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      Yesterday, 11:36 AM   #1
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Looking for a used 135is - would you buy a press vehicle?

So I'm in the market for a used 135is. Has to be stick shift, preferably lemans blue, and as heavily optioned as possible.

I came across this listing:

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...ngId=379697540


Price looks reasonable, but is probably one of the examples given to the press for reviews. The carfax shows the first owner as "corporate fleet vehicle" (10K miles) and the VIN shows this entry:

S902A Special inspection press vehicles

It's not certified, but is still under warranty. Thinks it's been abused?
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just some random thoughs, things that come to mind as i look

has a blacked out grill...nice tires/rims...beautiful all black interior, seems pricey....engine bay looks too clean
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you said heavily optioned? that one is not...doesn't even have a nav.

and IMO-----AVOID any corporate fleet cars.

3 months ago, i would have sold you my nearly-maximally optioned Deep Sea Blue 135is before i traded it in....but that car is long gone now.
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If you are considering it, I would be happy to head over there and take some actual photos and take a look at some records for you. I got my 135 from there and have a good relationship with one of the used vehicle sales people.

Send me a PM, heck, I might just go out there and take a look at it for shits and giggles.
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you said heavily optioned? that one is not...doesn't even have a nav.

and IMO-----AVOID any corporate fleet cars.

3 months ago, i would have sold you my nearly-maximally optioned Deep Sea Blue 135is before i traded it in....but that car is long gone now.
I saw that one, and I was tempted! but wasn't ready to pull the trigger. I go back and forth on the nav, I've got it on my 135. I think it is functionally weaker than Google maps, but the aesthetics of the built are hard to beat. At least this one has usb audio, which I use more than the i-drive iphone interface.

Premium package I really want - mostly for the fold-in and dimming mirrors. I fold my mirrors everywhere in the city, and heated seats, which this one also has.

It also lacks Harman Kardon, but I haven't really been impressed with that either. I could go aftermarket to improve.

Anyhow, if they'd come down a little on the price or CPO it I'd still consider it since the color combo is ideal for me, but you are probably right - I'm not in a real hurry, so I can afford to keep looking.
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If you are considering it, I would be happy to head over there and take some actual photos and take a look at some records for you. I got my 135 from there and have a good relationship with one of the used vehicle sales people.

Send me a PM, heck, I might just go out there and take a look at it for shits and giggles.
PM sent - thanks for the offer!
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You have a 2013 135i and you want to replace it with... a 2013 135is?

Why? Ever hear of the law of diminishing returns?
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Is that JeffyD's old car that he just traded in when he got the 1M for himself and X1 for his mom?
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I'm pretty sure this is the car.

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I'm pretty sure this is the car.

That one WAS JeffyD's car as I remember the plate #. O=|

There's 2 other CPO 135is's in lemans blue though bmw's site is all jacked up right now and won't let you search ANY RANGE anymore. THere's this one though I know of, which IEDEI loves the pics of:

http://cpo.bmwusa.com/certified/BMW/...m?geoZip=97035
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This is indeed JeffyD's car. Went over and took a look at it after work. I'm sure he can confirm, it has a painted "performance spoiler", morel sub, jl audio, I think the rest of the speakers are upgraded too. Comes on 225/255 pilot super sports. Blue trim mats are there. It has the black glossy kidney grills, maybe he still has the originals. I have a whole lot of pictures if anyone is interested.
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If its a press car I would avoid it. Long story but I had a 1M invoice but did not get a car allocated. Not happy with this outcome I went to BMWNA and they offered me a press car. They were clear that they would not offer extended warranty on it but that the remaining factory warranty would be in place. As a regular track goer I have seen the press cars in action - absolute abuse. Having them state that the car would not be eligible for extended warranty sealed my decision. Needless to say I did not take the 1M they offered me. I waited a year and bought a 135is. Still bummed about not getting the 1M but do not regret my decision to pass on the press car they offered me. My advice - stay away.
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Press cars are abused as hell.

By the way, what kind of key fob is that?! Never seen this, just the regular black fob without the BMW logo. Where can I buy it? :O
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I'm pretty sure this is the car.

That one WAS JeffyD's car as I remember the plate #. O=|

There's 2 other CPO 135is's in lemans blue though bmw's site is all jacked up right now and won't let you search ANY RANGE anymore. THere's this one though I know of, which IEDEI loves the pics of:

http://cpo.bmwusa.com/certified/BMW/...m?geoZip=97035
Into the corner!!! think about what you've done!!!

reminds me of my childhood.
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