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      11-18-2017 04:53 PM #1
      I've been stalking the 128i listings for the past month, ready to make a move on a daily so I can take the 997 of daily duty. I bought it in March of last year specifically to daily drive, however I've grown so fond of it I can no longer bear the the idea of daily wear and tear on it. I'll prefer to get a set of R comps for it and leave it for track days and spirited drives. Regarding the BMW, there were few other cars under consideration for the daily driver task based on vehicle layout, curb weight, weight distribution, exterior dimension, and cost.

      All of the sudden on Wednesday this week the number of listings for 128i dropped about 50%. At BMW dealerships the number of listings dropped by maybe 75%. I had been calling around and called a a BMW dealership in Tennessee about one that has been for sale just the day before. The nice lady who received my call obliged my curiosity and explained BMW had placed a stop sale on all 128i from 2008-2011 due to a safety recall that BMW had not found a fix for (I've since read otherwise in publications). PCV system which can catch fire, even with the car off. BMW was advising owners not to even park their cars in garages due to possibility of fire. This only left 2012 and 2013. Of those few cars which fit the bill.. filter only for the ones with a manual and you just had perhaps 15 cars nationwide for sale. Filter the ones with either a Sport or M-Sport package and there were fewer than 5. I ended up only finding one single 2012-2013 128i M Sport with manual transmission for sale nationwide. It was a car I'd had my eye on due to the unique color combo which I quite fancy as well as being a low mileage single owner car. Fairly perfect spec as far as I'm concerned. M Sport, Blue Water Metallic exterior over Terracotta interior, no idrive or nav, manual seats, moonroof, cold weather package.

      Yesterday morning I called the dealership where the car was at 9am and they still had it so I booked a one way flight for the afternoon to Orlando to go and have a look and see what could be worked out on it. I got there, test drove it, and then paid the man.

      After driving away I found out that one of my buddies from Atlanta was in Orlando for a few days so we kicked for a bit and I got on the road back to Raleigh. After crawling (metaphorically) through traffic for over an hour I was able to get some momentum and the drive was a nice one making it back to Raleigh at 4am today. The car handles predictably and very neutral. I've found the M Sport to be noticeably tighter feeling on the road than the other 128i cars I've test driven over the last month. I'll be anxious to get some proper rubber on the car as well as sorting out the wheel offset issue that cars tend to come with. Ideally I don't do much with the car as far as other modifications, as that was the attraction to starting out with an M Sport.

      2013 128i M Sport (40k miles) after a 600 mile trek back to Raleigh























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      11-18-2017 05:00 PM #2
      Nice buy! Great colour combo too.

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      11-18-2017 06:41 PM #3
      Congrats on the nice and quick buy!
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      11-18-2017 06:47 PM #4
      No more TT?

      Hopefully this will resolve your weight distribution complaints.
      "No manual, no care."

      Quote Originally Posted by davewg View Post
      It wasn't just about the top of the dash. Or stroking it. It was just the overall feel inside the cabin. Everything was fine until you looked at the dashboard.

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      11-18-2017 06:53 PM #5
      I'd love one. Nice find.

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      11-18-2017 07:05 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Nice buy! Great colour combo too.
      Quote Originally Posted by racerpoet View Post
      Congrats on the nice and quick buy!
      Quote Originally Posted by Aonarch View Post
      I'd love one. Nice find.
      Thanks gents!

      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      No more TT?

      Hopefully this will resolve your weight distribution complaints.
      I sold it and put the money towards this and a car fund for my wife to get what she wants. As quick and competent as the TTRS was, I couldn't abide its poor gearbox and annoying nose heavy characteristics. I underestimated how much it would bother me when I decided to buy it. Lesson learned.

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      11-18-2017 10:03 PM #7
      Congrats!
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      11-18-2017 10:38 PM #8
      My 135i is still one of my favorite cars I’ve owned. Great chassis, comfortable and quick. I miss it. Good choice!
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      11-19-2017 09:24 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      Congrats!
      thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by A418t97 View Post
      My 135i is still one of my favorite cars I’ve owned. Great chassis, comfortable and quick. I miss it. Good choice!

      Thanks! Mine is just quick enough to get out of its own way, but it works great for what I need it for.

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      11-19-2017 09:40 AM #10
      Nice pick-up That's a great color combo and options list.

      It's hard to find suitable wheels for these cars. Apex's wheels, while ubiquitous on modded 1s, are still my favorite. I keep a set for track duty, and am about to pick up a second for summer duty. The stock IS wheels (style 313) are soft and heavy and I've already had them straightened once.
      If you're looking to move to an 18" wheel, the style 264 wheels look good and have held up well.

      It sounds like you're not wanting to mess around with this car much, but if you do anything to it, I recommend replacing the rear subframe bushings with something stiffer (I am a fan of the Whiteline 2pc poly, since they're easy to install), and removing the clutch delay valve.

      Otherwise, congrats, and enjoy!
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      11-19-2017 09:51 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by odj View Post
      Nice pick-up That's a great color combo and options list.

      It's hard to find suitable wheels for these cars. Apex's wheels, while ubiquitous on modded 1s, are still my favorite. I keep a set for track duty, and am about to pick up a second for summer duty. The stock IS wheels (style 313) are soft and heavy and I've already had them straightened once.
      If you're looking to move to an 18" wheel, the style 264 wheels look good and have held up well.

      It sounds like you're not wanting to mess around with this car much, but if you do anything to it, I recommend replacing the rear subframe bushings with something stiffer (I am a fan of the Whiteline 2pc poly, since they're easy to install), and removing the clutch delay valve.

      Otherwise, congrats, and enjoy!

      Thanks! Thanks for the wheel advice also. 135is.. that's damn cool. If I went with a 135 I definitely would only have considered the IS. I've read about the subframe bushings, so I'll consider that and pretty much everyone is doing the CDV delete so clearly there is some merit to it. Thanks for the suggestions!

    13. 11-19-2017 10:12 AM #12
      Nice buy, and shouldn't cause too many problems. I always liked the look of these while everyone else thinks they look like an ugly pug. And I virtually never see an LCI with those nicer tail lights.

      Unfortunate about the headlights though.

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      11-19-2017 10:14 AM #13
      Nice buy and great color combo!

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      11-19-2017 11:05 AM #14
      Nice find. BMW doesn't make them like this any more... Light weight, hydraulic steering, no stupid Nav screen, NA with 6MT.

      After a few months you are probably going to wish you got the power seats, although its probably harder to find in a 128.

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      11-19-2017 02:01 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by puma1552 View Post
      Nice buy, and shouldn't cause too many problems. I always liked the look of these while everyone else thinks they look like an ugly pug. And I virtually never see an LCI with those nicer tail lights.

      Unfortunate about the headlights though.
      Thanks, I'm hoping so. I have always been on the fence with the looks of these cars. Over time I've warmed up to them a little bit, but I still consider it to be somewhat odd looking. I'll live with the headlights, though I would definitely like to have e-codes without the amber corners.


      Quote Originally Posted by ciphertext View Post
      Nice buy and great color combo!
      Thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by Rav_VW View Post
      Nice find. BMW doesn't make them like this any more... Light weight, hydraulic steering, no stupid Nav screen, NA with 6MT.

      After a few months you are probably going to wish you got the power seats, although its probably harder to find in a 128.
      Thanks. No, they sure don't. You may be right about the power seats. This'll be the first car I've had without power seats since 2012 when I last had my NB miata.

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      11-19-2017 02:13 PM #16
      Nice purchase and I am definitely a fan of the spec of your 1 series. You have a very nice collection of vehicles!

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      11-19-2017 06:03 PM #17
      Leaving disappointed it's not a 1M. Congrats tho


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      11-19-2017 06:31 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      Nice purchase and I am definitely a fan of the spec of your 1 series. You have a very nice collection of vehicles!
      Thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by Spike Ti View Post
      Leaving disappointed it's not a 1M. Congrats tho

      You and me both. Always wanted one of those, still do. Thanks!

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