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View Poll Results: Of the official 3 colours, which one will you order your 1SMC in?
Apline White 104 37.41%
Sapphire Black 58 20.86%
Valencia Orange 116 41.73%
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      11-29-2010, 05:41 PM   #45
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Valencia Orange FTW!!!

Orange it has gotta be. Only makes the car that much more unique (isn't the stat that nearly 40% of 1-series are white?) and the orange stitching is only a bonus. I like it that it is not screaming/flaming orange, somewhat more delicate and subdued. Should be a better color to keep clean (relative to black especially), and the black accents would mix/blend nicer than if it were white IMO.

But who am I to opine, I am a orange-crazy type of guy, almost bought the RS4 in Papaya Orange and in fact my entire KitchenAid kitchen machinery lineup is orange! LOL
A man of exquisite taste, sire. Anyway, I would want the orange as well. I actually hope I can find one in about two years. I cannot imagine the de rigeur carbon fibre accents looking any better on either of the other two colours, and in any event, I am currently in my black car phase, failing miserably at it, and will not look back.
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      11-29-2010, 05:42 PM   #46
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I have my first black car and I've been saying to friends that any other black car that they see me with as owner in the future was given to me or I have a live-in houseman/yardman to wash, and who washes, it every morning. It is phenomenally beautiful but I cannot care for it and have given up taking solace in the fact that I didn't buy the car for the looks .
Well judging by Scotts new avatar I may just change my mind!
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      11-29-2010, 06:02 PM   #47
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Valencia Orange FTW!!!

I like it that it is not screaming/flaming orange, somewhat more delicate and subdued.
It is VERY screaming/flaming orange!! A very vivid metallic sunset orange.
I guess it's flaming orange for me then! I like fire...
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      11-29-2010, 06:16 PM   #48
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Well judging by Scotts new avatar I may just change my mind!

The white with those M-Sports stripes on the avatar does look enticing. For what I'd want this car for - not a daily driver but one to retain for as long as we both remain on our feet - that'd probably work.
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      12-10-2010, 01:55 PM   #49
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Now the colours are confirmed and pictures are out, anyone changed their minds?

If you haven't already voted, please do!

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Its really nice in the pics tho. Hope they toned them right. It almost looks like a slightly more orange Sedona...and I always liked sedona,so yeah.
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      12-10-2010, 02:01 PM   #51
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I saw a resemblance to Sedona in some of the pics too, more so the studio ones I think.
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      12-10-2010, 02:22 PM   #52
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this is a hard one. (thats what she said). either orange or black. thinking orange. it'll match my plates good. 2010 SF1. but black at the same time because i was thinking of going matte black. then i wouldn't have to worry about jams and the engine bay.
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^dude you cant thats what she said your own thats what she said...lol
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^dude you cant thats what she said your own thats what she said...lol
lol i am being a michael scott.
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      12-29-2010, 08:49 PM   #55
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It would be great to see more pictures of the three colors from the Detroit show to help out with final color choices.

For me it's Alpine White for now.
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White, DCT, Carbon Fiber Roof, Beige Cloth....

Sorry, just making fun of all the misinformation out there.

White, no options. This will be a club racing car in about 6 years.
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      12-30-2010, 07:20 AM   #57
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Valencia Orange for me from first sight. Wife has Alpine White X5, I have E46 Carbon Black M3 and the 1M Orange (son has saphire 335i) will compliment both. Really anticipate the way the "personality" of the VO will change with different light conditions. A "moody beast" if you will ......lol! Plus, like a previous post ,,,,, thinking all CF accessories will look awesome on VO.

Can't wait for someone to post pics from Detroit!!!!!!
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I originally voted white but after looking at all the photos of he Valencia orange I'm pretty sure that's the way I'm going. Hope to see in person before locking in color for my order
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      12-30-2010, 07:54 AM   #59
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Can't wait for someone to post pics from Detroit!!!!!!
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I have my first black car and I've been saying to friends that any other black car that they see me with as owner in the future was given to me or I have a live-in houseman/yardman to wash, and who washes, it every morning. It is phenomenally beautiful but I cannot care for it and have given up taking solace in the fact that I didn't buy the car for the looks .
As the owner of a Black 2008 135i, I understand where you are coming from.
I did have to hire a gardner/car man because I simply couldn't take it looking dirty, so I increased my monthly allowance to myself

On a serious note I am using the two bucket method of cleaning.
Supplies:
Two buckets
2 lambs wool mittens. (Helps speed up the process I switch gloves 1/2 way through)
A gentle car soap. (Dawn removes wax/sealant - Which can be good sometimes)
3+ MF towels. (1 big one!)
Wheel cleaner
Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant (Looks great and goes on and off easily, lasts 4-6 months in normal conditions)
Rain-X
Brush for cleaning the wheels (Bristled fiber, not metal)

Cleaning Process:
Rinse and let soak.
Get supplies out.
Get buckets and soap. (1 bucket soap, 1 bucket rinse)
Quick soap down and rinse.
Spray on Wheel cleaner.
Work on any areas that remain dirty.
Quick whole soap and rinse.
Brush wheels off.
(Make a mental note every time I get wheels in the future I need to get 5 spoke wheels, as these M3 competition rims are a bitch to clean)

Detailing Process:
If this is a base clean for applying the initial coat of sealant I will use a detailer and clay the car (This isn't strictly needed but helps make sure there is no stray dirt under the initial sealant coat).
If not a base coat I just look over the car of any stray dirt spot and use the detailer to remove them.
Apply the Blackfire Wet Diamond sealant (Usually do 2 coats if its the 1st, coats need to be 24+ hours apart)
Rain-X wheels by applying Rain-X with an MF towel making sure to coat the whole surface evenly (test on your wheel behind a spoke to make sure there is no adverse effect)

Benefits:
After the initial process above has been done, then a simple wash rinse can be done and is much quicker since the BWD sealant is so slick. If washed and rinsed every 2-3 weeks the cleaning is pretty quick and keeps the car looking good. Once the Rain-X is on the rims you can usually get them clean with standard soap and a brush w/o having to use the rim cleaner, again making the process quicker and simpler.

Then about every 4-6 months (depending on the cars luster and how nice the weather is) I will apply a new coat of Sealant on top of what I have currently on the car. Also if you want a more waxy shine you can wax over the sealant for a deeper gloss look.


On topic:
I'm not sure what color to buy.
I really don't like the orange (Don't hate it, just doesn't grab me)
I don't want the black car as the color hides all the cool bits and lines.
I don't really like the white as it looks so plain w/o the CF roof, and just painting the roof black looks silly. Maybe Ill have those CSL stickers made/painted.

I won't say anything about blue.... well more than that! =)

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As the owner of a Black 2008 135i, I understand where you are coming from.
I did have to hire a gardner/car man because I simply couldn't take it looking dirty, so I increased my monthly allowance to myself

On a serious note I am using the two bucket method of cleaning.
Supplies:
Two buckets
2 lambs wool mittens. (Helps speed up the process I switch gloves 1/2 way through)
A gentle car soap. (Dawn removes wax/sealant - Which can be good sometimes)
3+ MF towels. (1 big one!)
Wheel cleaner
Blackfire Wet Diamond Sealant (Looks great and goes on and off easily, lasts 4-6 months in normal conditions)
Rain-X
Brush for cleaning the wheels (Bristled fiber, not metal)

Cleaning Process:
Rinse and let soak.
Get supplies out.
Get buckets and soap. (1 bucket soap, 1 bucket rinse)
Quick soap down and rinse.
Spray on Wheel cleaner.
Work on any areas that remain dirty.
Quick whole soap and rinse.
Brush wheels off.
(Make a mental note every time I get wheels in the future I need to get 5 spoke wheels, as these M3 competition rims are a bitch to clean)

Detailing Process:
If this is a base clean for applying the initial coat of sealant I will use a detailer and clay the car (This isn't strictly needed but helps make sure there is no stray dirt under the initial sealant coat).
If not a base coat I just look over the car of any stray dirt spot and use the detailer to remove them.
Apply the Blackfire Wet Diamond sealant (Usually do 2 coats if its the 1st, coats need to be 24+ hours apart)
Rain-X wheels by applying Rain-X with an MF towel making sure to coat the whole surface evenly (test on your wheel behind a spoke to make sure there is no adverse effect)

Benefits:
After the initial process above has been done, then a simple wash rinse can be done and is much quicker since the BWD sealant is so slick. If washed and rinsed every 2-3 weeks the cleaning is pretty quick and keeps the car looking good. Once the Rain-X is on the rims you can usually get them clean with standard soap and a brush w/o having to use the rim cleaner, again making the process quicker and simpler.

Then about every 4-6 months (depending on the cars luster and how nice the weather is) I will apply a new coat of Sealant on top of what I have currently on the car. Also if you want a more waxy shine you can wax over the sealant for a deeper gloss look.


On topic:
I'm not sure what color to buy.
I really don't like the orange (Don't hate it, just doesn't grab me)
I don't want the black car as the color hides all the cool bits and lines.
I don't really like the white as it looks so plain w/o the CF roof, and just painting the roof black looks silly. Maybe Ill have those CSL stickers made/painted.

I won't say anything about blue.... well more than that! =)
Wow ....!!!! Great detail/detailed process ..... when you get that gardner/car man trained send him over to my house !!!!!!
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Alpine White for me!
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Black for sure if i can get one!
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I was going to order Alpine White but now leaning towards the V.O. Gonna go see it at the Chicago Autoshow next month before I decide. If I am doing a June ED, should have plenty of time right?
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has there been a picture of the black anywhere? i've only been able to find orange and white. of those, i'd pick orange
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