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you asked for an opinion.....here's mine... (archive)

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Posted by Scott Snider on October 03, 2000 at 12:47:54:

In Reply to: autovogue body kit.... look! posted by Josh///M3 - Dinan Stage 4 on October 03, 2000 at 11:03:13:

Where shall I begin!!!

I'm a product designer, I've designed toys (LEGO), cars (GM) and now tools (B&D, DeWALT)....I have a 95 M3/2, dakar/black...when I put on my "car designer" hat, I get frustrated at people/companies that do strange things to cars...the E36 was designed to be a very Germanic, straightforward vehicle, softened slightly (in comparison to the E30) to gain acceptance with a broader audience (and at a time when corners were just beginning to have larger and larger radii) It's not exciting, but it IS meaningful and purposeful...Now, the E46 is an evolution of the E36, it's softer (slightly better aerodynamics) and follows the softening trend even more than the E30 to E36 switch.....BUT, the entire front fascia for the E46 is designed to compliment the rest of the E46 vehicle it's NOT designed to be plugged onto the more crisply, architecturally meaningful E36 (the more crisp, architecturally meaningful E36 front fascia IS!!!!!!!!

So, in summary, I feel the E46 front fascia (and most likely, all other pieces) do not compliment the E36 cars...but instead create visual confusion and support aesthetic bad taste.

Sorry, just being honest.
Scott Snider



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