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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 05-27-2012, 08:56 AM
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De-badging Etiquette..

Considering de-badging the 'X5' on the back and replacing with an M-badge from the M5.

My SAV is Black on Black in Black with a black M plate holder. The dark tints look great and give a very stealthy appearance. I think the M badge will be a nice subtle change to the outside.

There is M badging everywhere inside the SAV with the M-sport package so the 'pretender' crowd can go play in traffic.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Would I be violating some unwritten sanctity of BMW ownership by doing this? Has anyone else done this?

PS - I parked next to an X5M yesterday. It was Silverstone. I must say that my X5 'looked' much nicer and despite the larger air intakes on the front grill, looked more aggressive with my color combination. Also prefer my 19" wheels over the M's.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:53 AM
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I prefer the M Sport X5 to the actual M also
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:51 AM
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Would I be violating some unwritten sanctity of BMW ownership by doing this?
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:57 AM
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:31 PM
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There is M badging everywhere inside the SAV with the M-sport package so the 'pretender' crowd can go play in traffic.
BMW itself has diluted the M branding, to the point that adding an M badge is not a major "infraction"

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Would I be violating some unwritten sanctity of BMW ownership by doing this?
Yes you would, but I've violated both my M cars by completely de-badging
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:32 PM
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For most people I would say it is douchey...

But for you, go for it.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:34 PM
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Debadging looks cool, rebadging with mis information not so much. 99.9 % will never notice the difference. The .0 1% who know the difference will just shake their heads or, if quick on the draw, take a picture and post on a board like this with disparaging remarks.

My x5 50 m sport is debadged in back. Thinking about taking the side badges off but keep putting it off.

$.02 from the peanut gallery.

P.s. Debadging a true M car is coolest of all. Ebery once in a while, on a hot day with the sun hitting the trunk badge on my e39 M5, I think about getting the dental tape and hair dryer out. God i love that car. Haven't done it yet. Maybe tomorrow.

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Old 05-27-2012, 04:28 PM
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Some guy in my neighborhood debadged his 750i with Msport and put an M on it. Every time I see the car I say to myself "what a douche"
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:42 PM
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Hmmm... Definately don't wanna be in the Douche Club. Maybe just a straight debadge is in order.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:57 PM
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Yeah most people aren't going to notice, but those in the know including BMW and other enthusiasts will know it's NOT really an M, and that you've replaced stock badging with M badging that "doesn't belong" and will think you're a douche, or a ricer. I'd just de-badge. My wife is considering a 50i but didn't want to look like an eco terrorist with her more sensible liberal friends. I hadn't told her that debadging was an option. Hmmm....
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:30 PM
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...My wife is considering a 50i but didn't want to look like an eco terrorist with her more sensible liberal friends. I hadn't told her that debadging was an option.
Go even further and put a Hybrid badge on it
Anyone knowledgeable enough to know a hybrid is not available, will also notice the 50i exhaust and get a good laugh
(laugh with you, not at you)

While test driving a Cayenne, my wife joke to the salesman about putting a Hybrid badge on a Turbo. His serious reply was that he had already done that for other customers.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:03 PM
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Some guy in my neighborhood debadged his 750i with Msport and put an M on it. Every time I see the car I say to myself "what a douche"
Fail.

I took the little M badges off the M sport wheels on our 7.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:19 PM
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:28 PM
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The question is...why? It's an X5...removing the X5 badge, which looks good IMO, isn't going to make people think it isn't an X5. If anything, I can see going to the smaller X5M badge (minus the M). As other have said, if you paste on an M badge, BMW people will think you're a jack wagon and non-BMW people won't be impressed. You could also debadge the 50i, but then people will just think it's a 35i, because the M-sport looks the same on both. If you want to show your M-ness and not do a faux pas, get an M license plate frame.

I do agree that the M-sport body kit is better looking overall than the M. The X6 front with the squinty headlights is not as good-looking to me as the standard X5. I like the M front airdam, but otherwise I prefer the M-sport body kit. I don't like the standard X5M wheels, either. The M-sport 20s are the best of the bunch, followed by the X6M wheels and then the 20s on the 50i sport package, IMO.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:43 PM
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Agree with the crowd here -- I de-badged my e46 m3 but not the e30 m3 (it's original). Wouldn't ever consider adding an m badge to a non m car.

Only had the x5 for a few months but will likely de-badge it...
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:46 PM
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I should add that I de-badge / de-sticker many things -- Ducati, lawn mower, mountain bike, etc...
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:08 AM
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[QUOTE=TahoeM3;6860454]The question is...why? It's an X5...removing the X5 badge, which looks good IMO, isn't going to make people think it isn't an X5.

. You could also debadge the 50i, but then people will just think it's a 35i, because the M-sport the same on both.

Does 35i with m sport have the big rectangular exhaust pipes like 50 m sport?
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:10 AM
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Does 35i with m sport have the big rectangular exhaust pipes like 50 m sport?
Yes, it does
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:11 AM
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Most debadging seems to be done by folks with the base car that don't want anyone to know they didn't buy the top of the line IMHO. However it is interesting that you would take a mid level offering and make it look like a super car. I wonder what people would think of that -- or just think "poseur". I have never seen a debadged Porsche Cayenne Turbo, or JGC SRT8 around town but lots of debadged X5 I6's, 328's, & C Classes. The BMW shop guys will get a good laugh however for what that's worth to you.

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Old 05-28-2012, 07:16 AM
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Hmmm... Definately don't wanna be in the Douche Club.
Too late
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:48 AM
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De-badge/re-badge . . . if Sigmund Freud was around he would have studied it!
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:07 AM
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Too late
Too easy.
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Most debadging seems to be done by folks with the base car that don't want anyone to know they didn't buy the top of the line IMHO....
Maybe, maybe not. I have a very well equipped 525i that is slightly modded. I did debadge the car because it gives what I think is a nice clean appearance not because I'm embarresed about what I purchased or what i drive around in.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:32 PM
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Maybe, maybe not. I have a very well equipped 525i that is slightly modded. I did debadge the car because it gives what I think is a nice clean appearance not because I'm embarresed about what I purchased or what i drive around in.
But if you had a true M5, would you de-badge it still? Maybe you'd feel slightly different than the 525i?
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:56 PM
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there is a guy in my hood with a blk X5 V8 ... he's M badged it, and I'm afraid when I see it I think "douche"...
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