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      12-03-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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Anyone like the Space Grey?

I picked up a CPO 2011 Space Grey 335 E92 and my wife doesn't like the color. I am not crazy about it, but I hope it will grow on me. She is totally turned off by it. She says it's the only color in a BMW she doesn't like.

How many of you here have a Space Grey E90/92?

I really wanted a black one or midnight blue but I wasn't willing to pay $35K for one with 30k miles. Dealers are not coming down much on those colors. Some wouldn't even come down below $36K (from asking >$38K). I talked them down to $32.9K on the Space Grey 335 coupe. with 23k mi. They had it for about 2 weeks in the lot. The black ones sell much quicker so I am guessing Space Grey is not a very popular color?

Would you get a CPO 335 coupe with the Sport Pack, Premium, etc. (sticker was $55,250 new), 18" wheels (342) and many other options with low miles for under $33K? This is an Auto/steptronic xDrive btw. Kelley Blue Book is $38,200 CPO price. I pretty much got it for trade-in value which is around $32,700.

I looked for a 6-sp. manual 335 for 6-7 weeks. Found 1 black xDrive w/M Sport, but it was kind of beat up with scratches and 31k mi.. The wheels were severely damaged (pieces of the wheel were missing around the rim - on all 4!) and they only came down to $35.4K and wouldn't budge. It also did not have original M Sport wheels and they had put some crappy 17" on it. The tires were worn out too. I had to pass on it. It got sold 2 days later though(!). So that tells you something about how sought after the black ones are. I don't think the Space Grey looks that bad. It doesn't compare to black though, but I think I got a pretty good deal. It was either the Space Grey or pay the extra $2,500-$3K for a black one with less options and more miles. The BMW dealer near me still has a black 335 E90 (I like the coupe a little better though) Auto xDrive for a month now listed at $38,700 and they won't even come down to $36K. I negotiated with them for 2 days and nothing. I think $36,400 was the best they could do and it had just under 30k mi. Mine has just under 24k mi. for $3500 less. It's amazing how these dealerships hold on to these used cars with summer tires (we have bad winters here) for so long, waiting for the right buyer to pay top dollar for them. I don't get it. You would think they 'd want to move these cars fast before the heavy snow is here. Especially when all the cars I looked at had summer tires on them. Oh well dealers will be dealers..

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space grey right here and honestly have to say it's probably one of my favorite BMW colors
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      12-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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Space grey vert with red leather interior. Can't think of a better combo
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      12-03-2013, 11:52 PM   #4
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I was hoping it had the red interior too, but it came with black. I saw pictures of another Space Grey with red interior and it looked really good. Too bad it was 4 hours away and they were asking a ton of $

Glad you guys like the SG If I get some more responses, I will show this thread to my wife
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      12-03-2013, 11:52 PM   #5
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Love it .

Love it .
It looks so mental think grey mater .
Plus its one of the easiest colors to keep clean as it looks
pretty clean even when dirty.
I think it holds up over time way better than most colors.
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      12-03-2013, 11:55 PM   #6
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You'll love the infrequent washes
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      12-03-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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You'll find plenty of love for Space Gray. For me it was the only color I even considered, plus I only wanted Coral Red and Sport Package. Took me 6 months...
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My previous BMW was jet black. It was beautiful when washed but it was a bitch to maintain and it was impossible to keep it swirl free. Maintaing the look of the car was like a part time job. I love the space gray, it has a nice shine and it is super easy to maintain.
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      12-04-2013, 12:00 AM   #9
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Yes it does look clean even when dirty! Like the opposite of black. I have had a few black cars (still have a black Honda) and they only stay clean for a couple of days. Forget about winter time. Full of white salt lines within minutes after washing. I think I will be happy with the Space Grey

Do you guys recommend taking it to a "brushless" car wash, or just have it washed by hand? There is a place not far that wash and dry the cars by hand for like 2-3x the price of a regular car wash, but I would think it's better for the paint and clear coat, no?

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Yes it does look clean even when dirty! Like the opposite of black. I have had a few black cars (still have a black Honda) and they only stay clean for a couple of days. Forget about winter time. Full of white salt lines within minutes after washing. I think I will be happy with the Space Grey

Do you guys recommend taking it to a "brushless" car wash, or just have it washed by hand? There is a place not far that wash and dry the cars by hand for like 2-3x the price of a regular car wash, but I would think it's better for the paint and clear coat, no?

Harry
Wash it yourself by hand in the summer and in the winter either use a touchless or coin-op place to get the salt off. Those by hand places suck unless it's an actual detail shop which will take their time.
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      12-04-2013, 12:18 AM   #12
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I have TiAg and the only other colors I would consider are Space Grey and White plus it can look amazing modded. If worst comes to worst, you can always wrap it also and that can have a better finish then paint in some cases.
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Space grey is beautiful. The wheels and grills impact the look (in my opinion). If you have shadow line trim, I'd buy the glossy grills and paint any grey front bumper trim black. Here's my car after replacing chrome and grey stuff with black (different bumper and wheels etc) and a pic of a space grey M3 that made me want my 335d in space grey.
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I think the SG will grow on you. My last car was black and it was a full time job attempting to keep it clean. So you're not really missing out on anything. Black cars are terrible in the summertime too.
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Space Grey is my #2 favorite color on Bimmers, behind Mineral White.

+1 on easy to maintain a good look. I can just clean the brake dust off the wheels, not touching anything else, and the car looks clean.
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Space Grey here,







I really wish I could have went with black or that metallic blue ahhh then I would be extremely happy
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Space Gray owner here. +1 on it looking clean when dirty. I have black interior, would love red but I have a sedan. The color may seem flat, but it is still rather distinct with some depth to it. It's my favorite color for the 3 series.
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I have a TiAG and the only color I really wanted was Space Gray. I couldn't find 1 with everything I wanted. Just gonna wrap mines gloss anthracite this summer. Space Gray is an amazing color, but then again I'm biased to neutral colors and gray is my favorite.
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