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Old 03-19-2013, 09:58 PM
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Cheap Mods for 328Xi

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Anyone have any thoughts on some cheaper mods I can do to my 2007 3 series when I get it in April? I want to black out the coupe and the stock appearance is a bit bland. Any aftermarket bumpers on the cheap side along with some other rims would be great I plan on eventually lowering maybe an inch, nothing too drastic but this will be my first car I have the money for to modify!! So excited to be apart of the BMW family. All input will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:13 AM
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when you say cheap, are you talking instead of spending 5000, you only want to spend 3000?

nothing is cheap when it comes to a BMW

just my opinion
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:29 AM
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This isn't Honda. You cannot get cheap rinky-dink parts just like that. Stick to BMW performance and high quality products. I have asked similar questions (also being new) and based on my response and research I have ignored those cheap ebay ads and focused on HIGH quality products that I can depend on as much as my BMW.

I agree with Hondo, nothing is cheap when it comes to BMW.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:15 AM
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when you say cheap, are you talking instead of spending 5000, you only want to spend 3000?

nothing is cheap when it comes to a BMW

just my opinion
definitely not looking to purchase any poorly crafted things, I'm talking about just the best things to get out of the way first. High product quality is very important to me I would not be interested in ruining the integrity of a car like a BMW with less than quality parts. Looking for affordable bumpers, HID fog lights etc
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:04 PM
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:42 AM
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I'm new here, too. But I can echo this: Stick with BMW performance parts or third parties with amazing reputations.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:34 AM
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I believe the side reflector delete is popular and not terribly expensive (less than $50 IIRC). It removes that bit of unsightly orange that appears out of place on the front of your wheel well. This mod may annoy your local Johnny Law but I've yet to hear first-hand evidence of that.

Do a search for details.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:36 AM
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On a budget if you want looks

Reflector delete
Black grills
Lamin-x or 3M your fogs and tails
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:25 AM
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On a budget if you want looks

Reflector delete
Black grills
Lamin-x or 3M your fogs and tails
Tint
What are your thoughts on the yellow tint foglights? Those always looked so good to me.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:34 PM
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Black grills and tint........other than that keep it classy.......I do like the euro rear fog light switch.........
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:46 PM
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Black grills and tint........other than that keep it classy.......I do like the euro rear fog light switch.........
Really? Why is the black grill so desirable? I find it really distracting and makes it look like two large holes in the bumper. of course, just my taste
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:24 PM
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Really? Why is the black grill so desirable? I find it really distracting and makes it look like two large holes in the bumper. of course, just my taste
Works great on the pre-LCI models to hide the mustache grilles.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:20 PM
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What are your thoughts on the yellow tint foglights? Those always looked so good to me.
I for one like them, but it is a personal preference.

I had it on my Jet Black 328i and my Carbon Black e46 M3

I really like the contrast.

My friend just had yellow fogs in his alpine white 335i which I liked too.

Even if you don't decide to get colored film, the 3m or lamin-x helps protect the delicate fog lights that tend to crack or pit.

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Really? Why is the black grill so desirable? I find it really distracting and makes it look like two large holes in the bumper. of course, just my taste
I do not like the look of chrome, so I delete that all out.

If you have a light colored car, the contrast looks awesome, alpine white with blacked out grills, especially matches the m sport kit well.

Or you can always get color matched grills or cf grills.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:24 PM
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I for one like them, but it is a personal preference.

I had it on my Jet Black 328i and my Carbon Black e46 M3

I really like the contrast.

My friend just had yellow fogs in his alpine white 335i which I liked too.

Even if you don't decide to get colored film, the 3m or lamin-x helps protect the delicate fog lights that tend to crack or pit.



I do not like the look of chrome, so I delete that all out.

If you have a light colored car, the contrast looks awesome, alpine white with blacked out grills, especially matches the m sport kit well.

Or you can always get color matched grills or cf grills.
You know what's funny... I had to drop my car off at the dealership to adjust the tire pressure sensors per previous thread, and they gave me a 328i hardtop loaner and it's black. I was outside for a moment and was looking at the car thinking about this thread and said: damn, this would look so stealth like with blacked out grills... So, touche!

I actually ordered a pair from LaminX (sp?) a few hours ago. It was 18 bucks and figured what the hell. I photoshopped it bored at work and it looked decent.

Thanks for the feedback though.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:06 PM
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definifely interested in the reflector removal along with maybe the lighter end of the laminX spectrum. Anyone know some reputable aftermarket mock m3 bumper sales? the pics i have seen make the 3 series coupe go from nice to downright mean looking which is my goal the legality of the laminX is questionable and highly concerning if i was in a fender bender
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:25 PM
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Well its legal to film or tint your fog lights, but illegal in the state of california to tint or color film the headlights.
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Really? Why is the black grill so desirable? I find it really distracting and makes it look like two large holes in the bumper. of course, just my taste
My opinions....

I'm with you! I like some chrome on a car. Blacked-out cars don't appeal to me at all, the grille is a critical element in how a car looks. I don't want a black hole there...I want chrome on the car and contrasting wheels - either colored, chrome or aluminum. No black.

Those visual accents add a lot to the visual appeal of the car as far as I'm concerned.

Lights are good, but IMO they should be set up to throw light, not colored for cosmetics. Lights are serious business - they should never bother other drivers, and they should be optimized to provide the most well-aimed illumination possible.

And for heaven's sake, don't remove any reflectors. They are there for others to see YOU - so leave them on unless you think your BMW would look better after it's T-bones.

And try to avoid the rice rocket taillights, too. They're a good way to make a BMW look like a Hyundai owned by a teen-ager.
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