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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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1) 1 9.09%
2) 5 45.45%
3) 2 18.18%
4) I have a better idea! (please post your idea, feel free to PS my pics) 3 27.27%
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:23 AM
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Need opinions!

It's coming down to crunch time, the new paint job is just around the corner. I'm for sure getting a new front bumper (either CSL v1 or v2 rep, or maybe even MtechII), CSL trunk and different mirrors. Here's where I need help. I don't have the $$ for a new rear bumper and have been playing with photoshop to see my options of modding w/ just paint. Do not be cruel, my PS skills suck but you should get the idea.

As it is now, just for reference, not an option in poll.
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Body color painted lower molding and CSL trunk
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Painted black below lower molding, CSL trunk, body color painted exterior trim, painted handles black
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Painted black below lower molding, CSL trunk, body color painted bumper trim, black handles
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:27 AM
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Where is the None option? I like it that way it is now.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:31 AM
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That would be option 4.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:31 AM
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#2 but with red handles
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Personally, I'd ditch the CSL trunk (not the best look on a sedan IMO) and get the Mtech2 bumper. Umnitza has them for about $350 shipped.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:37 AM
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:43 AM
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The CSL trunk is fine, but the black body molding & handles disrupts the flow & continuity....and I know that black and red is your preferred theme, but I would love to see some nice silver wheels on that car....
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:44 PM
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I don't like my back bumper either. That trim strip is a really busy design detail for the car. How about leaving your trunk alone and instead buying a performance package rear bumper and rockers? You could add the M3 lip spoiler if you're looking to make the car look a little racier.
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#2 or jakes suggestion. I think i would lose the stripes if that is still a decision you are debating.
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Thanks for all the opinions guys. I'm definitely thinking very hard about this decision. Please keep them coming!

There's an 'fanatic who's car is in the direction I'd like to go. I'll attach a picture. Yes, there's a ton of differences, it's a facelift, his color is custom, I'd never go that low, his rear bumper is a custom modified mtech II, etc. But overall it's a red sedan w/ CSL trunk and front bumper, black wheels and accents. I just think it looks a little boring with the side trim color matched, thoughts?
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He needs to spend a couple of bucks on a real camera...

That's a ZHP rear bumper on the car. It looks like he left the original rockers on it (kind of tough to tell because the photo is such poor quality). Is that a CSL trunk, or just an added CSL-style lip spoiler?

edit: and yeah, that car is slammed

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Keep the sides color matched. For some reason it makes the car look bigger/cleaner
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He needs to spend a couple of bucks on a real camera...

That's a ZHP rear bumper on the car. It looks like he left the original rockers on it (kind of tough to tell because the photo is such poor quality). Is that a CSL trunk, or just an added CSL-style lip spoiler?

edit: and yeah, that car is slammed
In his defense, it was just a teaser pic. It is a CF CSL trunk and oem rockers.
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Thanks for all the opinions guys. I'm definitely thinking very hard about this decision. Please keep them coming!

There's an 'fanatic who's car is in the direction I'd like to go. I'll attach a picture. Yes, there's a ton of differences, it's a facelift, his color is custom, I'd never go that low, his rear bumper is a custom modified mtech II, etc. But overall it's a red sedan w/ CSL trunk and front bumper, black wheels and accents. I just think it looks a little boring with the side trim color matched, thoughts?
The color-matched trim looks sedate *only because of those black wheels*, which tend to drag everything else down....the absence of light or color in the wheel wells is (IMHO) a serious downfall, and a major travesty to such a nice ride....
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The color-matched trim looks sedate *only because of those black wheels*, which tend to drag everything else down....the absence of light or color in the wheel wells is (IMHO) a serious downfall, and a major travesty to such a nice ride....
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Pffff you two! I do greatly respect your opinions, but that's the one thing I'm sure of! The wheels will be staying black.
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Pffff you two! I do greatly respect your opinions, but that's the one thing I'm sure of! The wheels will be staying black.
Well....like Patrick Swayze said in Roadhouse...."Opinions differ...."

Not just *any* silver wheels, mind you , but *the right* silver wheels....I happen to think these would really POP on your car....
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Bob, I like your taste (no pun intended)

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Yeah Bob, I'd say those are some pretty sick wheels! And I would paint them b!tches black too. lol.
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Yeah Bob, I'd say those are some pretty sick wheels! And I would paint them b!tches black too. lol.
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agree w/couple of others above..... simply.....do NOT paint the door-handles black......that looks tacky,...and will be "dated" in no time flat........breaks the continuity......that's something that a 16 year-old would do to his honda civic...... otherwise, all others look ok to me......hope my opinion helps......cheers.....
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oh, ...and also agree to above...do not do the black-trim moulding black...it breaks the car in half...AND....agree w/ above about the WHEELS...... you need titanium-silver or chrome to break up the monotony of the red/blk scheme......(try painting the wheels a nice (even dark) satin-silver......lose the blk wheel color.... but that's just me......nice ride.....
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