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      11-24-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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Headed to dealer tomorrow to make deal for new 1 series

Already checked it out, ran the numbers, test drove, did the research, etc. Know exactly what I want. I'm excited about it. Any advice? Happy to be aboard. This will be the first BMW I own. I'm going from an '06 Mazda RX-8. It was a fun car, but it was time for an upgrade.
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      11-24-2011, 06:44 PM   #2
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      11-24-2011, 08:05 PM   #3
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Keep the DSC on and be gentle with the right foot for a while. My Son drove mine while I was in the hospital and he said it got his attention a couple of times. The main thing is ENJOY.
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      11-24-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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Ditto on the break in period. Ignore advice to the contrary and take it easy for 1,200 miles or so. The wait will be well worth it!
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      11-25-2011, 08:40 AM   #6
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128 or 135? Have fun with the new ride
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you'll be smiling more freequently than usual, sometimes for no obvious reason :-)
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      11-25-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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128 or 135? Have fun with the new ride
Thanks for the advice, ladies and gents. I would have loved a 135 but it was a bit above my price range, so I ended up picking a Titanium Silver 128i coupe. Will take your advice and keep my foot from hitting the floor. I'm excited. It's my first BMW and my first car as a professional. And I did definitely find myself smiling today for no reason!
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      11-25-2011, 09:11 PM   #9
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Super happy with my 128i after 3 months.

I special ordered it with the Coral Red interior as its only option ... I'm not a gadget guy and my priority was to keep the price down.

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      11-26-2011, 08:11 AM   #11
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Congrats, it's an awesome car! I love mine, it's fun, looks good, and it will FLY!!
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Welcome! The 1-series is an awesome car
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      11-26-2011, 10:34 AM   #15
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I'm curious to read your impression about the 128i vs the RX-8. I don't especially see the 128i as an upgrade compared to an RX-8. The straight six definitely has more torque and sounds better (in my opinion) but the RX-8 has one of the best chassis money can buy and is pretty refined all together. and in my opinion the shifter of the RX-8 is a bit better. I love my 128i and I choose it above a 2010 RX-8 mainly because I am not too found of the rotary engine for a daily driver (back when I bought the 128i I had 32 miles commute in heavy traffic) and I hate black interiors, which was the ONLY choice for the Mazda in 2010 but it was a close call...
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      11-26-2011, 04:15 PM   #16
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Excellent.. Enjoy.
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      11-26-2011, 07:13 PM   #17
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I'm curious to read your impression about the 128i vs the RX-8. I don't especially see the 128i as an upgrade compared to an RX-8. The straight six definitely has more torque and sounds better (in my opinion) but the RX-8 has one of the best chassis money can buy and is pretty refined all together. and in my opinion the shifter of the RX-8 is a bit better. I love my 128i and I choose it above a 2010 RX-8 mainly because I am not too found of the rotary engine for a daily driver (back when I bought the 128i I had 32 miles commute in heavy traffic) and I hate black interiors, which was the ONLY choice for the Mazda in 2010 but it was a close call...

All good points. My situation was a little bit different, as the warranty on my '06 had just expired and the car had just had some bodywork done, devaluing it almost to the point where it'd be unsellable. In terms of straight line speed, I feel like the BMW definitely has more kick off the line, largely due in part to the torque, or lack thereof, in the Mazda. With my Mazda, you have to kind of feel around for a sweet spot at high RPMs (remember, it's got a 9k redline) where you can draw the most power from.

On a track, I think the RX-8 would PROBABLY outperform the 128. It's got a great chassis, perfectly even front-to-back weight distribution, etc. I can't speak as to the smoothness of shifting gears because I got the BMW in automatic. Off hand, I don't know which car has a narrower wheelbase.

As far as the ride goes, it's BMW hands down, but I don't think anyone is surprised. I thought the Mazda's steering was tight, but the 1 is on a whole other level. I also feel the road a bit more on the Mazda, and it's suspension was a tiny bit stiffer I believe.

Loved my Mazda, great car and was sad to have to give it up. I wanted to go in a little bit of a different direction from a PURE sports car to something a bit more refined and comfortable. Had I wanted the former, I would have went with a 370z, but there was something about the prospect of owning a BMW that had me give this car a chance first, and when I drove it, I fell in love with it. I wanted to drive an '11 RX-8, but the dealers in my area said there weren't even any more in Florida at that point. Given that it's now a discontinued model, the choice became a lot easier.
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Nice.

What interior colors did you get?

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