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325CiMaN 08-19-2012 03:24 PM

Anyone know what color my car is?
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It's a 01 325ci 3.0 swap i know it's not imola red and the bright red doesn't match.
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bimer21 08-19-2012 03:27 PM

on the driver side strut tower it say the name of the color and code! but it looks red for me:pimpin:

Solidjake 08-19-2012 03:27 PM

Look on the strut tower.

325CiMaN 08-19-2012 03:30 PM

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I would but it aint there sorry forgot.to mention

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jclip 08-19-2012 03:46 PM

Looks like hellrot red (314)...

bimer21 08-19-2012 03:46 PM

Try to start looking for color that were only made in you year and model and find out or take something to a paint shop for then to match it and tell you what is it

325CiMaN 08-19-2012 03:49 PM

I matched the paint at my school.... It came back bright red... For a 04 honda civic.....WTF lol and really? You think they changed it to hellrot red?

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Zell 08-19-2012 03:52 PM


doiwin ne thing

BBBoy323i 08-19-2012 03:55 PM

Um think there is a color called electric red? Might be that

325CiMaN 08-19-2012 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by Zell (Post 14664067)

doiwin ne thing

Haha i know and it is very intense in real person. You win a cookie haha

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325CiMaN 08-19-2012 04:02 PM

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Hehe... Looks good now i just need a oil cap... Mine got ran over
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Alex323Ci 08-19-2012 04:03 PM

well if it's like the color offered in 2000 for Coupes it could be #314 Bright Red

(and yes that is the name bmw gave it, not joking around)

Alex323Ci 08-19-2012 04:06 PM

you could always have someone run your VIN at the dealership like Southpaw use to do. there are a few threads where some guys would do it, that'll tell you what it was from the factory.

auto180sx 08-19-2012 04:07 PM

Last 7 of the vin purty please....

Alex323Ci 08-19-2012 04:09 PM

yep, just looked and Bright Red was offered in 2001 on the 325Ci

morningisbad 08-19-2012 04:09 PM


From the desk of Dwight Schrute

kaldE46 08-19-2012 04:15 PM

Pretty sure bright red was also called "Hellrot" which is what my color i.d says on my strut tower. It was offered on prefacelift only. Looks like you've got it.

dmax 08-19-2012 04:15 PM

I was really hoping you wouldn't post photos, OP, as I thought it would make for a great thread idea.

Could you start a new thread, something like, 'what color is my bumper?' but not post a photo. If the guys haze you, just play along...could be fun.

Search for my thread on rear bumper painting...I posted a link to a place that sells paint...enter your year and model and you'll find every red bmw did that year/model.

If there isn't a badge on your strut tower, then look behind and below headlight on the front wheel well.

Also, for my color, there is a 3-digit code that can be important. BMW made two Fern Green Metallics--different codes--similar but not the same.

fiveightandten 08-19-2012 04:28 PM

Put your VIN in here:

It's either Hellrot (314) or Japan rot (438). I have an E36 M3 in Hellrot, and my 330ci is Japan rot. They're close enough that you can't tell the difference in different pictures. Japan rot is a little more muted and has a little more yellow in it. Hellrot is slightly deeper and a little brighter.

Japan rot:


Pictures were obviously taken in different lighting, at different camera settings, and the E36 one had post processing. But if you saw one, or the other out of context, you wouldn't be able to tell which color it was.

fiveightandten 08-19-2012 04:33 PM


Originally Posted by dmax (Post 14664127)
I was really hoping you wouldn't post photos, OP, as I thought it would make for a great thread idea.


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