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Old 05-02-2012, 02:11 PM
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Debadging

When I was in Munich 5 years ago for my first ED, I noticed the preponderance of BMWs, Mercedes and Audis that we're not carting a badge on their rear decks. However, two weeks ago I'm Munich, I spotted no badges at all. It was not until I drove south into Italy that I saw some badging. In France, nearly every car is badged. Just my observation.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:53 PM
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I think the norm is to not have a badge in Europe. It was discussed pretty extensively in this thread from last year http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=551445
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:15 AM
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I debadged my car when I got it home. I like how it looks and it keeps the uninformed guessing as to which model I have.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:57 AM
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I am finishing up the first 2 weeks of a 3 week European vacation. The first week was in Germany and I am estimating that 80% of the BMWs were unbadged but almost every Audi and MB was badged. We are spending the second week in Italy and almost all the BMWs are badged as are all of the other cars. The most surprising thing in Italy has been the number of French cars and trucks. I have seen more Citroens, Peugeots and Renaults than VWs. The most common car by far in Italy is Fiat.

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Old 05-04-2012, 02:36 AM
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The 3er I ordered new and I ordered it without the badge. I bought the 1er from a dealers lot so it has a badge. I don't mind the badge, but if I have a choice I will order it without the badge.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:10 AM
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All US cars come with badges but they are easily removed with dental floss and a hair dryer.

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Debadging first became popular during the Red Brigade/Baader Meinhof days when the rich preferred to lay low so as not to attract kidnappers.
Since then it's become something of an anti status thing. Unless you're debadgeing a low end car and it's an anti-anti status statement
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I debadged my VW Passat simply because it looks cleaner, makes it easier to detail, and doesn't get little bits of sheepskin mitt stuck on the corners of the letters after each wash.

I'm seriously considering debadging the M3 because the red on the badge as faded to pink, and it's cheaper to debadge (free) than replace, and for the above stated reasons.

And yes... dental floss and a hair dryer then a dab of goo-gone and wax, plus a few minutes of time makes it a piece of cake job.
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