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      03-21-2020, 04:36 PM   #1
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New M135i not so bad

Why is everyone so against the new 135i, yes its no looker but after a test drive I was well impressed. Don't judge a book by its cover is all I can say.
My brother has the M140i and even he was impressed.
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New car life. The world is always ready to take a shot at BMW. About 6-12 months into the release cycle and the new cars look familiar, a few mods are out, everyone starts to know their 'favourite' spec and I suppose sadly the prior models start looking dated.

Then roll on an LCI and it's a no contest landslide.

+1 for the new F40 very accomplished car.
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There is antipathy, generally, towards the F4x BMWs because of their FWD focus. BMW long championed RWD as the "proper" driveline layout for "ultimate driving machines"; indeed, I think it used to ridicule some FWD brands as pretenders to any performance claims. This spawned many, many BMW enthusiasts (many on this site) who mimic that opinion without any personal experience.

IMO, if you like the car and it performs as you expect, just take any criticism from these quarters on the chin, and enjoy your drive 👍
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Good question.. I'm an early adopter. From my experience New BMWs take a while to like look wise. It's a bit general to say the least and coupled with a FWD set up it's created a target for the enthusiasts to hit at.

I have been a massive RWD fan for years.. had an RB 25 modified, v35 modified and then later on a F30 320d (because we can't get the 330d here) and I have to say I was looking at buying the x3 m40i but after a test drive.. I was hooked!

Drive one peeps and make your own judgement 👍
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I'm about to get this as my first BMW, so I don't have the baggage of the comparison to the old one. However, the interior is a step up from the older models. I've been in a friends M2 and prefer the newer 1 series interior.
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      04-06-2020, 12:18 PM   #6
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Only had it for a week doing around 400 ‘running in’ miles and in my opinion it is a really well rounded car and very capable. The cornering ability compared to my previous F20 M135 is on another level and mine is on Bridgestone rubber so looking forward to getting it onto Michelin at some point.

Personally quite happy with the looks of the car and don’t really see what everyone’s issue is with it. It’s been demonstrated already that a few smallish mods can have a decent impact if needed.

Tech / interior quality is unquestionably great.
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Shopping Trip Disclaimer.

Just been out for a little blast to get supplies for the inlaws. Car is loosening up nicely. Remus exhaust is definitely a deeper tone and it does have a huge amount of physical cornering grip. Maybe helped the sun is shining today.

Really enjoy 20 minutes on the car there.
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I love the feeling of driving your daily for the first time in a week or two when back from holidays. Feels like a different car!

Sunshine and some decent temp into your Michelinís is going to help!

Thinking the first day out of lockdown I will be making the trip over the border to the Brecons if this weather is still around! Obviously after making sure to see the family etc etc

Taking the family bus to do the weekly shopping for my one trip out at the moment! Tax taken off the M135i and declared SORN in the garage.
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