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  • nickdl

    Can you please tell us how much it costed as tested?

    There’s no way that cost less than $60k on road with all the expensive BMW options.

    • Micky

      It’s disappointing that you have to pay extra for electric seats on the 118d, and even on the 125i. You also only get a single-CD, so you have to then pay extra for a better stereo. Xenons cost extra, as do heated seats. And of course the biggest rip off of all – the metallic paint! Which this test car has, but personally I think the best colours are the non-metallic shades (white, black, and red).

      • nickdl

        I’m pretty sure black is a metallic colour. It is on most makes. They’re too expensive on BMW but they’re likely to last far longer than most other makes. I watched a documentary on the making of the Z4 and it spent about half the time in the paint shop.

        • Micky

          They have 2 blacks – one is solid, and the other metallic. Personally I don’t think the metallic is worth the extra 2 grand or whatever BMW charge for it.

  • Micky

    I considered a 125i convertible when I was looking for a new car a few months ago. The 3.0L straight six seems like a sweet engine, but the $65k price tag somehow managed to escalate to $77k on-road once the dealer added it all up (and that’s WITHOUT options!). Forget it, I said, $77k on a car that size, as good as it may be, is just way too much. (I would not even consider the 120i convertible due to the pitiful engine).

    • oneill

      I bought my 135, no options, for 75K + on roads. You need to learn how to haggle!

      • oneill

        Sorry, that should say including on roads

        • Micky

          Is that coupe or convertible? Manual or auto? I was looking for an auto convertible. The RRP for the 135i auto convertible is over $83,000 – which would bring it to over $90,000 including on-road costs. There’s no way in hell you got it for $75k on road.

          • Beemer fan

            I bought a 125i coupe with xenon and electric seats as options – $61k on the road

  • Shak

    I know ill get thumbs down for this, but the only real reason you buy this BMW is for its supposed dynamic one upmanship, but with that price is it really worth it? Why not go the Mazda 3 route and get a fully loaded SP25 or even an MPS. I know its not really the same thing, but even with its smiley face it looks better, gets better mileage, is better equipped, and is much cheaper.

    • Shak

      Oh and they dont charge for Metallic paint !!!

      • Micky

        Actually it’s not that Mazda don’t charge extra for it, it’s just that they don’t offer any solid non-metallic colours. So they simply CAN’T charge for something they don’t offer. If they could, they would.

  • Gene

    Comment police is at it again! What happened to the comment re MX-5?

  • Mitchell

    Good to hear the Germans aren’t shipping traction Nazi’s with their cars…

  • pszilard

    I also love the Mazda, however it is strctly a 2 seater. For me it has to be a 2+2 or 4 seater so I can put a bag or a dog in the rear. Biggest competition to the lower end BMW convertible would be the VW convertible.

BMW 1 Series Specs

18d : 2.0L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - 5D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
1
Variant
18d
Series
E87 MY09
Year
2010
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
DIESEL TURBO 4
Max. Torque
300Nm @  1750rpm
Max. Power
105kW @  4000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
78.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
84x90mm
Compression Ratio
17.0
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
2.56
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
51
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.4L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1345
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1430mm
Length
4227mm
Width
1751mm
Ground Clearance
107mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:690
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.7
Front Rim Size
7x17
Rear Rim Size
7x17
Front Tyres
205/50 R17
Rear Tyres
205/50 R17
Wheel Base
2660
Front Track
1484
Rear Track
1497
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power front seats, Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension
Driver
Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Metallic Paint, M Sport Package II, Xenon Headlights
Interior
Leather Upholstery
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-M-7
Country of Origin
GERMANY