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M135I buying advice
11-02-2019, 09:21 AM
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I need to get myself in to a m135i, I will most likely have to buy it on finance..
How do I go about getting myself one? what is the easiest/best way? where do I look and what do I look for? Ty

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11-02-2019, 09:53 AM
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(11-02-2019 09:21 AM)KingKalie Wrote:  I need to get myself in to a m135i, I will most likely have to buy it on finance..
How do I go about getting myself one? what is the easiest/best way? where do I look and what do I look for? Ty
Hello Make sure its post 2013 so you can get a nice EWG N55 motor, the N55 PWG has a smaller turbo with less aftermarket gains and is noticeably cheaper.

Check the condition of the charge pipe and water pump. Make sure you're not buying a used and abused M135i.

The three doors are becoming more sought after.

If you want to mod straight away it's always good to map out what you're planning to do with different options. Tuning options for N55 just keep getting better and better.

The M135i is the best hot hatch out there IMO, the on the edge feeling you get from the short wheel base RWD open diff beast is unparalleled.

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11-02-2019, 10:02 AM
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(11-02-2019 09:53 AM)Jive_m135i Wrote:  
(11-02-2019 09:21 AM)KingKalie Wrote:  I need to get myself in to a m135i, I will most likely have to buy it on finance..
How do I go about getting myself one? what is the easiest/best way? where do I look and what do I look for? Ty
Hello Make sure its post 2013 so you can get a nice EWG N55 motor, the N55 PWG has a smaller turbo with less aftermarket gains and is noticeably cheaper.

Check the condition of the charge pipe and water pump. Make sure you're not buying a used and abused M135i.

The three doors are becoming more sought after.

If you want to mod straight away it's always good to map out what you're planning to do with different options. Tuning options for N55 just keep getting better and better.

The M135i is the best hot hatch out there IMO, the on the edge feeling you get from the short wheel base RWD open diff beast is unparalleled.

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Thanks for the input, I'll be looking at 5 door versions though I prefer them over the 3 door, I'm still not sure on which gearbox I would prefer I like both manual and dct equally.. as for mods I doubt I would do any drastic mods, I'm very much fond of stock and clean bmw's

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11-02-2019, 10:06 AM
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(11-02-2019 10:02 AM)KingKalie Wrote:  
(11-02-2019 09:53 AM)Jive_m135i Wrote:  
(11-02-2019 09:21 AM)KingKalie Wrote:  I need to get myself in to a m135i, I will most likely have to buy it on finance..
How do I go about getting myself one? what is the easiest/best way? where do I look and what do I look for? Ty
Hello Make sure its post 2013 so you can get a nice EWG N55 motor, the N55 PWG has a smaller turbo with less aftermarket gains and is noticeably cheaper.

Check the condition of the charge pipe and water pump. Make sure you're not buying a used and abused M135i.

The three doors are becoming more sought after.

If you want to mod straight away it's always good to map out what you're planning to do with different options. Tuning options for N55 just keep getting better and better.

The M135i is the best hot hatch out there IMO, the on the edge feeling you get from the short wheel base RWD open diff beast is unparalleled.

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Thanks for the input, I'll be looking at 5 door versions though I prefer them over the 3 door, I'm still not sure on which gearbox I would prefer I like both manual and dct equally.. as for mods I doubt I would do any drastic mods, I'm very much fond of stock and clean bmw's



The M135i only came in manual and with the 8 speed ZF torque converter auto box,not DCT,which I actually prefer over DCT boxes.

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11-02-2019, 10:07 AM (This post was last modified: 11-02-2019 10:08 AM by KingKalie.)
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Also how are these as daily drivers?

The M135i only came in manual and with the 8 speed ZF torque converter auto box,not DCT,which I actually prefer over DCT boxes.
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Oh right that's what I meant Hammerhead

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11-02-2019, 10:14 AM
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(11-02-2019 10:07 AM)KingKalie Wrote:  Also how are these as daily drivers?

The M135i only came in manual and with the 8 speed ZF torque converter auto box,not DCT,which I actually prefer over DCT boxes.

Oh right that's what I meant Hammerhead
[/quote]About 8l/100km not too shabby. Not that quick off the line stock, so you wont be punishing any 7R's or S3's robot to robot. Highway runs with a ZF8 gearbox are fun but you need to remove the torque limiters too.

DSC off is alot of fun if you know how to work an open diff. I find Sport+ and Sport redundant.

To truly appreciate the N55 you need to pick up the power to 290-320 WKW. Its such a reliable engine at this power output. I can't agree with you on keeping it stock bud lol.

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11-02-2019, 10:57 AM
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What are service costs like out of motorplan?

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11-02-2019, 11:18 AM (This post was last modified: 11-02-2019 11:20 AM by M135i.)
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RE: M135I buying advice
I recently did a oil change on mine out of plan - diy with oem bmw parts.
Oil and oil filter = R1150

Air filter i have a K&N which i clean at every service interval - cost of the lifetime filter is R1000
Spark plugs will set you back around R1200 iirc

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11-02-2019, 11:47 AM (This post was last modified: 11-02-2019 11:49 AM by KingKalie.)
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(11-02-2019 11:18 AM)M135i Wrote:  I recently did a oil change on mine out of plan - diy with oem bmw parts.
Oil and oil filter = R1150

Air filter i have a K&N which i clean at every service interval - cost of the lifetime filter is R1000
Spark plugs will set you back around R1200 iirc

No special tools needed for diy? (other than the tools in a well equipped tool box)

Who on the forum can I speak to that has lots of experience and solid advice on vehicle finance?

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11-02-2019, 11:50 AM
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You need a special tool for the oil filter and the spark plug removal...rest is all normal stuff. I bought mine off ebay (both came to about R200)

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11-02-2019, 05:45 PM
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RE: M135I buying advice
Mine averages 12.2l/100. No mods. Town driving. ZF. EWG
It’s a lot faster than a std golf R.
I did some robot to robot pulls against a friends carrera 4s. 2014 NA.
He couldn’t get any gap on me. Virtually head to head.
It’s a awesome daily driver and proper bang for the buck.
Brakes are very good. Handling leaves some to be desired.
Look for a clean straight one. You won’t be sorry.
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12-02-2019, 06:37 AM (This post was last modified: 12-02-2019 06:39 AM by abd_baker.)
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M135I buying advice
Great choice, very fun car to have. Much prefer it over a Golf R and S3, those are quite boring drives comparatively.

Manual would probably be fun but the auto is great, quick shifts and very responsive.

Fuel economy not the best, but it is a 3.0 turbo. Golfs are also heavy on juice when driven spiritedly.

On mods, the charge pipe is necessary as the stock 1 is bound to break.
After a while you may want a downpipe to free up that sweet tone of the car and some extra horses.

I’ve got my car up for sale. Have a look if you’re keen.

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12-02-2019, 07:58 AM
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(12-02-2019 06:37 AM)abd_baker Wrote:  Great choice, very fun car to have. Much prefer it over a Golf R and S3, those are quite boring drives comparatively.

Manual would probably be fun but the auto is great, quick shifts and very responsive.

Fuel economy not the best, but it is a 3.0 turbo. Golfs are also heavy on juice when driven spiritedly.

On mods, the charge pipe is necessary as the stock 1 is bound to break.
After a while you may want a downpipe to free up that sweet tone of the car and some extra horses.

I’ve got my car up for sale. Have a look if you’re keen.

2014 M135i Estoril Blue Auto
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This one ticks all the boxes, unfortunately I see the car is situated in Durban it's a bit out of reach

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12-02-2019, 11:34 AM
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Absolutely love my m135i (auto) to bits and i will never sell it. i have a November build 2013 which is EWG, anything with a build date after JULY 2013 (not reg date) will be an EWG. I went for the m135i over a 235 due to the hatch it can actually for quite a decent amount of stuff in it.

They love mods mine being FBO now is an absolute riot on the roads

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12-02-2019, 11:50 AM
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Yeah I've always been in love with the f20 m135i, always liked them more over the m235/40i, I'm very finicky with my cars though so the issue is finding the right car and financing it succesfully

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12-02-2019, 12:11 PM
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(12-02-2019 11:50 AM)KingKalie Wrote:  I'm very finicky with my cars though so the issue is finding the right car and financing it succesfully

Out of interest, what car/s do you own? All I've seen is your e36 thread and 'finicky' is an interesting word.. Fencelook

Also, don't allow where a car is situated to put you off. If it's out of budget, that's another discussion all together, but in my experience, the right car isn't necessarily closest to you.

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