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    My New Daily Driver Has Arrived

    Went to my local BMW dealer today to have a quick look at our new 123d M Sport. Amazing how diesel technology has moved on - 2 litres, twin (two stage) turbocharging, 204 bhp, 138 g/km CO2 which puts the car in one of the lowest tax bands here in the UK. 147mph, 0-60 in 6.9 seconds is quicker and faster than a Golf GTi,54mpg more economical than a base Ford Fiesta.

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    Colour is Le Mans Blue metallic with lemon leather sports seats

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    The 3 door is considerably cheaper (Pounds1,000 here in the UK) than the coupe and more versatile.

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    This car is a premature replacement for our Honda Civic diesel, one of the worst car buying decisions I've ever made - see my rant on the Off Topics Board.

    It may also be a replacement for our Boxster S which sits unused in the garage 5 months of the year by nature of my job, and is now being hit hard here in the UK due to its CO2 emissions - just scrapes into the highest tax band, unfortunately.

    We collect the Beemer next Friday, I may bore you with some more pictures...

    Quite impresssed with the quality of these, taken with my Nokia N95 phone camera.

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    very nice. Drove the coupe with that engine in and came away very impressed. Good luck keeping the leather clean though

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    Rich C (UK) said:
    Good luck keeping the leather clean though



    I've found that leather can be easier to clean than fabric. I'll just have to keep the cleaner handy.

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    Niiiiiiice choice! Practical too. Amazing MPG. Geez.., I think all my cars can't get out of the teens for MPG. _That's_ not too nice.

    Leather? I just wipe it with a damp terry towel every week or so. To be blunt? After a long drive: I wipe it off right away; dirt transfer from public seating, salt, "sweat" you know... . Fabric: seems just like a big permanent sponge.

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    We have two things in common. I also have a N95 and I am also waiting for a 1 series - in my case a 135i coupe. Congrats.

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    The last car I had with a 2 litre turbocharged engine developing 204 bhp, way back in 1986. (This is a library photo off the www, not my old car). That Cossie was some car, in it's day.

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    lovely car dreamcar!

    the 1 is ahead of its time with that diesel engine! Great choice, enjoy and send post some good pics once shes in your driveway

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    I wish this car was available in the states. Congrats dreamcar and enjoy!

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    Congrats Dreamcar.....I'm sure your new DD, will make things so difficult to my cooper S, specially in straights

    Fuel consumption / performance, must be the KEY of this car !!

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    Congratulations with the Series one, I am really impressed with the performance figures (quicker than a GTI, impressive for the BMW diesel!!!)

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    Many congrats DC. Looks like a good choice

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    Thanks guys, looking forward to getting the car next Friday.

    I'm not looking forward with the prospect of parting company with the Boxster though after it's swansong Europe visit to Brittany next month but I'm struggling to justify it sitting in the garage 5 months of the year as it depreciates more and more and taxes become ever more hostile to high CO2 cars.

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    Just love that car, great choice on colours too, congratulations!

    Any chance you'll fit an LSD to yours? I felt the 1 series needed it quite badly...

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    Porker said:
    Just love that car, great choice on colours too, congratulations!

    Any chance you'll fit an LSD to yours? I felt the 1 series needed it quite badly...



    The dealer had to fill his monthly quota so I got additional discounts if the car was registered before the end of March. I wanted either 3 door hatch or coupe, my only must have was Bi Xenon lights essential where I live due to roaming animals at night in the New Forest. They came up with various cars, this one seemed to be the best specced. The only other options I would have gone for was uprated hi-fi or BMW's own Professional navigation system. I-Drive would be a walk in the park after the confusing minor controls in my outgoing Civic.

    No, I probably won't fit LSD. It's not as if it's the 300bhp 135i

     
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