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      05-31-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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My 118i Alpine White

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You may remember, but BMW decided to replace my previous F20 118i Midnight Blue Metallic with a new one due to a dashboard issue and a few other issues.

I took deliver a few weeks back and decided to wait until I made a post. I have done 1000km of running in now and must say that I am totally happy with the car. Not a single issue and she runs like a dream. Spec as follows.........

1. 118i
2. Auto Steptronic 8 Speed
3. Glass sunroof - sliding
4. BMW Professional Radio upgrade with i-Drive system
5. 17 inch Turbine Rims with Bridgestone Potenza RFT's
6. Black Leather Dekota interior
7. Multi Function Steering Wheel

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      05-31-2012, 04:30 AM   #2
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Very nice ... It looks great in white
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      05-31-2012, 04:31 AM   #3
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It looks great!
Congrats!
By the way: did you spec the white, urban trim grill?
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      05-31-2012, 04:41 AM   #4
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Any interiour pics?
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      05-31-2012, 06:34 AM   #5
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Beautiful!!!!!
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      05-31-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
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The Urban Grille was an after-thought after I saw it in the flesh on another car. So I ordered it and BMW fitted it. Total cost here in S.A. plus fitment was R2100. That is about 160 GBP.

This is the most striking feature on the front of the car and makes it look absolutely classy.
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      05-31-2012, 06:58 AM   #7
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F20 really does look good in white!
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      05-31-2012, 10:33 AM   #8
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This is the most striking feature on the front of the car and makes it look absolutely classy.
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      08-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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Come to Bellville and CY!

Grill looks good on white. Curious, if you have driven an E90 320i auto, how does a 118i feel? I rented a 320i last time I was over in SA. While it coasted fine and economy was very good I could never live with its lack of giddy up, it just would not go no matter how hard I wrung it out. Does the 118 feel more 'zippy'?
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      08-10-2012, 12:54 AM   #10
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Come to Bellville and CY!

Grill looks good on white. Curious, if you have driven an E90 320i auto, how does a 118i feel? I rented a 320i last time I was over in SA. While it coasted fine and economy was very good I could never live with its lack of giddy up, it just would not go no matter how hard I wrung it out. Does the 118 feel more 'zippy'?


I also, have hired several 320i in RSA. 'Woeful' is putting it nicely

They are definately detuned in comparision to the same car sold here in Aus and elsewhere where I have hired them

It appears that the 320i built in RSA for the local market must have detuned engines in them for some reason.

I have recently driven a mates F20 118i sport and the difference is very noticeable. The 118i would eat the old 320i for breakfast. I cannot wait to get my 125I M sport (even more horses).

I don't think the 1er is being built in RSA for the local market, (there weren't any on the hire car company lists when I was there a couple of weeks back).

Good news for the RSA locals who want fire under the bonnet not hot air. Buy a 1er, Then they get the German built car.

Also the prices for the 1er are not much different to the 3er there in RSA which makes me think the new 3er is being built there (I wonder if it is detuned)

Our RSA guys can shed more light on that.
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      08-10-2012, 02:43 AM   #11
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I also, have hired several 320i in RSA. 'Woeful' is putting it nicely

They are definately detuned in comparision to the same car sold here in Aus and elsewhere where I have hired them

It appears that the 320i built in RSA for the local market must have detuned engines in them for some reason.

I have recently driven a mates F20 118i sport and the difference is very noticeable. The 118i would eat the old 320i for breakfast. I cannot wait to get my 125I M sport (even more horses).

I don't think the 1er is being built in RSA for the local market, (there weren't any on the hire car company lists when I was there a couple of weeks back).

Good news for the RSA locals who want fire under the bonnet not hot air. Buy a 1er, Then they get the German built car.

Also the prices for the 1er are not much different to the 3er there in RSA which makes me think the new 3er is being built there (I wonder if it is detuned)

Our RSA guys can shed more light on that.
Some light on the 3er in RSA...

Yes the 3er for the RSA market is built in the country, 1er is imported...

I have driven a couple of E90s here, none of which were hired. Have not driven the F30s yet. I can only say the E90s did not feel detuned at all, and they still drive better that the F20s, but not much.

There is a rumor that the 3er available for hire are somewhat detuned to some extent. That said, I am inclined to believe it now that someone who is not South African feels that its not on par with its international siblings.

Re. prices...the 1er is rather pricey, but all worth it. Comparing with the 3er, the base model of 3er is similar to a more extras packed 1er...so AusF20 is right in saying you are better off with a 1er.

It is worth noting though, that the 3er is the best selling car in its class in the country, and being manufactured locally makes it the primary profit generator for BMW SA. I do not think BMW would risk the sales by producing an inferior product against the likes of the Audi A4/A5, which by the way, are fast catching to the 3er in the market.

Also if we were to compare the price with international prices, the local price is still far more expensive. Thus, the 1er is your best option still!
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      08-10-2012, 07:57 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by manteroo View Post
The Urban Grille was an after-thought after I saw it in the flesh on another car. So I ordered it and BMW fitted it. Total cost here in S.A. plus fitment was R2100. That is about 160 GBP.

This is the most striking feature on the front of the car and makes it look absolutely classy.

If you're considering this change: Swapping To Urban Line Kidney Grilles
You can order the [2] parts from your BMW dealership and stock arrives in 2 working days.

LEFT URBAN LINE KIDNEY GRILLE / white gloss and chrome at 33.49
Part No. 51 13 7 262119

RIGHT URBAN LINE KIDNEY GRILLE / white gloss and chrome at 33.49
Part No. 51 13 7 262120

HOW TO CHANGE THE KIDNEY GRILLE
Step-By-Step DIY instructions to swap the grilles over here http://www.f30post.com/forums/showth...=kidney+grille

[Requires some tools and DIY capability, its not entirely straight-fwd, but does NOT require removing the bumper whatever the dealer tells you]

OR

Ask your dealer to do the swap for you FOC (go via your sales manager)
They quoted me 150 for the 10-minute job and I burst out laughing, then they said they'd do it FOC

Hope this is helpful.
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