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      01-25-2006, 07:41 PM   #23
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Just 'cause the originaldesigners don't feel something looks right doesn;t mean that all should agree. The BMW design team is human...they can be defeated! To each his own... beauty is in the eye.... one man's garbage....etc.
Lots of aftermarket mods improve the looks of cars.... ans alot of memebers of this forum would agree.
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      02-07-2006, 04:31 AM   #24
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The new Escalade's have a side vent too now, lol.
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      02-07-2006, 10:06 AM   #25
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i know it looks soo amazing.
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      04-15-2006, 07:41 PM   #26
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Its all about exclusivity. I remeber when I had an E36 M3 (when it was new) the biggest problem most of us were talking about were the 328i owners would would put on the bumpers and then the M3 badge too!!! So BMW responded by making it harder to fake the car into an M3 by making changes to the sheetmetal itself and inclduing those vents which are cut into the fenders themselves. Of course anything can still be fakes but this cuts down on the fakers by a factor of 10. It will be interesting to see what extra special item bmw puts into this new generation.
 
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In my opinion, if a car doesn't come with side vents to begin with, it should remain that way.
The MB turbodiesels of the mid- to late 80s had sidevents just behind the corner signal lamps. They were only found on one side of the car! (slightly )
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      05-11-2006, 10:48 PM   #28
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Its all about exclusivity. I remeber when I had an E36 M3 (when it was new) the biggest problem most of us were talking about were the 328i owners would would put on the bumpers and then the M3 badge too!!! So BMW responded by making it harder to fake the car into an M3 by making changes to the sheetmetal itself and inclduing those vents which are cut into the fenders themselves. Of course anything can still be fakes but this cuts down on the fakers by a factor of 10. It will be interesting to see what extra special item bmw puts into this new generation.
one of the reasons why the e36 m3 was sooo subdued (and looked like the non-M versions unlike the e30 and e46 iterations) was that, in germany (or maybe even in europe) at that time, the greens were very much up and about. what bmw didn't want at that time was a backlash from them in building such a 'monster' car ... at least that's one of the things i read.
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It's a design style signature. Reference the BMW 507.
It's supposed to resemble the 3.0 CSL, the first M car.

I kinda like the fact that my M3 looks like a 328 to the untrained eye. As for quad exhaust, Dinan proved that the extra pipes actually lose a few HP.
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      05-16-2006, 11:01 PM   #30
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It provides a 'rear end scratching post' for the salesman as they stand around all day.
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It's for looks. I think most M3 owners like them. If you pay $20,000 more for your car than another of the same make and model (essentially) you like to have some asthetic differences so people know you have the "good" one.
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so people know you have the "good" one.
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      05-31-2006, 01:37 AM   #33
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I would say its for looks too
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