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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
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Old Fri, Feb-13-2009, 08:13:51 AM   #1
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Default Whats the best available e46 m3 csl trunk?

hey whats up guys this is my first posting, and i know this is old news for some of you but i been looking to buy a csl trunk anf everything i see arround the fitment is just so bad that i would feel that by putting some of those trunks i would be hurting my m good lucks, if you guys know what i mean....like some girls have messed up boob jobs....(supused to be a plus turns into a nightmare)...Anyways my ques tion is from those who have experience whats the best trunk? what you guys suggest?
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Go OEM CSL.
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Old Fri, Feb-13-2009, 08:19:16 AM   #3
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if price doesnt matter...cant beat OEM
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i cant offort oem.....
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Old Fri, Feb-13-2009, 08:23:31 AM   #5
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Go Vorsteiner then. Anyone suggest any other brands?

also look around in pictures and see whose CSL trunk you like the most, multiple companies make them.
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Old Fri, Feb-13-2009, 08:26:19 AM   #6
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Is this a trick question?

OEM bro! But if price and fitment are your concern, VIS or Seibon. Double the price and get a better weave but same fit from VCSL.
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I've been looking into this as well and here is what I was able to come up with:

The Vorsteiner replica (commonly referred to as V-CSL) is the best non-OEM CSL bootlid, but will run you over $1K.

After that it is all subject to which production run you get. Here are a couple links for some group buy bootlids. Read through them and check out the pix. Then make your choice. The search function is a big help as well.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...ht=csl+bootlid NOTE: VIS does not equal V-CSL

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...ht=csl+bootlid

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VIS, Seibon, or Vorsteiner. It'll all come down to who installs it.
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I just been through this recently so I know what you are going through. This is a very confusing situation and you dont want to waste your money on a trunk you will regret later on. Here is my take on this situation...

-OEM CSL trunk if you want the best fitting /best looking trunk but you will have to break that bank to get it (or at least for some).
-From my research, V-CSL does come in a good second. The weave on the vcsl is pretty darn good and fitment is up to the installer.
-Euro-spec trunk is also pretty good but you dont get the pure CSL look. The trunk fits pretty nice and the weave looks very good. I do notice that the line where the lip ends on the back part of the trunk doesnt really line up with the top of the taillight so it does look a little funky. this trunk also requires you get another trunk handle if you have an 03+ car. Price is a little less than VIS or seibon and a lot less than VCSL and OEM.
-VIS or Siebon are the same, one is more expensive than the other because of the tag they put on the trunk. I think the fitment looks pretty good. The one thing that I dont like about it is the weave. It looks kinda wavey to me. This is not a problem for people planning to paint their trunk.

As for me, I opted for the euro-spec trunk. I do like the trunk handle and the ability to open the trunk using the button. If I knew before hand about the lip spoiler line will not line up with the rest of the trunk I probaly would of think twice about it. But overall I am pretty happy with my choice since I will most likely leave mine carbon fiber exposed.

Most csl rep trunks will require some dremelling since the carbon fiber/fiberglass backing is thicker than metal and all the bushing are built for metal. The final look of the trunk will always going to be based on the installer. There are more room for adjustment on those trunk if the installer knows what they are doing.

Hope that helps.

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I'm of the minority that thinks the Vorsteiner trunk is a little overrated. The weave is great. However fitment I think is pretty bad. I've helped a friend install his VCSL trunk and getting the fitment right was a nightmare of adjustments - and even still it didn't come out perfect. From the pictures I've seen, just about every Vorsteiner has the same fitment characteristics - uneven gaps at the bottom (passenger side larger than the drivers side) and the inner trunk taillights almost never line up with the outer taillights.

I came to the conclusion to go with OEM or nothing at all.
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