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      02-17-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Mineral Grey 330d M Sport vs. Steel Grey E46 M3

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Full spec is:

F30 330d M Sport Saloon N57T 3.0d
Mineral Grey
Black Dakota leather

Media package - BMW Professional Multimedia
Visibility package
19" M light alloy wheels Star-spoke style 403 M
Adaptive M Sport suspension
Variable sport steering
Model designation deletion
Sun protection glass
Ext. mirrors - folding, auto dimming
Seat heating, front
Brushed Aluminium Trim
Internet
Telephone USB audio interface
Mobile application preparation
DAB digital radio

It's absolutely very nice. And doesn't hang about either.

Oh and the E46 M3 belongs to a mate. Interesting to see how similar Steel Grey and Mineral Grey actually are.
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      02-17-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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Looks great. Love the side by side. I went from e46 steel gray to f30 mineral gray. Never got to see them together!
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      02-18-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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Congrats, sweet ride.
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      02-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Looks great Rich! Well worth the wait.
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      02-19-2013, 03:59 AM   #5
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I prefer the steel grey for the blues.
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      02-19-2013, 09:38 AM   #7
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Love The F30!!
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I prefer the steel grey for the blues.
I prefer it for the e46! Haha
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the E46 M is sure is a beaut!
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      02-19-2013, 10:02 AM   #10
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That looks beautiful!!
I really wish they continued the 330 line over here in Canada and the States. What an amazing car.
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Somebody park a Sparkling Graphite in the middle. I parked next to an F30 in Mineral Grey a couple of months ago and they were extremely similar IMO. Beautiful car you got though! I'd consider an F31 in Mineral Grey for sure.
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E46 M3 is so classy! Still waiting to acquire one into my collection.
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Cheers everyone. I really appreciate the comments.
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E46 is a great looking car!

sure the F30 is so hot with this color!

great photos!
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I agree with most of the other comments that the E46 is a sweater looking car versus the F30. If fact, I think it's best looking M3 ever created. I only wished that BMW could have kept that E46 model and drop the current M3 engine (8 cyclinders) in it.

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Somebody park a Sparkling Graphite in the middle. I parked next to an F30 in Mineral Grey a couple of months ago and they were extremely similar IMO. Beautiful car you got though! I'd consider an F31 in Mineral Grey for sure.
I own both a Sparkling Graphite E90 M3 and a Mineral Grey F30 335i MSport. They are very, very close as well.
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I own both a Sparkling Graphite E90 M3 and a Mineral Grey F30 335i MSport. They are very, very close as well.
Does Mineral have less blue/purple under sunlight?
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Cannot pick one over the other, both look good, but Mineral Gray is the best choice for F30 M Sport.
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Does Mineral have less blue/purple under sunlight?
Yes.

Take a look through the Mineral Grey photos thread: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615653
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One thing I will say about BMW's design philosophy is that with each generation, there is still a hint of the previous car it replaces. Love that.
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Does Mineral have less blue/purple under sunlight?
Yes. In the garage, they look identical. Mineral is definitely less blue/purple than graphite in the sun. Both are great colors.

Sparkling Graphite E92 M3 (in the sun) for comparison.

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Yes.

Take a look through the Mineral Grey photos thread: http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615653
Thanks Jason! I've seen plenty of MG pictures and seen a few cars in person, but I've never compared MG and SG.

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Yes. In the garage, they look identical. Mineral is definitely less blue/purple than graphite in the sun. Both are great colors.
Sounds like my perfect color. I had a SG E90 M3 as well and absolutely loved it. I went for Jet Black this time around but I'll probably return the lease and get a Mineral Gray F30 335i M-Sport

Thanks for the help and enjoy the M!
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