Did you order your car or find it in stock? If ordered, why did you choose the color you ultimately picked, and what was your order timeline like?
Ordered. I had a 2015 M3 in the same color and I got a 2018 when the lease was up in the same color. I originally saw an M6 driving on a summer day in front of me and knew when I could get my next BMW that I wanted it in that color. I waited around 4 months the first time and a little less the second.
Why this car? What drew you to the specific model that you picked?
I’ve always been a BMW fan. My first car was a 2003 325xi in gray, from there I got a 2011 335 in Lemans Blue. That was when I realized I really liked blue cars. From the time I owned my first BMW I knew I wanted to move up the range and looked forward to the time when I could afford an M car. I had considered many M cars previously, like an E90 M3 or E60 M5 in Interlagos. When the time came where it made financial sense, those cars were no longer easy to find in a manual and I also was drawn by the power and aggressive looks of the new F80 M3.
List your order specs:
The Factory Specs:
– Individual San Marino Blue
– Black Full Merino Leather
– Carbon Fiber Trim
– Drivers Assistance
– Executive Package
– 19″ Silver Double-Spoke 437 M
– Carbon Fiber Roof
List all modifications:
– Gloss Black Grill Surrounds
– M Performance Side Vents
– Lowered on MPerformance Suspension
– 15MM Spacers
– Litespeed Racing Wheels 19×9.5 ET17 265/35 and 19×11 ET39 305/30 on Michelin PS4S
– Tinted 20% all around / 80% on windshield
– VRSF Downpipes
– BMS Intake
– Burger Tuning Intakes
– Burger Tuning OCC
– LED Reverse Lights
– Clear Bra’d Entire Car w/ Suntek PPF
– Ceramic Pro
– Color matched front / rear reflectors
– Color matched keyhole delete
– Status Gruppe Front Lip
– Status Gruppe Rear Finned Diffuser
– Status Gruppe Side Skirt Extensions
– RW Carbon M4 Style Trunk Spoiler
– Carbon fiber exhaust tips
– BootMod3 OTS Stage 2
Did you face any challenges modding the car? Any tips or tricks for anyone looking at purchasing some of the same items you’ve installed?
Not particularly. I didn’t actually do any of the hard stuff myself. I stopped working on my cars heavily when I met some good techs and realized doing things on a lift is a lot easier. I’ve previously done suspensions, downpipes, custom meth installations and various other engine work in the driveway and have learned how things never go as planned. I still do all the installation of external mods like lips, side skirts and minor engine stuff like tunes and intakes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy working on my car, but since I don’t own a lift it makes doing certain things not enjoyable. I’ve lent a hand while installing suspension and downpipes but working with a tech makes things go a lot smoother.
As for purchasing I spent a lot of time reading and reviewing vendors on the forums and picking my parts carefully. Checking with others who had previously bought parts is always a good idea to see that the fitment or quality is actually as good as the photos.