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      02-20-2013, 07:49 AM   #8

Drives: '13 135is #180/586
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: NJ

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Originally Posted by gregthegr8 View Post
Interesting. You may be the only other person who has a 135is without the premium package, which I thought wasn't really worth my $2400 since I'd actually prefer the leatherette to the leather and only thing else in the package that really appealed to me was maybe the universal garage door opener.

As for the comfort access, it's not something I would pay the $500 for as a stand alone option as I'd rather just put the key in the ignition, but ya, it's weird, if you go on the bmw build your own website, it shows as a $0 option. The dealer didn't believe me and I forced him to choose that option and sure enough, it says, "N/C." He was worried that when the car arrives they'll try to charge me for it, so we'll see.

Your car has also tortured me as it's one of the few "is" models on here that there are many pics of as I've been struggling with choosing a color. Haven't seen one in space gray in person, though a local dealer has one in space gray with the oyster interior and poorly taken pictures on their website with the dealer prep still on, so hard to gauge. Would be interesting to see a Mineral Grey next to a Space Gray though.

Hope you're thoroughly enjoying yours, would love to hear what you think, and can't wait to have my own, similar one in the next couple of months. If only I could think of a good custom license plate. My 135i had 1FA KND, but alas, it's not available in California, so may think of some witty "is" version.
Yea, nothing in premium I wanted. I only ticked heated seats and the leather because I just couldn't wrap my head around going from the cloth in my ZHP (best interior I've ever had) to the leatherette, though I'm sure it's fine. I do know the leatherette will age a lot better.

I went with Space vs. Mineral because we had a Sparkling Graphite car in the family in the past (SG is similar to MG), and it might as well have been black to me. I saw every swirl even after normal, careful washing. I couldn't handle that, so I thought the SG was the right balance since I'd already owned a Titanium Silver car before.

I am loving the car. I don't get to stretch its legs often - only 2k miles to date. It's the right size, right power, right steering, and with the non-runflat winter tires, it's got the right suspension harshness. I'm looking into getting rid of the RFs for the spring, but that's a hefty price to get rid of brand new tires, and I'm not interested in selling them. So I'll probably suffer through.

One surprise is how loud the exhaust is. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but there are times when I want it to shut up and when I'd rather be more discreet. But on nice days with the windows down, it's just intoxicating.

It hasn't replaced my ZHP as my favorite car of all time yet, possibly because they're so different.

E82 '13 135is - Space Gray/Coral Red, 6 MT,
Heated Seats, 50% tint, clear bra, BMW Perf. Grilles, BMW Perf. CF Diffuser - #180/586