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Old 09-04-2004, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I ordered a 2005 M3, I get it in October. I chose silver gray metallic for the color.
It's too late to change the color, and I wish there were more colors to choose from.
Is silver gray metallic a common or popular color? I know that titanium silver is extremely popular.

I'll see how it looks and how I feel about it after I have it. I may go as far as have it painted to the color of my choice. I wonder if that is a wise move to paint it, if the quality will be as good as the BMW paint job, even if I go to a high-quality painter.

I think it's easier to choose a color for a Corvette or a Porsche (Red?), but for the M3, I struggled with the color.
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silver gray is an outstanding color! def one of my favs.

you've chose well
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Old 09-04-2004, 08:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're going to have it painted I would get porsche's "Lapis Blue"
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Old 09-04-2004, 10:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've ordered my 2005 325i and it's siver grey metallic with grey leather. Great combination. I'd be proud if I were you about the color.
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I totally understand your problem!!!

Silver or Silver Grey or another colour - Did you know you can do special order colours??

I went for the Silver Grey in the end (my wife;s choice and the forums recomendation) - I love the colour now I have the car!!

You can see a picture here:-

http://www.staniford.fsnet.co.uk/Car%20Pics.htm

I guy I work with has ordered the same colour and I notice another in the road around the corner - none of them including my own is a M3 which has its own individuality.

Personally I like the off yellow that you can get the M3 in but I didnt want to pay anymore for extra's than I had already done!

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Old 09-05-2004, 09:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm looking forward to getting the car in October, I orderd every option available, it will have SMG, 19" rims, Harmon Kardon stereo, black Nappa leather, GPS, cold weather and premium packages, Xenon lamps, Adjustable seatback, etc... All the options, nothing left behind. I got the dealer to throw in floor mats with the M3 logo, the car cover, an M3 hat, and an M3 license plate frame for free, which totals to $435.

Strangely enough the color dominated my thinking. I had chosen Carbon Black until the very last minute. I think the smart thing to do is just wait, see how I like the color and don't make a move since I might really like it.

I look at it this way, if I do paint it, the surface will be as smooth as it ever will be.
I would definitely consider Porsche's Lapis Blue Metallic or Midnight Blue Metallic.

Now I need to buy a house with a garage! Until then the car cover will be used often, my other car is a 2005 Subaru Outback Limited (Willow/Moss Green) for bad weather.

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just a question for you steve, what do you do for a living??
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I'm a Software Engineer. I was an Aerospace Engineer for several years. Graduated from Virginia Tech in '89.
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weird, i have a friend whose dad is ordering an m5 in the baltimore area.. you wouldnt happen to have a son would you?
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Silver gray is quite simply the best color

Titanium sliver; nice but a bit common, especially with fords and so on

Black; my second fav color but just too much mantainance, ie must be cleaned every 2 weeks to look any good, and if u live in the UK its alway raining so that makes it worse

Blue, ummm its ok

Red; too flashy, unless you like that

and so on, but anyway i would be biased as just ordered a silver gray BMW
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Hey just got a 2004 performance package in silver gray metallic awesome color. Doesnt get dirty fast and easy to maintain use zymol on it. good choice of color havent seen many in it congrats on ur car.
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If only they still made Steel Grey Mettalic.... Basically same thing as Silver grey, only a little darker. Silver grey is a good color car though, I wouldnt waste the time or money repainting it.

Make sure you get the invisible bra that BMW sells, which is basically like a second clear coat of sorts on your front end. It will keep away those chips in the front end from rocks and bugs.
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i think ur color will turn out fine and plus ur super lucky to get a 2005 m3??! dangg =( im so jealous
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id keep it silver, but if i had to choose i wouldve gone with black, because i saw a new black 5 series and it was breathtaking
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