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      07-16-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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I'm in! Took delivery

Picked up my shiny new Alpine White M3 Coupe on Tuesday. I have been lurking on the forum for awhile now, so it's nice to actually own the car.

So far I love it. Haven't had a chance to push the performance, and I'm sadly sticking to the break in recommendations.

Coming from a 987 Boxster S, I like the versatility and practicality with the M3. Kids like it too, already has a nickname "Polar Bear".

Before I get flamed for no pics, I plan to shoot a few tomorrow and I'll add them to the post.

Already having some issues with my initial mods. Purchased black grills and painted reflectors before I even received the car. For the grills, I think I actually like the stock ones better. The flat black ones seem unfinished or something. Maybe I need to paint them gloss black - undecided here. For the painted reflectors I failed on the install I can easily remove and reinstall the stock ones but the painted ones won't lock in right (the bottom). When I compare the painted versus stock it seems the space where it clips in isn't as large and the bumper won't snap in. Anyone else experience this?

Sorry about the long post - pictures coming soon.
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      07-16-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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      07-16-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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Congrats.

What reflectors did you get?
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      07-17-2009, 12:29 AM   #4
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Try the BMW performance grills and where and what kind of reflectors did you get?
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      07-17-2009, 01:21 AM   #5
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I changed out to the matte black grill and I'm still undecided on the look. I like my matte shadowline, but the grill does make me wonder if gloss is more "finished" look. I'll see if it grows on me, if not, I'll clearcoat it or trade for gloss. Interestingly the side gills in matte seem fine....weird.

Bimmian painted reflectors I'm guessing?
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      07-17-2009, 10:01 AM   #6
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Nice - Congrats! Post Pics!
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      07-17-2009, 10:08 AM   #7
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congrats and enjoy her
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      07-17-2009, 10:09 AM   #8
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Good work!
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      07-17-2009, 11:52 AM   #9
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Added pics. The reflectors were purchased at JleviSW. Will likely return them.
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      07-17-2009, 12:02 PM   #10
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Congrats! Be safe and enjoy!

What kind of issues are you having with Jlevi's reflectors to prompt you to return them?
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      07-17-2009, 12:05 PM   #11
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Why return the reflectors? Any issue with them, or is it simply a matter of personal preference? I've been considering getting the smoked ones for my space gray e92.
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      07-17-2009, 12:17 PM   #12
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We just palyed around with some reflectors and happened to have these also in addition to clear, smoked, and painted.

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      07-17-2009, 12:55 PM   #13
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Why return the reflectors? Any issue with them, or is it simply a matter of personal preference? I've been considering getting the smoked ones for my space gray e92.
The reason for the return is in the original post. I can't get them to clip in correctly (ie flush). I am able to remove and re-install the OEM ones with no problem but the bottom of the painted ones won't clip in all the way
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      07-17-2009, 01:22 PM   #14
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Very nice. I love the pics!
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      07-17-2009, 01:31 PM   #15
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Love the CF Trim and Fox Red. I wish mine was CF trim. urgghh. Very nice car. Enjoy...
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      07-17-2009, 01:34 PM   #16
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Great photography, congrats on the new ride.
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      07-17-2009, 02:31 PM   #17
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      07-17-2009, 02:45 PM   #18
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      07-17-2009, 05:29 PM   #19
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I have no reason to mod a perfectly well crafted vessle such as the M3 line!
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