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      10-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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My 5-Door M135i...Arrived!

Few pics of the car after returning from holiday and collecting
I decided to defer collection from the Sep 28th, as i think driving it home only to leave it for a week would have been torture!

Will add some first impressions tomorrow, but what I will say is I am very encouraged this car can do economical when needed. Using EcoPro mode on the 25 mile trip home (i was very tired) I got an impressive 37mpg! Over the same route my e90 330d would do 38-45 (depending on traffic).

I did give it half throttle and 4k revs at one point to overtake and wow....it can also move!













After loosing patience with a mid-December delay for my F30 330d order I jumped at this dealer's car which had just arrived. Even more lucky was the colour and interior trim were exactly the same

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Z1BI F20 M135i 5-door Sports Hatch N55 3.0
Option 676 Loudspeaker system - BMW Business
Option Z4B Complimentary upgrade - BMW Business Lou
Package Z0A Driver comfort package
Package Z0C Visibility package
Package Z0D Sun protection package
Package Z0F Media package - BMW Professional Multimedia
Colour B45 Estoril Blue Metallic
Upholstery LCSW Black Dakota leather
Option 2TB Sport automatic transmission
Option 2VF Adaptive M Sport suspension
Option 4AD Brushed Aluminium Trim
Option 4DL High-gloss Black interior trim finisher
Option 494 Seat heating. front
Option 6NF Telephone USB audio interface
Option 6WA Black panel display. full
Option 614 Internet
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      10-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Awesome! Want one soo bad

Enjoy, looks sweeeet!
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      10-06-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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Beautiful mate. Congrats!!!!!!
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      10-06-2012, 11:55 PM   #4
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Congratulations TMP! I have an F20 M135i on order as well, similar spec to yours. Seeing your car makes the wait better!

Please do post your impressions and any niggles it has, I'd be quite interested to hear them
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Congrats. You are a happy man now. 135 must be a very fun vehicle. Good luck.
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      10-07-2012, 07:33 AM   #6
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Took a cold start vid this morning

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      10-07-2012, 07:47 AM   #7
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Cheers for all the comments guys

Took it for a good, if gentle run this morning (lad goes swimming over some nice twisty roads!)

So yesterday i was too tired and the car felt a bit too different to really get to like it. Plus in EcoPro mode, it did all feel a bit disconnected. The steering seemed vague and inconsistant. Noticeable throttle pedal lag (which i know is a good thing when in eco mode)

Good news in Sport mode it felt much much better than yesterday. This car has got so much potential, its seems a crime to have to run it in!

The steering while EPS, weighs up really well with good feedback and weight increasing at higher speeds. I think i am quickly calibrating myself to it...and I like it.

Also in sports mode the suspension gets stiffer (more more like the normal M Sport ride) but much better as on non-RFTs. It is a bit fidgety at lower speeds, but suppose you can then knock it back into comfort.

Really liked the change in exhaust note as well - it gets louder and more bassy .

The auto gear box also stays in higher gears, but far more intelligently than the older ZF 6AT on my 330d. Manual mode now is far more of a manual....the engine started to labour up a hill, and i changed down before the car did....brill!!!

The car seems very accurate and easy to place and just goes round the corners with incredible balance. Driving it slowly, the 1er feels like a bigger car, but when pushing on, it feels small and light.

I must say the user manual is really poor for the M135i e.g. what does the sport steering actually do? it doesn't explain advice dampers. Its more of 'push this switch'... oh well, i guess that is what forums are for!
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      10-07-2012, 10:11 AM   #8
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Few more pics taken first thing this morning..brrr.
















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That long bonnet in the third picture is so sexy! Would it be too much to ask for more videos

One thing lacking from M135i online are videos! I plan on hooking up a Go Pro to mine when it arrives
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So jealous we have to wait so long for a m135i coupe.

Why all the autos? No 6mt M135's?
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So jealous we have to wait so long for a m135i coupe.

Why all the autos? No 6mt M135's?
Well, I got the auto for the following reasons:

1. The traffic in Jeddah is HORRENDOUS at rush-hour
2. I've heard that it's a great auto, comparable to VW's DSG (which I've driven)
3. You can have the comfort of auto, and fun of manual with the paddles
4. Only thing you miss out on is the clutch (I agree it's a BIG thing)
5. The auto is faster than the manual :P
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So jealous we have to wait so long for a m135i coupe.

Why all the autos? No 6mt M135's?
My M135 on order is in manual. But I am too having 2nd thoughts. Since it is not in production yet, I think I still got time to change.
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Congrats for the purchase!
More vids would be awesome
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Very, very nice car.

I sat in one recently at the dealers lot (not an M135i, but an M) and all of a sudden the total concept flashed through my head. Like I could feel the surge of the omnipresent torque and hear the music of the engine.

Now I want one also!

Congrats on your choice, for what's probably the smartest performance car on earth.
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That long bonnet in the third picture is so sexy! Would it be too much to ask for more videos

One thing lacking from M135i online are videos! I plan on hooking up a Go Pro to mine when it arrives
Yeah, while not a pretty car, the looks are growing on me!

I guess the car is quite rare as so new?

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Yes mate

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Congrats for the purchase!
More vids would be awesome
What do you guys want to see then ?

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Very, very nice car.

I sat in one recently at the dealers lot (not an M135i, but an M) and all of a sudden the total concept flashed through my head. Like I could feel the surge of the omnipresent torque and hear the music of the engine.

Now I want one also!

Congrats on your choice, for what's probably the smartest performance car on earth.
Cheers dude...it does seem a great Head and Heart car!
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CONGRATS!!! Absolutely stunning....fantastic car
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TMP, who was your salesperson?
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Congratulations. In my opinion, new 1er is better looking (profile) as a five door. You made all the right choices for your car. And that was an impressive cold start sound too
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Wow, that is a very cool car! That sound is AMAZING!!!!
Personally, I like the 3-Door more, but hey, at least you got one and I don't
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CONGRATS!!! Absolutely stunning....fantastic car
Cheers buddy, its a a great colour !

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TMP, who was your salesperson?
James Quigley - how about you?

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Congratulations. In my opinion, new 1er is better looking (profile) as a five door. You made all the right choices for your car. And that was an impressive cold start sound too
The practically of the 5 door is hard to beat so made a lot of sense as our second car with the kids.

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Wow, that is a very cool car! That sound is AMAZING!!!!
Personally, I like the 3-Door more, but hey, at least you got one and I don't
Need to take a vid once I can do 7k revs then
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A impromptu vid, when i took my mate out to show him the car. Not a bad sound

The ZF 8at is so quick at upshifting

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