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RJW's LMB 135i

Post by rjwojcik » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:26 pm

Most of you will probably know that I’ve been loitering for a while, actually I’ve checked and I joined Nov 2010! Since about that time I’ve also been stalking Auto Trader, Piston Heads, eBay and the BMW AUC site daily, looking for a suitable victim. It’s been an interesting process, watching cars appear on one site, then disappear only to appear on another site.

One advert caught my eye late August on Piston Heads, only because it had one thumbnail photo and the description was brief to say the least.

A month later it appeared on eBay, same price, a few more pictures and a slightly revised description. There were no successful bids.

It then reappeared on eBay again, this time at a slightly lower price so I thought I’d give it a go, intending on making an offer if everything checked out. I made some an initial enquiries via email to the seller, even asking for some additional photos to be taken in areas that were lacking (like the interior).

Having obtained the registration number I then called the BMW Customer Information Department (UK) on 09062090001 to confirm that the details on the advert were correct. For those that do not know, BMW are able to confirm the following details from a registration number:

• The model, colour and optional extras that were ordered, including the code numbers. So I got:
Le Mans Blue 381
Black Leather LWSW
Sun Protection Glass 420
Heated Seats 494
Park Distance Control 508
Xenon Headlamps 522
Cruise Control 540
USB Audio Interface 6FL
Bluetooth Phone Prep 644
BMW Profession al Radio 663

• The price when new
• A history of dealer visits with dates

Having obtained the details from BMW it became apparent that some of the information on the advert did not tally. Things like advertising the car with Bluetooth and Telematics rather than Bluetooth Phone Prep or Electric Memory Seats rather than just Electric Lumbar Support. When asked, the seller explained that they had merely copied what they thought the description ought to be from another advert and had not understood what the options actually were. Uhmmm… but after a bit of questioning I was happy with the outcome.

I was also able to carry out an HPI check, which picked up:

• VRM currently recorded as having outstanding finance, with BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES (GB) LTD.

On this I made an offer on the car, which included the following terms:

• It would need to pass a prearranged inspection by an independent BMW specialist
• We would then visit my bank and arrange payment straight to BMW FINANCIAL SERVICES (GB) LTD to pay off the finance
• The balance would then be paid to the sellers bank account

My offer was rejected. O well, there’s plenty more fish in the sea.

The eBay advert subsequently expired.

A couple of weeks later the car was advertised on Auto Trader. After what seemed like an eternity, I thought I’d make a revised offer, which after a bit of haggling was eventually accepted. So I applied for a loan, waited for the funds to arrive and arranged to pick the car up.

So, I arranged for a train and overnight stay last night, to make the early start this morning (8am) of the prearranged inspection by the independent BMW specialist. The seller would pick me up from the hotel and this would also allow me to visual inspect and test drive the car for the first time.

The inspection uncovered a few issues (but I decided to get these fixed under the BMW warranty), BMW were paid off and I had a great 250 mile drive home this afternoon, with my new 1’er, a 2009 Le Mans Blue 135i. I’ve attached a few photos.

Before I had driven the car home, I had made an extensive list of possible enhancements I’d like to make to the car. But, while driving it home I thought about the items I was going to upgrade and have decided not to, everything about the car is fine. I like my tiny mirrors, they are a work of art. Even the run flats, ok they're firm but it’s a sport car. I may go the non RFT route, but only due to the cost.

Dead chuffed to say the least :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Re: Another 135i

Post by Red5 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:34 pm

Well done that man! Top stalking :)

Join the club :wink:

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Re: Another 135i

Post by rjwojcik » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:38 pm

:lol: Thanks, just remebered, I can change my sig now

Oooo, CSL style wheels, uhmmmm...
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Re: Another 135i

Post by pimpinyourmum » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:54 pm

rjwojcik wrote::lol: Thanks, just remebered, I can change my sig now

Oooo, CSL style wheels, uhmmmm...


Well done that man. You finally gone and done it :fest: :spotman: :band: :band: :thumbs: :woohoo: :beerchug: :grouphug:

Welcome to the 135i club!!!! I'll keep my eyes peeled for you now.
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Re: Another 135i

Post by GeeRam » Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:12 am

Excellent..... about time too :lol:

Mind you, I was lurking here for over 18 months before I finally got my 135i.
rjwojcik wrote: • The model, colour and optional extras that were ordered, including the code numbers. So I got:
Le Mans Blue 381
Black Leather LWSW
Sun Protection Glass 420
Heated Seats 494
Park Distance Control 508
Xenon Headlamps 522
Cruise Control 540
USB Audio Interface 6FL
Bluetooth Phone Prep 644
BMW Professional Radio 663


Things like advertising the car with Bluetooth and Telematics rather than Bluetooth Phone Prep or Electric Memory Seats rather than just Electric Lumbar Support.
Bit confused about that last sentance though, as electric lumbar support isn't listed as an option on that list....??
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Re: Another 135i

Post by dubdemand » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:52 am

Great story and I admire your patients! I get too excited when I think I have found the right car and often jump in too quickly. I think you did it exactly the right way and have managed to bag what looks to be a really nice example with a lot of nice options.

Anyways, welcome to the club, enjoy your new motor and I look forward to seeing some more pics in the future!
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Re: Another 135i

Post by you loves it » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:56 am

excellent choice

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Re: Another 135i

Post by simon. » Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:57 pm

Is this the 135i appreciation thread?

It is? Good. Nice choice :D
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Re: Another 135i

Post by rjwojcik » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:51 pm

VeeSix wrote:Welcome to the 135i M club... although now you're here, you have to bear in mind that there is the 'N54' and 'N55' divergence clubs :lol:
Is that like the big mirror, little mirror thing as well. :lol:

Actually, how can I tell whether I've got a passenger mirror that will drop and display the kerb when I engage reverse gear? I tried reverse with the nob selected towards left and then right afterwards but nothing happened. Do I need to set them? I don't have electric folding mirrors.
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Re: Another 135i

Post by GeeRam » Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:10 pm

rjwojcik wrote: I don't have electric folding mirrors.
That's why you don't have the reverse tilt function.
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Re: Another 135i

Post by pimpinyourmum » Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:49 pm

VeeSix wrote:Welcome to the 135i M club... although now you're here, you have to bear in mind that there is the 'N54' and 'N55' divergence clubs :lol:
No, no. There's just those with new tech and those with old tech :wink: :) :lol:
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Re: Another 135i

Post by Mike Roberts » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:03 pm

I like the fact mine burns the polar icecap faster than newer versions... :D

Nice car BTW, you don't see that many 135is in blue.
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Re: Another 135i

Post by pimpinyourmum » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:10 pm

Mike Roberts wrote:I like the fact mine burns the polar icecap faster than newer versions... :D

Good point. We all want warmer summers so perhaps we all ought to swap into N54's? Alternatively I might just drive everywhere in 2 gears lower than I need to to create the same effect :wink: :lol:
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Re: Another 135i

Post by rjwojcik » Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:17 am

VeeSix wrote:I'm still loving the noise of the 135, sounds better than my Elise SC with upgraded exhaust and decat on full chat :D
I must admit I've had to drop the window at traffic lights for some audible entertainment during take off, very addictive 8)
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Re: Another 135i

Post by pimpinyourmum » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:14 am

VeeSix wrote:Speaking of 'take-off' i've found that first gear runs out of steam very quickly, seems the turbo/s don't have much effect in 1st (if any effect at all!). The real magic and noise happens when 2nd gear is engaged :spotman:

Yes, the car has torque limiters in first that reduce the amount of 'mumbo' the engine produces to try and preserve the transmission. You'll find it should be even more responsive in 3rd for this reason?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYCg8g7B ... 8A&index=9" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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GONE: 126,000 miles in a 2011 135i Coupe

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