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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
BMWs throw back to the iconic 2002, with a renewed form and function. The smallest car in BMW's line up but still packs a punch. Available in coupe or convertible, powered by either an inline 6 in the 128 or the twin turbo rocket sled 135.

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:20 PM
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which one to get?

BMW 135i, both are same price:

2008(from owner)
automatic with steptronic
58xxx km
all the packages except comfort access
carbon fiber interior
original factory BMW Dinan performance parts with performance exhausts and brakes-----really? Dinan from BMW? bonus for me, I like it
extended warranty to 2014-----big plus for me
new car replacement policy-----not sure what that is
brand new rear tires-----bonus for me

2009(from dealer)
manual
30xxxkm
1 accident claim $1674
premium package
M sport package
aluminum glacier silver trim
BMW Performance Short Shifter Kit-----doesn't really matter to me
17" OZ Racing Ultraleggera Wheels-----bonus for me, I like it
3rd party Radar Detector-----not really need it

so sum up:
I like 2008 for performance and cosmetic upgrades, extended warranty for peace of mind, new rear tires, auto tranny, but it is 1 year older, higher millage, and it is private sale.

I like 2009 because it is from a dealer, I can trade in my current vehicle, less millage, but it is manual tranny, I can't even test drive it, I have to learn it, it has an accident claim, no extended warranty and the upgrade is only for cosmetic.

Thanks in advance. This will be my first BMW by the way.

Please tell me the reason why one is over another, thank you.

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:39 PM
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:02 PM
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Second one (2009)
because of the stick? or?
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:42 PM
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:51 PM
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because of the stick? or?
yes, all the other options are easy to change. Auto / Manual swap is a huge pain to attempt
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:12 AM
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I am generally inclined to advocate for a manual in a situation like this. However, given that it sounds like you have zero experience using your left foot I would be leery of learning on such a nice car that I just bought. Plus depending on how long they have been driving some people try the manual and it seems so foreign to them that they can't ever get comfortable with it. It would suck to plunk down a nice wad of money just to find out you are one of those people. I was one of the lucky minority who learned to drive on a manual and so it feels completely natural to me.

What I would do if I were in your shoes would be first to convince a friend of yours with a manual to teach you on their car. Hopefully you have at least one friend who loves you enough or has a sh!tty/old enough car to do this solid for you. If you go out a few times and you think you can be comfortable then I would get the 2009 with the manual.
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It's just my opinion, but the 135i is not the car you drive to learn how to drive a stick. I remember being 12 and my older brother putting me behind the wheel of his '64 GTO to teach me how to drive a stick...that experience left me scarred until I grew to realize that it was wayyyy too much car for me at the time. It strikes me that the 135i would not be as cruel as my brother's GTO, but there is that tiny matter of the performance clutch that you wouldn't want to be replacing.
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It would be easy to learn to drive a manual with a 135.

Unless you have feet of stone. I own 3 manual vehicles: BMW 330, Toyota Tacoma and Honda Civic and have taught 2 teenage girls to drive. The great clutch feel and ample power make the BMW the easiest to learn on.
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