I'm for anything unique on these cars because it seems like it's all been done. There are some things that can make them look cheap, I agree, but I don't blame anyone for wanting to make thier M look more aggressive or unique to stand out. It's not a regular 3 series and I don't want anyone to mistake mine for one. To me, it's an M3, it's loud, has a carbon roof and an 8,250 redline high strung V8. Recognize!
On the other hand, I do like the subdued, sleeper look too. Only those "in the know" know what you're pushing.
Long winded way to say that I like the stripes, lol.