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Old 31st January 2014, 18:50   #1
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The X1 has been with me just over an year now and continues to thrill me each day. Unlike my earlier Civic where I had done lot of mods, the Beemer is not that mod friendly with the associated fear of something going wrong. So thought of doing some harmless reversible stuff. Saw this interior moulding strip available in different colours in Aliexpress and thought of giving it a try. Bought a 5 meter long red strip for $7 and it came in today after 30 days. Wanted to do something similar to the Sportline trim but realized that the width is really small - 4mm. However, just went ahead and stuck it on the dash and the four doors. Not that it looks great, but not bad either. More importantly a pleasant and sporty change that she deserved. Some pictures. Pardon the quality as it was taken from my phone cam.
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Old 1st February 2014, 15:38   #2
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Some clicks in daylight, sorry again from phone cam
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Boredom again bit me, so thought of adding some glitz to the rear of the X1. The X1 could do with some subtle chrome at the rear. I also wanted a good quality one as the locally available ones wont last. I narrowed down on the boot chrome beading of the Vento Highline. Popularly called Dicky beading. Had a tough time convincing the dealer to part with it as they don't entertain over the counter sales. Had gone prepared with the details of a friends Vento and finally they gave it - cost Rs 850. Fixed it today morning in the place I was planning. Also added a red strip below this from the moulding I had left after the interior exercise. Some pictures, hope it looks not too bad
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Hello dinu,

I appreciate your effort in going the DIY route. However, I personally feels it looks a bit garish.

1) The red strip looks out of place in a beige cabin. IMHO, a beige and wooden cabin signifies comfort and luxury. A black cabin with CF or silver accents signifies a sport car. Red stripes on the latter would look great. But on a car with beige interiors, it looks odd.

2) Coming to the rear chrome strip - again, a white car signifies royalty and luxury. Adding too much of chrome makes it look garish. In this case, the chrome looks out of place. A white car with chrome accents in the wrong place is not a good idea. Again, chrome and red dont gel well.

Sorry for this post, but this is purely my opinion. This is not to discourage you, it is purely a honest feedback.

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No worries, all feedback is welcome. I had the same feelings, so I have ensured these are all easily reversible stuff and very subtle. I'd let it remain for a while, then maybe take it off when I get fed up.
Thanks for your feedback.
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Dinu the red strip inside looks fine, but the chrome strip according to me needs to go ASAP. It looks out of place. BTW if you want to add something that will improve the driving experience, how about changing to a sport steering wheel?
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Hope this does not end up in the Weird and Wacky Thread
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Nice DIY buddy.

One thing I can see is chrome that you have added is not feeling much and can do away with it as suggested by Akshay Sir.

Indians love Chrome! Eh!

What are the next DIY plans?

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lovely to see how easily a simple diy job like this can freshen up a car. However, I too agree that while well done, the red in a beige and black interior does look out of place and the addition of chrome to a white vehicle doesn't ever fail to bring a frown to me.

Perhaps next time you could try beading finished in silver for the interior? And a neatly installed twin pipe tip from one of the newer X1 models? Perhaps even consider sticking thin lines of Cyan and the Blu-ish-purple inbetween the Red rear high mounted stop lamp and the top of the windshield under the spoiler. Just imagined it now, shouldn't look too bad IMO
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