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      02-02-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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I have had my BMW since September 2012 and for me it was first step on the BMW owners ladder. Obviously once you have something you start wanting the next best thing; so it goes without saying I look back and wonder if I should have gambled at the more expensive, bigger engined variants I now know I could have afforded (hindsight, eh). Nevertheless I love my car

However, there are small little extras that being sensible we decide we want but can live without... and then a week after delivery wish we'd added when ordering the car.

I ordered an F21 116D M Sport with the following options:
  • Estoril Blue
  • Visibility Package
  • Driver Comfort Package
  • Sun Protection Package

And I wish I had added:
  • Harmon Kardon Hi-Fi
  • Black Panel Display
  • Folding/Dimming Wing Mirrors
  • Comfort Access

What are yours?
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      02-02-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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I forgot the lumbard support
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      02-02-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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I agree on the HK audio.
Other than that i'm happy with my car
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      02-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #4
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I've been through about 9 BMWs over the years so made the mistakes on spec choices to know now what I want or feel I need. So not regrets this time round at all, but then again the 335d has about 10k of extras on it so really shouldn't have any regrets!
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      02-02-2014, 04:58 PM   #5
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Black panel display apart from that car is perfect.
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      02-02-2014, 05:11 PM   #6
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I don't miss black panel, and I am glad I picked DAB radio. The only thing I sometimes miss, is the feature that reads the speed limit. I haven't looked into what it costs.
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I'm going over and over this at the moment and my car hasn't even arrived yet!! I was a bit restricted as it's a company car so couldn't flex my budget!
Ended up ordering a 125d M Sport in Estoril Blue and just had enough room for the HK HiFi.
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      02-03-2014, 01:36 AM   #8
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HK en xenons
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HK en xenons
Xenons were the main thing I wish I could have added but didn't want a white car and thought HK would benefit me more.
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      02-03-2014, 02:59 AM   #10
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I wish for 118i to be able to choose the optional faster steering rack like the M135i.

I wish for the box that never existed the LSD (<-- yes it will never happen or there's Quafe, but still~)
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      02-03-2014, 04:48 AM   #11
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Comfort Access (this no key slot and having to have a loose key fob floating around is an annoying half ass-ed job. May as well have bought the whole thing and had full useful functions too)
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      02-03-2014, 07:12 AM   #12
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I wish for the box that never existed the LSD (<-- yes it will never happen or there's Quafe, but still~)
Hopefully soon the M-Performance diff for M235i and 435i..
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      02-03-2014, 07:13 AM   #13
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As an owner of an F20 Estoril Blue M-Sport with Plus Pack I feel I got all the main options I wanted.

The bits that really make the car special are HK Stereo and Blue Sport Calipers.

Ideal car would have been the 125D but couldn't justify the extra 50 a month company car tax for extra 30hp. During test drive the 120D felt every bit as quick.
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      02-03-2014, 08:39 AM   #14
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Sunroof
Comfort Access (this no key slot and having to have a loose key fob floating around is an annoying half ass-ed job. May as well have bought the whole thing and had full useful functions too)
Our F20 has a dedicated slot for the key fob under the climate panel.
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Our F20 has a dedicated slot for the key fob under the climate panel.
Like a storage socket in the centre console?

I have one of those too but without the full Comfort Access package I think its a waste of time and would prefer a socket the grabs the key like in my E82 near the stop start button.
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Like a storage socket in the centre console?

I have one of those too but without the full Comfort Access package I think its a waste of time and would prefer a socket the grabs the key like in my E82 near the stop start button.
I think it works fine. But if you think it's a waste of time, you can just leave it in your pocket. I prefer having manual control over when the doors are locked and not.

But the old style turn key ignition is still more intuitive to me than the start button. I sometimes start the engine again when I just want to silence the radio. And I can not lean into the car to start the engine while clearing the windows from ice. I have to sit inside and step on the clutch pedal.
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I prefer having manual control over when the doors are locked and not.
Likewise!
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      02-03-2014, 01:07 PM   #18
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Mid specced ours and so far, nothing. Only on 550 miles.

I don't get "fully loading" an already well specced car that is known for it's great VFM. Especially heavy options.
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      02-03-2014, 01:32 PM   #19
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I somewhat regret not getting Bluetooth Professional and Speed Limit Information. If I bought my car today, I would probably have ticked those boxes. If I however had to give something up to get these two options, then I probably would have kept my car as it is.

Comfort Access was on my list until I found out Keyless Go was standard. I usually open one of the rear doors or the hatch first, so it wouldn't have been much use to me.
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Ideal car would have been the 125D but couldn't justify the extra 50 a month company car tax for extra 30hp. During test drive the 120D felt every bit as quick.
50 a month difference? I've worked out that there is only 12 a month in it (at 40%)?
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Extended display. Otherwise all additional info is crumped in a small rectangle display that's partially hidden behind the steering wheel.
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      02-06-2014, 01:57 AM   #22
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Can't start a new thread since I'm a new user.. Anyway -

which one would you suggest for a true petrolhead, a 120d automatic with some options (radio professional, sport seats) or a 118i manual with M sport package and almost no options? The price is more or less the same.

I was thinking about the 118i but there're so many positive responses about 120d and 8-speed automatic so I'm really in doubt now. Unfortunately can't afford both 120d auto AND M package. And my main concern re: diesel is I mostly do very short trips. Unfortunately local dealers don't have any of 1-series available for test drive.

Any thoughts are welcome!
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