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      05-19-2019, 01:37 AM   #45
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My 4 older cars (which by the way are way more fun to drive than my 2 newer cars) have been in hibernation for 6+ months, here in the snowy Northern Rockies. I did get a chance to briefly drive a couple of them in the big city on my last visit, and I'm going back there tomorrow for a few days of work.

I'm taking my 135is convertible in for service next week, so it's the car I'll be driving 150+ miles to town. Today I revived it from its long sleep, and put my M2 to sleep on the car lift. I won't miss the M2.

Wow, what a difference. I only drove the 135is for a few miles, but it's a car I'd way rather drive than my 2018 M2. Both are manuals, but that's where the similarities end.

I haven't driven my 1M yet this year, but it's the next car I'll drive. It started to stink inside last summer and I think there is an evaporator replacement in my near and expensive future, next month.

Nowhere to turn, these older cars are irreplaceable and there is nothing new out there even worth considering, no more ultimate driving machines, unfortunately, probably ever.
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      05-21-2019, 06:23 AM   #46
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My 1M was the same way. The European Delivery guy said, "now I'm going to show you how the iDrive works," and I was like, "wait, huh?"

As far as "what next?" my situation is a little strange. I feel like I won the lottery getting my 1M allocation. It was totally unexpected. I was 34 and my wife and I just had our seventh kid (username checks out). I was a huge car enthusiast, but our financial and family situation meant we were driving a minivan and a Saturn Astra -- and I never drove anything special before that either, just basic transportation. All of a sudden I was looking at doing European Delivery and Performance Center Delivery with a car that was basically everything I ever wanted in a vehicle -- my ne plus ultra.

If I had to move on from my 1M, I'd probably go "backward" and buy the cars I would have driven while eventually working up to a 1M some day. S2000, heavily modified and stripped out Civic hatchback, Miata, E46 ZHP or Touring, E30 325is, 135i -- along with other things like a Triumph Street Triple motorcycle and I'd love to import a Peugeot 205 GTI.

I actually think there are many cars I'd have a ton of fun with, but they're all a step down from the 1M, which is fine by me. Nothing new and expensive outside of maybe a GT3 RS is really that interesting to me. I'd much rather spend my money on a fun-but-inexpensive car I don't mind taking to the track, parking on the street, driving in the snow, etc. That would be somewhat of a relief, actually -- even compared to my 1M. Then I could use the extra money to travel (with my family + MotoGP, IOMTT, Le Mans and Nurburgring 24h, etc.), rent a car at the Nurburgring, do more multi-day wilderness backpacking trips, ski more often, etc.

The only things I don't like about my 1M are that (1) I wasn't able to experience a lot of other cars before being so fortunate to own one and (2) I feel compelled to keep it stock. I think I want my next car to be something I basically rebuild and personalize / modify extensively -- something I feel reflects the purest expression of whatever it is I'm trying to achieve. That level of personalization is missing in my 1M ownership experience. Then, once I've built it, just enjoy driving it and not worry too much about the inevitable rock chips and minor imperfections.


Nice write up! well, you can still modify the 1M tastefully so that it still retains the character~ your 1M would love more power too!
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      05-22-2019, 07:35 PM   #47
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As a car enthusiast working in automotive R&D, it is abundantly clear how difficult it is to justify the enormous and rapidly rising cost of sports cars.

The 1M and the year 2012 for me is the final year manufacturers were able to produce these kind of more with deliberate intent rather than being heavily influenced by marketing, regulation and costs.

Of all of then 1M is like a highly concentrated esperesso. Cars will keep getting faster and EVs will be even faster than ICE cars, but yeah those NA, manual, compact sportscars, supercars of 2012, those are the cars to have.
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      05-23-2019, 05:55 PM   #48
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As a car enthusiast working in automotive R&D, it is abundantly clear how difficult it is to justify the enormous and rapidly rising cost of sports cars.

The 1M and the year 2012 for me is the final year manufacturers were able to produce these kind of more with deliberate intent rather than being heavily influenced by marketing, regulation and costs.

Of all of then 1M is like a highly concentrated esperesso. Cars will keep getting faster and EVs will be even faster than ICE cars, but yeah those NA, manual, compact sportscars, supercars of 2012, those are the cars to have.
FWIW, the 1M isnít NA, but I hear ya!
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      05-23-2019, 08:46 PM   #49
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FWIW, the 1M isnít NA, but I hear ya!
Of course it isnt. I wanted to communicate a larger context of that era and the 1M as part of it before things changed drastically since.
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Of course it isnt. I wanted to communicate a larger context of that era and the 1M as part of it before things changed drastically since.
Yeah, if I could pick any three cars under $100k from this millennium, I’d probably pick a 2012 Cayman, a 2012 911 of some type, and the 1M.

Thankfully, Lotus is still doing things right, which is probably what I’d pick if buying a new 2-seater.

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      05-26-2019, 08:09 AM   #51
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Now nearly eight years on ... has anyone replaced their 1M and not regretted it? What with?

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An M2c in DCT. Initial impressions are very good. Keeping the 1M for now though as I think I would regret it.
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I've seen a couple Aussie 1M owners switch to the M2C. Well, 3 including you so far.
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      05-27-2019, 08:17 PM   #53
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So, I've been reading through this thread for the last couple of weeks and have been thinking about what comes next for me. first of all, I would love to keep my 1M and get another car....that's still debatable with 2 kids in college and 1 a couple years away 🤣🤣🤣

However, if I cap myself at $90k.....everyone needs a limit and that one is mine assuming of course I keep my baby M.

I'm thinking a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

Thoughts?
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      05-27-2019, 10:09 PM   #54
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If you are going to track it significantly then I think itís almost a no-brainer assuming you arenít jonesing for a GT3. I -almost- sold the 1M to fund a GT4 but ultimately the GT4 would spend more time in the garage than on the road, which would be for me a waste of money and, a travesty.

Caveat: Iíve read in multiple places that for the street, the dynamics of a Boxster Spyder make it more enjoyable than a GT4.

I drove a friendís GT350R today and that car is a bit in my head at the moment. I love me a good-sounding car but that thing is just on a whole other level of antisocial.

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If you are going to track it significantly then I think itís almost a no-brainer assuming you arenít jonesing for a GT3. I -almost- sold the 1M to fund a GT4 but ultimately the GT4 would spend more time in the garage than on the road, which would be for me a waste of money and, a travesty.

Caveat: Iíve read in multiple places that for the street, the dynamics of a Boxster Spyder make it more enjoyable than a GT4.

I drove a friendís GT350R today and that car is a bit in my head at the moment. I love me a good-sounding car but that thing is just on a whole other level of antisocial.
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      06-11-2019, 05:37 AM   #56
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I've seen a couple Aussie 1M owners switch to the M2C. Well, 3 including you so far.
I've switched from an AW 1M to an AW M2C.

Unfortunately I'll be selling the 1M. So if anyone is interested PM me for more info.
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I was an owner of M1. I was really satisfied with this car. It has a good and a nice design. Now, I have BMW 7-Series and I guess it's better than my previous M1.
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I was an owner of M1. I was really satisfied with this car. It has a good and a nice design. Now, I have BMW 7-Series and I guess it's better than my previous M1.
Yes. 7x better! : )
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Yes. 7x better! : )
The i8 is EIGHT times better!
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