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      07-12-2012 11:17 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post
      Fruity crackle.
      If that is the fruit, this must be the mixed nuts crackle then........

      It changes often

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      07-13-2012 03:38 AM #52
      Can't compare stock with aftermarket. Also Matty hates drone.
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      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

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      07-13-2012 04:03 AM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post
      Nice call John. There's no way this engine set up is going to be a once-off.

      That has potential... The M135i front end is nearing bearable, but the droopy rear end is unforgivable..

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      07-13-2012 04:55 AM #54
      The most fun hatchback on sale?

      If you are blind.

      Because tasting a little bit of sick in the back of your mouth every time you approach your car isn't fun.

      Why can't BMW get its **** together and design something to rival the aesthetic perfection of a 3.0 CSL?

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      07-13-2012 07:11 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by WAY View Post
      Can't compare stock with aftermarket. Also Matty hates drone.
      I wouldn't say I hate it. But if you are going to buy a car in which you cannot speak to your passenger, then you need to know that before you buy it.

      It was like that in the VR6, you couldn't hear your passenger yelling "LET ME OUT FFS!"
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That looks like something from their Prep Boy f@ggot collection.
      Quote Originally Posted by smarm View Post
      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

    6. 07-13-2012 10:08 AM #56
      i don't like drone either. w.o.t. is fine and beautiful, but traffic crawling sux arse.

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      08-01-2012 03:29 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by R32DBPGenV View Post
      I did a bit of digging for you Wayne.

      Standard on the M135i above and beyond the lower spec cars
       Variable sport steering, incl. the functions of Servotronic power steering
       M sport suspension, stiffer suspension spring and damper setup with vehicle lowered by 15mm
       M Sport Brakes: 4 piston aluminium fixed calliper and 2 piston rear calliper, Blue with M badge
       BMW M light-alloy wheels, Double-spoke 436 M, front 7.5 J x 18”with 225/40, rear 8 J x 18 with 245/35 R18 tyres
       BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line
       Exhaust pipe, round, left and right, Black Chrome
       M Aerodynamics Package, embellishers in Ferric Grey
       Ornamental front grille with Chrome surround, 8 kidney grille slats in Black high-gloss
       Bi-Xenon headlights with headlight washer system
       Interior lights package, including handle area lighting
       BMW Individual roofliner Anthracite
       Door sill finishers with M designation
       Floor mats in Velour
       Interior trim, Aluminium Hexagon with Estoril blue highlight
       Upholstery, Dakota leather
       BMW Sport Seats, manual seat adjustment
       Steering wheel, M leather with multifunction buttons
       Extended connectivity of Bluetooth/USB with Voice Control, incl. extended functionality including Bluetooth audio streaming, pairing of multiple Bluetooth devices, office functions and album cover display. See bmw.com/Bluetooth for a list of compatible mobile phones
       HiFi Loudspeaker System, 7 speakers, 205W, analogue amplifier with equaliser



      OPTIONS for the M135i

       8-speed Sport automatic transmission
       Rear View Camera
       Comfort Access System
       Glass sunroof
       Sun protection glazing
       Seat adjustment, electric - with memory function for driver’s seat and auto parking function for passenger side exterior mirror
       Seat heating for driver and front passenger
       High-Beam Assist
       Lane Departure Warning
       Parking Assistant
       Park Distance Control (PDC), front and rear (rear is standard on the M135i)
       Adaptive headlights
       Music Interface for Smartphones
       Instrument cluster with extended contents

      Pro Nav on the 328i is only $1049 so I guess similar here.

      I have a price already on a manual one of these at $71,300 drive away in manual (no options), not bad really.
      What's the delivery time like Liam? I agree, it's pretty tempting.

      You'd just have to get used to saying "Yes, I know it's ugly but..."
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That looks like something from their Prep Boy f@ggot collection.
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      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

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      08-01-2012 03:35 AM #58
      Matty, the first few cars are due in Australia September/October, some are already sold. Popular choice, apparently, is the Estoril Blue, a la WRX etc.

      Advice, never park the car front on to a shop window or reflective surface, can be disturbing.
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      08-01-2012 03:36 AM #59
      That soon?

      Agree with your comments about windows. Even the Toyota 86 is more visually appealing.

      Quote Originally Posted by WAY View Post
      I think I may buy one of these and cancel the Subbie.
      Second in line. Can't believe Liam got dibs on Wayne's next car before Wayne actually decided he wanted one.
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That looks like something from their Prep Boy f@ggot collection.
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      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

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      08-01-2012 03:37 AM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post

      You'd just have to get used to saying "Yes, I know it's ugly but..."
      Just get a bumper sticker made up.

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      08-01-2012 03:42 AM #61
      Liam, what made you want to spec the manual. Is that a suggestion you wouldn't want an auto? If so, why?

      Ryan drove one of the 8 speed autos and said it was a riot.
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That looks like something from their Prep Boy f@ggot collection.
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      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

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      08-01-2012 04:02 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post
      Liam, what made you want to spec the manual. Is that a suggestion you wouldn't want an auto? If so, why?

      Ryan drove one of the 8 speed autos and said it was a riot.
      Ryan has a car with the 8 speed auto.

      Auto would be better.
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bookie View Post
      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

    13. 08-01-2012 04:04 AM #63
      Simple solution - get a car bra for it.

      Wayne is on the money though - BMW shapes grow on me. I really like the 1 Series breadvan now but thought it was rubbish when it first came out.
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      08-01-2012 04:18 AM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post
      that soon?
      My good buddy is getting the first one.
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bookie View Post
      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

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      08-01-2012 04:53 AM #65
      The Prof? I'll have dibs on that one too. Will have better options.
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That looks like something from their Prep Boy f@ggot collection.
      Quote Originally Posted by smarm View Post
      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

    16. 08-01-2012 05:05 AM #66
      I don't see what all the fuss is about how it looks. Looks like most other bmw cars.

      We had a 130 (I think, the ~ $70k version with everything) for a couple of days when they first came out, must have been 5 years ago now, not sure?

      I always thought it was awesome and that a "M" version would be great, was a let down to see they only made the little 2 door coupe the "M" version.

    17. 08-01-2012 05:11 AM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by WAY View Post
      Ryan has a car with the 8 speed auto.

      Auto would be better.
      I had a poverty engined 1er with the 8 as a loaner. It was a hoot as previously advertised.

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      08-01-2012 05:14 AM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by smarm View Post
      I had a poverty engined 1er with the 8 as a loaner. It was a hoot as previously advertised.
      Yeah I know. But it's the same transmission as your X3. I've driven all the 1 series bar M135i and they are crackers.
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bookie View Post
      gt2 is a luxury car, yes.

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      09-29-2012 05:00 AM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post
      EVO

      The BMW M135i, a sub-£30K hot hatchback and one of BMW’s newly emerging range of M Performance products rather than a direct replacement for the 1M Coupe. It’s only 19bhp shy of that car, though, which was one of our favourites of 2011.

      Technical highlights?

      Try to think of a car that reprises the E30 M3’s dynamic template – compact, light, nimble, rear-drive – but propelled by a sublime 3-litre turbocharged straight six that (acoustically engineered or not) sounds as good, if not better, than any naturally aspirated six the M Division has made in 40 years.

      Its 316bhp and 332lb ft give it a 0-62mph time of 4.9sec when teamed with ZF’s frankly astonishing 8-speed auto. You can have a 6-speed Getrag manual (which adds a couple of tenths to the sprint time) but the 8-speeder is so fast, responsive and smooth, it makes a better case for auto-with-paddles than most double-clutch transmissions.

      What’s it like to drive?

      The BMW M135i is almost Q-car subtle, which made for an amusing 20 minutes on the Autobahn as, time after time, the car rushed to its 155mph speed limiter once other fast-moving (but somewhat bemused) traffic had been persuaded to move over.

      The best thing about the M135i, though, is the grin it puts on your face on a twisty road. Dripping with feel the electro-hydraulic steering is not but, at two turns between locks, it’s direct and accurate and acquires a helpful meatiness with speed. With stiffer springs, dampers and bushes and a lower ride height than other new three-door 1-series models, the M tweaks work a little magic in league with the uniquely styled double five-spoke 18-inch wheels shod with 225/40 and 245/35 tyres to imbue the chassis with alert responses and fine grip without taking too much off the ride.

      How does it compare?

      Audi’s now discontinued RS3 Sportback quattro had 335bhp but an inferior power/weight ratio (203 plays 222bhp/tonne) and cost ten grand more. Mercedes’s forthcoming A45 AMG, also packing 335bhp, will give the BMW a fight in a straight line but, in the current hot hatch arena, the nearest price rival is the £29,745 Volkswagen Scirocco R with front-wheel drive and 56 fewer horses.

      Anything else I need to know?

      Thanks to Efficient Dynamics tech, the M135i posts a claimed 35.3mpg (37.7mpg with the auto) and 188g/km (175g/km). You’d expect nothing less. But I can’t help thinking the real achievement is the focus on something I’d feared the M people had lost sight of: the bloke behind the wheel. Three hearty cheers for that.

      http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evoc...5i_review.html
      Hmmm...I keep thinking about a replacement for the S3, and this rates pretty well...I'm just wondering if I can get over that front end

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      09-29-2012 05:17 AM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by Timbo_S3 View Post
      Hmmm...I keep thinking about a replacement for the S3, and this rates pretty well...I'm just wondering if I can get over that front end
      I guess it depends on how much you value other peoples' opinions. If it troubles you when people look across at your car and start to have a quiet snaffle, then don't get it. If you are really only concerned with the driving experience then I don't think there's a better car in this part of the market.

      I'd do it.

      And I should say that every time I see a new 1-series on the road, I'm surprised by how benign it is in the metal, if not, whisper it... quite nice looking.
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That looks like something from their Prep Boy f@ggot collection.
      Quote Originally Posted by smarm View Post
      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

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      09-29-2012 06:16 AM #71
      also has 4wd option in Europe.
      Yeah I'm a Volvo driver

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      09-29-2012 06:22 AM #72
      Am heading to Europe tomorrow for a few weeks, so I'll check it out.

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      09-29-2012 06:30 AM #73
      The last time you went overseas when you arrived the place was in peace. By the time you left, war was about to break out.

      Don't do it again.
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
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      Can you give me a heads up when that hits the market.

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      09-29-2012 06:13 PM #74
      Hehe....I'll try to avoid fomenting revolution this time, but I never promise

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      10-10-2012 09:39 PM #75
      this should put cat amongst pigeons if you can get past the badge..

      http://www.caradvice.com.au/195204/f...s-st-review-2/
      Yeah I'm a Volvo driver

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