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      01-19-2013, 05:03 PM   #243
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Update on break in service:

Also, I asked them to try to remove the automatic wipers. They worked quite a while trying to figure it out, and it's impossible (according to them) on this car. Guess I'll be slopping plenty of rain-x on the windshield as my brain cannot handle the varying speeds of the auto wipers. OCD at its finest right there.

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So not trying to be master of the obvious, but on my test drive it was raining and I accidentally turned off the auto wipers; dealer turned them back on. Just downloaded the manual and page 72 explains how the auto-wiping system can be deactivated. Again, not being sarcastic here, just trying to help, but I don't have my car yet so I can't test to be sure.

Regarding Rain-X, huge fan! I find it tiring to watch the wipers so I seldom ever use them. For me, Rain-X is a safety requirement for any vehicle in my family...night time rain fully disappears and there is no loss of visibility IMHO.
No worries! When you deactivate auto wipers the speed sensitive function remains which totally negates the basic ability to have intermittent wipers at any speed.

Unless I'm totally wrong.
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Also asked them to hunt a rattle from my rear interior. Couldn't find it. Build quality is obviously lower on this car than on my ZHP,...
Try shoving the rear seat belt clips deeper into their recess? That cause some noise from the rear for me after a passenger sat back there. Besides that, the car has been dead quiet (knock wood).


No _extra_ turbo lag in the 'is' versus the regular 135i. Power is great but the nonlinear throttle mapping sucks. E46 M3 has ~same HP, but WAY better throttle response. I've already considered throttle mapping modifiers...
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Is the 135IS an N54 or N55?
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Try shoving the rear seat belt clips deeper into their recess? That cause some noise from the rear for me after a passenger sat back there. Besides that, the car has been dead quiet (knock wood).


No _extra_ turbo lag in the 'is' versus the regular 135i. Power is great but the nonlinear throttle mapping sucks. E46 M3 has ~same HP, but WAY better throttle response. I've already considered throttle mapping modifiers...
Let us know what you find!
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Power is great but the nonlinear throttle mapping sucks. E46 M3 has ~same HP, but WAY better throttle response.
No shit Sherlock.....

M3 is a n/a with ITB's etc., so it's hardly rocket science that it will have waaaaay better throttle response.

For a road going production turbo engine, the N55 is pretty damn good as far as throttle response goes IMHO.
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At the dealer! Still on for Saturday pickup unless something gets screwed up.


Stunning combo!

Going to miss your column, but look forward to a feature article on the 135is this spring ;-) (once your summer wheels go back on). It would be nice if it also served as tips on great sunday drives in the northern NJ area.

I am immobilized by procrastination on what to replace my sadly departed M5 with. Its been 3 months without a BMW. I have consumed alot of wine to get through it... This thread as added another contender to my wishlist which currently consists of: Another E60 M5, E90/92 M3, F30 diesel (wait and see though..), F10 535i M-Sport, 1M (still awefully pricey on the used market)

135i has intrigued me since its release, to the point that I put money down on a 1M in 2010 and never got an allocation (still bitter). Perhaps I need to take one out for a drive again and see how it floats my boat...The

Please bring it out to the Cars and Croissants NJ meet in March. They start up again first weekend in March I believe.

Thanks 135is owners for the pick me up this morning, I just joyrode on your support group!
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Stunning combo!

Going to miss your column, but look forward to a feature article on the 135is this spring ;-) (once your summer wheels go back on). It would be nice if it also served as tips on great sunday drives in the northern NJ area.

I am immobilized by procrastination on what to replace my sadly departed M5 with. Its been 3 months without a BMW. I have consumed alot of wine to get through it... This thread as added another contender to my wishlist which currently consists of: Another E60 M5, E90/92 M3, F30 diesel (wait and see though..), F10 535i M-Sport, 1M (still awefully pricey on the used market)

135i has intrigued me since its release, to the point that I put money down on a 1M in 2010 and never got an allocation (still bitter). Perhaps I need to take one out for a drive again and see how it floats my boat...The

Thanks 135is owners for the pick me up this morning, I just joyrode on your support group!

mb, please bring it out to the Cars and Croissants NJ meet in March. They start up again first weekend in March I believe.
Thank you! Satch has said no to a 135is feature. Perhaps I didn't sell it well enough. Wanted to take the column in a different direction, but he wasn't interested in that, which I completely understand. The MINI-rati need their fix.

Best thing I could say is to go drive a 135is or 135i before you make any decisions. You will notice a major build quality difference in a 1 and an M5 (duh).

Matter of fact, if you shoot me a PM, you're more than welcome to come drive mine once the summers are back on and you can get the real feel.

I've never heard of cars and croissants - I'd absolutely love to come. Get me some more info!
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Thank you! Satch has said no to a 135is feature. Perhaps I didn't sell it well enough.
Mmm, that's odd...

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Best thing I could say is to go drive a 135is or 135i before you make any decisions. You will notice a major build quality difference in a 1 and an M5 (duh). Matter of fact, if you shoot me a PM, you're more than welcome to come drive mine once the summers are back on and you can get the real feel.
Certainly, but I appreciate cars that are the best they can be for their intended purpose at an appropriate price point. So I expect lower quality materials, but not rattles or bad fitment!

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I've never heard of cars and croissants - I'd absolutely love to come. Get me some more info!
Cars and Croissants has a yahoo group, signup! Here is my rolling thread on M5Board, 2013 schedule is on post #119. Meets are typically at the Hilton on RT10, but it does occassionally move, so you have to watch your email. The BMW contingent was sparse in late 2011, and increased steadily on 2012, perhaps in part due to publicity I gave it on M5Board. Peruse the thread, there are some awesome cars that come out.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60...ssants-nj.html

Update: A couple more threads of C&C

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60...hatham-nj.html

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/f10...18-2011-a.html
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Very cool. Well, let's advertise here, and I'll put it out to my ZHP friends as well.
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No shit Sherlock.....

M3 is a n/a with ITB's etc., so it's hardly rocket science that it will have waaaaay better throttle response.

For a road going production turbo engine, the N55 is pretty damn good as far as throttle response goes IMHO.
None of that is news. Since they use an electric throttle position, they can apply all sorts of throttle maps. (torque demand, power demand, and combination of). As such with little 'turbo' lag, the non-linear nature of the engine can be effectively smoothed. AS-IS there are two distinct maps 0-50% is daily driving, 50-100% is track mode. The blend point is very evident, and it doesn't need to be.
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None of that is news. Since they use an electric throttle position, they can apply all sorts of throttle maps. (torque demand, power demand, and combination of). As such with little 'turbo' lag, the non-linear nature of the engine can be effectively smoothed. AS-IS there are two distinct maps 0-50% is daily driving, 50-100% is track mode. The blend point is very evident, and it doesn't need to be.
Be interesting to hear from someone with a manual, whether the throttle mapping differs from DCT.
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Be interesting to hear from someone with a manual, whether the throttle mapping differs from DCT.
Mine is a MT. From my limited DCT driving, it was obvious that DCT in sport mode has a more aggressive tip-in. The rest wasn't as evident/memorable. Although it was enough to say, that if you want a fast car, DCT is the way to go!
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Power is great but the nonlinear throttle mapping sucks.... I've already considered throttle mapping modifiers...
Elwood, what modifiers were you considering? I emailed Dinan and their chip won't come out till ~July. I would favor Dinan, as the warranty is not affected. I have a DCT and really like it. More torque and power is always welcome. Thanks.
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Just picked up my 135is last week, after almost 4 months of waiting.

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Just picked up my 135is last week, after almost 4 months of waiting.

Nice looking!
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Elwood, what modifiers were you considering? I emailed Dinan and their chip won't come out till ~July. I would favor Dinan, as the warranty is not affected. I have a DCT and really like it. More torque and power is always welcome. Thanks.
Thought process hasn't gone too far. It's low on the priorities as track season approaches. Don't really need/want more power so while Dinan sounds great it's a large ticket item. First priority is a new trans for the track car!
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Just picked up my 135is last week, after almost 4 months of waiting.

Congrats on the new ride! What options and transmission?
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So over the weekend I finally got around to swapping out my stock tails for blacklines and also installed LUX 5000Ks...really digging the new look. The 5000K bulbs get you a really nice match to the brows and xenons, while the blacklines are subtle but definitely better looking on the SG.

As others have discovered, tails were a breeze (15 min) while the LUX were a bit of a hassle because of the confined space behind the headlight assemblies (30 min).

Haven't had a chance to take good pics but here's a sampler:



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Just picked up my 135is last week, after almost 4 months of waiting.

Beaut! I so wanted bwm but didn't have the balls to order it. Respect.
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