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      10-06-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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Talking M135i has arrived!

Few pics of the car after returning from holiday and collecting
I decided to defer collection from the Sep 28th, as i think driving it home only to leave it for a week would have been torture!

Will add some first impressions tomorrow, but what I will say is I am very encouraged this car can do economical when needed. Using EcoPro mode on the 25 mile trip home (i was very tired) I got an impressive 37mpg! Over the same route my e90 330d would do 38-45 (depending on traffic).

I did give it half throttle and 4k revs at one point to overtake and wow....it can also move!













After loosing patience with a mid-December delay for my F30 330d order I jumped at this dealer's car which had just arrived. Even more lucky was the colour and interior trim were exactly the same

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Z1BI F20 M135i 5-door Sports Hatch N55 3.0
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Colour B45 Estoril Blue Metallic
Upholstery LCSW Black Dakota leather
Option 2TB Sport automatic transmission
Option 2VF Adaptive M Sport suspension
Option 4AD Brushed Aluminium Trim
Option 4DL High-gloss Black interior trim finisher
Option 494 Seat heating. front
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      10-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Looks good mate. Looking forward to a proper look at it soon. Hope you had a good jollies.
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      10-06-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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I like it.
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      10-06-2012, 05:55 PM   #4
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That looks great.
I bet it's an absolute hoot to drive fast.
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      10-07-2012, 01:51 AM   #5
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Looks fantastic Tim, very nice indeed. Loving the wheels framing those blue calipers. Very M5-esque!
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      10-07-2012, 02:32 AM   #6
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Looks great. I'm interested in why you went PCP rather than Contract Hire as you intended on the 330. Seems to me that Hire will nearly always be best due to low deposits and lower or similar monthlies.
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      10-07-2012, 02:46 AM   #7
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That looks brilliant mate! Love the colour!!
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      10-07-2012, 03:49 AM   #8
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Looks the part!! All show and all go!!
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      10-07-2012, 04:23 AM   #9
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Looks fab!! Love the colour!!
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      10-07-2012, 05:44 AM   #10
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Enjoy it.

Will be interesting to see how you get on over the next few months.

I think the M135i will prove to be a good seller for BMW.
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      10-07-2012, 07:01 AM   #11
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Great car. Congrats.

Was at the dealer on Friday having a service, which didn't go well as they damaged my car, but that's a different story. Anyway, I sat in the 1 series and didn't think it felt like a small car. I think I could easily swap the E90 for one, with the exception of it probably not having enough boot space. Maybe when the Kids are older

I'm impressed with the economy - very good for a car that fast.

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      10-07-2012, 07:58 AM   #12
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Cheers for all the comments guys

Took it for a good, if gentle run this morning (lad goes swimming over some nice twisty roads!)

So yesterday i was too tired and the car felt a bit too different to really get to like it. Plus in EcoPro mode, it did all feel a bit disconnected. The steering seemed vague and inconsistant. Noticeable throttle pedal lag (which i know is a good thing when in eco mode)

Good news in Sport mode it felt much much better than yesterday. This car has got so much potential, its seems a crime to have to run it in!

The steering while EPS, weighs up really well with good feedback and weight increasing at higher speeds. I think i am quickly calibrating myself to it...and I like it.

Also in sports mode the suspension gets stiffer (more more like the normal M Sport ride) but much better as on non-RFTs. It is a bit fidgety at lower speeds, but suppose you can then knock it back into comfort.

Really liked the change in exhaust note as well - it gets louder and more bassy .

The auto gear box also stays in higher gears, but far more intelligently than the older ZF 6AT on my 330d. Manual mode now is far more of a manual....the engine started to labour up a hill, and i changed down before the car did....brill!!!

The car seems very accurate and easy to place and just goes round the corners with incredible balance. Driving it slowly, the 1er feels like a bigger car, but when pushing on, it feels small and light. So BanziBarn...totally agree with your comment!

I must say the user manual is really poor for the M135i e.g. what does the sport steering actually do? it doesn't explain advice dampers. Its more of 'push this switch'... oh well, i guess that is what forums are for!
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      10-07-2012, 10:11 AM   #13
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Took a cold start vid this morning



and Few more pics taken first thing this morning..brrr.
















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      10-07-2012, 10:56 AM   #14
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very nice car, the new 1 series m sport is actually growing on me!

congrats on the purchase!
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      10-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #15
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Congrats-running it in must be torture,but worth the wait!
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      10-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #16
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On paper the spec of this car looks ace and it certainly sounds like it will live up to the promising reviews, potentially a legendary BMW in years to come. Looks great imho, although the 1 series will never regarded as a stunner. I don't think is even has any competition at 30k - and it makes an RS3 look so outdated. Enjoy.
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      10-07-2012, 01:54 PM   #17
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What is the touring mate?
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Looks fab Tim, best of luck with it!

If this had AWD I would be all over it. Spoke to my local dealer the other week and the feeling is that more of the BMW xDrive models will make there way to the UK which would be good.

Interested to hear how you get on with this one Tim as I could be tempted!
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Very nice, I have an F21 on the way in the same colour for the wife. Super car, hope you enjoy it!
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I love it and I want one (oh no!)

Regarding going PCP. BMW are doing good deals at the moment. 1 month payment as deposit and doing these at 4.9% or 3.9% on other models. Giving those who try hard up to around 9% discount. They are also quoting the GFVs conservatively so there should be equity at the end. The contract hire deals are more monthly with bigger deposits and heehaw at the end so a no brainier really.
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520d auto mate

Great additional pics.
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