Why?

Others | September 9th, 2008 by 27

Have you ever been having a nice drive down the road, highway, or driving on some nice twisties, and you’re having a great time, you …

Have you ever been having a nice drive down the road, highway, or driving on some nice twisties, and you’re having a great time, you have a smile on your face that all the plastic surgery in the world couldn’t remove, and then, bam! Out of nowhere comes another BMW with a fake ///M badge on it? How does that make you feel?

Well, if you are anything like me, and I’m sure many of you are, that angers you to no extent. Why is it that people with 325′s can’t respect the fact that they don’t have an ///M car? Now, if you have a BMW that you have up-fitted with ///M equipment, such as an ///M engine, and the likes, I can certainly understand. That is when you should be allowed. If you have transformed your car into an M3, M5, M6, or some other type of ///M in a massive way, ///M it up, baby!

But, why do people not respect this? I see so many kids, my age and younger (remember, I’m 22), driving around with their murdered out tint, M3 wheels, no 3-Series badging, just a lone ///M badge just above the right rear taillight. Some I’ve even seen were dumb enough to put it on the left side, because, as they put it, “It looks better…” Now, pardon my usage of this word, but, that’s what I call retarded.

Why disgrace such an automobile? Is there anything wrong with having a lesser BMW? If that’s what you would call it. A 325/328, 525/528, and cars of that sort are still a part of the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker. I say, be proud of what you have. If you don’t have the best of the best, who cares? Work your way up to having that car. Everyone starts somewhere. My theory on BMW ownership, is that, you start with the lesser models, and work your way up to the top models. That’s the true way to get to know, understand, and respect the BMW brand as a whole. If you are a BMW enthusiast, you work your way up.

Now, of course, this isn’t just limited to BMW’s. Just the other day I saw a silver 03-05 SL55 AMG. Only, it wasn’t an SL55 AMG… It was a standard SL500, with standard all red color taillamps (the AMG’s have the center rear turn signals smoked out), standard SL500 dual-exhaust, not the quad-exhaust that comes on the AMG’s, and a standard SL500 body. Unfortunately, because this guy couldn’t afford the extra penis size of the AMG, he has to fool people into thinking he owns one. Oh, he also forgot one big detail, that I’m sure he’s too dumb to know about. On all AMG models, right above the side gills, just infront of the doors, there will be a V8 or V12 badge with the V12 Bi-Turbo or V8 Kompressor badges. Maybe he ran out of money to get the other two markings? When you spend 90-100+ thousand dollars on a luxury, sport convertible, don’t you think that’s enough? You have to make it look like the $125+K car you, either couldn’t afford, or didn’t want to pay for? Grow up…

So what is the moral of the rant, here? Well, simple. Be a man, don’t be afraid that what you have isn’t good enough. If it’s good enough for you, that’s all that damn matters. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not.

Edit: One thing I should clarify: If it came from the factory with an ///M badge, leave it be. If BMW thought it was good enough for a badge, then it was. Just like the E39 M 540i. You really only found those in Canada, parts of Europe, and the northern states of America bordering Canada. Some friends of mine had one. I thought they were posers until I took a closer look and about messed myself with happiness.

Article by Josh from RawAutos.com

  • Collin

    Sounds like the respectable-car version of “ricers”. I definitely feel for you. That’s when I go call them out and play along like I don’t know that it’s not an ///M or an AMG. Especially if I have friends around that are thinking the same thing. You kinda have to put people like that in their place. That’s really the only way for some of them to learn…

  • Joe

    Stay true. It took me a long time to own my M5. I was in an Accord, Civic, and then 530i. Man up is right! People are just in such a rush to show off these days. Its funny…because a good friend of mine wears a fake Rolex and each time I see him fronting like its real I want to just call him on it, too funny. Later

  • Marc

    Well not to burst anyones bubble but it is a fairly common occurence over in Deutschland. Many of their cars are debadged from the dealer and it is common for a vehicle with the ‘M-SPORT PAKETT’ to come with a lone M-badge (I actually owned an E39 GDM like this). I was never a poser and I immediately corrected anyone who thought that I had a M5. It is ONLY posing if you put the M badge with the NUMBER behind it. Just to note I had the Mpakett – suspension, shadowline, Mstyle wheels, Mbadged side molding, Mdoor sills, M steering wheel, M pedals, etc, etc….I dunno maybe you are talking about overt poseurs but there ARE and should be exceptions. BTW this sentiment is mostly echoed by North Americans and not in Europe…at least in my experience…

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @Marc: Very true, Marc. And I will add that into the blog. I meant, if it doesn’t come from the factory that way, leave it be… But, if it comes from the factory with an ///M badge on it, keep it on there. BMW obviously thought it was deserved.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Joe: Some people like fakes cause they only care about their image.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    Btw, most of the bimmers in Europe are debadged, I remember seeing them last year all over the place, no badge but still plastic covers on the wheels

  • Jon H

    I drive an e90 325. As much as i would like to be driving an M, i would never…NEVER badge it as an M. no matter what upgrades I had applied. It honestly makes me want to smash my car into whoever is rockin the false Ms. Above all; AMG, F, S…..M is the most sacred. just dont fake it.

  • Ed

    It’s only that there r fakers out there that makes u much more awesome, in comparison.

    So embrace the fakers. word.

  • B-

    So are you gonna rag on the guy that wants to buy the 335 MSport and has to put it together from the ground up because BMW won’t bring it to the US.
    Also, in Germany the M135 is what we just call the 135.

  • Nico

    Indeed, in Europe most bimmers are debagded, I’m sure that some people are ashamed for their 118d/318d, but some people just find it more beautiful. I drive a 118d company car and I love it, and I’m not ashamed of it. I also know that my next car when I start on my own will be a 330d ;)

    You also have to remember that in Europe the engines start from a 316i! Anything above a 320d is rare in Europe because of the insane taxes and fuel cost. So to see some people driving around in a 316i with an M badge is even more hilarious.

  • adood84

    the whole badge thing is crazy,my logic goes like this , if you put an AMG badge on a non M car , or AMG badges on a non AMG , then your loosing anyhow , let me explain.

    If you do that to your car , then if a person who knows his stuff about car could easily tell its a fake . And if a person who doesn’t know anything about cars then if he see a car M or non M all they know is that its a BMW it doesn’t make a difference to them . So they only person your fooling when putting fake badges is your self. ;)

    I drive an E46 318 vert facelift and it wears it 318 badge with pride , even my number plate reads 318 ;)

  • Jurgen

    @adood84: That’s the way to go. We should always be proud of what we have, not what we don’t.

  • Gragop

    About once a day here in Northeast Florida I see a Merc E Class or S Class with an AMG badge slapped to the right side of the trunk. Usually on an E350 or S430. I try to make it a point to point and laugh at these people as I drive by. I may have just an E46 325Ci but at least I can live with and enjoy my car instead of pawning it off as a model twice the price of what I paid.

    BMW’s aren’t immune either, I’ve seen a few E60 5′s with M badges and what not. It happens, pisses me off when I see it but then I remember how hard this person must be compensating in all aspects of life and it doesn’t bother me so much.

    I wonder if anyone ever puts a “Carrerra” badge on a Boxster? haha

  • Jurgen

    @Gragop: E46 325 coupe is a beautiful car.. Always loved them.

  • Marc

    @Rawautos: Thanks for the clarification. This has been a point of contention for many, many years in enthusiasts circles and will continue to be. Just to reiterate: Posers=M badge with the NUMBER…M badge without number is normally reserved for M-sport Package vehicles OUTSIDE of the good ol’ US of A.

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @B-: No way, not at all. I understand why they would do that. That’s a true enthusiast.

  • Dustin

    Funny that you brought up this rant. Today I was getting on the freeway and saw an Alpine White 733i, probably an early 80′s car. I get close to him and see the M badge on the left side of the trunk lid and am totally pissed. I pass the car and of course he is really young and I notice in my rear view that there is an M on the front of the car as well. PISSED ME OFF!!! There has never even been an M version of the 7 series, and this kid just puts it on for the hell of it. Stupid!

  • Hantra

    This doesn’t bother me. If it’s a lone M, then it’s just like any other badge one would use to exhibit their extreme fanhood. I have 4 M badges on my E46 330Ci, but they came on the wheels, and I don’t feel like a poser. I kinda like looking at them when I’m down there cleaning those babies.

    Bottom line is, who cares. My biggest fear is not a guy with an EBay M badge, it’s making sure I don’t get hit in my E46. B/c I can’t replace it. And as much as I like the facelift, an E46 it ain’t. Point being, not everyone is “striving” to get to the top of the line car. I’d be terrified of an E46 M3 outside of warranty, but mine’s bulletproof.

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @Hantra: As I said before, if the badge(s) came on the car from the factory, there is a reason for it. I had a 2005 330i Sport with the M wheels. They are designed that way from the factory, so the M badges are meant to be there…

    The E46 facelift, meaning 2002 for the sedans and 2003 for the coupes, weren’t real E46′s to you? How so?

    You are worried about an M3 after warranty? No offense, but you’ve been lucky if your car has had no issues. Or maybe it does, and you just don’t know it, yet…

  • Hantra

    I’m talking about facelifted E90/92. It’s better than non-facelifted, but still no E46. Like Obama said, you can put lipstick on. . .well nevermind. ;-)

    Thanks for the confidence inspiring words. My E46 has been the most reliable car I have ever owned, including 3 Japanese, a Swede, and 2 other Germans.

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    @Hantra: Oh, okay… Sorry, I thought you meant the post-facelift E46′s. I like the E90/92/93 BMW’s. I think they are quite nice. I will say that the E46 sedan is, still to me, more of an inviting design than the E90.

    I’m glad that it’s been a great car for you. All hail the Germans!!!

  • Dustin

    I fear that BMW themselves is starting to put the M badge on everything. It seems to have become a very profitable division for them, as well it should be.

  • adood84

    BMW puts the M badge on accessories designed by M, for example if a wheel has an ///M badge that means that ///m Division has designed that, same goes for steering wheel ….etc

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Dustin: You’re right, I can’t wait to see what people will think of the X5M and X6M. If they turn out to be profitable, we will see more M cars soon.

  • http://www.parkplacestores.com/ Hussey

    It was a standard SL500, with standard all red color taillamps (the AMG’s have the center rear turn signals smoked out), standard SL500 dual-exhaust, not the quad-exhaust that comes on the AMG’s, and a standard SL500 body.

  • Tony

    I completely agree. I have a 06 325i but I know in time i’ll eventually work my way up to a 7 series. I’m only 20 years old so I’m doing pretty good i’d say.

  • Connorpritchett

    I strongly agree.

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