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      09-01-2012, 12:21 AM   #67
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...but for long drives it's worth keeping.
That's debatable: My previous BMWs never had the center armrest and I never thought I needed one on any long drives... Heck, I've never even used the cruise control on any of those cars.
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      09-01-2012, 03:00 AM   #68
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I would like to point out that the author's money comparison cars (Prius and Taurus) are simply red herrings. Cars like a new(ish) Mustang (you remember the car that Motortrend ran to a virtual dead heat against an M3), the FR-S / BR-Z twins, and 370Z are far better comparisons for the kind of money and vehicle requirements we are talking about here.
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      09-02-2012, 11:50 PM   #69
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I strongly advise getting the M Sport (previously, just Sport) package. As has been said in many other threads, it's worth it for the seats alone. I think the ride is plenty comfortable and I drive daily into Boston. In fact, now that the car has almost 60,000 miles, things have softened up too much and I will change to M3 front suspension, M3 rear subframe bushings and Koni FSD shocks. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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      09-03-2012, 04:41 AM   #70
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I strongly advise getting the M Sport (previously, just Sport) package. As has been said in many other threads, it's worth it for the seats alone. I think the ride is plenty comfortable and I drive daily into Boston. In fact, now that the car has almost 60,000 miles, things have softened up too much and I will change to M3 front suspension, M3 rear subframe bushings and Koni FSD shocks. Good luck with whatever you decide.
+1. I would also change your springs too. They are probably the main reason why our cars ride so stiff over bumps. Especially if you have ditched your run flats, new springs along with new shocks will make your car ride new again.
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Sixty year old fart here and find my sport suspension, even with RFs rides just fine. Course I traded in a Mini Cooper S in on it and that thing would jar the fillings out of your teeth on rough roads. In comparison, my 128 SS rides just fine.
I'm looking at a 128i w/sport and would be going from an '06 Cooper S.... is the ride substantially better? My wife hated riding in the MINI because of the ride.
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      02-28-2014, 10:11 AM   #72
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I'm looking at a 128i w/sport and would be going from an '06 Cooper S.... is the ride substantially better? My wife hated riding in the MINI because of the ride.
It will be if you replace the runflat tires with non runflats and stick with 16" or 17" wheels.
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      07-01-2015, 10:43 PM   #73
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It will be if you replace the runflat tires with non runflats and stick with 16" or 17" wheels.
I run 18" wheels with non run-flat, and it's much better / smoother ride comparing to run flat tires.
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      11-07-2015, 04:27 PM   #74
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The article's opening paragraph quote from BMW's M brand manager pretty much says it all. If you missed out on a 128i Sport Pack., 6MT you really missed something.
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      09-16-2017, 12:33 AM   #76
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That Zagato coupe is nice, isn't it?

I must admit, though I AM a bit of a Luddite, I find some of the little touches I find in my 128i amusing. These features may be too familiar to many Bimmer drivers, but I find them fascinating! For example, the way the door lowers the side window half an inch when the door is opened, then raises it 1/2 inch the instant you close it, to get a better seal. Isn't that brilliant? And also the way the radio, when I change stations, fades the station I'm leaving out, then fades the new station in, all within about one second? Isn't that amazing? Do other luxury cars do things like these (I wouldn't know, my previous and now other car being a truck)? My 128i is a relative stripper, its only options being 18" wheels, Boston Oyster leather seats and metalic paint. Do fancier Bimmers have interesting features I know nothing about?

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      09-16-2017, 12:34 PM   #77
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I bought my 2013 128i MT6 "stripper," i.e. without any options at all apart from 18" wheels, leather seats and metalic paint, i.e. nothing to make it any more complicated than necessary. BMWs are (or can be) notoriously costly to keep, but it doesn't have to be that way, at least, not quite as much as if we get, and have to maintain, all the complicated electronics and other gear available. Sometimes I think BMW service departments must be where they make all their money! All I need is a motor, a gearshift and a place to sit (and a few other simple items), and I can have fun. And I can have MORE fun, if I know it's not eating too deeply into my bank account.
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      09-16-2017, 02:39 PM   #78
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Got myself a 2011 128i 6MT non-sport. Upgraded to Msport suspension, Msport rear bumper, Performance side skirts, and Performance front bumper. I know everyone talks highly of Msport seats. Maybe one day I'll upgrade if someone's selling their seats, but the non-sport seats are still comfortable for me, and they're heated.
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That Zagato coupe is nice, isn't it?

I must admit, though I AM a bit of a Luddite, I find some of the little touches I find in my 128i amusing. These features may be too familiar to many Bimmer drivers, but I find them fascinating! For example, the way the door lowers the side window half an inch when the door is opened, then raises it 1/2 inch the instant you close it, to get a better seal. Isn't that brilliant? And also the way the radio, when I change stations, fades the station I'm leaving out, then fades the new station in, all within about one second? Isn't that amazing? Do other luxury cars do things like these (I wouldn't know, my previous and now other car being a truck)? My 128i is a relative stripper, its only options being 18" wheels, Boston Oyster leather seats and metalic paint. Do fancier Bimmers have interesting features I know nothing about?
Place your mirror remote switch to the RIGHT... then switch into reverse and see what happens.

The turn signals can be programed to flash three times with just a slight 1/2 sec tip down/up. Or they car be switched to work normally like on other cars.

IF you flash on the high beams when the cr is off... you can program how long you'd like them to stay on as to light up your driveway. It's all in the BC(board computer) menu...

Rain sensor on the wipers is also cool.

That's all I can remember for the moment.

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I swapped out the factory rubber for 205 square setup with Conti All Seasons and the ride was superb!
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      11-08-2017, 12:08 PM   #81
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Great article. Thanks for posting.
I think the 2012 and 2013 128i with M-Sport, manual transmission, manual seats and sunroof delete is one of the last great cars BMW made. It was affordable, quick, sounds better than any turbo car they have built since with possibly the exception of the M2. Sadly, so few were ordered like that, but the 128i configured like this was the a great normally aspirated machine for the masses. I wish you could still get one. It was more reliable, lighter than the turbo models and had great throttle response.

Thanks for sharing!
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      11-09-2017, 01:13 AM   #82
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I swapped out the factory rubber for 205 square setup with Conti All Seasons and the ride was superb!
Why 205s instead of 225s like the original rears?
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      11-15-2017, 09:11 PM   #83
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118K Still likes it

My wife bought hers in 2011. A 2012 delivered in July 2011. She was able to still get it in Montego blue. We ditched the RF tires too after the second set. Much better ride and they last much longer too. Not had any big issues. Replaced the rubber gasket behind the oil filter mount. Replaced the coil packs, and of course the plugs. Finally needed front brake pads a few months ago.

Hers is a 6AT, sport, heated wheel & seats, xenons, black leather. She didn't want a sunroof.
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