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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
I bought my 135, no options, for 75K + on roads. You need to learn how to haggle!
Sorry, that should say including on roads
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.
I bought a 125i coupe with xenon and electric seats as options – $61k on the road
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.
Oh and they dont charge for Metallic paint !!!
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.
Comment police is at it again! What happened to the comment re MX-5?
Good to hear the Germans aren’t shipping traction Nazi’s with their cars…
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.