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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-02-2011, 01:46 AM
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Just do it. The M bumper looks better than the non-M in my opinion.
When it comes down to it, just do it for yourself though. Not for what anyone else thinks.

And for those of you saying "it's not an M, so don't do it." You aren't very bright. BMW put M bumpers on many different E36s from factory. Up to half of the 318is in Australia came standard with "M" bodykits.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:28 AM
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:04 AM
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I can't even count how many of us e39 guys put m5 bumpers on purely for the aggressive look. Good ahead and do it!
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:08 AM
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thanks so much for the inputs!!!!!!

just wanted to know what people would think if they saw an m3 bumper on a non m3 car

guess ill go for it!
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:32 AM
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:50 AM
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I say go for it, but keep in mind they come in primer black so it will need to be paint matched unless you have a black car and don't really mind. My friend put one on his 318is and it made the whole car look much nicer and much more aggressive. I say go for it!
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:57 AM
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my friend got one from umnitza and i'm 200% positive it came in primer black. Saw it in person
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:51 PM
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Do it. Im aiming to put M3 front and rear bumpers on my 328i in the future. Personally I hate how the stock bumper is a constant curve underneath a well chiseled nose. The M3 bumper fits the design of the front end much better IMO.


Its not really an issue until you put an M3 badge on the back.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:35 AM
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I wouldn't have gotten one if I wouldn't have gotten mine for next to nothing. I do think it makes it a lot more aggressive and makes the lines flow a lot better. I also have the m3 mirrors.

Agreed as long as you don't start badging it as a m3 then its fine. And if you put a bunch of stickers, huge mouthed bumper or like a non functional wing, then I would consider rice.

The m3 bumper does serve some purpose with the brake intakes and lip spoiler.

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Old 07-03-2011, 12:17 PM
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There he is! Franklyn will be so happy to see you again! Did you guys know that getting an M3 LTW wing is rice too?
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Im a little late to this discussion, but for what it is worth I say keep the stock bumper and not the m3 one. I only say this because I genuinely think a well cared for e36 with a stock front looks very classy, and not many people can resist the temptation to upgrade the to the different front end.
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Im a little late to this discussion, but for what it is worth I say keep the stock bumper and not the m3 one. I only say this because I genuinely think a well cared for e36 with a stock front looks very classy, and not many people can resist the temptation to upgrade the to the different front end.
This,

But I destroyed a raccoon at about 60mph, and the DDM front plus paint supplies was less than my deductible, so yeah
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I got an OEM style bumper cover from USAutoparts.net for $110 when mine got trashed.....I looked at the M3 bumper but I like the standard bumper look better. Just my personal preference.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:53 PM
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IMO its the first step towards rice
I kinda agree with this actually.
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I got an OEM style bumper cover from USAutoparts.net for $110 when mine got trashed.....I looked at the M3 bumper but I like the standard bumper look better. Just my personal preference.
Its funny that you say that, in my original post a few spots up I was about to say that the oem non-M bumper looks the best on white e36's, yours is no exception!
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:24 PM
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Do you guys know what rice is? Hhhhhaha
I dunno what your definition of it is, but I defy it as anything that meets any of the following generalized criteria:

Anything that inhibits performance significantly to enhance looks:
-Big spoilers on FWD cars
-Body kits with vents, mesh, etc. that lead to nowhere
-Huge, heavy sound systems in sports cars

Anything that serves absolutely no purpose:
-Smoked/tinted lights
-Chrome

Overly exaggerated performance mods that may work, but are just tacky:
-Carbon fiber trunks, hoods, etc. that aren't body color
-Turbo blow-off valves

Show-offy badges that are not OEM
-TURBO, R, ///M, etc.

I'm not being offensive, nor am I hating on anyone's taste. It's just the way I see things. Just because something is rice doesn't automatically mean it is bad. In fact, there are things out there that I may like that may be considered rice. The word has accumulated a bad connotation.
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