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      09-09-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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can you tell the difference in MY?

As a first time BMW owner, there's a part of me that's twitching because I placed an order for a 2012 M3 and there's not a single photo of the 2012s online. My car's already been built and is waiting at the port of exit. A little voice in the back of my head is saying, "you're dropping a good chunk of change on a car you haven't even seen yet". I've read threads where people talk about how the later year e92s shift "better" but cosmetically, can I expect the car to stay the same. Can you long time owners tell the difference between model years?

One of my first cars was a Honda Accord and there were real subtle changes that you could tell your car was different every year. Is that not the same with M3s?

Just an itch I'm trying to scratch. Thanks!
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      09-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #2
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They didnt announce any changes for MY12, and the E92 was refreshed for 11, so I wouldnt expect much of anything
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      09-09-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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It Will Be The Same... So Dont Expect Anything New..

THE ONLY THING ON TELLING A 08-09 AND 10-11-12 IS THE TAILS AND THE IDRIVE CONTROLS....

SOME 08 OWNER SWITCH THE IDRIVE CONTROLS AND THE NEW LCI TAILS TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE 10-12 BUT WHEN LOOKING AT THE SCREEN YOU CAN TELL RIGHT AWAY, CAUSE THE 08 NAV IS NOT UPDATED.... SUCKS.
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      09-09-2011, 05:23 PM   #4
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I haven't heard of any changes on MY2012.

Congratulations and excellent choice on your first BMW! You will enjoy it and become hooked like the rest of us!
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      09-09-2011, 05:39 PM   #5
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BMW is pretty good about not making drastic changes while still in the same body style. Plus let's face facts.....you're going to get that first look at it and it's gonna be that 8 year old kid on Christmas morning kind of thing.

No worries needed, and enjoy the new toy!!
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      09-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. That certainly eases it a bit. I'm definitely excited about modding... =)
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      09-09-2011, 06:23 PM   #7
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Its literally the same car from 2008 to 2012 save for 2011s idrive and extremely minor taillight revision.

In effect, 2011.75 and 2012 are identical.
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      09-09-2011, 07:42 PM   #8
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Wow your car is built already?

My e90 just started production yesterday.

Does that mean mine is newer then yours and its a 2011?? :P
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      09-10-2011, 08:54 PM   #9
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I'm not sure that' accurate. Pretty sure the iDrive and tail lights changed between 2008 and 2009 with further revisions in 2011?
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Its literally the same car from 2008 to 2012 save for 2011s idrive and extremely minor taillight revision.

In effect, 2011.75 and 2012 are identical.
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Does that mean mine is newer then yours and its a 2011?? :P
Very well could be. E90 is perpetually stuck as a MY2011, or older, because the F30 is the only 3-series sedan designated as MY2012+.
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      09-10-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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I'm not sure that' accurate. Pretty sure the iDrive and tail lights changed between 2008 and 2009 with further revisions in 2011?
My mistake. I believe you are right. 2011 added more connectivity to devices, user based updating, 3D buildings, etc.

Still.. those are fairly small things considering the car is basically the same otherwise.
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congrats on your 2012 m3:




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You are totally wrong!
The 2012s come with the silver 19" wheels!

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If you're only talking about EXTERIOR changes, yes in 2011 the tail lights were revised but the stock 18" rims also went from gunmetal to a polished silver finish, which I think was a huge mistake. I wasn't a huge fan of the original 18s except with certain colors because they were too dark, but the new ones make the M3 look like a no-option 328i: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...6&postcount=17. The 19" and 19" Comp rims are unchanged, though.

On the interior, iDrive was revised for 2009 and there were other very minor things along the way (vents got rearranged a bit, the DSC Off button changed from saying "DSC" to having a picture on it, etc). On the features side, 2011.5 brought some nice changes with Auto Start/Stop and Combox (digital audio from iPhone/iPods, album art, Bluetooth audio streaming, etc).

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Thanks all for the feedback. Appreciated. I get more and more excited every day. =)
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