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      04-05-2012, 03:22 AM   #1
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BMW 118i F20 - 2500km

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My car..............

I recently took delivery of a new F20 118i. The extras I added as follows....

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17 inch Turbine Rims
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BMW Prof Radio with i-Drive
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Midnight BLue Metallic

Here are comments after 2500km.............

Exterior - you have to see the car in the flesh to appreciate the lines and styling. It is very beautiful and grows on you as each day passes. The colour is really nice and probably the best to show lines of the car.

Interior - sitting in the drivers seat immediately shows the difference between my previous car (BMW 323i E90) and this one. This car is moulded around the driver and not as bland as the E90. All controls are easy to reach and the display panels clear and visible. I found that lowering the steering a notch allows for viewing all displays in front of you.

The seats and very comfortable and the leg room is sufficient. The rear seats are comfortable but leg room slightly limited. This is a hatchback and so you cannot expect much here. The boot space is much better than expected and I have no issues there.

I have never had a sunroof before and this is a really nice extra if you can afford it.

Function and drive - The first thing you notice when starting is that this is not a straight six. The engine growls a bit and idle can be felt. My 323i was dead silent on idle. I find Comfort mode a good enough ride for day to day commute but at times the 8 speed auto box does get a bit lazy. It seems to want to hold gears rather than change down. This is to save fuel I expect. If you press a bit harder on the right pedal she does gear down but needs this encouragement. I find using the "DS" resolves this almost completely.

Using Eco-Pro is for fuel saving end of story. No fun and the car simply ignores attempts to be aggressive. I managed a 4.4l / 100km in this mode over 40 km.

Sport Mode is where the fun starts. The 118i is very quick for a 1600cc. It's much quicker than my 323i was and power is available right from way down the rev counter. She can however be thirsty here so be warned. The fun comes at a price.

I have found the sound system more than adequate and the aircon work perfectly as long as sunroof is closed - as expected.

Probems - the only things I have noticed which I have reported back to BMW are the following........

1. At speeds of 110km/h I get a bit of rumble or vibration through the steering. Not sure if this is because of new runflats or other....
2. The auto box is lazy at times and often labours on uphills. Need to put-foot or switch to DS to remedy this
3. The plastic trim ont he right side of the dashboard does not seat properly
4. The gap between bonnet and bodywork in front differs slightly from left to right

In conclusion - I love the ride in Sport Mode. The car is engaging and operates like a go-kart. Acceleration is superb for a 1600cc and fuel consumption is totally up to the way you drive. Build quality is solid except for the few items and attention to detail as mentioned above. I am getting used to the 8 speed box but still find it a bit lazy.

A for more drivers type engaging drive than my previous 3 Series and being an avid Alfa Romeo fan too, I really like the fact that this is a drivers car.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the issues I have may gladly go ahead. I am seeing the National Technical Manager next week to address these.
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      04-05-2012, 04:00 AM   #2
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Great review- the rumbling in your steering wheel is unbalanced your front tyres- if you had a rumbling in your seat, its the rear tyres- don't let them tell you otherwise! A quick 15 balancing will fix the problem.

Thanks for sharing!
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      04-05-2012, 04:19 AM   #3
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Hi manteroo,

I'm awaiting a 118d F20 in midnight blue, not as many options as you because its a company car so theyre mean .

I've not seen many real pics of midnight blue, can you post some more please ?
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      04-05-2012, 04:26 AM   #4
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Another pic for you...........
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      04-05-2012, 04:30 AM   #5
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Thx for the great Review
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      04-05-2012, 05:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for the extra pic. I was hoping the blue was gonna be a bit lighter, maybe i'm just pining for Estoril blue.
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      04-05-2012, 05:13 AM   #7
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Are you sure this is Midnight Blue? This color looks more like Tiefseeblau to me
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      04-05-2012, 05:15 AM   #8
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Yes, it's Midnight Blue metallic. The colour changes significantly in the light / sun at different angles. It goes lighter, much lighter in direct sun.
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      04-05-2012, 05:38 AM   #9
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Oh I see, I thought it always looked like this
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Oh I see, I thought it always looked like this
I also thought so, but it turns out this look is purely for the marketing brochures - it doesn't look like that at all in real life
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I guess i knew it wasn't going to look as good as the marketing brochure but i did think it would have been lighter. I wish i'd picked a different colour now.
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Thanks for the extra pic. I was hoping the blue was gonna be a bit lighter, maybe i'm just pining for Estoril blue.
Estoril blue FTW!
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Yeh but i would have to have dropped down from a 118D sport to a 116D M sport to get Estoril, and the extra bhp means more to me.
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Congrats and welcome to the forum!
The colour is great, as you say it changes depending on situation. One of the best F20 colours.
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Welcome & Congrats for your new car! That is a new color from BMW and unique to 1 series. At least so far..
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The tone of the color depends on the different day lighting conditions.
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I still think it should be lighter given the brochure pictures. Kinda makes me angry as i feel decieved, there were no midnight blues in the dealership when i picked the colour. Arrrrggggg i just want Estoril !
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I still think it should be lighter given the brochure pictures. Kinda makes me angry as i feel decieved, there were no midnight blues in the dealership when i picked the colour. Arrrrggggg i just want Estoril !
Sorry about that mate. They should have show you the sample color plate.
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Sorry about that mate. They should have show you the sample color plate.
i asked to see it, and it was clearly more of a black in the showroom- put me off straight away
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This is one of those colours that you need to see in the flesh to appreciate. At first I didn't really like it - it bothered me for a while but it looks really nice on the car when driving in the light.

Even if parked in shade or in the garage it does look like really deep dark blue. I have only had positive comments from eveyrone on the colour. Just yesterday at the shopping mall as I was leaving the car someone commented on how nice the color looks on this car.

It shows the lines beautifully and is very attractive. I also got my wife to drive it so I could see for myself and I was stunned at how attractive the F20 looks in this colour. All my previous cars have been white or silver. Now I only see boring Toyotas in white and silver. BMW did their homework on this one and I give them all the credit.
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Congrats....very nice colour!!
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Update..........

Got visited by 2 technical guys from BMW on Friday. They took a look at the issues raised as mentioned above and agreed to resolve all at no cost to myself - as expected, this being a brand new car and under Motorplan.

Something to add - we chatted about chip-tuning and all considering this should realise that it immediately cancels Motorplan if not done through BMW themseleves. I would suggest anyone claiming to be BMW approved etc. should be challenged. Perhaps consult with your BMW Dealer first and get authorisation to do this if you are considering it.

Another nice comment was again on the Midnight Blue colour. The gents who visited me had never seen the colour before on an actual car and they were very impressed.

Anyway, just some food for thought on the chip-tuning issue.

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