Originally Posted by Tom K.
1. Don't particularly care for turbos & feel that BMW's non-turbo 3 liter 6 is one of the best engines around.
2. More reliable motor.
3. Overall balance of power & efficiency - good gas milage with acceptable performance which rewards skillful driving.
4. 165 lbs. less weight.
5. Lower insurance costs.
6. Had xenons on a Z4 & frankly, since I don't think they are worth the money (especially if repairs are ever needed), I preferred the option not to have them. YMMV.
7. If I need an acceleration rush, my BMW motorcycle will run rings around a 135i.
(Ideally, I would have preferred an 130i with around 260 bhp.)
I used to feel the same about xenons, and my 325i didnt' have them.
Then, I got them on my 06 A4.
Now, I'm NEVER going back to non xenon's. There is just NO comparison, especially when you live in a "country suburban" setting with very little to no street lighting.
For me, at 43yrs, insurance between the 2 wasn't much different.
In fact, the convertible was about $40 LESS than the coupe. I have the coupe.