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Old 08-02-2012, 05:10 PM
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I'm feel'n it. What do you think? Anyone want to buy my stock kidneys?
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:49 PM
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:01 PM
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Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:25 PM
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It's an M5, Congrats!

Looks good, go with it
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:28 PM
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Looks great! What's the price on the M5 grills?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:48 PM
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I'm feel'n it. What do you think? Anyone want to buy my stock kidneys?
Looks really good - that's one of the changes I've considered for mine. Its a small change but it can really change the front-end look.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:19 AM
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Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
exactly! I'm a subtle kind of guy. not looking for flash. I notice and that's all the matters.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:22 AM
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Looks great! What's the price on the M5 grills?
I threw away the receipt without even looking that close. I think it was about $80 for each side and they (dealer) charged $40 to install. I could have maybe tried to put it in myself, but I've read a few stories about guys having to really crank to get them out so I didn't want to risk possibly breaking something.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:33 AM
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I threw away the receipt without even looking that close. I think it was about $80 for each side and they (dealer) charged $40 to install. I could have maybe tried to put it in myself, but I've read a few stories about guys having to really crank to get them out so I didn't want to risk possibly breaking something.
You can get them for about $55 each and put them in yourself. It's not hard and you don't have to "crank" anything as long as you have a T-25 torx and about 20 minutes.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:34 AM
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Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
Ah, but you know, I do. and believe it or not, every time I look at the car I think.....that looks SO much better.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:00 AM
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Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
Yeah I dont see the difference. They look stock to me
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:43 AM
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:18 AM
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Yeah I dont see the difference. They look stock to me
Where the stock 535 grilles are chrome on the leading edge of the slat and matte black on the sides, the M5's are gloss black / matte black.

In pictures, the gloss black makes them look much like the stock 535 grilles due to the reflection. In person, it looks much different.

On my pic here, you can see it a little better. There are still reflections, though.



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Hell is where the police are German, the cooks are English, the cars are French, the lovers are Swiss, and it is all organised by the Italians

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Old 09-13-2012, 06:08 PM
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i ordered M5 grilles and 3 times the left grille was different from the dealer. it has 10 fins instead of 12.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:39 PM
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Looks OK, but if you have no other chrome on your car I'd go with the OEM all black.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:25 AM
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Looks OK, but if you have no other chrome on your car I'd go with the OEM all black.
Horses for courses.

Even with no other chrome, I do not like the all black look. To me, it looks like the grilles are missing.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:23 AM
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The M5 grille works on darker cars.

This horse also likes and respects the look of all black grilles. It looks all business and reminds me of decaf coffee.

For lighter color F10s, I was wondering how the 535i grille would look with the chrome ring blacked out.
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Has anyone with an M5 changed their grills to the 535 ones? lol
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:50 AM
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And I don't know if anyone noticed.. But the 'M5' grills are simply regular F30 grills
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:25 AM
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And I don't know if anyone noticed.. But the 'M5' grills are simply regular F30 grills
As in the same part #?? Wow. They definitely do have a similar look.

The F10 M5 grille style is the same style (chrome outer ring and black slats) that BMW has used on their 3-series (and others) since their first generation E21 in 1975. It looked more standard and similar to today starting with the E36 in 1990, and of course with the E46 starting in 1998.

To me the F10 M5 grille is a much more common traditional look. It still looks good on our F10 .

Btw, the only reason I know these details is from looking at Wikipedia. Lol.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series
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And I don't know if anyone noticed.. But the 'M5' grills are simply regular F30 grills
LOL, good eye, didn't think about that!

I think IF it weren't the standard grille on the F10, the standard F10 grille would be the more "Interesting" of the two, since the M5 grille as you've basically pointed out can make it easier for one to mistake a 5 for a 3 from the front (though unlikely I guess as the general designs are very different).

BigDeep: I'm pretty sure they aren't the *exact* same grilles, i.e the shapes and sizes are different, though I think he meant the color scheming is the same.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:54 PM
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