Thread: 128i Turbo?
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      11-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by can128 View Post
With all that said, I'm happy with the N/A 3.0L... There's just something about it that get's me every time. BMW has nailed the N/A in-line 6 and nothing will change that.
That is how I feel, especially over 5k rpm. that sound reminds me of e46 m3 that i heard on the street @ redline in 2nd gear

I just don't understand BMW reason behind the following for 128i:
- Not including the DISA from the factory
- Using a different rear knuckle assembly that makes retrofitting 135i brakes difficult( no hand brake)
- Not using the 135i exhaust design (mid pipe & axle back)

These 3 things alone would make 128i more desirable, even if it was detuned like 325i or 125i to make the price difference of 135i valid for the regular consumers. The aftermarket would be the same for exhaust & rear BBK and tunign would make it jump to 330i/ z4 3.0 si levels.

Overall, I sometimes feel that I am fixing BMW's accounting/cost related decisions with the mods that i have made and that is backwards compared to other great cars like the Toyobaru FRS/BRX and Miata. And since my car is aging, the balance between $ spent & car value is shifting...

EDIT: My ideal 128:
Factory: DISA, 135i brakes(even with their cracking pistons), Eurobox intake, and BMP or smth exhaust
Light mods: tune, m3 subframe bushings, Select m3 control arms , select sway bar upgrades

I guess I am almost at "Factory" spec lol
128i Sport 6MT converted to Euro 130i spec, 3.73 diff, tuned by evolve ~220 whp 207 wtq(ft-lb) SAE
In-progress: //M front arm, M3 rack, e36M lip Wishlist: Coils, n55 mnts, headers, LSD, e60 finn diff

"The 1-series is the last car that BMW engineered before the Germans, as a car-making culture, fell out of love with driving." - R&T 2013 135is

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