In Reply to: 99 M3 Color & Option Opinions Requested > posted by BMW Novice on April 23, 1999 at 11:55:25:
On the color note - I just purchased a '99 M3 in Estoril Blue, however, ordered the no-so-common black interior (took about a month and a half to come in). The light grey is usually the color you'll find in most Estoril Blue M3's, but to me, it just didn't look right. I was nervous about ordering the black interior since I haden't actually seen the combo at all...but I was VERY satisfied when I saw it for the first time only this past week when my car came in! The black interior really goes great with all the black detail on the car.
To me, the Estoril Blue is a very outstanding color. It's a unique blue, similar to the blue in the "M" stripes scheme and BMW Emblem, and is very out of the ordinary. I admit, silver on black looks great for the conservative look (my dad has a '98 Silver/Black M3 Sedan) but for something a little more eye-catching, everybody i've shown pictures to agrees that the blue is an increadible color. Plus, it's a color exclusive to the M3 - unlike silver, black, white or red which can be found on any 3-series.
Options wise - I got the powered sunroof (have to get the sunroof!), computer, heated seats, cruise control (which I couldn't believe was an option), and a spoiler.
I opted for the stock stereo, only because I'm a stereo nut and plan to upgrade it, and I also kept the M-Contour II rims which are standard on the car anyways. I think they're a very classy wheel, easy to keep clean, and I've always loved 5-spoke rims. The double spoke rims are nice as well - but VERY hard to keep clean (my dad has them on his car).
Good luck with whatever you purchase,