carpet color on the 330? It looked fine with black, but seemed odd.
Think of Natural Brown as a black interior with brown seats and door inserts.
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Nothin' wrong with the carpet not matching the drapes.
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Actually, I liked the black carpet vs brown. It would show less dirt. My wife's care has light carpet and it shows everything.
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Actually, I liked the black carpet vs brown. It would show less dirt. My wife's care has light carpet and it shows everything.
Yeah, I have sand leather and carpet, and am considering getting a set of black floor mats for just that reason....
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I tried the dark floor mat thing. It doesn't look very good. Only because the rest of the carpet shows and it just looks kind of funny. Like the carpet that runs up the side of the console.
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Yeah, I have sand leather and carpet, and am considering getting a set of black floor mats for just that reason....
My dealer threw in the tan BMW rubber mats for my sand interior -- they look pretty good. They can easily be cleaned. I've been using WeatherTech rubber mats in my last 5 cars and IMO they're much better than carpeted mats, especially in the lighter colors. Check out WeatherTech and the BMW tan mats -- they'll look better than black.
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Unless the drapes are red.

Natural Brown cars look great because of the black carpet for contrast. One thing that got messed up with the normal 330s with NB interiors is that the headliner is sand. On the ZHP versions of the 330, the NB interiors get black liners as well. So there the drapes and the carpet are both Jet Fockin Black! Sorry am I allowed to say that here?
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I have the gray interior. When I bought the car they gave me the option of puting the matching gray floor mats. It looked fine..but then I saw black ones too, put them in...like them a lot better...matches the black trim on the dash well...
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I have the gray interior. When I bought the car they gave me the option of puting the matching gray floor mats. It looked fine..but then I saw black ones too, put them in...like them a lot better...matches the black trim on the dash well...
Hey that looks great. If you could swap out your center armrest for black too - I think it'd be perfect.
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I tried the dark floor mat thing. It doesn't look very good. Only because the rest of the carpet shows and it just looks kind of funny. Like the carpet that runs up the side of the console.
I have the black headliner, black dash, and black cube trim, so throwing in a set of black mats may not be too bad. It's pretty subjective to ones tastes. I think it could work pretty well, but I like a lot of contrast. (A white bikinni on a dark tan will make my head turn fast enough to earn me a slap from the Mrs every time. )
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My dealer threw in the tan BMW rubber mats for my sand interior -- they look pretty good. They can easily be cleaned. I've been using WeatherTech rubber mats in my last 5 cars and IMO they're much better than carpeted mats, especially in the lighter colors. Check out WeatherTech and the BMW tan mats -- they'll look better than black.
My dealer threw in the tan mats too. You're right, they can be cleaned easily, and mine have been several times. It's just annoying that they show every leaf or speck of dirt that finds its way into the car. I also managed to tear the foam backing on my driver side mat, right where one of the velcro pads is located. It's not completely torn away from the mat, but I have to be really carefull when I remove it for cleaning now. If I have to replace it, I might just try the WeatherTech mats. Thanks for the tip!
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