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      08-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Arrow 128i: Simple Fun, Great Price! ...in Bimmer Magazine...

In the October issue of Bimmer Magazine... they have a nice article throwing some love to the 128i. It is a good read.


128i Buyer's Guide: Simple Fun, Great Price...
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      08-21-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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It was posted here about a month ago: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=724228
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      08-21-2012, 07:36 PM   #3
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It was posted here about a month ago: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=724228
Shoooot! oh well. The magazine just arrived over here (in DE) from the "world" ie USA.
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      08-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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Great article. Thanks for posting.
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      08-21-2012, 10:20 PM   #5
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As the article states, 6-speed, easy on the options and the car is a great bang for the buck proposition. My 09 has the sport package, xenons, coral leather and I've got two more payments to go.
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      08-22-2012, 11:26 AM   #6
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GM sourced 6 speed auto? i wonder which one. 6 speed autos are pretty good now
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      08-22-2012, 12:26 PM   #7
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After owning my manual 128i for almost a year now this review is 100% spot on! Its the reason I bought this car over any other...when its gone, years from now, I dont even know where to begin looking for an comparable replacement...
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      08-22-2012, 12:29 PM   #8
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As the article states, 6-speed, easy on the options and the car is a great bang for the buck proposition. My 09 has the sport package, xenons, coral leather and I've got two more payments to go.
It's such a great feeling when making that final payment.
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      08-22-2012, 12:59 PM   #9
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After owning my manual 128i for almost a year now this review is 100% spot on! Its the reason I bought this car over any other...when its gone, years from now, I dont even know where to begin looking for an comparable replacement...
After owning my manual 128i for just over three years now this review is 100% spot on! Its the reason I bought this car over any other. I will keep it for a long time so I don't have to look for a comparable replacement.
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      08-22-2012, 01:23 PM   #10
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Every now and then I wonder if i should have bought that 128i Vert.
Then I hear those twin turbos and think.....maybe not.

But i should have gone for the NA car. They just last that much longer!
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      08-22-2012, 01:29 PM   #11
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Every now and then I wonder if i should have bought that 128i Vert.
Then I hear those twin turbos and think.....maybe not.

But i should have gone for the NA car. They just last that much longer!
Certainly carries a bit of weight when Mike Miller(chief of Tech Talk in Roundel) talks about it being the significantly more reliable model.
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      08-22-2012, 01:45 PM   #12
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No kidding right!
5k mile oil changes and crossing my fingers!
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      08-22-2012, 02:34 PM   #13
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Isn't the car pictured in the article a 2012 135i with the stock wheels?
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Isn't the car pictured in the article a 2012 135i with the stock wheels?
Yup.
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      08-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #15
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Yup.
I thought it was a 128 with the M-package?
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      08-22-2012, 03:07 PM   #16
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After owning my manual 128i for almost a year now this review is 100% spot on! Its the reason I bought this car over any other...when its gone, years from now, I dont even know where to begin looking for an comparable replacement...
If you take care of it and maintain it, it should be good for a long while: I had 18 years on my E36 before I traded it in for the 128i...
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      08-22-2012, 03:15 PM   #17
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The wheels are the feature that makes me belive it is 135i. They are the stock wheels you get on a 2012 135i without the sport package. Regardless, a great article that really captures the essence ot the 1 series. Hope to see a 135i buyers guide in the future.
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I thought it was a 128 with the M-package?
It would have fog lights then wouldn't it?


Never the less this was a good write up on a great little car. (as we all know!)
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      08-22-2012, 07:34 PM   #19
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Just for fun, I did a build your own 128i on the BMW USA website. The purpose of the build was to design a sporty purist version of the 1er without turbos to see how much money I'd save over the 135i with options that I bought new. So I axed the premium package, got black leatherette instead of leather, and changed my exterior color from AW to Vermillion Red metallic. I kept the M-Sport Package, 6MT, and Harmon Kardon sound (with BMW Assist you have to get). The price came in around $36K, a savings of roughly $9K over my 135i. Damn. I mean I love my 135i, but, damn.
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Liked the article except for the comments about the Steptronic. No, I'm not gonna say its as fun as a manual, no its not. But the steptronic 128 is still a very very fun car to drive. And his comment about starting in first ?, just put it in manual mode, M1.
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      08-23-2012, 07:59 AM   #21
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It's the auto of of the V6 CTS - it's an ok tranny. Not meant for spotty driving, so don't confuse it with something that was designed to be quick (like an AMG auto or the old N54 ZF 6HP-21)

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Got to ask: Why is the front swaybar switch more common in these forums rather than the rear swaybar switch the Mr Miller recommends in the article?
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