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      03-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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It's arrived!

Got a call this afternoon to come watch my 125i get offloaded from the truck, should be ready for delivery tomorrow afternoon.

Awesome service! And amazing that something I "created" playing with the website configurator now stands in the metal!
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      03-11-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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Nice car, congrats!!!
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      03-11-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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Looks very nice and in the best colour too :-) did you not fancy tinted rear windows?
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      03-11-2013, 05:13 PM   #4
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Nice but the colour is too much common now
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      03-11-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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Trouble is its a stunning colour and looks great on the f20/f21 so is going to be a popular choice.

You could argue the same point with white/black/silver cars to be honest.

Certainly in the UK last year every other car was white!!

The only other colour which doesn't seem massively popular is valencia orange which has grown on me but I'd never pick it over estoril blue!
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      03-12-2013, 01:11 AM   #6
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Trouble is its a stunning colour and looks great on the f20/f21 so is going to be a popular choice.

You could argue the same point with white/black/silver cars to be honest.

Certainly in the UK last year every other car was white!!

The only other colour which doesn't seem massively popular is valencia orange which has grown on me but I'd never pick it over estoril blue!
In South Africa I've seen very very few models below the 125i with the M-sport pack, it's more expensive on those models and works out to be really expensive in comparison to the base price. (I've also seen no cars that are spec'd up like we do on this forum!)

So while it seems like every second car on here is an estoril blue M sport, on the roads it'll just be the 125i's (I've only seen a couple, not all with M-sport) and the M135is which make up a small portion of the 1's you see around. So not many estoril blue as a portion of 1's around.

But yeah, it's common on here cause it's HAWT!!
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      03-12-2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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It looks great and the colour is outstanding!! Well Done... Hope you enjoy it and that will give you many trouble-free miles!
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      03-12-2013, 02:25 AM   #8
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i've not even seen another 1er with xenons yet... the spec list really isn't very long for most people!

i also have estoril
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      03-12-2013, 03:28 AM   #9
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Looks very nice! Good choice of mags, xenons and colour
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      03-12-2013, 12:43 PM   #10
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Great car dude i'm still waiting mine!
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      03-14-2013, 06:25 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the compliments and well wishes!

The spec is: 125i
M-sport + 18"s + xenons (as you can see)

Cloth/alcantara
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Extended bluetooth
PDC front and rear
Light pack
Climate control
Auto dimming interior mirror
sunroof
Sports auto box

Initial thoughts:

(Beware my mom took delivery of a new 5 series a month ago which I've been driving more than her, so the bar is set pretty high!)

The car is full of little touches and attention to detail. The blue stitching on the seats, matches the blue strip on the dash, matches my exterior colour! The quality cannot be faulted, not a rattle or a surface that to the touch feels like cost cutting. Yes in a 5 series the area around the gearlever is in wood/chosen finish which is great but ok it is a 1 series. The lights package and additional lights that come with the M pack is sheer class.

It does some fairly pointless stuff, the reading light on the side that you open the door lights up brighter when you do open the door. The on/off/radio/keyless start is more complicated than beneficial.

Ipod and bluetooth phone, I picked up a cradle for my iphone 4S works like a charm. Album art shows and interestingly my sales lady recommended setting the treble to very high and the bass to mid high, turns out it really gets the best out of the H/K system. Worth the price tag no doubt. Except I feel obligated to pump it up high whenever I drive!

Power, well I haven't got my numberplates on yet so I may have gone over the speed limit slightly once or twice *cough*, it pulls nicely. The wind noise and general solidness of the car at higher speeds really are impressive! I think the mechanical ability and grip exceeds the power which is good, I've driven cars with the opposite and found myself either backing off or having the odd heart stopping moment when I've caught the traction control out. Sure it could probably do with just a touch more power, but I guess it's more fun to be able to floor it than to always be backing off.

The suspension is hard and doesn't enjoy rough roads, but interestingly my mom, a connoisseur of comfort, who will drive nothing less than a 5 series with comfort seats thinks my sports seats are more comfortable and soft than her comfort seats.

I love the driving position, seat down low, thick steering wheel, 3 door, I feel like I'm in a proper sports car. The leg pad on the centre console is just perfect if you have an auto and are resting your leg against it all the time.

In terms of negatives, storage space is quite limited in the car. Especially if you have a cradle for your phone and an ipod plugged in which takes up the armrest storage.

The styling from the side and back isn't perfect, the rear wiper doesn't do a full 180 degree swipe and the rear window is narrow at the top, wider at the bottom which the rear mirror is wider at the top, narrower at the bottom. Very much pedantic stuff.

What I do hate is the stop/start. I find myself trying to keep the car crawling forward when I'm only going to be stopped briefly, the stereo dips in sound when the engine restarts and admittedly given how I've been driving the car and that it's brand new, the fuel consumption still isn't great (14.5l/100km) I don't believe stop/start can make so much of a difference to be worth the hassle.

It also goes against everything my limited mechanical knowledge knows. It has to be wearing out parts quicker and most people recommend idling a turbocharged car after a hard run before turning it off. For what it's worth my GTI, also a 2.0T used 1.1l an hour when idling with the aircon switched on according to the OBC. Seems like a feature that cuts down emissions for the purposes of tax, but isn't really worth living with in real world usage. Thinking I should just turn it off, would be interesting to hear others thoughts on Stop/Start?

But the negatives hardly matter, I LOVE this car and it has exceeded all of my expectations! As much as I thought I knew it, from short test drives and lots of research and the forums, actually driving it properly, the sound system, the interior, its fantastic!

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      03-14-2013, 06:42 AM   #12
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I'm starting to hate this forum hahahaha. I can't wait to take delivery I'm goin crazy waiting. Just wanted to say congrats, car looks great
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      03-14-2013, 06:57 AM   #13
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I'm starting to hate this forum hahahaha. I can't wait to take delivery I'm goin crazy waiting. Just wanted to say congrats, car looks great

Thanks buddy!

As much as you read about all the gizmo's and gadgets on here and start to think the car is all about the toys, when you feel that rear wheel drive, perfect weight distribution, and general quality and solidness, it'll blow you away!
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      03-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #14
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Good specs and a really nice car! Congrats!
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      03-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #15
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Looks great. Only problem with it is I can't get one here.
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      03-16-2013, 07:26 PM   #16
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Beautiful car Diesel20. My 125i arrives in the next week or so, and I am getting quite impatient to see it! Also went with Estoril Blue. It takes a while for the boat to get from Germany to Australia...
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      03-17-2013, 09:00 AM   #17
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Some more pics, love the little keyring/cover I got!
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      03-25-2013, 07:33 AM   #18
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Congrats on the new toy, Enjoy
I see by the picture in front of the garage it is in good company
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