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Old 05-08-2016, 04:03 PM
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Currently in the process of picking out the perfect BMW 340 - Help with color!

Hi Bimmerfest!

I am currently in the process of picking out the perfect BMW 340 for me.

I have narrowed down the colors to Estoril Blue or Alpine white (second option).

Having owned black cars in the past, I really can not stand the swirls on the paint. My most recent car was charcoal and I experienced no issues with swirls, but I do not want a BMW 340 in that color.

Does anybody have any experience on paint swirls on the Estoril Blue? Is it similar to owning a black car?

All feedback will be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! ANY color paint can have swirls. They are most noticeable on darker colors, so Alpine White would be your best choice if swirls bother you so much. But properly caring for the finish would eliminate the swirls.
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to our F30 3 Series forum, you'll get more feedback on the colors and swirl mark issue in here.

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I'm a big fan of white cars. I also like Estoril Blue. If you want a white that has a high-end look you might consider Mineral White. It's not as bright a white as Alpine, but it has a rich look to it.

What color interior?
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Agree most darker colors show swirls. Also the Estoril Blue is a bright color that may also reflect. Alpine white to me looks very sharp & sporty + VG for warmer weather


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My vote is Estoril. It is heavenly in person.

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I'm a big fan of white cars. I also like Estoril Blue. If you want a white that has a high-end look you might consider Mineral White. It's not as bright a white as Alpine, but it has a rich look to it.

What color interior?
You cant get mineral white on an M Sport model though, (at least without individual i think). I love the mineral white color, but white is a fairly common BMW color (for a reason).

@OP, estoril blue is pretty rare (regardless of what it looks like on the boards). I was always got white cars before, and tried black sapphire metallic. Didnt like it as much as I thought I would. I LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEE my estoril blue. its "flashy" without being red. Its an AWESOME shade of blue that does not photograph as well as it looks. Like a lot of other metallic BMW colors it has different undertones depending on what light hits it.

I never thought I would love a blue car, but I love this color.

If you are not getting M Sport, I would consider mineral white as mentioned.
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If you are smitten with Estoril Blue, just get it and don't look back. I don't think Estoril Blue is dark enough to show swirls as well as a Black car would, but can't say for certain.

But tturedraider makes a good point on which color you will pick for the interior? If you're thinking Coral Red in particular, then you may want to double-check pics of the Blue/Red "Superman" combo to see if it appeals to you. That was the main reason I chose to go with White instead of Blue, as the Red interior was the bigger must have for me than the Blue exterior.
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