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    Looking for clear reflectors

    I am finally getting around to spending the cash to paint the M3 I purchased a few years back. Car looked to have been hit in the rear and fixed without the insurance and the paint never match at the doors. Call me crazy but it drove me nuts. I have the car pretty torn down and am replacing and upgrading what needs done. Front reflectors are pretty ratty and I think I have seen that they have been discontinued. (clear) Anyone have a source for some good ones or a decent alternative. More pics of my foolishness here:http://s723.photobucket.com/user/fst...tml?sort=3&o=6

    Will have the car sealed first and then resprayed in original color.


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    On the U.S. spec cars, you have amber reflectors in the front bumper. I think the euro cars came with the clear or body color, so if you do have clear, it's a good chance that it's aftermarket DEPO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dworthy View Post
    On the U.S. spec cars, you have amber reflectors in the front bumper. I think the euro cars came with the clear or body color, so if you do have clear, it's a good chance that it's aftermarket DEPO.
    Correct. Front bumpers are euro E46 M3s have no reflectors. As shown in this ancient pic of my now aging 2004.


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    You know what else the Euro E-46 came with: 343 HP; Cross-drilled rotors; and a 175 MPH governor. While a lot better than the differences between the E-36's, still a pity in a way.

    Oh yeah, they also got the CSL too.
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    05 M3 Imolarot II(405)/Gray(N5TT) ZCW, ZPP 6sp Manual C.F. Lip, CSL diffuser, Euro Infra-Rot front windshield and a trunkliner! Mr. Go_Fast (Stored for the Winter, 2nd Owner)
    95 318is Montreal Blue Met (297)/Beige(K1SN) a work in progress - Winter Car! (10th Owner; That is what happens when it gets passed around by Soldiers!)
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    91 316i euro Tizianrot/Gray cloth - E-36 w/M-40 motor, such a beater, but great on gas! Best was 38 MPG (2nd Owner)
    82 528i euro Saphire Blue Met/Blue Leather RIP
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    Okay, in the end I opted for the smoke ones from ECS.
    Thank you!

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    front bumper orange reflector -- what exactly are they for and is there a light in them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krash661 View Post
    front bumper orange reflector -- what exactly are they for and is there a light in them?
    From a dealer or anyone who carries OEM parts. The are reflectors - not lights.

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