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      04-03-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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My new 118i Urban

OK, so I've had my baby for a week, and finally found some time to shine her and take a few pictures.

I considered about 6 different cars in stock from all over South Africa, but really wanted a white Urban line with turbine wheels. Eventually, after about a month of looking around, one popped up - I took it immediately!

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118i Urban manual
Metro interior, silver/pearl grey
Gloss black trim
Matt oxide silver highlights
Professional radio with iDrive
Hands-free with USB connectivity
Front fog lamps
381 17" Turbine wheels

Here's a mix of night and day-time pics, including the obligatory urban blue interior lighting....
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      04-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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congrats!
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      04-03-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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congrats, enjoy the nice car.
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      04-03-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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Geluk, dit lyk goed, goeie wiel keuse!
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      04-04-2012, 03:48 AM   #5
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Thanks guys

V1p3r, dankie, ek het nog net een ander gesien met turbines, in Sandton. Ek is ook in CPT, so miskien sien ons mekaar iewers op die pad!
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      04-11-2012, 09:30 AM   #6
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Great looking alloy wheels!
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      04-11-2012, 10:39 AM   #7
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Great looking alloy wheels!
Thanks! I think you're going to love yours with these wheels, I had a look at your updated spec, it's looking good, fully loaded!

Urban line was my first choice all along, the little details like the metro upholstery, white/silver grill and alloy plates on the doorsills really do add that "this is awesome" final feeling to it. It provides a lot of enjoyment to me when I get into the car, which is what it's all about.

That, and the blue Urban lighting when you unlock the car at night - I get "whoah, that's cool!' comments every time I pull this party trick
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      04-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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I can't wait to have it delivered!!
Is the blue lighting standard with the Urban line then?
I missed that bit going through all the specs.
I'm sure I'll find out more in the meantime...
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      04-11-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
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I can't wait to have it delivered!!
Is the blue lighting standard with the Urban line then?
I missed that bit going through all the specs.
I'm sure I'll find out more in the meantime...
Yep, it's a hidden gem and standard, you access it as a setting in your iDrive menu. You can set lighting to either "Classic" or "Urban", classic being the BMW orange. It applies to the main cabin light, the courtesy lights on the B pillars above the seatbelts, the centre console light just above the cupholders, and I think (if I remember correctly) the lights in the footwells.
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      04-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #10
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What about the white leather seats in terms of care & maintenance...?
Do you think daily tear&wear will affect them any more than to darker tones?
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      04-12-2012, 03:24 PM   #11
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nice ride ... and nice pics

have fun with your new toy
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      04-13-2012, 12:53 AM   #12
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Awesome car and great photos.
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How the sound quality with the professional radio?
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      04-16-2012, 10:36 AM   #14
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What about the white leather seats in terms of care & maintenance...?
Do you think daily tear&wear will affect them any more than to darker tones?
Nope, it doesn't look like they'll be much hassle...

For interest's sake, the Metro combination is not actually real leather, it's Sensatec. I was told originally that it's leather, but if you reach underneath the seat from behind, you can feel the synthetic lining on the backside of the panel. It's not necessarily completely negative, as Sensatec is much more hard-wearing than leather (and thus the positive answer to your question), but I was a little disappointed when I discovered this.
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      04-16-2012, 10:42 AM   #15
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How the sound quality with the professional radio?
The Professional radio is actually not any different to the Business version, it simply has the addition of the iDrive controller and screen.

As far as sound quality goes, it's OK, but not stellar. The lack of dedicated tweeters definitely lets it down, in my opinion. My previous car (a 2009 Renault Megane) had a far superior sound system standard, quite simply due to a dedicated set of tweeters on the dashboard.

The Professional setup is fine for everyday radio listening and music, maybe I'm just being too much of an audiophile (I'm a bit of an AV nut, so biased ). Quite curious to hear what the HK system sounds like for comparison purposes.

iDrive is awesome and definitely worth it though, being able to use it to scroll through songs from a USB stick plugged in underneath the armrest, as well as browse phone contacts and dial, is a great feature.

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congrats on new car, would you mind posting some more pics on those seats you've got?
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      04-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #17
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congrats on new car, would you mind posting some more pics on those seats you've got?
Thanks!

Here are a few more, the lighting's not too good, but you get the idea....
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      04-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #18
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thanks, they look amazing. Still can't make up my mind whether I want urban or sport...
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      04-21-2012, 06:43 AM   #19
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I opted for the sportline. But the white urban is a really cool combo. Guys in SA how long did delivery take from date of Request to purchase?
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