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      03-01-2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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SORRY ABOUT THE GRAMMAR!!

There is a long story (around ONE YEAR long..) that goes with this vehicle purchase of mine. There is also a long list of assumptions that go with this purchase of mine. So I'll try to explain it short and simple.

On March of 2008 I began what would become a depressing yet exciting car searching experience. I initial wanted to purchase a second hand 2005 Lexus IS300 and had seen/test driven it. However I was not able to convince my parents that it would be a smart purchase since after all we had never purchased a "used" car before. So then came the numerous trips to different dealerships and putting up with agents that treat you polite until you tell them you won't be purchasing today.

As April came around I found out about the new 1 series that BMW had rolled out with in the states. My first impression of the 1 series was that it was a small coupe that was made cute for girls and no way in hell would I like it. However I was proven wrong when I set my sights on the 135i which came with a I6 (thanks Cris!!) engine with twinturbos along with a more aggressive look. I became excited. Unfortunately at the time I could not come up with the appropriate funds and settled on the 128i since there was a huge price difference between a used IS300 and the 128i (around 10-15k). So I put in the order so that BMW could custom make the 128i in the beginning of May and was told that it would take around a month to be put into production. Then the count down of days started. It was agonizing and painful. BUT the pain did not stop there, after a month wait my car was not able to be into production and this was the beginning of my bad luck....

August came around and it was still not in production. I was about to give up on the 1 series, but I began to feel that nothing at the time was more suitable for me than the 1 series. Moreover during this time I began to realize that the demand was higher for the 135i so if I ordered the 135i I would be able to finally get the car into production. And so after a hard financial decision I made the jump unto the 135i. UNFORTUNATELY it was double edged sword... I was able to get the 135i that I wanted since the beginning however I was going to get pushed ANOTHER few months because the Europeans love "football" and beer....

The dealership had to finally cancel my initial order and told me to wait and order the 2009 version of the car. So sadly I waited until October 14th, the day after my birthday I put in my second order after going around to more dealerships looking for the best deal. UNFORTUNATELY, due to the US economic crisis and the worsening exchange rates the price of the car had increased. But being as stubborn as I was, this time I had my mind set and was ready to roll. So I put in my order and finally got a production number for my vehicle in December AFTER christmas.....

Even though I was promised a January 2009 delivery, I received my car in February. The last few weeks were the longest weeks I've ever experienced... Yet in the end I drove off into the night with the car of my dreams....

A 2009 BMW 135i that will be wholly financed by me.



This car is everything I wanted it to be!! Today was the first time I actually drove the car since I never test drove it because I wanted to surprise myself and it feels nothing like the 3 series which is a nice change! Its so great, all I have left to say is WOW!!!

Thanks for putting up with my bad grammar, just too excited to sleep/type!!

-John
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      03-01-2009, 02:31 AM   #2
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Congrats, I wish I can relive the first time I was handed a key to the car of my own. I was on cloud 9 and it was surreal. The 135i has been a terrific experience but not the same even though my first car was not nearly as capable as the 135i.
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      03-01-2009, 03:21 AM   #3
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congrats man, and also good job on ordering the monaco. It is an under-rated color.
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      03-01-2009, 06:36 AM   #4
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Congrats....i know how it feels to wait and wait be dissapointed etc. But once you see your car sitting there, put your key and drive off, theres no other feeling like it!
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Man what an experience. Mine is about to come to completion soon too. I'm going to post similarly right now.

Congratulations!!!
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jzhang: Welcome to the fraternity brother! Your 'rush' into this hallowed fraternity has been rough and trying but you persevered and pushed through. Congratulations and enjoy it to the fullest!
BTW you were trying to order the car in the States or in HK?
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Sup jzhang. Congrats man. I'd say welcome... but we've met weeks ago. =)
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However I was proven wrong when I set my sights on the 135i which came with a V6 engine with twinturbos along with a more aggressive look.
Congrats and welcome to the 1er family! I have to correct you on the above statement, though I'm surprised no one has done it yet. The N54 motor is an I6 (inline 6) and not a V6.
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jzhang: Welcome to the fraternity brother! Your 'rush' into this hallowed fraternity has been rough and trying but you persevered and pushed through. Congratulations and enjoy it to the fullest!
BTW you were trying to order the car in the States or in HK?
OP ordered his vehicle in the States. Reason 1) driver is on the left, and 2) headlights have the amber reflectors.
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WOW....painful story with a happy ending.
Congrats on your new 1 and welcome.
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Congrats on the car, why no sport pack on your custom order?
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Congrats, I wish I can relive the first time I was handed a key to the car of my own. I was on cloud 9 and it was surreal. The 135i has been a terrific experience but not the same even though my first car was not nearly as capable as the 135i.
Yes! Surreal is the perfect word for experiences like this. I would have been the same if it was any other car for me. Although I did surprise myself by not test driving it ahead of time. However my dad did and did say it was "sportier" haha

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congrats man, and also good job on ordering the monaco. It is an under-rated color.
Yes, I think monaco really is underrated, not many people have it and I think it really changes color depending on the light. Waxing and washing is going to be hard but I've already taken care of a BSM so it should be the same. I just like having a car that not a lot of people have (yet) and a color that I rarely see with BMWs at least here where I live. Thanks!

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Congrats....i know how it feels to wait and wait be dissapointed etc. But once you see your car sitting there, put your key and drive off, theres no other feeling like it!
I guess the lifting of the anticipation at the end gives you an even greater feeling. I couldn't hold my excitement in!! I was talking and talking which I normal don't do much of. My CA and the financial manager could tell I couldn't hold my smiles back. In the end my CA just gave me the key and I drove off without him explaining the car to me.

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Man what an experience. Mine is about to come to completion soon too. I'm going to post similarly right now.

Congratulations!!!
Yes! Hand in there man, the drive off will be so great Thanks!

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jzhang: Welcome to the fraternity brother! Your 'rush' into this hallowed fraternity has been rough and trying but you persevered and pushed through. Congratulations and enjoy it to the fullest!
BTW you were trying to order the car in the States or in HK?
I only pushed through because of this forum and all the information that was provided to me by you guys here. Even though it says have have around 200ish (?) posts. I did register with another account before this one when I was first looking for a car in march of last year, however I had a short hiatus as my car was being pushed and canceled. So I returned after the merge and re-registered a name. So I was always here! I go between the states and HK a lot, but most of the time I'm in the states where owning a car is way easier and cheaper!!

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Sup jzhang. Congrats man. I'd say welcome... but we've met weeks ago. =)
Thanks penny, love your monaco too!!

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Congrats and welcome to the 1er family! I have to correct you on the above statement, though I'm surprised no one has done it yet. The N54 motor is an I6 (inline 6) and not a V6.
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OP ordered his vehicle in the States. Reason 1) driver is on the left, and 2) headlights have the amber reflectors.
Thanks a lot Cris, I was way too excited. Today is moding, washing, and waxing day. Looking to get some sleep tonight cause I'll be wayyyy tired after all this haha!


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WOW....painful story with a happy ending.
Congrats on your new 1 and welcome.
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Congrats on the car, why no sport pack on your custom order?
I would have only wanted the sports pack for the seats and adding the pack would set me back a little more financial. The 135i was pushing way beyond my own financial limits at the time I ordered so I opted out and since I've never tested the car I don't really know the difference. Ignorance is bliss! I also like the silver trim instead of the black trim on a smaller car like this since I think it accentuates the car making it look a little bigger. On the 3 I was driving before had a black trim so it was time for some change. I'm just surprised that its not actually chrome which is better.

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Congrats.....when i get my 135, same like u, too excited to sleep~~~lol

BTW

can u help me take the pic for the car?

ur pic looks really nice~
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Congrats.....when i get my 135, same like u, too excited to sleep~~~lol

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can u help me take the pic for the car?

ur pic looks really nice~
Sure anytime, just pm me when you are ready!!

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