F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > 2012-2019 BMW 3 and 4-Series Forums > Regional Forums > UK > Black kidney grilles on 440i GC or not? - Now fitted
Extreme Powerhouse
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      01-16-2020, 06:58 AM   #1
Racing Teatray
First Lieutenant
Racing Teatray's Avatar
United Kingdom
144
Rep
363
Posts

Drives: BMW 440i GC
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central London

iTrader: (0)

Black kidney grilles on 440i GC or not? - Now fitted

Thoughts please...

After three years with the standard chrome front grille, I'm contemplating swapping it for the M Performance black version, just for a change.

The car is a Carbon Black 440i GC and otherwise standard externally apart from the MPPSK exhaust...and I'm not planning other exterior modifications.

I had the black grilles on my previous car - a Sapphire Black M135i - and was never quite sure about them. Made the front look a bit featureless, but I think the 4-series might wear it slightly better, plus since Carbon Black is less "black" than Sapphire Black, it shouldn't look quite as plain.

Would you?
__________________
____________________

Current: 440i GC
Previous: M135i, E60 M5, Z1, 330d, 135i, 156 GTA, 500E, S3, A3 quattro, Golf GTI 16v

Last edited by Racing Teatray; 02-02-2020 at 02:41 PM..
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 08:43 AM   #2
Dyl
Captain
Dyl's Avatar
390
Rep
759
Posts

Drives: 4GC
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Greater Manchester/Edinburgh

iTrader: (0)

Well I think it looks better. Try it if you don't like sell them on...
Attached Images
  
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 09:15 AM   #3
Medslow
Private
38
Rep
69
Posts

Drives: F31 340i Superman combo, MPE.
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Cambs

iTrader: (0)

Yeah do it.

I did on my Silver F31. Looked much better.!
And have currently on my Estoril F31. Looks much better!
But my Le Mans blue E87 130i is staying will full chrome (as only the 130i got full chrome grills)

Although if you want to do it to standout/be different, I do tend to notice more black grills than chrome nowadays.
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 09:23 AM   #4
WaleeF30
Private
15
Rep
69
Posts

Drives: BMW 335 XDrive
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Rhode Island

iTrader: (0)

Blacked out grill looks way better in my opinion. Also, with the chrome grill you can easily see any scratches or dirt on the chrome from which makes it look ugly and you have to keep cleaning it.
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 11:28 AM   #5
Racing Teatray
First Lieutenant
Racing Teatray's Avatar
United Kingdom
144
Rep
363
Posts

Drives: BMW 440i GC
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central London

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dyl View Post
Well I think it looks better. Try it if you don't like sell them on...
Thanks. That does look good. I think the fact there is no chrome anywhere else on the car barring the exhaust pipes makes the chrome grille look a bit out of place.
__________________
____________________

Current: 440i GC
Previous: M135i, E60 M5, Z1, 330d, 135i, 156 GTA, 500E, S3, A3 quattro, Golf GTI 16v
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 11:39 AM   #6
Dyl
Captain
Dyl's Avatar
390
Rep
759
Posts

Drives: 4GC
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Greater Manchester/Edinburgh

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Racing Teatray View Post
I think the fact there is no chrome anywhere else on the car barring the exhaust pipes...
Yeah, I bought the BMW black exhaust tips too!

I'm not really a fan of modified cars in general, but I think the BMW parts, and I have a boot lip too, just add a subtle difference without it looking like it was ram raided through Halfords. Most radical mod for me is the slight tint on the fog lights, just calms them down a bit and cost less than a quid!
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 05:48 PM   #7
Bigboyrolo
New Member
Bigboyrolo's Avatar
United Kingdom
14
Rep
11
Posts

Drives: BMW440i M Sport Convertible
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Norwich

iTrader: (0)

Black grilles

They give the car a more aggressive look which I like - did my 440i first week I had it then black exhaust tips a month later.
Attached Images
 
__________________
back to a Beemer, 316 & 528i years ago, after many Mercs, a few Jags & a few Porkas.
Appreciate 1
Dyl390.00

      01-16-2020, 06:29 PM   #8
ed123007
Registered
0
Rep
1
Posts

Drives: BMW 335D Xdrive F31
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: UK

iTrader: (0)

It totally transforms the front end in my opinion. Just looks like aggressive and gives the car more character. It's so easy to do as well. A cheap and effective mod. Do it!!
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 06:35 PM   #9
BradMacklin
Private
BradMacklin's Avatar
32
Rep
71
Posts

Drives: 2018 BMW 340i
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Austin

iTrader: (0)

I like the look but it's personal preference obviously.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 07:27 PM   #10
JayFar
Private
JayFar's Avatar
United_States
38
Rep
70
Posts

Drives: BMW 440i Convertible
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Connecticut

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I really love the blacked out kidney grills, especially if you have the extended shadow line to black out the rest of the chrome trim on the car
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2020, 11:48 PM   #11
samm134
Private
United Kingdom
32
Rep
79
Posts

Drives: F30 330d Xd / F31 330d Xdrive
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portsmouth.

iTrader: (0)

I love the black grills on my current car

I have also bought some for the 435d I will be picking up this weekend.
Attached Images
   
Appreciate 0
      01-17-2020, 02:37 AM   #12
Bianchi Dave
Second Lieutenant
United Kingdom
68
Rep
211
Posts

Drives: F31 330d M Sport LCI
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Angus

iTrader: (0)

Just for info, I had to buy a replacement grille last week and some of the Scottish dealers are doing the pair for 40, less than half the price they used to be. Grassicks (Perth) and Harry Fairbairn (Kirkcaldy). HF also do further discount through bmwforums so might be worth a call.
Appreciate 0
      01-17-2020, 04:50 PM   #13
RENT-A-GOAT
Captain
RENT-A-GOAT's Avatar
United Kingdom
303
Rep
804
Posts

Drives: F31 320D Xdrive Msport+
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Warwickshire

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Really like them on my f31
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      01-17-2020, 05:01 PM   #14
samm134
Private
United Kingdom
32
Rep
79
Posts

Drives: F30 330d Xd / F31 330d Xdrive
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portsmouth.

iTrader: (0)

Had the grills changed this afternoon, half an hour after picking the car up.
Attached Images
  
Appreciate 0
      01-17-2020, 07:52 PM   #15
sensible
Major
sensible's Avatar
508
Rep
1,248
Posts

Drives: BMW 420i M-Sport Gran Coupe
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: West Midlands UK

iTrader: (0)

It seems a bit unfashionable to prefer the chrome grilles but I think it gives some contrast and gives the front end some features, matches the headlights and my wheels. On a black car, black grilles can make the front look a bit featureless.
Attached Images
  

Last edited by sensible; 01-17-2020 at 08:10 PM..
Appreciate 2
isleaiw12356.00

      01-18-2020, 06:05 AM   #16
Ashm3_uk
Private First Class
Ashm3_uk's Avatar
112
Rep
128
Posts

Drives: BMW M3
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: United Kingdom

iTrader: (0)

Here are mine on my 330e.

Side by side comparison
Attached Images
   
Appreciate 0
      01-18-2020, 06:48 AM   #17
RobUK
Brigadier General
RobUK's Avatar
United Kingdom
1633
Rep
4,154
Posts

Drives: 340i MPPSK
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sussex, UK

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
I went for black double-slats as well. Not to everyone's taste I know, but I like them
Attached Images
 
__________________
Life is a state of mind
Appreciate 0
      01-18-2020, 12:11 PM   #18
haagm58
First Lieutenant
haagm58's Avatar
United_States
163
Rep
329
Posts

Drives: 2014 BMW 328d
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: South Carolina

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sensible View Post
It seems a bit unfashionable to prefer the chrome grilles but I think it gives some contrast and gives the front end some features, matches the headlights and my wheels. On a black car, black grilles can make the front look a bit featureless.
This is the first car I've seen where the stock grill looks great. It gives the front end some contrast from the black paint, as you said.

In most cases the black grills make the front end appear sleeker and sportier, IMO.
Attached Images
 
__________________
2014 F30 328d ~ Inventory: Dinantronics Sport Tuner / Sequential Turn Signals / Apex Spacers / BMC Drop-in Filter / AFE Air Scoop / Megan Racing Rear Sway Bar / CF Wrapped Interior / M3-Style Mirror Caps / Roof Spoiler / Splash Guards / LCI Radio Trim / Red Start-Stop / Black Grilles / Rennline Phone Mount / LED Turn Signals / Painted Reflector Inserts
Appreciate 0
      01-18-2020, 03:54 PM   #19
teaston
Pirate
teaston's Avatar
No_Country
9848
Rep
31,952
Posts

Drives: X3 M40d
Join Date: May 2012
Location: The High Seas

iTrader: (1)

Once you've had black, you'll never go back!!
__________________
Current: X3 ///M40d in PB/Tartufo
Previous: F30 335d, F30 330d, E90 320d, E46 320d, E46 330ci
Appreciate 0
      01-18-2020, 08:02 PM   #20
SuperHamz
Captain
197
Rep
679
Posts

Drives: F31 328i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Middlesex

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by RobUK View Post
I went for black double-slats as well. Not to everyone's taste I know, but I like them
I like the double slats and would have opted for those had the dealer not thrown in the M Performance ones. Definitely the black grills for me, although the chrome ones work okay on the non M sport models.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Appreciate 0
      01-19-2020, 05:43 PM   #21
sensible
Major
sensible's Avatar
508
Rep
1,248
Posts

Drives: BMW 420i M-Sport Gran Coupe
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: West Midlands UK

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by haagm58 View Post
This is the first car I've seen where the stock grill looks great. It gives the front end some contrast from the black paint, as you said.

In most cases the black grills make the front end appear sleeker and sportier, IMO.
Cheers....I do like the black grille on some of these photos, it does add something to the car, just not keen on it on a black car, unless you are going for the full stealth look with black wheels, tail pipes etc.
Appreciate 1
haagm58162.50

      01-19-2020, 06:03 PM   #22
KRS_SN
Lieutenant
268
Rep
433
Posts

Drives: F15,F30, F34, E91.
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Glasgow

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sensible View Post
It seems a bit unfashionable to prefer the chrome grilles but I think it gives some contrast and gives the front end some features, matches the headlights and my wheels. On a black car, black grilles can make the front look a bit featureless.
on a black car the chrome grille(with black slats) flows better with the headlights which are chromey and wheels which are chrome. Timeless beauty. Blackening would be a mistake ie tatty.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:54 AM.




f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST