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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. jet

    jet Senior member

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    No, the idiot's argument is you can't afford it so you hate it. Quite possibly dumbest shit I've ever read on any forum.

    Used m6s can be had for 60k which is easily attainable.
     
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  2. Beckwith

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    That makes more sense. I agree that the theory is dumb, but could see how it works with the anonimity of the information superhighway. Same theory that a maserati was an exotic. If a soccer mom drives it, it ain't anymore exotic than the driver!
     
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    You clearly aren't familiar with the minimum $250k small-timer salary we have around these parts.
     
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    I have been trying to weasel around that for years but you have caught me now. Damn it.
     
  5. Beckwith

    Beckwith Senior member

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    Fake it till ya make it brutha!
     
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    Finally replaced the CHs. In the end, I went with some OEM BMW wheels I already had - the Style 107s from my previous Z4 roadster. They're the same 18" size as the CHs but look a bit larger, at least to my eye. I've always like the design, though, and think it works well with the Z3 coupe. [​IMG]
     
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    Not really a fan of mixing the pre-Bangle cars with Bangle-era OEM wheels, I see it a lot on the streets - something doesn't flow to me. That and the OEM M3 knockoffs everywhere.

    The BBS CH's are probably pretty heavy but I like them a lot, the original CH's were a very attractive design. I had some BBS wheels from that same era and they weighed a ton in 18"
     
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    I see where you're coming from, but it can work:

    [​IMG]

    The wheels on my Z4 M Coupe are pre-Bangle and BMW's been using CSL style wheels on the E92 Competition package and 1-series M Coupe with pretty good results.

    As for the BBSs, I thought about getting them refinished in silver, but the more I saw pics of them the less I liked them. What the Z3 coupe cries out for is wheels with some lip to them!

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  9. jet

    jet Senior member

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    challenges are wack
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    A Y Senior member

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    BBS-style wheels (like the CSL) work on a lot of cars. But that teardrop wheel just doesn't look good.

    --Andre
     
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    il ciclista Senior member

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    damn this page is sexy..
     
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    Thanks for your input, and impolyt-one's. I like them and will be keeping them for a bit, but I'd have to say reaction has been mixed and that's food for thought. :cool:
     
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    I didn't see the first pic the first time around, but those CH's would look much better re-painted back to regular silver in Wurth or Einszett or something. :devil: Probably the best look for that car. The open area between the spokes, mild concave center, and fairly flat face design of the CH melds nicely with the Z3 design elements, they repeat the car's design elements somewhat - and they're of the same time period as well, I'm a fan of period-correct mods on cars.
     
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    For example, another BMW with OEM wheels that just don't match - the car itself and the wheels themselves are both pretty cool, and are of successive generations - but German car design just leaps pretty far forward each generation since they take like 6-8 years to really refresh them.

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    Just doesn't look right, and it's kind of obvious.
     
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    il ciclista Senior member

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    Im kind of a newb when it comes to terms on bmw's (raised a vw guy..family owned a perf. vw shop etcetc) what is "bangle era" I've read some of you mentioning? I just got a 325i a month or so ago so much more lowered end power and smoother band than vw's for sure. ..(my 2nd 325i...the other was a e30 when i was in Europe..awesome ride)
     
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    Got rid of the STi last year and picked up this in January. Spent the summer at the track, although not as often as I'd like.

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    I'll try to get a better picture. This was taken when I picked it up from the seller.

    Here is some video of me sliding around on a very damp track: [VIDEO][/VIDEO]. This was the first non-rainy session of the day, so I was feeling out the grip levels while showing my passenger my line.
     
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    Chris Bangle was the controversial head of BMW design for about 10 years, and moved BMW's design towards its current "flame surface" aesthetic. The first car released under his reign was the 2002 7-series, the last the 2006 3-series. HIs protege Adrian Van Hooydonk is the current head of design.

    He's seen as controvesial because the old-school BMW enthusiasts hated the departure from the more conservative look the cars traditionally had (often referred to as "the same sausage in 3 diferent lengths"), but he achieved record sales (and they continue to rise) and moved their customer demographic to ~10 years younger.

    In my opinion, both parties were right. The BMWs before are masterpieces of understated design, especially the E39 5-series and E38 7-series, but the company needed to move forward on the design front and the sales results speak for themselves. Even the debate is a positive - there was little to talk about as far as BMW design after the 8-series debuted. The Z3 coupe, while funky and interesting, doesn't reflect a design aesthetic, as it was simply cobbled together by engineers that wanted a Z3 that could be raced.
     
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    Bangle's term was 17 years: 1992 to 2009. The E46 and E39, widely considered to be two of the best-looking recent BMWs, were done under him. The E65 7 series was the first car of his new design language.

    --Andre
     

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