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      07-24-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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My 130i build progress diary...

Hi 1Addicts! I'm finally introducing myself and my new (used) 130i... after two weeks of ownership and almost 1500kms added to the odometer, I still crave driving it all the time

Things I was looking for in my next purchase included: RWD/AWD, manual gearbox, availability of aftermarket parts and ability to be taken to occasional track days. After a few months of researching different vehicles, I couldn't go past the opportunity to experience the communicative feeling of all the driver controls on my old 120i... only with more power! Armed with the advice of some helpful people on this forum, I headed down to Canberra with my brother to check out two examples. Disappointed with the condition and presentation of a certain extremely low mileage example with some BMWP parts (been in a big rear ender by the looks of it), I headed to the second one and couldn't be happier with everything about it. The owners were selling to make way for a 125i convertible and had a race car restoration project from 1953 that he had taken to the F1 Grand Prix historic demonstration before. A test drive, final check and quick negotiation later, the car was mine!



Safe in Sydney, guarded by my brother's car


10 hour drive to Melbourne... taking a break in Yass.

BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr


BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr


BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr

(Excuse the ugly P plate)

BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr


BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr


BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr

Odometer reading just over 70,000km. Navi reading 545km to Melbourne...

BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr


BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr

Sorry!

BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr

Rained early on in the day

BMW 130i by J.H. Sohn, on Flickr

I've got a few things planned in the coming months but I'll be keeping it quite understated in terms of aesthetics as that is one of my favourite points about this car. That's all from me for now.. hope I can make it to the upcoming Albert Park meet to say hi!


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  • Page 2: LCI Blackline LED taillights installed, BMWP intake installed, Haunted Hills.

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      07-24-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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      07-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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      07-24-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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Welcome! Looks like a great car
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      07-24-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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Congrates ! There is hardley any where for the P plates to look decent on the back of the e87's.
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      07-25-2012, 01:21 AM   #6
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Congrats mate! Looks very clean

I've been wondering why that 2005 130i with less than 20K km hasn't sold- it's been there for more than a year! Now I know why Must've been a really bad repair job!
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      07-25-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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Nice one.
Any more pics of your brothers car as well?
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      07-25-2012, 03:27 AM   #8
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Grats! Amazing car for a p plater lol
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      07-25-2012, 03:28 AM   #9
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Congrats mate and hope to see you on Saturday morning!
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      07-25-2012, 05:30 AM   #10
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U need bigger rims Nice ride mate!!!

a friend of mine was looking at this e87 but he decided to go for something cheaper and newer...

I've got M208 rims to suit the car great condition and only 7500km bridgestone RFT Re050A
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      07-25-2012, 05:31 AM   #11
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U need bigger rims Nice ride mate!!!

a friend of mine was looking at this e87 but he decided to go for something cheaper and newer...Love the engine sound ! I had a E87 120D tuned

I've got M208 rims to suit the car great condition and only 7500km bridgestone RFT Re050A
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      07-25-2012, 05:40 AM   #12
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Congrats! Good to see another BSM 130i on here
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      07-25-2012, 06:19 AM   #13
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Congrats! Good to see another BSM 130i on here
How many is that now? 3 in this thread
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      07-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #14
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U need bigger rims Nice ride mate!!!

a friend of mine was looking at this e87 but he decided to go for something cheaper and newer...Love the engine sound ! I had a E87 120D tuned

I've got M208 rims to suit the car great condition and only 7500km bridgestone RFT Re050A
Just got a 130i myself. How much for the wheels? It's a long shot but I don't suppose you can provide a receipt for GST purposes?
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      07-25-2012, 07:19 AM   #15
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You will love the car, take care of it.
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Just got a 130i myself. How much for the wheels? It's a long shot but I don't suppose you can provide a receipt for GST purposes?
Neal, I can't pm you nor you can pm me. quick have 5 post then u can receive or send PM. Unfortunately I can't provide a receipt. Where are you located in sydney?
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Neal, I can't pm you nor you can pm me.
Ah I see.
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Southside. I don't want to use the term "The Shire"
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      07-25-2012, 08:01 PM   #22
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Thanks everyone! I basically spent all of my savings on this so I'm glad you guys approve

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Congrates ! There is hardley any where for the P plates to look decent on the back of the e87's.
Yep, so true... everyone in Vic seems to have them on the inside of the window which might help a little. Green background with white text also makes it a little less noticeable too haha

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Congrats mate! Looks very clean

I've been wondering why that 2005 130i with less than 20K km hasn't sold- it's been there for more than a year! Now I know why Must've been a really bad repair job!
Yeah I was dying to find out too. There was also some significant damage from vandals that he didn't fix either

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Nice one.
Any more pics of your brothers car as well?
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U need bigger rims Nice ride mate!!!

a friend of mine was looking at this e87 but he decided to go for something cheaper and newer...

I've got M208 rims to suit the car great condition and only 7500km bridgestone RFT Re050A
I guess I owe your friend then haha! I hate the wheels too... they're the same ones as my old 120i but I'd probably only upgrade after I install a decent set of coilovers first.
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