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E46 (1999 - 2006)
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 08-09-2005, 06:29 AM
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What do you guys think of the natural brown interior?

Love it hate it?
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:59 AM
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I hate sand interior but love natural brown. I really like the contrast, you get completely black dash and doors get only natural brown inserts, I think carpet is also black.

Have you made up your mind yet on what car you're getting?
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:36 AM
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I admire it, but don't think I'd ever own a car w/ it.
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:43 AM
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:39 AM
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Looks lovely especially with a dark color look like jet black or sliver gray. But i'm still a black leather man!
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:26 AM
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I love it! You don't have to deal with light colored carpets, they're black. It's a great contrast.
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:39 AM
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I think natural brown looks great with all cars except Sliver or Gray. Yuk! Black only with those colors.
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:53 AM
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Love it. I waited an extra 3 weeks to get NB instead of Sand. The Sand color covers everything....seats, center console, dash, etc. Very monotonous. The NB has black trim so only the seats and door inserts are actually brown leather, the rest is black. It is killer and not very common. Its an easy way to have a somewhat unique interior without going the Individual route. Good luck! I have posted pictures somewhere around here. I'll try to find it and Edit this post with a link to them.
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:03 AM
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:05 AM
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:16 AM
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Love it! If I didn't get the ZHP option with it's black headlinner I think I would have chosen Natural Brown over Sand.
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:25 AM
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If you don't get a ZHP with black headliner what color is the headliner with nat. brown interior?
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Old 08-09-2005, 12:14 PM
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If you don't get a ZHP with black headliner what color is the headliner with nat. brown interior?
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Old 08-09-2005, 12:35 PM
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Old 08-09-2005, 01:56 PM
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I LOVE the Natural Brown interior. Custom ordered it for my ED 3series. I've posted tons of pics (and yes I have a silver Gray car and it looks fantastic). I think I've even posted a poll on here a few months back asking people's opinions on the matter too. Do a search for NB or natural brown and you'll find some great pics.

Let me know if you want any pics of Silver Gray over NB.
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Old 08-09-2005, 02:32 PM
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Love it! Good contrast with the rest of the interior being black including the headliner. My 00' 328ci had the Sand Leather interior and it showed alot of dirt. I was surprised at how much the leather looked dirty - and I keep my cars real clean.
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:26 PM
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:02 PM
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Coming up on 1 year I still love my Saphire black NB combo. I had initially ordered sand but changed my mind after thinking that I plan on keeping the car for a long time. The black carpets made more sense for me. I get many compliements on black NB contrast.
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:19 PM
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:40 PM
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Is there a better combo than IR and NB? Nope.
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:57 PM
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Lurve...

Especially black and natural brown
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:01 PM
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I think natural brown is gorgeous, and especially like the contrast of the brown leather with the black dashboard.

If I wanted to waste my money on cheap E46 leather, it would have been my choice for sure. -ducks-
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Old 08-11-2005, 08:49 PM
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I dig on the nat brown. I have a friend with a jet black touring with NB and I envy it everytime I see it. Black is my second choice (which is what I have). If you can't be with the one you love...
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Old 08-11-2005, 10:00 PM
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I love Natural Brown. Basically every car out there comes with some shade of tan or grey for the interior. Natural Brown is pretty unique and reminds me of the interior of Ferraris. I have it and get many compliments on it. But, it needs the right exterior color to look right and to me it looks best paired with wood trim.

I don't remember whose car this is.....it belongs to another Bimmerfest member but this picture sold me on Natural Brown.
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Old 08-11-2005, 10:32 PM
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Love it. Test drove a NB in IR with ZHP, absolutely stunning!

Ended up getting a NB in white with SPP only. IR too much a cop magnet and ZHP a little too harsh to me on LA freeways.
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