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      01-18-2013, 07:26 AM   #1
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E92 335d to M135i

Whilst in getting my satnav discs, I got talking to a pal of mine who works in there as a sales rep. I've read a few reviews and watched a couple of videos about the M135i and although im not keen on the looks, they get amazing reviews. Configured one in Estoril and the light leather, lots and lots of options ie park assist, reversing cam, comfort access, adaptive suspension etc etc, and on a PCP it's only 30 more a month. Has anyone had a drive in one? Whats peoples opinion? Rapid pig!
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      01-18-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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drove a 3 door, quick, good noise (albeit slightly faked but i couldnt really tell) great 'box with the zf 8spd, picks up well (better than my n54, but could also be down to ratios) just too small for me, handling a lot better than the twitchy 130 i had
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I drove a well specced one over the Christmas break. Very rapid, with amazing low down torque, pin sharp steering and good progressive brakes. The one I tried had standard suspension, which I found just too firm. I have been looking everywhere for one with adaptive dampers, but I can't find one within a reasonable distance. Apart from the firm ride I'd have one tomorrow.
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      01-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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I drove a well specced one over the Christmas break. Very rapid, with amazing low down torque, pin sharp steering and good progressive brakes. The one I tried had standard suspension, which I found just too firm. I have been looking everywhere for one with adaptive dampers, but I can't find one within a reasonable distance. Apart from the firm ride I'd have one tomorrow.
If you can afford it, I'm pretty sure the Ohlins Road & Track kit for the E90 fits the 135i too. Saw a used 135i fitted with the R&T kit on sale in AutoTrader a few months back. Worth a call to one of Ohlins UK suppliers..?
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If you can afford it, I'm pretty sure the Ohlins Road & Track kit for the E90 fits the 135i too. Saw a used 135i fitted with the R&T kit on sale in AutoTrader a few months back. Worth a call to one of Ohlins UK suppliers..?
First option for me is to try BMW's adaptive set-up. It made a world of difference to the M3.
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ive driven the adaptive on a 320d and the m135i and it makes the cars IMO
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First option for me is to try BMW's adaptive set-up. It made a world of difference to the M3.
I find it interesting that they design/build/release a car which, by all accounts, has not so good suspension/set-up, but want you to tick a box and spend more money to fix it. Awesome.
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ive driven the adaptive on a 320d and the m135i and it makes the cars IMO
I'm really hoping, if I ever get to demo one with adaptive, I'll feel the same way. The sales Gimp tried to tell me it made next to not difference. But then he would, he wanted me to buy his car.

I'm pleased you think it was a worthwhile addition
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I find it interesting that they design/build/release a car which, by all accounts, has not so good suspension/set-up, but want you to tick a box and spend more money to fix it. Awesome.
I agree. I suppose for some it will be acceptable. Maybe if you come from a 3 or 1 series with runflats.
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      01-18-2013, 11:44 AM   #10
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The one I have specced has the auto box and adaptive suspension. Plus enough gadgets to keep any techno nerd busy for a bit! Oooooh what to do!
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The one I have specced has the auto box and adaptive suspension. Plus enough gadgets to keep any techno nerd busy for a bit! Oooooh what to do!
Good choice, the auto box is about as good as they get.
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Just test drove a M135i auto with the adaptive suspension. I thought it was great, quick, nimble, made the rubbish roads around where I live feel like they had been resurfaced. Getting back in my 335d it felt heavy, cumbersome, still crashy over bumps, and that is with the full Birds kit fitted! (which is much better than std)
I would have happily bought it, but I think I must have been wearing a MUG sign somewhere as the dealers offer was not the most attractive for my wallet

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Just test drove a M135i auto with the adaptive suspension. I thought it was great, quick, nimble, made the rubbish roads around where I live feel like they had been resurfaced. Getting back in my 335d it felt heavy, cumbersome, still crashy over bumps, and that is with the full Birds kit fitted! (which is much better than std)
I would have happily bought it, but I think I must have been wearing a MUG sign somewhere as the dealers offer was not the most attractive for my wallet

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Just test drove a M135i auto with the adaptive suspension. I thought it was great, quick, nimble, made the rubbish roads around where I live feel like they had been resurfaced. Getting back in my 335d it felt heavy, cumbersome, still crashy over bumps, and that is with the full Birds kit fitted! (which is much better than std)
I would have happily bought it, but I think I must have been wearing a MUG sign somewhere as the dealers offer was not the most attractive for my wallet

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Which dealer had the demo car with adaptive suspension?
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The demo I drove at Cotswold Cheltenham had adaptive, though a manual.

Notice they have another there too, blue with beige interior.
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The demo I drove at Cotswold Cheltenham had adaptive, though a manual.

Notice they have another there too, blue with beige interior.
Bit of a trek from where I'm based, but thanks anyway.
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Which dealer had the demo car with adaptive suspension?
Coopers Tunbridge Wells.

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Oooooh expand on that, Scunthorpe/grimsby have a demo with adaptive and performance alloys
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Coopers Tunbridge Wells.

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Great thanks, I'll ring them today and see if they still have it. Just up the road for me.
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Just phone Cooper, they do still have it. Only a staff member has got it and has left it at the airport while on holiday FFS
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