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Old 04-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #1
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The fine borderline between kitschy / cliché and desirable modding

Even I'm from a totally different continent, I think there is an worldwide similarity between many BMW owners (and let's resume the entire issue to E46 ones), applying a series of similar, if not identical modding to their cars.

A short list of such mods, no matter they have any efficience or just simple visual impacts, I would just mention M badges + other M design elements on non M cars, Corona / Angel eyes (on E46, of course, which was an unlucky model not to get those, not even with the 2004 facelift), Exhaust muffler delete, and the list can go on.

I wonder what is your position toward those, if anyone would like to share it.
I personally like some of those mods, even that I prefer the "genuine mint condition" look, I appreciate any modding that may bring practicality.

For example, I have just replaced my fabric grey upholstery with dark red leather, the OEM tape radio with an Alpine bluetooth unit, added parking sensors and a pair of daylight led running lights.

I admire some corona rings installations on e46 but, I found it quite difficult to do it on my facelift headlights, so I dropped the idea. I have also tried to focus on practical mods, as it is my daily use car and I really need some of this mods, on a frequent basis.

On the other hand, I consider M badges and design elements quite kitschy, when applied to non M cars, especially referring to Europe examples - here, not many go for more powerful engines, due to heavy taxation. So, you see a lot of E46 with fake M badges etc and even sport exhausts, wide tires but, featuring mostly M43 and N42 engines (correct me if I'm wrong - I am referring to the 316, 318, 320).
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:49 AM   #2
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I don't mind the M badges if they come that way from the factory. I have 5 on my car. One on each of the Style 68 wheels and one on the M steering wheel I installed.

Regarding other exterior elements, it's common to see M3 and CSL replica bumpers on these cars. Some are done right and look incredible while others you can tell someone slapped a cheap bumper cover on.

End of the day, it's your car. If a modification enhances your enjoyment then go for it.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:05 AM   #3
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If you're modding your car because you want to look cool, don't bother trying to make it look like something it's not because everybody is just gonna make fun of you. And don't bother posting it here because no one cares to see a 316 with an M3 bumper and fake M3 mirrors from eBay.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:07 AM   #4
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Take the big cliche things that people do, then do them much more subtly. Tada, your car now looks cool!
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:01 PM   #5
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Im honestly never going to post a single picture on this site ever again bmw owners are boaring and to subtle. These things are beasts. mod the hell outa them blast modern cars outa the water! Grow some! clean is okay but be out there and wild neon kits, bass, huge chamber, tucked tires, air ride go nuts make a tuner thats what they are it drives fine.... you van improve it saying bmw did the research and everything is the best it can be is straight up bull s#!&. No wonder everyone assumes all bmw owners are uptight jerks. Most of them are lol. Im going balls to the walls on this car nothing you can do to stop me. I dont want someone to look at my car and be like oh neet..... I want them to say holy crsp dude how did you do that! Forget yall im doin my own thing!

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Old 04-07-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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Im honestly never going to post a single picture on this site ever again bmw owners are boaring and to subtle. These things are beasts. mod the hell outa them blast modern cars outa the water! Grow some! clean is okay but be out there and wild neon kits, bass, huge chamber, tucked tires, air ride go nuts make a tuner thats what they are it drives fine.... you van improve it saying bmw did the research and everything is the best it can be is straight up bull s#!&. No wonder everyone assumes all bmw owners are uptight jerks. Most of them are lol. Im going balls to the walls on this car nothing you can do to stop me. I dont want someone to look at my car and be like oh neet..... I want them to say holy crsp dude how did you do that! Forget yall im doin my own thing!

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Personally, even factory sourced M design trim (don't worry, Audi and MB owners, you got your S-line and AMG look trims, as well) are a little bit too "wannabe", if not mixed with proper performance.
However, as said in one of the posts above, I do respect the owner's privilege to customize its e46, no matter his or her preferences.

Going back to other mods, how popular are corona rings on US e46s? In Romania, at least, they seem to be everywhere (although, e46 are quite obsolete here and are heading to extinction). Unfortunately, when you are used to see so many aftermarket corona rings (here, they are called angel eyes), you become really fed up with this mod.

Another strange "inter-nation" thinking exchange, if I may call it this way, is how some Europeans move on to having amber parking lights, while I have noticed, many Americans want to get rid of that feature
Probably, the same as we are fascinated by American cars and viceversa...

P.S: I do not have amber parking lights, my photo was taken with my hazard lights on and it was a coincidence But, I admit I generally like amber parking lights in cars and I find them more visible than the EU "candle light".

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Im honestly never going to post a single picture on this site ever again bmw owners are boaring and to subtle. These things are beasts. mod the hell outa them blast modern cars outa the water! Grow some! clean is okay but be out there and wild neon kits, bass, huge chamber, tucked tires, air ride go nuts make a tuner thats what they are it drives fine.... you van improve it saying bmw did the research and everything is the best it can be is straight up bull s#!&. No wonder everyone assumes all bmw owners are uptight jerks. Most of them are lol. Im going balls to the walls on this car nothing you can do to stop me. I dont want someone to look at my car and be like oh neet..... I want them to say holy crsp dude how did you do that! Forget yall im doin my own thing!

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People should mod their cars however they want. Posing isn't welcomed, but if it makes you happy then go for it. Just don't expect everyone to like what you do with your car and don't get butthurt when you receive negative feedback when you post it on a public forum.
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #10
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Take the big cliche things that people do, then do them much more subtly. Tada, your car now looks cool!
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Im honestly never going to post a single picture on this site ever again bmw owners are boaring and to subtle. These things are beasts. mod the hell outa them blast modern cars outa the water! Grow some! clean is okay but be out there and wild neon kits, bass, huge chamber, tucked tires, air ride go nuts make a tuner thats what they are it drives fine.... you van improve it saying bmw did the research and everything is the best it can be is straight up bull s#!&. No wonder everyone assumes all bmw owners are uptight jerks. Most of them are lol. Im going balls to the walls on this car nothing you can do to stop me. I dont want someone to look at my car and be like oh neet..... I want them to say holy crsp dude how did you do that! Forget yall im doin my own thing!

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^ This is the type of guy with red angel eyes and a muffler delete.

I'm a fan of the clean look. Nothing flashy on the exterior, just kill the wheel gaps. I just got 35% tint and I already regret it at times. Angel eyes lasted about a week, those are about to go.
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^ This is the type of guy with red angel eyes and a muffler delete.

I'm a fan of the clean look. Nothing flashy on the exterior, just kill the wheel gaps. I just got 35% tint and I already regret it at times. Angel eyes lasted about a week, those are about to go.
Me too. Wheels, moderate lowering, tighter suspension, no tint, fresh headlight lenses, Borla exhaust. Grown-up mods (or non-mods) that accentuate what BMW has done.
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I'm going to chime in here and say I think any "badging" runs the risk of being tacky. In fact I like it when M owners strip their M badging off. I'm not even a fan of personalized plates.
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Let's just agree OP should never use the word 'kitschy' ever again.
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^ This is the type of guy with red angel eyes and a muffler delete.

I'm a fan of the clean look. Nothing flashy on the exterior, just kill the wheel gaps. I just got 35% tint and I already regret it at times. Angel eyes lasted about a week, those are about to go.
He's actually the type of guy with LED rear emblem and LED strips on the headlights
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... how popular are corona rings on US e46s...
I've actually never heard the term "Corona Eyes" until today.
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Another strange "inter-nation" thinking exchange, if I may call it this way, is how some Europeans move on to having amber parking lights, while I have noticed, many Americans want to get rid of that feature
Probably, the same as we are fascinated by American cars and viceversa...
I was recently talking to a euro member about this. His touring had clear lights and mine has amber. I want clear and he swapped out for amber. The clear lights for tourings are also massively expensive in the US because of the rarity. While us North American members love to model our cars after the European look, he also said that Europeans model their cars after the American look. It's weird to hear about people in Europe putting American plates on their cars in the same way that we put Euro plates on our cars!
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I've actually never heard the term "Corona Eyes" until today.
Corona Rings are actually the name that BMW have them. Angel eyes is basically slang but it caught on and fits really well with the look. Both are acceptable at this point. Just not halos. That's weird.
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Im honestly never going to post a single picture on this site ever again bmw owners are boaring and to subtle. These things are beasts. mod the hell outa them blast modern cars outa the water! Grow some! clean is okay but be out there and wild neon kits, bass, huge chamber, tucked tires, air ride go nuts make a tuner thats what they are it drives fine.... you van improve it saying bmw did the research and everything is the best it can be is straight up bull s#!&. No wonder everyone assumes all bmw owners are uptight jerks. Most of them are lol. Im going balls to the walls on this car nothing you can do to stop me. I dont want someone to look at my car and be like oh neet..... I want them to say holy crsp dude how did you do that! Forget yall im doin my own thing!
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Corona Rings are actually the name that BMW have them. Angel eyes is basically slang but it caught on and fits really well with the look.
But, but, "Angel Eyes" just sounds so...puuff.
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