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Old 09-03-2012, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Burrogs View Post
Option 3: lease a 335i for $419/mo, pay for it all yourself, have the "bragging rights" today, and selfrespect forever.

Why the hell does it cost $150 more a month to lease a 135i vs a 335i?
If you read the OP's first message, he says it's a loaded 135i. I'm assuming there's a stripped down 335i available for $419 a month, but that's not what he's comparing. A well equipped 128i with metallic paint, M sport package, navigation, leather, and a few other goodies comes out to over $500/month (assuming you put as little as possible down at inception/drive-off, since it makes zero sense to put money down on a lease with APRs of 3.5% or less). A 328i similarly equipped is a few bucks more.

OP: You may want to drive a manual transmission 128i...lovely car, and a great daily driver with good gas mileage and reasonable insurance rates for a young 'un.

Either way, enjoy whatever you choose!
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