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      09-04-2006, 06:36 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Boo34
Hi all,

First off, just to say what a great forum !

After five years of frustration, the company I work for has seen the light and put BMW's on the car list.

I was the butt of 'old man' jokes in a Rover 75 for 3 years and then an Audi A4 for the last two but finally, the time has come - I can order a 3 series !!

I've got a P11D value of 26K and I'm ordering tomorrow - my current thoughts are as follows.....

318i M Sport. Sapphire Black. Black Leather. Style 193 18" Alloys. Sun Protection Glass. No model inscription. Sliding Front Armrest.

I was going to have the folding door mirrors but I'm being told that the spec has changed slightly and that they are now included - hence the armrest!

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I love the M Sport look and the interior. The A4 I've had for a couple of years is a Sport model so I'm used to a relatively hard ride and don't mind it.

I do around 750 miles per week.

All opinions welcome !
Not sure about the folding door mirrors being included. I just picked up my 330i on Friday and I'm pretty sure mine don't fold. I think this is still an option.

Personally I would go with the m-sport for definite - the m-kit is lovely and it makes the car IMO.

1. The anthracite headliner is classy and different - more like an audi interior
2. The msport steering wheel and short shifter are fantastic.
3. The body kit spices things up and the sill finishers are a nice touch.
4. The wheels kick butt
5. The sports suspension improves the dynamics.

My suggestion would be a straightforward 320i msport + plus metallic paint, which will be valued at 25,950

You really don't 'need' leather when you have the alcantara sports seats - they are nice enough as is. Ditto the sun protection glass and sliding armrest.

I would drop those things in a flash for 150bhp (which is about right for the car).

Personally I think 129 bhp is a bit weak for a 3 series. My old e46 318 touring had 143 bhp.