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      10-13-2008, 12:20 PM   #23
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Congratulations, great color and nice pictures

Looks like they changed the design of this compartment in the 09s...


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Indeed. Interesting...
I wonder why.

This is how it was:
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      10-13-2008, 02:01 PM   #24
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^^^ No offense, but I prefer my air-conditioned drink holder.
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      10-13-2008, 02:28 PM   #25
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      10-13-2008, 07:08 PM   #26
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Not sure to be honest - I ordered the car with the ipod adapter, and that cable was in the car when I got there. Plugged it in and it worked : )
Damn, I need to find that plug myself.
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      10-13-2008, 08:55 PM   #27
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^^^ No offense, but I prefer my air-conditioned drink holder.
Do you ever use it as a cup holder?? I have not yet once used mine because it would require the compartment to be open... or? At least you could keep some sushis fresh in there!!
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      10-13-2008, 09:22 PM   #28
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^^^ No offense, but I prefer my air-conditioned drink holder.
That would be damn cool, no pun intended, for long trips.

Thanks for all the compliments fellas.

I took a nice 45 minute drive to work today on some great, western pa, back roads. Interstate home and hit way more traffic than I expected - must have been a game in town or something. The thing is still scary fast from 4k to 5.5k on the highway...even at 75% throttle.

This car is so much fun to drive; I'm truly in awe. I'm almost glad that it has a 5500 RPM limit at the moment so I can learn the car.

This was the first time I've looked forward to a Monday in a while ; )
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      10-14-2008, 05:58 AM   #29
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I'd love to know what backroads you are talking about.

I don't know of any around Pittsburgh that aren't filled with potholes and soccer moms.

BTW - no games yesterday, but I'll be @ the Pens / Flyers game tonight!!
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      10-14-2008, 07:28 AM   #30
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      10-14-2008, 08:59 AM   #31
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I'd love to know what backroads you are talking about.

I don't know of any around Pittsburgh that aren't filled with potholes and soccer moms.

BTW - no games yesterday, but I'll be @ the Pens / Flyers game tonight!!
Fox Chapel and Sewickley Heights have GREAT driving roads...just mind the VASCAR ; )

Google maps is your friend : )

PM me if you want more details!
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      10-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #32
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+1 on Sewickly and Fox Chapel roads, I think pittsburgh is filled with great driving roads, you just have to know where to find them Great looking M3, Last time i was there a red e90 m3 was in the same spot as yours.

Also, it looks like you have the new Idrive
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      10-14-2008, 11:12 AM   #33
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beautiful color. I just did a paint protection for one of my customers in this color.
looks great....
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      10-14-2008, 12:48 PM   #34
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+1 on Sewickly and Fox Chapel roads, I think pittsburgh is filled with great driving roads, you just have to know where to find them Great looking M3, Last time i was there a red e90 m3 was in the same spot as yours.

Also, it looks like you have the new Idrive
I think that is the car I test drove actually - it is still there as of this past weekend.

They had another Silverstone coupe with 18s on the lot that looked really nice as well.
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      10-14-2008, 12:55 PM   #35
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      10-14-2008, 02:14 PM   #36
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You have exactly the same combo as me!! Congrats!! I love mine
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      10-14-2008, 04:02 PM   #37
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You have exactly the same combo as me!! Congrats!! I love mine
Minus that sexy, clean UK bumper ; )

I'm sure I'll hit a small animal soon enough and have to "upgrade"...neither of my last two cars made it through their lives with the stock bumper intact!
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      10-14-2008, 05:17 PM   #38
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damn that looks sexy. anyone know any dealerships in cali that have an 09 model?
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      10-15-2008, 08:56 AM   #39
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I received the clear reflectors and was too excited to put them on, so I didn't take pictures off the car - sorry gents. What I can tell you is that the plastic backing plate is virtually identical to the OEM one and is made in Taiwan.

However, out of the box, they WILL NOT WORK. The metal spring that holds the markers into the car MUST BE TWEAKED OR IT CAN CAUSE PAINT DAMAGE! I realized this before doing any significant damage. I'm going to email this post to the seller so he has an opportunity to correct this.

Here are some pics on the car:


Here is a pic of the spring in question on the OEM reflectors:



You will notice that it flattens out at the far ends. When the spring is compressed, the flat piece at the end stays relatively flat. On the aftermarket ones, the spring is at more of an angle that prevents the reflector from seating properly against the car. It was obvious once I compared them.

Not a deal breaker - simply tweak them with a set of plyers like so, until the angle matches the OEM reflectors (go GRADUALLY and GENTLY to get it to the right angle):



Pics on the car - you be the judge ; )







I really like them and don't think I'll buy the painted ones; although I think those look good as well.

These were purchased from "goodstuffs4u0904" on Ebay. Link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=120313139451
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      10-15-2008, 10:52 AM   #40
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Glad you like them. For some reason, I am not digging them much. So far I feel that my preferences would be:
1. No reflectors (Euro bumper)
2. Painted reflectors
3. Amber reflectors
4. Clear reflectors

Since I am not going to buy a Euro bumper, I think I will end up with painted ones soon after I get my car
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      10-15-2008, 11:05 AM   #41
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I'd go with painted. clear looks cheap IMHO. Like it was made in Taiwan or somewhere. but it's your ride and I live in a trashcan-istan so what the hell do I know!
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      10-15-2008, 12:06 PM   #42
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Different strokes I guess : ) I wouldn't put clear on dark colored cars - that's for certain.

They do look better in person - the resizing on fotki is introducing some odd stuff in the first pic as an example.
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      10-15-2008, 02:25 PM   #43
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What you mean clear reflectors, I thought they weren't out yet, please let me know where u got them??
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Just saw the link, nevermind
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