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      04-30-2007, 05:16 PM   #60
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Drives: 2009 128i
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ottawa

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Originally Posted by Brookside View Post
I don't see the 1-er as a niche model that's aimed (only) at the performance crowd...
even the guy who wants something that goes great,
handles great without breaking their bank account should be able to find what they want...
without feeling that they ended up with a cut-rate BMW.
This is the essence of it for me.

Priorities dictate that I won't have US$35K to spend on a car. Kids, a mortgage and a family car all relegate things like 306 bhp, 18" wheels and Dakota Leather to a pretty low place on the priority list.

But that doesn't mean I'm going to settle for a i4 turbo when every other post-1999 BMW in NA has an i6 or better. I really hope an i6 engine with 220+ bhp is available for somewhere aroung US$30K.

Like I've said in a previous post, if they introduce an i4, it has to be done to make a clear and convincing statement about giving BMW clients fuel economy-firendly choice. But if it's just about throwing out a cheaper option to snag some of the low-end of the market, offering an i4 in the absence of a reasonably priced i6 will fail, fail, fail...

Fingers crossed for a 128i or 130i...