I Would Never Do This to My Car but I Have To Admit It Makes Me Smile

Are the wheels even touching the ground?

Sometimes heavily modified cars need to take a little nap, I guess.

Car: BMW E46
Location: Long Beach, CA
Photog: Andrew P. Collins
Camera: iPhone XR

I’m not entirely sure if this old 3-Series sedan would be considered “stance,” or “slammed,” or just “bagged” but this position is pretty novel to see. Some modders do drive around with their cars nearly this low — it’s quite a sacrifice of convenience to make in the name of fashion — but usually, a car that’s this dumped will ride on airbags that can be deflated for parking and re-inflated for driving so that the car can clear pebbles on the pavement.

Air suspension is a thing in factory-spec cars and trucks, too – you might have air shocks in a truck so that you can adjust the ride height to compensate for sag caused by a heavy load. Some luxury SUVs have it so that the vehicle body can be lowered for passenger ingress and egress or raised for adding ground clearance off-road. An aftermarket setup, like what this Bimmer would have, is of course purely for style.

I spotted this at an All Makes Welcome meet in May, 2021. As I mentioned the last time I shared a picture from there, that month’s event had quite a few Porsches and BMWs but I spotted a handful of Mercs, Nissans, Minis, Hondas, and Toyotas as well. None of them were sleeping on the asphalt quite this dramatically, though.

Andrew P. Collins
Andrew P. Collins

Andrew’s the Editor-In-Chief of Car Bibles and an experienced writer, amateur mechanic, and off-road expedition guide with just a little racing experience. He’s particularly fond of tuner cars and old trucks. Contact the author here.