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e82 125i/120d questions
05-05-2016, 08:07 PM,
#21
RE: e82 125i/120d questions
Go for the 120d... but in auto....love the auto diesels.

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06-05-2016, 06:54 AM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
Seeing as you are at the coast, 125i is quicker off the line and to the 1km sprint than the 120d, stock vehicles compared, BMW factory spec sheets say so, with a higher top speed. Let the facts show that. Yes I understand in real world driving the 120d will pick up speed quicker in gear acceleration due to the torque. If you looking at the manual, you looking at 0-100kmh in the 6sec region vs 7sec on the 120d.

I will present the other side of the coin, seeing as this straight six gem, is now not the most popular chappie in the room these days, but still has alot of appeal. You probably think by reading the opinions so far that the 125i is gutless and powered by a 1.3L engine.

As far as the engines go, I can tell you the 125i is a 3.0l, and is different to the one in the E9x 325i and it shows in the way the cars drive. Look it is not the most powerful 3.0L engine, but the reasons why it was used are mentioned previously due to power to weight ratios. Also the engines have different power delivery, probably due to different engine mapping, especially in sport mode. I can compare as my previous was an E92 325i, which was pretty sedate.

If you spending that much money, and there is no difference in price and performance is stronger in stock guise with fuel economy being the only difference,
you have to make a decision here:-
1. Do you really want to watch fuel economy in a sporty vehicle such as an E82 coupe?
2. Can you live without the traditional BMW refinement and the exhaust tone of a straight six?
3. Can you live with a clattery sounding diesel engine in a 2door sport coupe?

I choose the 125i as I know the way I drive would not suit the engine in the 120d, no matter how much torque it has or how good economy it returns. I want to rev the engine up, hear the exhaust tone at 6000rpm, the diesel only revs up to 4000rpm where it delivers its peak power, and that's not fun for me. I will always be wanting more revs. Also having instant lag free torque available and the ability to punch the vehicle out of corners with revs is something I enjoy as well. I've owned a 320d E90, so I understand the power delivery of the engine and its limitations. The diesel engine application is more suited to familly sedan in my opinion, providing fast, effortless and quiet pace when on the move. I also have no intentions of enhancing performance as I know the the gains may not be worth the money to invest. Look the 120d probably has more potential as a tuneable car, but to risk modifying a diesel and then blow a turbo in the long run is a risk I did not even want to even think about as I intend on keeping my car well past the M/plan expiry date.

Don't be scared by the horror stories about fuel consumption also, I'm averaging 11.4L per 100km in heavy traffic driving, it probably will drop if
I travel more on the freeway for a longer distance. To achieve consumption of 14L, you probably driving like the Stig everytime you get into the car.

I would think most of the opinions posted here are from people living up in higher altitude Gauteng and where straight roads dominate and straight line performance is the be all & end all of performance. I'm formerly from Durbs where the roads are not straight and where you can really enjoy a cars handling feel through the twisty roads. The feel I get when taking this car by the scruff of its neck through a set of corners is just simply remarkable and something a diesel vehicle can not match. It is not as perfect as an E92, but it keeps you thrilled, that little bit of a slide which you can correct etc. You have to think about wheather the diesel engine will suit the sporty nature of the car.

I enjoy my car for the way it corners, the feedback I get through the steering wheel, power delivery at the bottom. Ultimately I would have wanted a manual but for practicality of sharing a vehicle with my wife opted for the auto. Look if I had choosen a 120d, I'd probably save half on my fuel bill, but I dont care about that, I enjoy the drive the car delivers, sportiness, compactness, power which I feel is adequate for daily driving in traffic etc. It is one of those grin inducing drives, when driven to its full potential!

If you want more performance I suggest the 135i, its a different animal all together, but this is about the 120d and the 125i.

Sorry about the long post, my car makes me do these things..........lol

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06-05-2016, 08:49 AM,
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e82 125i/120d questions
I had the same consideration and went with the 120d - for me the fuel consumption/performance balance was far superior with the 120d - get it in steptronic though.


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06-05-2016, 08:50 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-05-2016, 08:53 AM by mugenracer3.)
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
Guys i have a 125i e82.. Again.. My consumption is avg at 8.2-8.5..l/100km.. And im driving 140-150... In town it just goes up to 9.5-10...

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I love this cars because i cant see how i can drive a 120d like the 125i.. I like my redline.. And the sound of the car. And comparing to my gti i had its not slow.. Less responsive yes... Im happy with it..

I am contemplating on getting a 235i though... Just have to get use to the look from the back...

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06-05-2016, 09:45 AM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
If its the 6 cylinder musical artwork that you're after, and fuel consumption isn't an issue, why not just get the real thing?

An E46 M3

But if you're looking for a daily which looks good, performs well and returns impressive fuel economy, the E82 120D is a solid solution.

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06-05-2016, 10:19 AM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
I agree there they are very different in nature.

The OP should drive cars thoroughly first and then decide according to his driving habits.

But I see this going towards a 135i purchase. They are very difficult to not consider, although maintenance in the long run is expensive and reliability a bit of a gamble.



(06-05-2016, 08:50 AM)mugenracer3 Wrote: Guys i have a 125i e82.. Again.. My consumption is avg at 8.2-8.5..l/100km.. And im driving 140-150... In town it just goes up to 9.5-10...

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I love this cars because i cant see how i can drive a 120d like the 125i.. I like my redline.. And the sound of the car. And comparing to my gti i had its not slow.. Less responsive yes... Im happy with it..

I am contemplating on getting a 235i though... Just have to get use to the look from the back...

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11-05-2016, 05:39 PM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
Hi Nirvash

I drive an F20 120d manual and it's an exceptional daily. Stock at this stage as its still under plan.

I chose it for the torque and the performance vs fuel consumption. Also love the fun driving a manual gives in sport mode!

I get between 4.7 and 5 l/100 average during the month. I do have a long highway commute but I push it occasionally esp great at overtaking
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12-05-2016, 05:37 PM,
#28
RE: e82 125i/120d questions
hi all,

thanks for the replies,

@ASH, thanks for the detailed response, always nice to see someone so enthusiastic and insightful about there car,

i agree with a lot of your points, and especially being at the coast i would get a lot more out of the 125i as well as enjoyment,
coming from my e46 330i (still own it) if the 125i performs similarly i would be very happy, love the 3.0l NA power and delivery and especially the sound, amazing pieces of engineering,

also i would agree that although the diesel could make some nice power, the feel and dynamics just wouldnt be the same as the 125i

unfortunately though, due to unforeseen financial circumstances i wont be looking at changing my e46 330i anytime soon, bummer
but maybe in the future, and maybe even then a 135i...

but thanks again for all the info guys
much appreciated

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13-02-2020, 02:08 PM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
A question to the experienced gurus - How good is the combination of the 2L diesel engine together with manual transmission? Also considering this car for my wife - No one really touched on the handling.
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13-02-2020, 03:16 PM,
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(13-02-2020, 02:08 PM)ibs.patel Wrote: A question to the experienced gurus - How good is the combination of the 2L diesel engine together with manual transmission? Also considering this car for my wife - No one really touched on the handling.

You would easily be doing 15-20km/L with mixed driving

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13-02-2020, 04:21 PM,
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(13-02-2020, 03:16 PM)schalk320d Wrote:
(13-02-2020, 02:08 PM)ibs.patel Wrote: A question to the experienced gurus - How good is the combination of the 2L diesel engine together with manual transmission? Also considering this car for my wife - No one really touched on the handling.

You would easily be doing 15-20km/L with mixed driving

I meant the experience & drivability or is it a shelp :-P
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13-02-2020, 05:32 PM,
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I have a 2005 120d six speed manual with satnav, rear pdc, cruise, etc., though no sunroof. Was in Mossel Bay this past week and going there i got 16km/l and coming back 17km/l which include the driving around as i filled up about halfway through my week long holiday. Car handles extremely well as it has the staggered setup, ie. 225/45 x 17 rears and 205/40 x 17 fronts. Has enough power as it has a Dastek chip in with the cat removed. Pushes a safe 400nm. Gearbox very sweet. It is a UK import that my son bought off a lady that brought it with her when she came back to SA. Also seems to have the sport bodykit but have runflats on and still has a decent ride, so not sure if the suspension is m/s or not. Would assume it is not as it rides quite well as mentioned.
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13-02-2020, 06:23 PM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
I have both 120d and the 125i.

125i sucks juice (worse than My Z4M) Ive done some software - its a bit perkier but not anything spectacular. but its a nice drive.

120d awesome on juice very nippy car - I have a Racechip on it and its made big gain IMO. also drives very well.

Based on the bad fuel consumption of the 125 alone - I would rather opt for two 120d, and if you looking for much more power then you go 135i and dont waste time on the 125i.

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14-02-2020, 04:50 AM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
(25-04-2016, 05:13 PM)nirvash Wrote: hi all,
just wanted to ask some info and advise on the 2 above mentioned cars?

firstly,
do our 125i coupe models here in S.A come with n52b30 3.0l/displacement engines? a quick search on wiki shows that these cars come with 3.0l engines, but i never knew that, is that also true for our market,
or does it come with the 2.5l e90/92 n52b25 powerplants as i first expected?

also,
do all the e82 cars come with satnav/idrive or only on such specced models?

also, im sure its been covered to a certain extent, but, if it were your choice and money which would you get:
120d e82 manual or 125i manual?
performance wise/economy not such an issue,
135i out of the choice for maintenance costs and initial price, maybe one day, but at least not for the moment as it would be a daily,

also what sort of power would a 120d make with: software, full exhaust, intercooler upgrade, intake?
also any hybrid turbo upgrades for these motors?

finally
handeling wise, how do these 1 series coupes stack up against say an e92 coupe/e90 or e46's (coming from an e46 330i now)?

thanks
look forward to the replies

Check the sticker in the door frame, will say N52B30 if it is, I have a 130i and would advise the 120d, much more tuning potential at an affordable price (and greater availability), and all the money you save on fuel spend will quickly pay off any mods you do. Also, the e82 diesels retain value much better than the 125i's from what I've seen.
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14-02-2020, 04:54 AM,
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RE: e82 125i/120d questions
have a look at this

https://www.bmwfanatics.co.za/showthread.php?tid=74559&highlight=120d
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14-02-2020, 08:49 AM,
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Thanks for the feedback guys

Yoh, FirR's 120d - thats a lekker story
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