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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


View Poll Results: What Color Should I paint my e46
Estoril Blue 34 28.81%
Avus Blue 16 13.56%
Silverstone 13 11.02%
Techno Violet 32 27.12%
Sakhir Orange 23 19.49%
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Old Fri, Apr-28-2017, 03:06:20 AM   #1
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Default e46 Was Vandalized. Help Me Choose New Color

** Edit ** The car is done. Went with Estoril Blue.


















The bad news: My Titanium Silver e46 was vandalized (keyed deeply down both sides and hood).

The good news: Insurance is covering most of the costs to get the entire car repainted.

Car has higher miles and was just a driver's car so I am considering having the car painted a different color and have narrowed it down to the following colors on the Poll. Help me decide and I'll post photos of the job once it's finished. I'm leaning Sakhir Orange since I have a matching F80 in that color, but I love blue cars as well.

(Having it done at International Auto Body in San Bruno - great shop)
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Estoril??

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Old Fri, Apr-28-2017, 03:19:32 AM   #3
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I'm of course for estoril. But I wouldn't. I would do something not even available for the m3. Be totally original.
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The blue/purple that's off the new F-Pace is stunning. Not sure the name of the color.
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Plus. Please do the door jams. Color change is costly. I'm sure insurance is just paying what the fees are of a same color repaint.
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Atlantis Blue too!!!
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How about Cosmos/Sapphire black - it has to be subtle though, not the super sparkly crap you see on all the new cheap cars.

Or, a non-metallic Porsche grey, maybe.

Edit: I voted for Sakhir. But I think to pull off this color you need gloss black ZCPs, gills/grills and tint. Otherwise it might look like an orange car.
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Plus. Please do the door jams. Color change is costly. I'm sure insurance is just paying what the fees are of a same color repaint.
Good point. I plan on doing that. Whatever it costs over the amount insurance is paying I'm paying out of pocket to have it done right.
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Silverstone will always have a special place in my heart.
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