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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 Sat, Jun-26-2010, 10:23:42 PM   #11
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Zip tie it to the mesh
i've done that before and i have noticed higher oil temps because of the plate blocking the oil cooler located right below the radiator in the front grill area.
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Old Sun, Jun-27-2010, 02:21:45 AM   #12
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I used to get one every 4-5 months with my old GTI. So far none with the M3....knock on wood. I used double sided tape for CHP to get the fixing ticket signed off drove around the corner and took it plate right off again. I really hate the look and since I only got pulled over every now and so often I never bothered with a more permanent solution
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Old Sun, Jun-27-2010, 02:26:35 AM   #13
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zip tie it to the bottom mesh grill.
+1 that's what I did.

stupid stupid law.
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Old Sun, Jun-27-2010, 04:11:54 AM   #14
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Move to FL. Problem solved
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Old Sun, Jun-27-2010, 04:14:12 AM   #15
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Just pay the bail.
In California cops are really aggressive these days because of budget. Think of it this way - pay bail you are helping the california economy you will feel better
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I've heard of people covering the back and edges of the plate with felt and then wedging in between the front of the inside of their dash and the inside of the windshield. Don't know if that'll meet the legal requirement of a front plate, but...
The way the law is written, this is not legal. CA Vehicle code 5200:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5200.htm

(a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

"attached" is probably the key word there.
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The way the law is written, this is not legal. CA Vehicle code 5200:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5200.htm

(a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

"attached" is probably the key word there.
I have heard that as long as it is on the car, it is legal. People have been hesitant to do the zip tie thing too because it is basically admitting to the person who is inspecting the car to pass it off, that you are going to take it right back off. But they cant really do anything about it, until you do take it off.
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The way the law is written, this is not legal. CA Vehicle code 5200:

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5200.htm

(a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

"attached" is probably the key word there.
Have a cop friend take it to work and stamp it off. Then mail the ticket with a check for the fine. That's if you have any cop buds.
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You can drop by the police station and have them sign the citation. They will only sign after they inspect your car has the plates installed. Then its off to the court house to pay the fine (I believe its $25) or you can mail it in.

I'm not fond of giving away money so I permanently installed the front plates.
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Zip tie it to the mesh
I would not suggest this option because there is a reason the front mesh is there. You are restricting air flow by putting a license plate on the mesh.
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