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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:02 AM
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I'm looking at purchasing a pre-owned `08 135i Convertible. The car is fully equipped, has MSport package, Bluetooth, premium stereo w/USB, auto-dimming, paddle-shifters, adaptive lights, etc., and lists for slightly over $33K. Mileage is 33000. How do you feel about the price? Is there anything related to the `08 models that need to be taken into account?

The car will be mostly driven on weekends.

Thanks in advance!
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IIRC, there was no M-Sport package in 2008 - only the regular Sport Package.

Is the car CPO? The price seems quite high if not, especially as there is only about one year left on the OEM warranty. A search of local 135i availablilty reveals some 2010 loaners for under $30k with much lower milage.

http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...fmJUzz4yYtqk4H

Outside of the introduction of the M-Sport, the other major difference from '08 to '09 was an improved, HD based Navi/iDrive.

Edit: Sorry, just noticed you wanted a 'vert - my comments above refer to coupes.

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Old 09-20-2011, 09:02 AM
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OK, I phoned the dealer...they are about 1-hour from my home...and have since learned that the car is CPO, with warranty through January 2015. I made an appointment to check out the car this Friday...my plan is to offer $31K. Thoughts?
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Leslierc - Hopefully you were able to negotiate the deal down a bit further. That seemed fairly high as mentioned before. I have found 2010 135i in the area with less than 30,000 miles for less than $30,000.

Let me know if you're still looking, I have some good contacts over at BMW at Silver Springs and they may be able to help you out with finding one or even getting a new one for close to $35,000 of course with hardly any options.

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:49 AM
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Leslierc - Hopefully you were able to negotiate the deal down a bit further. That seemed fairly high as mentioned before. I have found 2010 135i in the area with less than 30,000 miles for less than $30,000.

Let me know if you're still looking, I have some good contacts over at BMW at Silver Springs and they may be able to help you out with finding one or even getting a new one for close to $35,000 of course with hardly any options.

Let us know!
Thanks, but I did the deed Friday before last at BMW of Bel Air (Maryland). I got them down slightly...on the road for $36K. The car is in superb condition...paddle shifters, power seats, USB, adaptive headlights, new 18" Pirelli P-Zeros, warranty through January 20, 2015. I have photos attached on another thread here in case you want to see.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=571216
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Nice car Leslie....I know I loved mine (before some moron totalled it). Do me a favor...make sure that you use only TopTier gas in the 135 with the N54 engine (Shell, Chevron, Mobil, ect) and change the brand of gas you use regularly (don't fill up with same brand more than 5 times in a row). You ll thank me later for this advice. Also, put a bottle of BMW fuel system cleaner in the car once every 5k miles (its 12 bucks a bottle) and this car will run like a charm. Don't do the above and you will have driveability issues. Take my word for it as I purchased one of the first 135's sold in North America and did the beta testing for BMW. Edit...nice you got sparkling graphite (I love SG) and Pzero tires (the best). Nice, nice car.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:20 AM
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Nice car Leslie....I know I loved mine (before some moron totalled it). Do me a favor...make sure that you use only TopTier gas in the 135 with the N54 engine (Shell, Chevron, Mobil, ect) and change the brand of gas you use regularly (don't fill up with same brand more than 5 times in a row). You ll thank me later for this advice. Also, put a bottle of BMW fuel system cleaner in the car once every 5k miles (its 12 bucks a bottle) and this car will run like a charm. Don't do the above and you will have driveability issues. Take my word for it as I purchased one of the first 135's sold in North America and did the beta testing for BMW. Edit...nice you got sparkling graphite (I love SG) and Pzero tires (the best). Nice, nice car.
I agree, very nice! To bad temps are going down and you may have to keep that top up Hopefully you can use it a few times before next year! This weekend is supposed to be nice!

I was going to say in my research of the 1 series there was a huge amount of complaints about the HPFP (High Pressure Fuel Pumps)? From my understanding is that BMW has taken care of the fuel pumps via recalls and maintanence.

Do the fuel pumps still have issues? Does this go for even the new 2011-Present BMWs? Good recommendations though!

P.S. Hopefully they came with either all season or winter tires, if not, I'm not sure how well the 1 Series handles just yet, but I've heard it's probably a good idea to buy some good winter tires!
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I agree, very nice! To bad temps are going down and you may have to keep that top up Hopefully you can use it a few times before next year! This weekend is supposed to be nice!

I was going to say in my research of the 1 series there was a huge amount of complaints about the HPFP (High Pressure Fuel Pumps)? From my understanding is that BMW has taken care of the fuel pumps via recalls and maintanence.

Do the fuel pumps still have issues? Does this go for even the new 2011-Present BMWs? Good recommendations though!

P.S. Hopefully they came with either all season or winter tires, if not, I'm not sure how well the 1 Series handles just yet, but I've heard it's probably a good idea to buy some good winter tires!
The HPFP problem has not been completely solved, but it has been brought under control. The HPFP went through about 7 or 8 revisions leading up to the current pump which resides in my N54 535i. It looks like BMW has finally produced a pump that will last a decent amount of time despite the fact that pump failures still do occur (albeit on a much lower scale than before). I would still buy an N54 or N55 equipped car (N55 is the 2011 and beyond) and just accept that the HPFP may be a maintainance item that has to be replaced every so often.
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Nice car Leslie....I know I loved mine (before some moron totalled it). Do me a favor...make sure that you use only TopTier gas in the 135 with the N54 engine (Shell, Chevron, Mobil, ect) and change the brand of gas you use regularly (don't fill up with same brand more than 5 times in a row). You ll thank me later for this advice. Also, put a bottle of BMW fuel system cleaner in the car once every 5k miles (its 12 bucks a bottle) and this car will run like a charm. Don't do the above and you will have driveability issues. Take my word for it as I purchased one of the first 135's sold in North America and did the beta testing for BMW. Edit...nice you got sparkling graphite (I love SG) and Pzero tires (the best). Nice, nice car.
Thanks, and thanks also for the fuel tips. I typically fill-up at Shell, Sunoco, BP, and Mobil gas stations...I learned my lesson a long time ago about using "cheaper" fuel. I did not know about the fuel system cleaner...I'm going to see if I can order some on-line right now!
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Did a bit of research...BMW Fuel System Cleaner Plus is manufactured by Chevron, who sells their brand's version of the stuff for $3 less. I just ordered 3 bottles through Amazon.com.
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Did a bit of research...BMW Fuel System Cleaner Plus is manufactured by Chevron, who sells their brand's version of the stuff for $3 less. I just ordered 3 bottles through Amazon.com.
You are right. BMW fuel system cleaner plus is repackaged Chevron techron. The Chevron branded stuff should be the same and possibly a little less potent than the BMW stuff (no one really knows). In any event, it is safe for your car.
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