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      07-29-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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First Red Real Life Pic's-F25 X3

First Red Real Life Pic's of the new F25 X3.Enjoy.PalBay
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      07-30-2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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what might they be hiding on the side of the driver door?
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      07-30-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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nice! why do they camo that little area on the door?
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      07-30-2010, 01:05 PM   #4
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..the camo must be the badge for the model... X3 3.0i X-Drive etc.... Maybe they are not registered officially with US gov yet...

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nice! why do they camo that little area on the door?
really hope you two are kidding...."3.0.."
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      07-30-2010, 01:06 PM   #6
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nice! why do they camo that little area on the door?

I work for the plant here in SC. Palbay, you did good with these pics.

The camo on the door is the badging (X3) that will stay camo until release day.

Palbay, private me so i can let you know what's in special operations!
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      07-30-2010, 01:13 PM   #7
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The car looks like it has a mustache. Seriously.
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      07-30-2010, 01:16 PM   #8
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not exciting at all...
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      07-30-2010, 01:17 PM   #9
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The car looks like it has a mustache. Seriously.
I know what you're referring to, but I can't say that I agree that it looks like a mustache. Different strokes...

Sharp looking vehicle. I look forward to seeing it in person.
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      07-30-2010, 01:39 PM   #10
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B-o-r-i-n-g. It looks like it can't decide what it wants to be? X5 junior 5-series GT, bastard child.
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There are the hideous orange reflectors....right in the headlamp!

Damn you BMW!!
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the rear looks good but the ugly orange light/reflector on the headlight is terrible. reminds me of the pre lci e90. sucks!
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The car looks like it has a mustache. Seriously.
Great. Now I'll never be able to look at the front of this car the same way.
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Yup, i knew it.

EPIC FAILURE on the orange reflectors inside the headlights.
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Great work as always Palbay. Thanks!

If I come out to SC for X3 training, I want to meet you and BMWMC as well!
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There are the hideous orange reflectors....right in the headlamp!

Damn you BMW!!
Yup, they've got them in todays photos of the US speck x1 also...



I bet we'll see LED turn indicators and front bumper mounted orange reflectors on the LCI x3 and x1...
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Wouldn't you rather have the reflector in the light cluster? Just get a clear reflector and replace the one in the cluster whenever the mod is available. Or order a OEM Euro headlight cluster from a 3rd party.

Definitely beats having a hole in your bumper you have to fill with some cheap after market part. Ask any M3 owner.
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^ ask 1er owners or pre lci 3er owners what they would prefer...

My e46 was simple, pop out the corner, pop in an (oem) clear one, but since most vehicles have one-piece headlights these days, its not that simple. Swapping the entire headlight assembly (with HID's) can be quite costly...

I heated my RSX-S headlights up and pulled them apart to remove the reflectors, but again, if someone messes up that could be costly and I don't think owners of high-end vehicle like the idea of baking their headlights in the oven...

I don't own an m3 (almost leased one at Christmas 2008 though) but I would imagine I would have preferred to replace the amber lens with a quality aftermarket clear unit, or have a body shop paint the amber reflector to help it fade away.

Different strokes for different folks...
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Wouldn't you rather have the reflector in the light cluster? Just get a clear reflector and replace the one in the cluster whenever the mod is available. Or order a OEM Euro headlight cluster from a 3rd party.

Definitely beats having a hole in your bumper you have to fill with some cheap after market part. Ask any M3 owner.
There is a difference. The M3 doesn't have a flush mounted reflector like non-M 3 series, 5, 7, X5, Z4. Those don't look that good when changed out with a painted reflector IMO.

I bought a set of Graphite painted reflectors for my E92 and they really weren't that noticeable.

Opening up the headlights and removing the reflector would be very difficult as I don't think you could ever seal up the headlights the same.

As far as replacing the headlights with Euro spec. Someone on the 1 series board did it and it was major work. Getting them was difficult, as no US dealer is going to order them for you. He had to get them from someone in EU and they are very expensive and a lot of labor went in to switching them out.
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Guys, there's still hope that when they remove the camo tape from the roundel's it will say Nissan... If it doesn't then this is one ugly Bavarian vehicle.
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