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      04-22-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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The F20

Anyone else driven one?

I was amazed.
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Amazed is pretty strong wording, was it that good? What model?
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Tell me more! M1bjr knows his stuff, tell us your secrets great one.

I've sat in one that looked decent, a sport spec but going through the options list it was 30k.

Interior looks good in pics but not sure in the real deal.
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Amazed is pretty strong wording, was it that good? What model?
LOL.

'Amazed' is relative.
One could argue that I had low expectations to begin with

No, it really is a nice drive. Its a quantum leap from its predecessor.
The car I had was a 118d Sport, fairly mid range, low spec - but the spec is not so relevant.

The chassis balance is excellent, more nimble than a newer E90/E92.
Quality of interior - solid. Right up there with Mercedes in both style and finish.
In fact its better quality than the Evoque I just had two of as demonstrators.

I have an E90 118d and it feels a lot more agile, but interior space is almost the same.
The new engine 118d is a slightly stronger performer, and more economical too.

There are no 125i demonstrators about yet it seems, but that is a car that might sway me into the F20.
It really is that good, and very familiar to any E9x driver.

Twin scroll turbos are a huge improvement, and there should be oodles of 'tunability' from the 215 bhp engines, both diesel and petrol.
Efficiency is out of this world, take a look at the stats of this thing!

I put down the numbers on a spreadsheet, if you are doing less than 13k miles a year, the petrol will cost about the same to run over four years.
The only unknown is residuals. They are still projected on the outgoing model of course.
But I think they will firm up in coming years.

I spec a 125i M sport manual with most of the options and end up around 32k.
You will be surprised how little you can get elsewhere at that level.


Anyone else had a long drive in these yet?

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I think it's a superb looking motor and the 125i Auto/Metallic can be had on contract hire 3+35 for 361.82 plus VAT direct from BMW.

I'd have one
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I think it's a superb looking motor
Are you sure?
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Well it looks better than a Superb.
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They are doing 4.9% APR finance on some models....
http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/pricesand...tion=showOffer

To be honest I was impressed with the old 1 series too. I had one for a few days as a courtesy car. Thought it handled better than my 3 series. More chuckable and agile.

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They are doing 4.9% APR finance on some models....
http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/pricesand...tion=showOffer

To be honest I was impressed with the old 1 series too. I had one for a few days as a courtesy car. Thought it handled better than my 3 series. More chuckable and agile.
exactly why i purchased mine
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Just had a look on the BMW web site - the 125d looks stonking! Very fast, and very economical!

I'm so glad they've sorted out the 1 series, the old one was just odd looking.

The new one is a bit weird too, but in much better way
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Shame it doesn't look amazing.
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On their website it says:

"BMW Mobility tyre sealing system - 12V compressor with integral sealant injection bottle and hose"

and then underneath

"Run-flat tyres"

Why do you need both?

Maybe they are encouranging you to ditch the run flats
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I spec a 125i M sport manual with most of the options and end up around 32k.
I'm currently at 36,740
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RFT are oem, there is no delete option now I see either.
But they ride totally different to the old Bridgstones.
I thought it was a non runflat car, it was that smooth.

As for looks, that agrument has been done to death everywhere.

But look at the overall package of performance/efficiency/cost it pretty much stands alone.
Try speccing a small VW Golf family runabout, and see which seems over priced

And then there is the new 3er.
Blinding.

Rich - how the hell did you get to 36k mate? You ticked everything?
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