Advice needed for 120i

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Advice needed for 120i

Post by chomar » Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:55 pm

Hello everyone
I am planning to buy my first bmw. I found below bmw 120i auto with 151000 km on the clock. What would be your advice before seeing the car? As far as l checked the web, l believe this is the best place for asking this question.
I would really appreciate your time and replies.

http://link.marktplaats.nl/m1414941832? ... ialbuttons

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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by marco_polo » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:51 am

Explain to the seller that you'd like a very, very long test drive.

You need to make sure the car doesn't suffer any engine warning lights or Limp Mode (engine problems). The traction control shouldn't flash or intervene when driving around normally (reluctor ring / ABS sensor problems). Scan for error codes too if possible.

Obviously check absolutely everything works correctly, all windows, all 8 parking sensors, everything.
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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by chomar » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:47 pm

I tested the car however not for a long distance. Since, it was my first bmw drive, that felt really good and no warnings etc were present at the dashboard. Interior was a little bit worn out especially the window buttuons and surroundings, but that is not an issue for me, considering 150dkm on the clock. I just couldn't find avg consumption on obc, that is a mystery for me. Current owner says, he has free fuel card from work, therefore he hasn't ever cared about consumption. On the other hand this may be an issue for me, while i want to have long cruises with the car.

Probably, i will plan to take the car to a garage for better inspection. And what do you think about the consumption values of 120i? I checked this forum and different sites, however very different values mentioned. Some says this car is a huge drinker, some says considerably reasonable. I am a little bit confused. :?:

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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:51 am

I'd expect it to be a drinker around the town, heavy car, rear wheel drive, old Auto gearbox, only a 4 cylinder engine.

It should be better on long highway / motorway cruises though.
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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by chomar » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:50 pm

Can you make a realistic guess for consumption figures?

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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:54 pm

Not really, it will depend on traffic conditions, speed, distance, hills and inclines, tyre pressures, car maintenance, etc. The old Auto's are known to be bad around the town. The torque converter locks up on the highway though, so more efficient on a long cruise.

I suggest you go on a nice long test drive, really long. Monitor the mpg over the route, if it's important to you.
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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by Erwinko » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:21 pm

My average consumption with my manual 06 120i is 1:11 - 1:12.
Automatic gearbox might use a little bit more.

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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by chomar » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:08 pm

How about average for only highway usage?

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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by chomar » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:24 am

I bought that bmw120i as my first bmw ever. And so far it feels nice to drive. Considering the age of car, it still feels rigid and solid to drive. All i need is a hood badge since its place empty at the moment and this spoils my joy a little when i look at the car. Is 82mm 2 pins badge are suitable for that?

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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by marco_polo » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:16 am

Yes, 82mm, BMW part number 51148132375
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Re: Advice needed for 120i

Post by chomar » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:14 am

Thanks a lot :spotman:

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