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Old 11-20-2013, 12:56 PM   #61
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Carcus, I know you keep complaining about the exhaust note and its true the stock exhaust sounds like crap.......but if you want to hear the V10 really come to life without dropping $2-3K search the M5board for muffler delete, its pretty common. Can be done for around $200-$300



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Old 11-20-2013, 03:03 PM   #62
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Carcus, I know you keep complaining about the exhaust note and its true the stock exhaust sounds like crap.......but if you want to hear the V10 really come to life without dropping $2-3K search the M5board for muffler delete, its pretty common. Can be done for around $200-$300


Sounds like a VQ. In otherwords, like sex.

Also, as someone who has an M car and started it without a muffler....your neighbors will hate you for weeks. It's stupid loud. I can't even imagine how much louder it'd be with the V10.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:18 PM   #63
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I vote no de-badge. Especially on an ///M car. BMW develops their cars very well and having the original badge on the back helps show pride of ownership and originality of the car. The type of person that usually debadges their car does so for two reasons: 1) To give the appearance of a "cleaner" look. In my opinion, it looks like you are trying too hard. Cleanliness should be subtle and not appear to be done totally on purpose. 2) Because they have a lesser model within its respective class and are trying to hide that or even possibly give the appearance of being a higher model (323 being a 330, etc). Whether it's a 323, 330, or M3, I think the badge should stay. It reinforces the identity of the vehicle. The E46 badges are clean and tidy anyway and look great, IMO. Not like E30 badges that are big

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Old 11-20-2013, 03:47 PM   #64
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Agree with Mango here. Keep the badge.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:33 PM   #65
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I'm also in the "no de-badge" camp. It is what it is, and anyone with a passing acquaintance with the BMW marque will recognize the M5's rear valance and quad-tip exhaust anyway.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:48 PM   #66
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Kids put badges and stickers all over their cars. The automatic 323's with M3 badges are always driven by kids. I would know, just by looking into my college parking lots.
+1. I absolutely CANNOT stand seeing //M badges on a non-M car. Usually its on the lower trim models as you have mentioned.

Can't tell you how many times I've seen ads where they slap some bumpers, throw a couple //M badges and all of a sudden its, "almost an m3, with m3 technology"

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Old 11-20-2013, 04:50 PM   #67
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Who needs a badge..........

there's at least a few ///M badges on brand new 750s that I have seen in the city.
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+1. I absolutely CANNOT stand seeing //M badges on a non-M car. Usually its on the lower trim models as you have mentioned.

Can't tell you how many times I've seen ads where they slap some bumpers, throw a couple //M badges and all of a sudden its, "almost an m3, with m3 technology"

FFS
///M badges have been on "non-M" cars for decades. It's just branding.

Model-specific Motorsports badges on the wrong car, on the other hand, is wrong.

There's a difference between ///M and ///M3. Keep all badges as BMW put them on the car. End of story
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:50 PM   #69
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Carcus, I know you keep complaining about the exhaust note and its true the stock exhaust sounds like crap.......but if you want to hear the V10 really come to life without dropping $2-3K search the M5board for muffler delete, its pretty common. Can be done for around $200-$300


OMG!!!! That sounds Formula 1 awesome. Not sure how the cops and neighbors would like it though. I assume it just runs bypass pipes. I had bypass pipes on my 911 and it was loud when I got on it.

Today, just installed matte black side grills, smoke LED side markers, and got a matte black grill on the way. Have a full set of silver and black real CF roundels for the wheels/hood/trunk/steering wheel center on the way like my E46 had. This should complete the blackout for me.

I did order a matte black M5 rear trunk emblem with black/grey/white M stripes to see if I like it. Other than that, besides an exhaust...I am done with it and very happy. My buddy with his E92 M3 loves the car and we are going swap for a few runs. I was set on an M3 but could not pass this up.

Thanks for the input all and glad to be back in the BMW family again!
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Actually, you're both right.

You've never seen a regular 323 debadged here?
you'd have to pay a body shop to "shave" the emblems off in the past. this cost money and only enthusiast with money would and still go this far. on contrast it's the "poseurs" who put stickers on their cars which they are not. i do not see teenagers turning their cars ghetto by a debage or "shaved" emblems.

look into what BMW does for the emblems in europe at the dealership and have that same guy say it's a "teenager thing and ghetto".
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