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Old 03-17-2005, 08:42 PM
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Color question / Pic request

I know color is very subjective, but what is everyones opinion on sparkling graphite. I haven't seen it outside of the swatch on the brochure and a small picture in an autotrader ad (kind of looked purple/blue). My wife is interested in sparkling graphite and the silver/gray, but nobody seems to have a sparkling graphite on the lot to look at. Is it that bad?

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Old 03-17-2005, 09:44 PM
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I saw Sparkling Graphite on a 330 Ci in the showroom at North Scottsdale. It definitely has a bit of purple hue in there! Not a bad color but I'm a little more conservative and would go with Silver Gray. Its a new color so if having something a little unique is important then your wife may like it. I'd call around, there has to be atleast one dealership within a 45 minute drive that has atleast 1 car in that color. Good luck !!
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Do a search for "sparkling graphite."

It's a great color.

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There are sparkling graphites at my dealership. Under the sun, it has a VERY slight purplish hue to my eye (but it's there alright). Coming from an already very light purplish honda, I didn't want to step into that. It looks nice when the clouds are out though. See it in person and don't trust anyone's opinion on this board regarding it. Make sure you see it outside of the show room, and at all times of day.

I considered it too....
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