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      01-06-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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M badge on a 125i

With m-sport pack in estoril blue. What do you guys think about adding one to the tailgate badge? Wannabe or a bit of style? Truthfully I'm hoping my 125i will get mistaken for an M135i often, most people with the budget to go 125i+m sport+toys will probably go M135i anyway, and for the uninformed its difficult to tell the difference. and as for fitting the m pack to a lesser model, here in South Africa its a Lot more expensive on those models, which becomes a little disproportional to the base price so I don't expect to see too many. So an m pack non m135i will probably be quite a rare sight!( hence the question will those in the know laugh it off as me trying to be a wannabe 135i, while the rest it means nothing to them)
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      01-06-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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In Europe is very popular to have the car debadged, so adding another badge is not good at all!
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      01-06-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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Truthfully I'm hoping my 125i will get mistaken for an M135i often
Why do you hope that? Would you get any advantage if they think it is an M135i?
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      01-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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Truthfully I'm hoping my 125i will get mistaken for an M135i often
Why do you hope that? Would you get any advantage if they think it is an M135i?
I'll admit its a silly vanity thing. Rather have someone mistake your car for one that is more expensive than one that is cheaper.

My 125i with its spec costs the same as a base M135i actually, so if I cared THAT much I would have gone for the one that had the badge not the toys!
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      01-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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You can have your M badge on your Mpack....

I if you like it!
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      01-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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The 125i is a superb car with excellent performance - be proud of what you have and avoid the cheesy M badge upgrade!
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      01-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #7
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      01-06-2013, 06:03 PM   #8
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Yeah man, just be proud to be a 125i owner. The 135 is an awesome car, but so is the 125i, and in real world driving the fuel economy is so much better.
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      01-06-2013, 07:06 PM   #9
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When price is comparable, just go for the M135i. It will be a continuous experience of driving a real performance car. The 125i is also fast, but it will not leave such an omnipresent flair of power and torque. The 125i is a very good car, but the M135i is a very special one, even without the leather upholstery or big navigation.

For what the M badge concerns, I guess you have to put it on! Your point is valid... probably all of us partially also buy the car since it makes us look good, professional, sleek and well educated. I'am convinced this is an idea we have, since 90% out there doesn't have a clue about our cars.

I have an M-steering wheel in my 520d because I like the feel of it. And although I have the 520d badge on it and only the 17inch std rims, people ask me whether this is a real M5 I'am driving!
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      01-06-2013, 07:55 PM   #10
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I'll admit its a silly vanity thing. Rather have someone mistake your car for one that is more expensive than one that is cheaper.
99% of road users will not know the difference between an M135i and a 125i.

A full fat 125i looks pretty much identical. It's also still what I would call a rapid hatchback. It's just the problem is the M135i is what I would call an insanely, monstrously fast hatchback. Even the 125d is comically fast.
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      01-06-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
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My 125i M Sport was ordered with BMW performance and M brakes, it came with the M badge on the tail from the dealer. Have a look at the pics of mine that were posted

If it makes you happy, 'Just do it'
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      01-07-2013, 03:02 AM   #12
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When price is comparable, just go for the M135i. It will be a continuous experience of driving a real performance car. The 125i is also fast, but it will not leave such an omnipresent flair of power and torque. The 125i is a very good car, but the M135i is a very special one, even without the leather upholstery or big navigation.

For what the M badge concerns, I guess you have to put it on! Your point is valid... probably all of us partially also buy the car since it makes us look good, professional, sleek and well educated. I'am convinced this is an idea we have, since 90% out there doesn't have a clue about our cars.

I have an M-steering wheel in my 520d because I like the feel of it. And although I have the 520d badge on it and only the 17inch std rims, people ask me whether this is a real M5 I'am driving!
I gave it a lot of thought. I could afford a 135i, then stretch myself to add toys. But you take the additional running costs, insurance, fuel and its a lot more money to be spending on a car that quite frankly even in my humble GTI I seldom have the opportunity to give it the beans.

Don't get me wrong, I think the M135i is a spectacular car and I trust anybody fortunate enough to own one enjoys it thoroughly. But while I wouldn't want to go backwards in power and toys from the GTI, I seldom wish I had more power and could do greater speeds.

Funny how as cars have become faster, so too has the enforcement of the speed limit become more persistent

P.S. I LOVE the M steering wheel! I think the M sport 1 series looks great outside, but its the touches and finishes on the inside that sold me. The matching strip across the dash of blue, the fat steering wheel, the anthracite rooflining, flip I really CAN'T WAIT for my car!!!!
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      01-07-2013, 03:04 AM   #13
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My 125i M Sport was ordered with BMW performance and M brakes, it came with the M badge on the tail from the dealer. Have a look at the pics of mine that were posted

If it makes you happy, 'Just do it'
It was the pics of your car that gave me the idea!!!!
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      01-07-2013, 07:28 AM   #14
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My 125i M Sport was ordered with BMW performance and M brakes, it came with the M badge on the tail from the dealer. Have a look at the pics of mine that were posted

If it makes you happy, 'Just do it'
I also ordered the 125i M Sport with M brakes but there was no M badge.

From Melbourne though so maybe just lucky up there in sunny Queensland.
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      01-07-2013, 11:07 AM   #15
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if i'm being honest, the people who you think would mistake your 125i for a 135i are the people who will know the difference.

when i see m sport models with the M logo slapped on the back, it makes the car look cheap. it devalues it in my opinion.

Be proud of what you have. It's a magnificent car, and people certainly will not sniff at it. Unless you put that badge on, IMHO
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I've deleted the 120d badge on my car. I think it's stupid to put an other badge on it, especially an M badge on a non-M car.
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      01-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #17
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If "your age" < 24 years then "put M badge"
If "your age" > 25 years then "do not put M badge"
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      01-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #18
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If "your age" < 24 years then "put M badge"
If "your age" > 25 years then "do not put M badge"
Don't really agree... whatever your age: put on which ever badge you like! When it makes you feel better, it would be a shame not to actually! You will probably never have such a bargain in your entire live. Maybe you can put on the M135i badge? Nobody will be able to tell the difference anyway.

People that think it is unworthy or see this as cheating are exactly the ones that think that badges are so important and serious. I tell you, it's only important to yourself since the ROW is ignorant for M or whatever badges.

So best to be your own judge, it's your car that you paid a lot of money for after all.
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      01-08-2013, 12:21 AM   #19
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I was going to make an insightful (read condescending) comment about the obvious difference between the dual exhaust on the M135i and single outlet on other models until I caught a fleeting glance of a white M Sport yesterday and could not tell whether it was a M135i or a 116i. In short, do it and 99% of people won't have a clue
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      01-08-2013, 12:48 AM   #20
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Or simply put a 114i badge on it, and make it a sleeper.
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      01-08-2013, 06:58 AM   #21
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My take on this subject is
If you do have the badge on the back, the car has to have some 'M' DNA in it, and be capable of putting its tail lights in front of most who test it out.
I think that the 125i M Sport and M 135i have that capability and do it affordably.

De-badge or add, it is a personal thing. If it makes you feel better about your ride 'DO IT'
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certainly not acceptable! :O
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