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      02-10-2018, 06:46 PM   #1
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JVB Intro, and a new to me 128i Convertible

Some of you may have noticed me posting, and lurking. It is because I have been looking for a 128i Convertible for a few weeks. Today I brought one home.

It is a 2011 128i, Ghost Gray with Boston Red leather interior, black top, automatic (for the DC traffic) and the Nav system. It has 82K miles on it, and I paid $11K even, OTD.

There was nothing in the DC area that was similar, and at this price point. So y wife and I drove to Easton, PA, 220 miles each way, to look at one, and ultimately buy it.

The drive home was in hard rain all the way. The care handled it great. It has all new pads and rotors, so the brakes are outstanding. It handles far better than my recently sold MB CLK500, and almost as good as my Saturn Sky Redline. Of course power is not as good as either, but it is a very fun car to drive, with the right size for me.

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It desperately needs a good cleaning, some scratches touched up, and a good detailing.

Expect to see me around as I work through upgrades I plan.

First is a full set of Weathertech mats, plus the trunk mat. Also I want to add a dash cam, and most importantly MUD FLAPS!
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NOOOO! Not mudflaps! Hahaha! I see you HAVE been reading here as mudflaps have become our running joke. I happen to like them, personally.

Ghost Gray, huh? Haven't heard of that color for the 1 series. You sure it's not Space Gray or Sparkling Graphite? lol

Whatever color, nice looking 1er. Love the Coral Red. Welcome and congrats!
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Also, here is a VIN decoder, just put in the last 7 of your VIN to see what options your car came with. (in case you didn't know) ---->>> http://bimmer.work
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NOOOO! Not mudflaps! Hahaha! I see you HAVE been reading here as mudflaps have become our running joke. I happen to like them, personally.

Ghost Gray, huh? Haven't heard of that color for the 1 series. You sure it's not Space Gray or Sparkling Graphite? lol

Whatever color, nice looking 1er. Love the Coral Red. Welcome and congrats!
Oops, you are right, I was reading the color and mistranslated it. Space Gray it is. The seats are listed as Boston Red leather.

I too like Mud Flaps.
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Also, here is a VIN decoder, just put in the last 7 of your VIN to see what options your car came with. (in case you didn't know) ---->>> http://bimmer.work
Thanks, I did that before I bought it.
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Oops, you are right, I was reading the color and mistranslated it. Space Gray it is. The seats are listed as Boston Red leather.

I too like Mud Flaps.
Hmm... my first 1er had the same color interior and the VIN decoder shows Leder Boston 2/d1 Korallrot - LWD1 and my window sticker shows Coral Red (still have the window sticker). Whatever you call it, it looks beautiful!
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Welcome! Glad to see a new 128i owner in my area! And yes, I noticed you lurking...

I love the Space Grey and the red leather, it's such a good combo (not quite as good as Alpine White and the same leather, though)!

GOOD LUCK FINDING MUD FLAPS! You thought weapons-grade radioactive material was hard to find...

If we ever get that 3D printer that we've been talking about for 5 years, I'll design some replica mud flaps (maybe in multiple colors!) for our cars, and sell them!
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Welcome! Glad to see a new 128i owner in my area! And yes, I noticed you lurking...

I love the Space Grey and the red leather, it's such a good combo (not quite as good as Alpine White and the same leather, though)!

GOOD LUCK FINDING MUD FLAPS! You thought weapons-grade radioactive material was hard to find...

If we ever get that 3D printer that we've been talking about for 5 years, I'll design some replica mud flaps (maybe in multiple colors!) for our cars, and sell them!


Thanks Chris.

I can get the fronts, and someone said that the rears from a different model fit pretty well. I'm never afraid to waste some money trying things.

Oh, and a trailer hitch is in the works as well.
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Thanks Chris.

I can get the fronts, and someone said that the rears from a different model fit pretty well. I'm never afraid to waste some money trying things.

Oh, and a trailer hitch is in the works as well.
A trailer hitch? I thought those were for trucks!
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A trailer hitch? I thought those were for trucks!
Typically, but I want to be able to take our bicycles with us sometimes.
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Congrats on the purchase, Jim. Pretty much the same spec as my '13 (except for color). I'm sure you'll enjoy it, I know I have a smile on my face every time I'm behind the wheel of my 128 vert.
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A trailer hitch? I thought those were for trucks!
Nah. Not mine but... Good looking car JVB. I really love that red interior.

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Nice! I could see doing that!
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By the way, is there any way to raise the height of the arm rest in the center? Mine sits so low it almost hits a soda can. I would like at least an inch up.

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By the way, is there any way to raise the height of the arm rest in the center? Mine sits so low it almost hits a soda can. I would like at least an inch up.
Not as far as I know, but people have done some strange things to our bloody armrests. Do a search and see what you can find.
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BTW, your armrest looks lower than mine in the front.

Maybe it's just the angle of the pic.
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BTW, your armrest looks lower than mine in the front.

Maybe it's just the angle of the pic.
It is angled down and almost touching the console. I'm going to take it apart and see if I can add a block or something to raise it up. It does look pretty low.
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It is angled down and almost touching the console. I'm going to take it apart and see if I can dd a block or something to raise it up. It does look pretty low.
Here's a pic of mine as an example. Your beautiful red makes my black look boring. I miss my Coral Red.
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That's cool!

ARE THOSE STEELIES?
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Here's a pic of mine as an example. Your beautiful red makes my black look boring. I miss my Coral Red.
Yours looks taller. After reading a bunch of threads, it appears the difference isn't that much, so I guess I will be breaking new ground to raise mine up an inch or more. It should make the up holder more useful as well.
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That's cool!

ARE THOSE STEELIES?
They are steel wheels. He was there this year too but in a yurt instead of the teardrop. Talked to him a bit but didn't get into if he had any mods on the car.
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