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WHITE cars are giving me sleepless nights... (Poll)

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by PNH80, Oct 31, 2008.

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Pure White Cars... Here to stay or a 3 year fashion fad?

  1. Here to Stay : They Look Awesome and Always Will!

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  2. Fashion Fad : In 3 years time you'll look a right camp tool!

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  1. PNH80
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    Morning folks, hope you're all ready for the weekend!

    Anyway, i'm sorry to bring up the whole white car debate again but i'm currently in a great dilema about my next car colour.
    Every single car i look at seems to look best in white right now. Whether it be an S3, TT-S, BMW M3, Mercedes C63 etc etc. Also as white is becoming more of the 'norm', preconceptions of it just being flash or camp are slowly disappearing.

    I know this is a debate which has been had before but i just can't decide if these modern pure whites are a fashion or here to stay. We all know that dirty arctic whites are subject to fashion and never actually look any good but so many manufacturers have embraced pure white lately (and still continue to do so) that i'm starting to think it could be here to stay this time. I was very sceptical at first but i'm coming around slowly...

    Would any of the guys on here with white cars buy another and be happy to keep it for 4/5 years??

    So to settle it once and for all i'm setting up a poll to see what you guys think... Maybe it'll help me find the balls to go white despite my head saying NO!!
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    Although l have a S3 Sprint Blue, l actually like the Ibis White which JonnyC has , and a few others. But l dont think it stands out as much ie when polished etc.
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    Well i clicked fashion fad. That is because you asked in "3 years". Im not sure in 3 years time it will still be in fashion purely because things move on in time (obviously).

    I dont have a crystal ball, but im willing to gamble that it wont be "in vogue" to have a white car in 3 years time...

    Im sure its got legs though, cant see it going out within the next year.

    All this is simply my opinion though :icon_thumright:
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    Black and Silver are traditionally the safest bet but for the moment white is very much a colour to have for some cars and I think a lot of it is to do with specific styling.

    If I were a betting man then I'd say it's days are numbered but perhaps not as quickly as you might think.
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    White was the colour to have years ago and once again it's came back round, only a matter of time before it goes out of fashion again but damn it looks good on some cars!
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    i voted fad too, i think it suits an S3 but not "basic model" cars, if you know what i mean. it also suits my battered t reg escort van :rock:
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    I think its here to stay on performance cars, aways has been.

    Think it will slip out of mainstream a little as it doesn't suit all cars but on hot hatches etc - the Muts Nuts!

    Not that i'm biased!
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    Yeah the white will lose its cool factor very quickly, admittedly the Ibis white does look good on certain cars but realistically I know I'd get bored well before 3 years
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    See this is it, manufacturers have thrown their weight behind white in such a big way is it going to remain a classic now like black? I can see why crappy arctic white's go out of fashion but pure white like Ibis and Alpine white might not be as suseptable to fashion fads.
    My problem is i think the M3 looks unbelievable in white but to buy one as a fad is financial suicide come resale time. Bum twitching stuff!
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    I haven't clicked as there's no option for 'They look great on sports cars and sports models only'.

    I read yesterday that manufacturers are limiting orders in white to around 5% to help with residuals. This will help to keep them looking great for longer too.

    All those cars you have listed look fab in white I agree!
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    I think the problem with whites is that as the car and the paint get older, it starts to look a bit **** (like red does when it begins to fade with the sunlight)

    You've then got a bunch of grubby white 'sheds'on the road and the whole cool factor goes down the pan.
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    Buying an M3, or any big engined car at the moment is financial suicide!! Your going to take a hammering no matter what the colour is so my advice is if you can afford it buy the colour that makes YOU happy :icon_thumright:
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    If you can afford an m3 and to run it, you can have any colour you effing like, who gives a **** about resale?? ROFL! :)
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    The 6 Million Dollar Question mate.
    Nobody knows.

    Think and reason too long over whether to buy a performance car at all and you will talk yourself out of it, never mind which colour is `safe`.

    Its completely possible that white cars may lose their appeal in years to come but that wouldnt stop me having one now.

    Lots of performance cars look excellent in white, in particular hatch backs where the proportions suit the colour just right.
    Ibis S3s and Candy white MK5 Gtis are perfect examples.

    Does something stop looking good because its not fashionable?
    If it looks good then it looks good, end of IMO.

    That said, I saw a white Q7 last week,ite, **** me! that was an awful looking truck.

    Long may the `trend` continue I say.

    Cheers
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    White is cool, Not as good as yellow though. Each to there own, buy what you want!!! End Of.

    david
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    [Oct 31, 2008]
    They are getting fashionable arent they!? I think its strated with the Jap imprt boys bringing in the white scoobys and Supras. Also there has been a recent trend in black or dark grey wheels and manufacturers are using white cars for the contrast, especially the super car brigade.

    White looks great, especially on top end cars but it also looks cool on some base models, anyone seen a white suzuki swift with tints? Looks like Stigs helmet, very cool!

    my fave has to be the current Leon Cupra K1. Looks great in white with black wheels and the BTCC kit on. See here.....
    http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165849
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    yeah, just echoing some of the other comments... it looks great on performance cars, and will always look great.

    On Q7's tho... get your eyes checked! ;)
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    [Nov 1, 2008]
    The next six months will tell us whether white is here to stay, in the UK at least. Dirty and salted roads = mucky grey car, not white! That, more than any other reason, is why the colour dropped out of rgular use in my opinion.

    I would say that the trigger for it coming back was the Mk5 GTI - this did look fantastic in white, given the little details like the red grill lining. Very 80's retro, which has been in recently for more than just cars.

    Cheers,
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    Whilst you should choose the colour YOU want, you have to balance that with residuals. If you don't mind maybe taking a hit on orange, yellow, etc, at trade-in/resale then that's your call. After all, if you liked it when you bought it, someone else might in a few years.

    However, I can hear the dealers now, when you drive your white whatever into them - oh white, sorry just can't shift them; too many about.

    And I simply do not believe that manufacturers are lowering supply on white to maintain residuals. Given the current market and drop in sales, they will sell you a car in sky blue pink and purple spots and tell you anything you wanted to hear if it would secure a sale ...
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    [Nov 1, 2008]
    I think white looks really good, I have had 2 white Golfs previously and 2 silver Audis, so i am slighlty biased to those colours, but when clean, i think they look brill
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    yes but its a fad,its not a marketing mishap that meant that mk1 S3's never came in white it was because it wasn't fashionable
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    Depends on what car really. I think A3's and TT's look really good in white and it won't just be fashion thing, they'll never date IMO. On the other hand, I saw a white RS4 avant the other day and to me, it had no where near the same effect!
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    [Nov 1, 2008]
    some cars its timeless because of the shape and lines of the car, some cars i think its cos its "cool" at the moment, it looks good on the M3, Golf GTI, S3 etc but will it in a few years? then take maybe the RS4, the A6, Porsche 997, Merc CLS, even the R8 and they are not cars for white, but take the TypeR hondas and Sierra Cosworths and S1 Escort RS Turbos that were white before it was even cool and they looked awesome then and do to this day, i really think it depends on the car its on
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