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      01-10-2013, 08:07 PM   #23
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Like everyone says, as soon as you drive a bit the scratches from the gravel is gonna put you in tears. Lol.
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      01-10-2013, 10:14 PM   #24
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The imperfections are normal to an extent, the orange is probably rail dust and the black is probably tar. Both nearly impossible to get out by regular washing. Get some soft clay bar and go over the whole car that should take them out. There is some guides on autogeek that you could google for more help.
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      01-10-2013, 11:28 PM   #25
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This is normal unfortunately I have them all over. The closer I look the more I find, I have noticed at least 10. If others say they don't have spots like these then they have not looked close enough. The orange spots are from rail dust, use clay to get them off. I am so anal about my paint I have a full clear bra wrap on both my M3 and X5 from top to bottom so I understand. My paint is space grey I don't think this issue is specific to MW. This is normal on all production cars. I have seen it on Toyota's to Ferraris. Knowing this happens on 200K+ cars made me feel better. Just don't look at the spots for a few weeks then look again and will not seem like a big deal
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      01-11-2013, 12:52 PM   #26
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Ya need to drive the shit out of it! Complete the first 1200 miles, get the service, then redline to 8400rpm through the first 4 gears. If your mind is still on the paint, god help ya!!
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Ewww, not the paint, the finger.
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      01-12-2013, 01:08 PM   #28
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I have 3 or 4 similar or worse spots on my 2011.75 E90, Space Grey, from the factory. Interestingly, my '07 335i, which I bought used with 27k miles had no such imperfections from the factory. Totally not worth denying delivery from what you showed, but maybe worth noting on feedback cards, etc.
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IMHO, I think the paint quality on modern BMWs is really substandard. Seems like car companies just don't give a shit about paint anymore. I wonder if individual is any better?
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IMHO, I think the paint quality on modern BMWs is really substandard. Seems like car companies just don't give a shit about paint anymore. I wonder if individual is any better?
I took mine to a detailer that typically only does high end cars -- mostly Ferraris, Porsches, etc. He was shocked at the quality of the paint job on mine as the orange peel and slight imperfections were numerous and the paint was very thin.

He described the paint process to me from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW and was consistently least impressed by the BMW. I've come to accept it and if that's the trade off for the level of performance I get then I'll take it. I recently drove a friends '05 575M and while the paint is far more beautiful than mine, I truly enjoy the interior and the around town performance of my M3 more.
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Ewww, not the paint, the finger.
Yeah the paint looks fine the nail looks like it needs more attention
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I took mine to a detailer that typically only does high end cars -- mostly Ferraris, Porsches, etc. He was shocked at the quality of the paint job on mine as the orange peel and slight imperfections were numerous and the paint was very thin.

He described the paint process to me from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW and was consistently least impressed by the BMW. I've come to accept it and if that's the trade off for the level of performance I get then I'll take it. I recently drove a friends '05 575M and while the paint is far more beautiful than mine, I truly enjoy the interior and the around town performance of my M3 more.
Your comments on paint are what I have experienced, as well. BMW = orange peel on every car. My old '98 M3 in Titanium Silver still has immaculate paint.
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