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      06-09-2016, 04:14 PM   #1
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M135i

I'm due to change my car in 2 months and can't seem to make my mind up on a replacement.

I've gone from 330d - to Golf R - to Golf GTi with performance pack - back to 330d - back to Golf R - Now I'm thinking hard about the M135i.


Anyone here own/have owned one? Any advice? I'm struggling to find a dealer who can lend me one on a test drive. I know the new 140i is due soon, but I reckon a 2 year old 135i 5dr Hatch could turn out to be a bit of a bargain. Seen a few for sale now, in the region of 16-17k with around 40k on the clock.

I really want the Auto, but I've read the manual is the better option. Any thoughts?
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      06-12-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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I test drove the M235i a few weeks ago with the Auto box and it was fantastic; super quick changes. Sounds amazing too!

Try BabyBMW as there are plenty of owners on there.
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      06-13-2016, 02:00 AM   #3
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My mate at work has a m135i lci, another has the 235i too.
Both are the 8spd auto and they love them.
They sound great and look pretty good too.
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As I think you may remember Vaheed I am about to take delivery of an M235i lease.

From the test drive I can echo what others have said about the auto box. Simply brilliant.

I personally like how usable it is for different driving environments.

1) Driving to work in the morning/motorway traffic etc. Comfort mode is great as the changes are seamless and smooth.

2) Spirited driving mode. Sport mode makes the car completely different. Shifts are more aggressive and lightning quick.

I was a bit sceptical going for the auto (this is my first one) but since it's so adaptable depending on the driving environment it made it a clear choice for me.

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      06-13-2016, 10:09 AM   #5
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Hey OP, out of interest, how come you moved away from the Golf R? They look really good to me. Something I'd consider if I had to replace my 335i. I'd get it tuned etc if I got one. 4WD, Turbo, can have DSG box... All looks good? Maybe not as roomy inside as the BMWs? Like boost space?

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It's a great fun car, but having driven both the Golf R and the 135 myself, I'm not sure it's better than the Golf R. Except for in the loops department.

The one I drove was the auto, and it was grand. I'd definitely go auto over manual, but thats personal preference. The point I'd make is, there's nothing bad about the auto. It's snappy, predictive, blips the throttle on downshift and really there are no disadvantages to it.

If you prefer a manual get that. But I've personally had the 335d for almost 5 years now and the auto in the M135i is just an appreciately more modern, and newer variant. A great box...
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I do the Golf R one day & then back to M135i.

Then I pull up to one in a car park and the don't look as good as my touring.

The leather in the golf sometimes looks a bit saggy on drivers bolster in 10k miles cars in pics.

Makes me wonder about build & materials feel of newer cars? Any comment?
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      06-21-2016, 05:28 PM   #8
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[quote=Not a Diesel!!!;20139859]I do the Golf R one day & then back to M135i.

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Not driving just dreaming of how to spend .

Keep thinking there must be a lot of low miles Golf R's away to drop out of lease deals.
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I've driven 2 M135i's but bought an A45 AMG. Nowt wrong with the M135i and I would have an auto one any day over the Golf R ... and that is a really good car.

The auto box and the 3L 6 cylinder engine make a wonderful combination and noise !! Do it !! Manual is not so good ... IMO.
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      07-21-2016, 02:09 PM   #10
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Had mine 3 years - going to miss it - get the auto and adaptive - great car

EDIT - mine is going to BMW in Sep for 16,300 - 36k on clock - 5 door - HK- adaptive - auto etc etc.
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I had an M135i for about 6 months and am currently in a Golf R (had it about 16 months now).

I didn't get on with the M135i. It just didn't deliver in the driver enjoyment stakes for me. The steering was far too vague and the handling was far too easily upset on the sort of roads i like to enjoy. If you never really thrash it on a B road then it probably feels like a very good car. It feels marginally quicker than the golf in a lot of situations but speed isn't everything.

I would class the ZF8 auto and the engine as being excellent, you are really buying a brilliant engine with a car attached when you buy and M135i where as with the Golf it just feels like a lot more thought and money has went into the handling (no surprise when you consider the engineer in charge of the project). The engine is also pretty good in the golf but it's no N55. Probably not a popular opinion on here but the Golf does just drive so much better. Most people don't realise that from a test drive because they don't lean on it hard enough. Lean on the M135i and it sort of gives way under you a bit by comparison.

If you are buying a used one then be aware of the potential issues with the (auto) ZF8 gearbox. Some seem to develop a whine when the mileage creeps up a bit, BMW have been replacing them under warranty I believe. My mate bought a 2012 one with 40k miles on last year for c19k, developed the whine, car was just out of warranty and BMW didn't want to know. Ended up trading it for a jag after a few months for c14k. Says it was the biggest mistake he's made with a car.
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