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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-02-2005, 09:52 PM
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and the new one to compare

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Old 03-02-2005, 09:56 PM
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Interested already? Kris, group buy?
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Old 03-02-2005, 09:58 PM
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Can we get a part# ?
With or without the piece of snot on the bottom spoke?
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:05 PM
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Interested already? Kris, group buy?

Nah, I'm not convinced that's where I need to spend $300.

I need camber plates first.
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Old 03-03-2005, 08:57 AM
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:37 AM
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That car appears to be wearing (at least) two mini-me spare tyres .

Why such huge fenders? It's not as if BMW is going to track this car in anything like its standard format.
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:59 AM
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Here's the only pic I have.
THANKS! I like it! It's more about feel than look for me. The feel of the alcantara, IMHO, is like a pair of PJs. Leather baby!

Now, does the shift boot and emergency brake also have leather to match? It's alcantara in the ZHP equipped cars I've seen so far.
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:01 AM
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With or without the piece of snot on the bottom spoke?
You need to order it with the PSW (perforated snot wheel) pkg to get that.
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Here's a couple pics I found on Google of Monaco blue-

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You can really see how much those crome strips on the hood suck in this picture. It looks like they don't even line up, for crying out loud. The kidney grills are such a signature feature of BMW's, how could they screw them up like this? I still love BMW, for better or for worse but that really bothers me. The rest of E90 looks good to me though. I hope they fix that in a facelift or something, and if they do then they better fix it on the E90 M3 also!
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Why don't they just put the regular M3 leather wheel in this package?That perforated leather wheel looks like it belongs in a Japanese car,not a BMW.
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Old 03-03-2005, 03:25 PM
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Why don't they just put the regular M3 leather wheel in this package?That perforated leather wheel looks like it belongs in a Japanese car,not a BMW.
It's still better then the Alcantara wheel, which looks like someone's Grandma sewed it on for a birthday present.
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Old 03-03-2005, 04:03 PM
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It's still better then the Alcantara wheel, which looks like someone's Grandma sewed it on for a birthday present.
All second that.
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Old 03-04-2005, 05:29 AM
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It's still better then the Alcantara wheel, which looks like someone's Grandma sewed it on for a birthday present.

I like my Grandma, and my Alcantara wheel. I'll stick with it.
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Old 03-04-2005, 06:04 AM
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I like my Grandma, and my Alcantara wheel. I'll stick with it.

Fair enough.
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Old 03-05-2005, 02:12 PM
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Dark Blue, kind of similar to Orient.
Monaco Blue will also be a color offered on the 2006 3 series sedan. I ordered a 330 convertible in Monaco Blue Friday; I can't wait to get it!
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Why don't they just put the regular M3 leather wheel in this package?That perforated leather wheel looks like it belongs in a Japanese car,not a BMW.
I agree. It looks too much like a Civic SI's steering wheel or the like. At least the Alcantara wheel still looks like an M wheel. I have to say, BMW, in general, has the best steering wheels of any car company. That was one of the reasons (relatively minor reason) why I didn't end up choosing a G35. Infinity makes some of the ugliest Steering wheels around.
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I agree. It looks too much like a Civic SI's steering wheel or the like. At least the Alcantara wheel still looks like an M wheel. I have to say, BMW, in general, has the best steering wheels of any car company. That was one of the reasons (relatively minor reason) why I didn't end up choosing a G35. Infinity makes some of the ugliest Steering wheels around.

The Alcantara wheel is either love or hate, there doesn't seem to be any in-between. I agree that the Infinity wheels are pretty ugly!
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:38 PM
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The Alcantara wheel is either love or hate, there doesn't seem to be any in-between. I agree that the Infinity wheels are pretty ugly!
Actually, I was leaning more towards the hate it camp originally. But after spending an intimate week in Germany/Italy/Austria with the wheel, I've come to love it. We'll see what happens state-side.
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Actually, I was leaning more towards the hate it camp originally. But after spending an intimate week in Germany/Italy/Austria with the wheel, I've come to love it. We'll see what happens state-side.

I love my wheel, its not too cold in the winter, and I'm assuming it wont get scalding hot in the summer. And it's certainly unique. Neven seen another car with an alcantara wheel.
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No, and every time I click on that thread by accident, it takes me a minute you're taking about a :gay: computer game.
CAR magazine said the Nissan 350Z was more fun to drive in the game than in real life.
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I have to say, BMW, in general, has the best steering wheels of any car company. That was one of the reasons (relatively minor reason) why I didn't end up choosing a G35. Infinity makes some of the ugliest Steering wheels around.
I agree, that silver square piece on the bottom of the G35 wheel is heinous. That's a common new design and I hate it.

I agree, BMW wheels are great, but I also like the EVO steering wheel - a thin wheel gives more feedback than a fat one.
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Old 03-06-2005, 02:18 PM
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i hope the perforated leather feels nice.

The WRX has a perforated 'leather' steering wheel, and I swear that thing is some form of plastic. It shows none of the traits of leather - doesn't get warm when you hold it, or cold in winter, doesn't get slippery when wet (even the non-perforated part). Doesn't wear down. Maybe it's 1% leather mixed with 99% plastic?
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Actually, I was leaning more towards the hate it camp originally. But after spending an intimate week in Germany/Italy/Austria with the wheel, I've come to love it. We'll see what happens state-side.
I'm sure your'll still love it. When i was looking at ZHP models i used to hate the wheel and thought it looked really out of place in a Bimmer. But after a test drive and some hot days in the summer i just LOVE IT! It doesnt get cold or hot and it feels so wonderful and soaks up hand moisture plus the grip it outstanding.
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Whew, I think I actually prefer the all Alcantara or all leather look. Somehow the perforations look too I dunno sporty? BMW's beauty is understated luxury blended with sport. I think the perforated leather is very non-BMW like.
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Is it just me or does anyone else think that new cratered wheel is hideous? I like the alcantara wheel but I don't love it. I know I prefer it to this new one but probably not over the M3 leather wheel (without the dimples ).

This is a very, VERY strange move IMHO. I was going to say that maybe longterm wear tests are showing the alcantara to not hold up so well and thus they are changing the wheel. BUT, the alcantara wheel was just added to the M3 Competition Package.

So now, basically, there are 3 different steering wheels for the sportiest BMW 3ers....

1. Alcantara on the 330's with Performance Package (except 2005 330ci, cic) and M3's with Competition Package.
2. Leather sport wheel on the M3 (non ZCP).
3. New leather dimpled wheel only on 330ci,cic in 2005.

What is going on? Engineers with too much time on their hands???
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