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BMW 1-Series

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  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,372
    Just kidding. The 5'er is real nice. Handles extremely well for it's category. It's the choice for coast to coast travel in high comfort and style!

    Regards,
    OW
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,372
    Now you're talkin'! Look for the tii. It will get better.

    Regards,
    OW
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    "The 5'er is real nice."

    It must have had a styling refresh recently. I could see some folks not liking the original Bangle 5, but the recent versions are really quite a bit nicer looking; stunning in gray.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    BMW should maintain decent supply on the 1.

    BMWCCA should be allowed to coordinate for BMW 1 buyers/leasers, a $500 rebate from BMWNA.

    When one considers the ability to bargain down from M$RP for the 335i Coupe plus getting the $500 rebate, the differential between 135i and 335i isn't that much. I figure $3000-$3500.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    I was at one of my favorite places to view upscale vehicles yesterday-the Tampa airport indoor short-term parking garage. I drove through many aisles-lot's of BMW's-3's, a couple of M3's and 5's, an Infiniti M 45; various Lexus' and MB's. No BMW 1's yet. Haven't seen any on the road yet either. Scarce.

    On the way to the airport, a 2008 Honda Accord EX V6 kept tailing me. I was going 85-86 mph. I finally "helped" create an opening for him and let him think he got by me on his own. He's probably posting over on the Accord forum about how he absolutely "smoked" a 545i on the highway. :)
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    LOL... You sly dog. I understand

    Yes, there are a few proud drivers out there that also think they have edged out the mighty Carrera S... at least until the next one they meet, which might very well be less generous and shatter their misplaced euphoria! ;)

    However, the lowly entry-level 135i might send a few inflated egos on their way with their tail between their legs... Hopefully with a passenger in their car to make their humiliation even worse.

    TM
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    About 5k have been sold so far. They aren't like the ubiquitous 3 series (which is given away with your 5th latte at Starbucks). Or even the more mass-produced Mini (40k units a year).

    How many of the new bodied TTs do you see in a day? I've seen 2 of the latest TTs. I've seen about 10 1s on the road. But again, BMWs are so common in So Cal one would think they come with insanely propped up leases. Oh wait, they do.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    LOL. True, to a point.

    But, no artificial lease on the 1er!... Yet.

    TM
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    If I ever see you coming down the interstate in your 911, I would politely move over out of respect.

    By the way, since you are fortunate enough to possess both, which vehicle provides more visceral thrills: the 135i or the 911? ( A good question I guess if you are applying to be a diplomat).

    LOL!! I had no passenger with me when I let the Accord go by me, so I didn't have any "'splainin' " to do. I've had enough close encounters this year with the authorities, to have wizened up and not get into a 90 mph speed war on the interstate. Anybody driving the highway with any car knowledge at all should be aware of what the 545i is capable of. Yet every day I'm out there, I get challenged. Reminds me of those old western movies where the young gunslingers just have to come from far and wide to challenge the famous, experienced sharpshooter. The cemetery becomes full of them.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,372
    I sat in a 2008 M5 and the quality is first rate. I never drove one but how could it not be extremely competent and satisfying. The M3 impressed me the same.

    I look forward to the tii....

    Regards,
    OW
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    Certain vehicles for me are the "ultimate"-the M3 coupe, the 911 turbo cab. and to absolutely spoil myself rotten-a fully loaded MB S600. Give me those three and you will never see me again. ;)
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,372
    Wow...nice taste but we would miss you! I've yet to experience those ultimate choices of yours!

    Regards,
    OW
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    I would gladly settle for any one of those. From my standpoint, it would be the M3 Coupe. I've always been partial to BMW vehicles.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Any 1-Series owners here... other than bruski and myself?

    TM
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,566
    Virtual Owner here!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I drove a 135tii in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue yesterday. That's got to count for something...
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,317
    LOL.
    Seems slow in the game, though, don't it? ;)

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Yeah, it does. Though even in real life, every car feels slower when you get it on the track.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I drove a 135tii in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue yesterday. That's got to count for something...

    HA! HA! I went with my son the other day to get that game and they were out of stock. Is the game really good?

    TM
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Sorry, I don't really know. I played it for 10 minutes at Fry's.

    I will say the graphics were very impressive and I think it would be a great way to learn a track you've never actually driven.

    To be honest though, I haven't found a simulator that I really like because no matter how realistic the graphics and physics, the lack of actual g-forces makes it artificially too difficult to drive properly (same for flight simulators (especially helicopter simulators). The simulator is much more difficult than the real thing because your body uses 3 sensory (visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive) systems when it's in motion yet the simulator only provides one input (visual).

    Basically, you can't "feel" any weight transfer and you have no idea what the tires are doing - so you have no sense of acceleration (linear or lateral) and no way to detect (or control) the onset of under or oversteer. Whenever I try to do a smooth fast lap in a sim, I just get frustrated and go back to playing Halo or KOTOR.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,317
    while fedlawman is right, of course, I still like the game. Been a fan of GT since the original and can't help buying every one of them.

    This one isn't as in-depth as the past issues, but the graphics are so much better than previous versions that its worth the price of admission.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    some of you thought talking about the 3 series was off-topic and irrelevant! ;)
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    The original plea provoking the latest spurt of posts was from one of the two folks posting here who owns a 1 Series vehicle, looking for ANYBODY, besides himself and this other bloke who hasn't shown up here in over 2 months, who owns a 1 Series car to come forward and post. Since nobody came forward, the conversation resorted to race driver wannabe computer games. Better to talk about ANYTHING to help deflect the truth; which is, hardly anybody out there in Edmundsville owns a 1 Series vehicle! Reminds me of the old Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meridith as the one guy left on earth after the bomb hit.

    Imagine, what would happen on the 3 Series boards if someone said, "Hey, anyone out there own a 3 series vehicle, so we can compare our cars?" The poster would be swamped with relevant replies.

    The 1 Series has little interest. You can't fool the folks. They are sticking with the 3.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    The Truth About Cars, Mike Solowiow, April 21, 2008:

    "After testing BMW 135i and 335i Coupes back-to-back, I can reveal that there are only two good reasons to purchase the smaller, cheaper car. Either you need a track day machine or you're an idiot."

    "The poorly-packaged BMW 135i proved too difficult (read: unrewarding) to drive in daily situations. If the 335i didn't exist, you could make a pretty good case for the 135i. But it does, so you can't."

    "The 135i...really is an ugly car. The 335i looks like Catherine Zeta-Jones by comparison."

    "The 335i Coupe is Bimmer's best molding of power and grace to date."

    Thanks for the support, Mike! Pretty much what I have been saying.

    If you want a tenacious, honest vehicle review, I strongly recommend "The Truth About Cars." A perfect antidote to the idiotic reviewing sites that never met a car they didn't love.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    I believe each of us is allowed 3 truthful posts per month.

    The other folks here must have exceeded their truthful allotment, so they get to talk about how wonderful the 1 Series is.

    I only have 1 truthful post remaining in June. Luckily, it is almost the end of the month. ;)
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,621
    TTAC makes a fetish of bucking prevailing opinion and often rates cars the opposite of everyone else. They gave the Touareg TDI 5 stars and the Cayenne 4. Maybe they just don't like small cars. ">

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    The reviewer in question, Mike Solowiow, is no more or less qualified to compare cars than we are. He seems knowledgeable enough and is obviously an enthusiast, so I respect his opinion - even if I don't agree with it.

    EDIT - of course, he didn't really test these cars in his review. They both had automatic transmissions...
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,269
    I find their reviews to be candidly refreshing, whether I like it or not.
  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 451
    Any 1-Series owners here... other than bruski and myself?

    I started to reply earlier and the post went off into cyberland somewhere. If it happens to appear, please forgive me for repeating myself.

    I have configured a 135i about 5 times and ended up not choosing a single option.

    The sports package seems like an obvious choice, but the standard seats appear to be well bolstered. The shadowline trim is nice, but for 1,100 clams I can do without that.

    I guess I should sit in one and/or drive one the next time I am at the dealers instead of just looking at them. I think they are a little homely looking, but that's not something I base my car buying on - color either as long as it isn't blue.

    The wife likes heated seats so maybe I'll choose that. Whatever it takes to make her happy.

    Just curious - did you choose many options or just go "bare bones"? The 135i seems to have all the goodies already included.

    I've waited so long now I guess I might as well wait for the '09s to come out. :)

    2014 Fusion, 2013 Impreza, 2011 Forester

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I think the way to buy the 1 series is to go bare bones, in order to get some serious price separation with the 3, and also to make the 1 a logical step-up from a Cooper S. If you load up the options on a 1, people are going to say, "You pay WHAT for that little thing?"
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