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post #2776 of 26282
not even going to lie a yellow m3 isn't that appealing. I'd personally only go black or white. Either way it'd be tinted out.
post #2777 of 26282
rs4 at the meet:
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engine bay of some volkswagen truck. was really clean. not into the whole vw scene though so i don't know anything about those cars.
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interior of truck
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back of truck
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post #2778 of 26282
i hate yellow cars.
post #2779 of 26282
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If I ruled the world you'd need a permit to mod and I'd be the one in charge of giving them out.

just out of curiosity, i want to see some cars that you think are tastefully/beautifully modded.
post #2780 of 26282
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not even going to lie a yellow m3 isn't that appealing. I'd personally only go black or white. Either way it'd be tinted out.

when i get an m3 it's gonna be mineral white or le mans blue
post #2781 of 26282
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when i get an m3 it's gonna be mineral white or le mans blue

lower it, black out the tints and enjoy having a beastly image in other people's rearview mirrors.
post #2782 of 26282
The yellow that M3 looks dull, probably looks better in person? The shade of yellow still looks bad though.

To me, a simple drop and nice wheels with the right offset and maybe include a nice body kit works for me. No ricer kits like ninja or whatever though, just a nice simple side skirt and lip in the front and back.
post #2783 of 26282
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lower it, black out the tints and enjoy having a beastly image in other people's rearview mirrors.
Ugh, I hate Cali and it's no tint on front windows law.
post #2784 of 26282
im not a fan of yellow cars at all either, but i thought it was cool that the previous owner was able to get an individual color from the e46 m3s on an e92 m3. dunno how he managed that and still ended up getting ugly ass rims.
post #2785 of 26282
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Drew, I think you might be thinking about your car purchase a bit much. Predicting 5-8 year depreciation? Just buy the one you like the most and go from there. Chances are, if you buy used, depreciation isn't going to hit you hard at all. We all know the biggest hit is in the first year, ~35% then it is like 3%-10% after that so I say do not even worry about it unless you plan to flip it and change cars every year or two.

America has simple depreciation, but it's different in here in Japan - there is a strict registration process that is really expensive - first reg on a new car is 3 years long and then they're 2 years long after that - so if you buy a new car and keep it for 5 years (normal loan term here I gather) - you will get one registration free one when new and then pay for one. If you buy a used car, you could effectively pay for two registrations in 3 to 3 and a half years. Because the cycle starts when the car is titled first, neither the used buyer nor the dealer gets to change the next registration due date... so for example, 2009 cars are gonna be due for registration again this year, as soon as right now, 1/12 to about 7/12 depending on the month they were bought new; if you buy a 2008 model, it'll have been done already and won't be due again til 2013 in various months. Needless to say, having an active registration adds to the value of a used car by several thousand dollars, and cars that don't come with registrations might be lemons that aren't passing inspection for a reason - and if that is the case, it's not gonna be on the visual, it'll be something invasive.

FWIW, if I get a German car of reasonable age plus warranty, I'm planning on spending about $2-3 a year in upkeep in non-registration years (that's just 1-2 sets of softy tires and little trim bits that fall off, basically)... but registration years cost about $10K because of the test and the prep work you do before (fresh suspension bushings, full clean, any visual repairs, 3rd party smog as a pre-emptive thing...) It's pretty crazy. So you can see, the year of the car could change your ownership costs by a huge margin - buy new car A (with high residual value) and run it exactly 4.8 years - pay about $20-25 per day overall to own it, and $10-15 a day to gas and park it. Buy used car B, have to reg'o it twice in 3 years, get rid of it not long after - it could cost like $25-30 a day to own, and $10-15 a day to park and gas... and the risk of trying to unload an old used car at the end is high - basically junk and a writeoff.


rocks I just saw a GS350 go down the street and realized the reason why you hardly see them here - there are just better choices available, even within Toyota. Lexus isn't viewed as a full standalone brand I think, it's just viewed as a Toyota sub-brand in Japan, people know it's a Toyota marketing thing vs the 'real deal' European cars. Toyota has tons of brands, like Toyopet, the Prius line, Crown, the Century by itself - for the 25 odd years that there was Lexus in America, there were the same cars as JDM models with Toyota badges that enterprising guys would do badge conversions on. Some dudes were crazy and were actually importing the real LHD Lexus models to Japan, despite there being the same cars in RHD version - that was strictly for baller status. Lexus was marked up like 30% in America at some point, when the yen was down long ago they were making good money off that line.

Anyway, when it comes to Japan, they don't choose the GS, there's the Toyota Crown brand that is arguably better and comes in at the same price point - there's several unique Crowns in the line, some are sporty (Crown Athlete) and then some are luxurious, old man cars, the Majesta, the Royal Saloon, Hybrid Royal Saloon etc - kinda like the size of an old LS, but came with cloth seats and less wood. All are RWD, inline sixes; there was an older Crown Athlete that came on BBS-LM's and has a 1JZ-GTE. Most of them look better, a lot better than the GS. They are mostly taxis and company cars here, they start around the same price as the Infiniti M and go up from there, they're supposed to be a $40-65K car, like the GS.

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post #2786 of 26282
Always loved those.

I've been wanting to do an exe/vip style big saloon for years.
post #2787 of 26282
Yeah that Crown Athlete is a much nicer car than the Lexus GS content-wise, it's one of the few 'nice' Toyota cars they didn't badge-engineer for the US, because it always looked so conservative until a couple generations ago, kinda like the original Celsior/LS. Now it looks pretty aggressive, it's really nice looking.
This is the Crown Athlete from like 15 years ago, came with the 1JZ-GTE and the gold BBS LM's from the factory, lol. They even had a rare wagon version that had the same goldface LM's and the 1JZ-GTE. Since import cars are way more expensive here, this was a nice car for like two thirds the price of a 523i.

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post #2788 of 26282
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Originally Posted by oneeightyseven View Post

not even going to lie a yellow m3 isn't that appealing. I'd personally only go black or white. Either way it'd be tinted out.

There's a guy around here, who drives a E46 M3 in baby sick yellow, with piss coloured seat, I throw up in my mouth every time I see it, so damn ugly.


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If I ruled the world you'd need a permit to mod and I'd be the one in charge of giving them out.


You can't have that Job, I already have dips on it.


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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

when i get an m3 it's gonna be mineral white or le mans blue


I would get a dark grey or carbon black.


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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Ugh, I hate Cali and it's no tint on front windows law.


It's the same shit in Europe, oddly enough you can have your car tinted from the factory with 35%, but you can't do it afterwards, as it's inside the glass, the best thing is the reasoning behind it.

It's because people can't get eye contact with you and the rescue crews have trouble breaking the glass if it's tinted, oddly enough I had my car broken in to twice, while it was tinted, so.....

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Originally Posted by jet View Post

Always loved those.
I've been wanting to do an exe/vip style big saloon for years.


There's something about a big saloon sitting 1inch of the ground. inlove.gif
post #2789 of 26282
Thanks for the lesson Drew.....So out of all these Import brands from Japan over here, which one is the most well regarded in the motherland. If no Lexus, then I might just have to settle with an E92M3 when the time comes. The coupe with the carbon roof most likely since I don't use sunroof, along with the 6sp gearbox.


PS. Do you see any Lexus ISF's rolling around town?
post #2790 of 26282
Just stumbled on this thread - this isn't my personal vehicle in the picutre (I don't have any pics on my work computer), however this is right on the money. 2003 540i/6 Sport with just the right touches to it. I've had it since April of 2007.

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This is what I would like next. It is a 2005 545i owned by a friend of mine, who I've been tryin got convince to sell for a while now.

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