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M135i Replacment - £20-25k.

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Spamalot, 5 Feb 2016.

  1. Spamalot

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    Hi guys,

    My M135i lease runs out in a few weeks. I've been looking at a replacement but nothing seems to tickle my fancy.

    I really like the M135i, it's fast, practical when needs be, makes a nice sound and was new when I got it so has a modern feel.

    It was my first new car. Before it I've had a Leon Curpa which I bought because it was really cheap and I needed a car. A Boxster S that was nice because it was fast but uncomfortable and unpractical in every other way. And a SAAB 9-3 Aero that I actually really liked.

    I'm looking for the following-

    As fast as the M135i, straight line speed is more important than being "fun"
    Modern, 2-5 years old
    Warrantyable if possible
    Reasonably practical

    Don't care about fuel at all as I only do about 10k per year.

    I use the car for work so it needs to look modern and smart without looking too flash or bling, this is one of the things I really like about my M135i... to most people it just looks like a 1 series.

    Currently top of the list as a replacement is an M135i, so inspire me to do something more interesting.

    Budget £20-25k.
     
  2. NooBish AbbZ

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    18month-2 year old 330i?
     
  3. ShivP

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    I'm pretty sure you could get a nice E9x M3 for that, or is one of those possibly to old?
     
  4. Spamalot

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    I've thought about that but always think it's a bit old and 'loud' maybe.
     
  5. Blackhawk47

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    Audi TTS or new shape S3?
     
  6. iaind

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  7. [TW]Fox

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    There is no such thing - the 330i was discontinued in 2010 and only recently came back in late 2015 as a 4 cylinder turbo in the F30 facelift.

    There are therefore no 18 month-2 year old 330i's, you'd have to have a 4 cylinder 328i instead.
     
  8. Spamalot

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    Out of interest with £25k to spend what would you buy from the BMW range?
     
  9. [TW]Fox

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  10. Minstadave

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    You know the answer to that. F10 530i if he could find one.
     
  11. Dis86

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    Lol was gonna say the same.

    I found one fairly recently actually. Lovely shade of bloody gold though.
     
  12. [TW]Fox

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    I've given up, they are all like that. Every single one - and there are hardly any anyway - has some sort of gotcha, be it a stupid colour, or a bizarre spec (I went to see one which had soft close doors, professional stereo, electric memory seats and.... no navigation!).

    Also I test drove one and found it slow after the power delivery of the 530d :(
     
  13. Dis86

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    535i?
     
  14. [TW]Fox

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    Had my eye out for a year. In all that time just one suitable car - priced at a crazy £25k for a 5 year old 5 Series.

    There are two on there now - one's got a manual box and both of them have crap business nav :(
     
  15. Dis86

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    Yup, just had a browse on autotrader myself. I suppose I'm fairly fortunate in that I can survive with the 3 series interior...
     
  16. Blackhawk47

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    Diesel convert. :p
     
  17. Spamalot

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    I have considered the 335i over an M135i, I just can't really see what benefit it offers. It's slightly down on power and less practical, am I missing something it adds to the party?
     
  18. [TW]Fox

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    Yea, it's not a 1 Series?

    Thats a pretty big benefit right there :p
     
  19. Spamalot

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    Other than the size why's that a good thing? Genuinely interested.
     
  20. [TW]Fox

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    The size counts for a lot - it's more refined and it's longer wheelbase means it rides better, etc.

    Perhaps I'm just biased as I really don't like hatchbacks.