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      01-17-2019, 06:12 PM   #1
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Buying 1 series - need opinions

Iím buying a 1 series and looking for some advice from people who may already own similar cars or know a bit more than I do.

Iíve narrowed down to 2 cars within my budget.
1. 118i M Sport Shadow Edition
- Jun 2018 (18 plate)
- 10,137 miles
- No previous owners, was a showroom model.
- 2.5 years left on the warranty
2. 120i M Sport Plus
- Sept 2016 (66 plate)
- 18,561 miles
- 1 previous owner
- 8 months left on the warranty

Both are similar price.
Both are approved used.
Being shadow edition / m sport plus they are almost identical spec.
The age of the 120 makes it the only 120i M sport in my price range.

Iím leaning towards the 120 but put off by the age/time left under warranty. As they are fairly similar cars can anyone shed some more light on the main differences I can expect?
Any proís/conís between the two?
Iím test driving both on Monday - is there anything I should look out for?
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      01-17-2019, 08:43 PM   #2
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As they are fairly similar cars can anyone shed some more light on the main differences I can expect?
Power. If you won't like it you shouldn't buy a BMW. Just make as certain as possible the 120i has not been tuned!

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Any pro’s/con’s between the two?
A properly owned car should be WAY better than an orphan! The 118i appears to have high mileage for a "showroom model", doesn't it? And those were careless (hard?) miles. Yet, a bad owner could be even worse. It's a shame you won't meet him/her. It should really worth it looking at the owner.

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I’m test driving both on Monday - is there anything I should look out for?
Check the service history, if possible (120i in particular): have there been any warranty issues? 120i must have been serviced already (2 years, right?). Look at the tires: how much worn they are, the rear in particular. The brakes could tell some truth too but you can't see their condition that easily. Mind the cabin, perhaps: whether it has been cleaned meticulously or looks "naturally" tidy. Check the equipment: anything retrofitted into 120i should be doubtful (unless OEM, preferably at the dealer's - paper proof). A used car with extended storage package but basic boot trim (retrofitted) has been questioned here once... I don't know about those "B" engines you consider but N13 has a gentle cooling system - leaks are very possible (if not warmed before pushing hard?).
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A properly owned car should be WAY better than an orphan! The 118i appears to have high mileage for a "showroom model", doesn't it? And those were careless (hard?) miles. Yet, a bad owner could be even worse. It's a shame you won't meet him/her. It should really worth it looking at the owner.

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out of interest how does a 2014 m135i or 2013 m135i fit your budget?
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Age and condition aside, the main differences would be the engine and interior. The 118i lacks a cylinder but is an LCI2 meaning updated dash and instrument cluster.
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