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      07-29-2007, 02:33 AM   #1
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All Black in Australia

G'Day all,

My first post here; thought that title might get some attention

Seriously though, I'm in the market for a 335, and have seen a number of photos of the sapphire black versions of few of you have bought. They're beautiful. I especially like the look of the 'feature car' for this month on the front page of the board.

That said, I owned a black car once, in a humid state (less dusty than NSW or VIC), and that car was *very* difficult to keep clean. It seems that even one short drive would show dirt.

How difficult are you folks with the black cars finding it to keep clean? I hate to imagine what it must look like after a drive inter-state.

A related question, for you folks that *don't* have black -- what colors are you finding the easiest to keep clean? Grey? White?

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      07-29-2007, 02:43 AM   #2
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Heya Steve,

You are right. Black looks sooooo good when it's clean. But keeping it clean.... sheesh. You would need to own a carwash.

Other colours I like are Space Grey and Sparkling Graphite. Pop around to your BMW dealer after a heavy rainfall and see which colours hold up best.

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I've got a CB M3 and I'll never get a black car again.

The 335 is Montego Blue, its quite distinctive and sounds out in person.
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I love to hate my Black Sapphire. The clear coat is soft on the beamers and scratches easy. Very visable on a black car - but if you are meticulas, don't mind a once a week wash and your prepared to equip yourself with a shop full of microfibre cloths - then go for it cause it looks great!

My X5 and my wifes 318i (both Silver) did not show dust and dirt and the clear coat scratches remain almost invisable.

If you love detailing your car (I do but thats probably weird) - get black - otherwise take CaptOz suggestion and visit a main road dealer after rain to see what colours minimise the appearance of dirt.
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      07-29-2007, 02:59 AM   #5
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My car is Carbon Black and i love it, however my daily drive is literally from one side of the harbour bridge to the other and back, hence my car stays pretty clean. I've done the interstate drive from Sydney to Melbourne and back 5 times in this car now and yes it does always need a wash at the other end, but mainly due to the bugs rather than excess dirt. My previous e36 was Alpine White and it probably harder to keep clean than my current one.
I'm hanging out to see Jerez Black in person on the new M3 when that lands, which will probably be the next car i'll get.
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I've got a CB M3 and I'll never get a black car again.

The 335 is Montego Blue, its quite distinctive and sounds out in person.
+1

i had a black car before the bimmer though, and i would also never get a black car again, it was nice while it lasted, but i don't really ever want another black car, cos it was just more trouble then it was worth, and then the paint issues i struck later down the track

i have a monaco blue bimmer now, and it is acyually alot easier to keep clean then i thought it would be it doesn't get nearly as dirty as i thought it would, and when it's clean, you don't really see any swirl marks, yet the colour is still deep, and one difference i noticed when i switched from a black car to a blue car was that you can see the gorgeous lines of the car alot better
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Black while very nice when clean is just too hard to keep that way. I agree that the scratches are too easly visable. Like E93 said, if you like detailing, then great. I'd probably recommend the first ting you do is get a "real" wax like Swissol or Ziano. With Queensland current water ristrictions which will only get worst, I think a lighter coloured car would be a smarter option. I love my Le Mans Blue but that too is hard to keep clean.
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