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After lusting over the BMW 1-series for 3 years, I was finally able to get one of my own. On March 13th, 2014 I brought home a 2008 135i from Holland, MI. I am the 3rd owner and bought it with 81,000 miles.


She was pretty dirty after the 6 hour trip back.

Also, I keep an up-to-date blog with tons of info:
www.My1Series.com

Knowing that I would be keeping this one for a while, I needed to make sure it had everything I wanted.

Black Sapphire Metallic, 6-speed
Black interior with aluminium glacier-silver trim

Packages:
M-Sport Package
-Sport suspension, electric memory sport seats, multi-function ///M leather steering wheel, shadow line exterior trim, and raised top-speed limiter.

Cold Weather Package
- Heated seats, headlight washers, rear seat armrest, and ski bag.

Options:
  • Comfort Access (keyless entry and push-to-start without key)
  • iDrive (Navigation/Entertainment/Climate Control)
  • HiFi Professional Sound System
  • Adaptive Xenon headlights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 6-piston Brembo Big Brake kit
  • Electric glass sunroof/moonroof
  • 6-disc CD changer & DVD player
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • Windshield with grey wedge
  • Never equipped with 135i badge from factory
  • Additional cup holder
  • Warning triangle & first aid kit
Modifications it came with:
  • BMW Performance short shift kit and knob
  • Custom stainless-steel axle-back exhaust
  • Riss Racing oil catch can
  • K&N drop in air filter
  • JB+ 20HP chip
  • Powdercoated black Style 264 wheels with 225/40/18 Blizzaks
  • Eibach Pro-Kit springs (1″ drop front and rear)
  • BMW Performance black front grilles
  • Black/white BMW emblem overlays
  • Carbon fiber wrapped interior trim
  • Tinted rear and side windows
  • Tinted side markers
Had my girlfriend drive so I could take a rolling shot:

Next to my Miata:

I plan to slowly build it to my liking and keep up on maintenance. First thing on my list is to get a set of summer wheels so I can get these winter tires off.



Stay tuned!
 

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Clean the intake runners if you don't have documentation showing it's been done. It took BMW a few years to figure out how to keep the valves clean on their new DI engines.
 

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Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for mounted pics/fender rolling.

Wheels look good! Specs?
Specs are in my blog post for them:
www.my1series.com/2014/04/08/finally-no-more-snow

  • Front: 18×8 ET 35 – 215/40/18
  • Rear: 18×9 ET 40 – 245/25/18
It sucks that the 1-series has such limited wheel options because of the offsets. These are pushing the limits with a low offset, no one has really done these wheels before. I'll be rolling the fenders ASAP.

Clean the intake runners if you don't have documentation showing it's been done. It took BMW a few years to figure out how to keep the valves clean on their new DI engines.
Definitely first on my list of things to do now that its warm out. The car has an OCC, but with 83,000 miles it is way overdue.
 

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Got some nice mods/options on it. I do really like these things
 

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I'm excited for this.
 

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Clean the intake runners if you don't have documentation showing it's been done. It took BMW a few years to figure out how to keep the valves clean on their new DI engines.
Definitely first on my list of things to do now that its warm out. The car has an OCC, but with 83,000 miles it is way overdue.
What's the culprit for that? Seems pretty gunky for 83k on the clock.
 

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What's the culprit for that? Seems pretty gunky for 83k on the clock.
In a port injection engine, fuel being sprayed in the intake runners helps alleviate that buildup since gasoline is essentially a solvent and will wash that gunk into the cylinders to be burned up before it gets to that level.

Direct injection means the fuel gets sprayed straight into the cylinder instead of going through the intake runners in the head, so they never get that cleaning effect.

An oil catch can will reduce that buildup to some extent, but regular maintenance is really the only way to keep the runners clean.
 

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oh wow, they sure looked awful! Did you feel an increase in power? Nice car!
It seems to have more power down low and it comes on a lot smoother. So torquey.

What's the culprit for that? Seems pretty gunky for 83k on the clock.
Direct injection. Crarrs explains it well below...

In a port injection engine, fuel being sprayed in the intake runners helps alleviate that buildup since gasoline is essentially a solvent and will wash that gunk into the cylinders to be burned up before it gets to that level.

Direct injection means the fuel gets sprayed straight into the cylinder instead of going through the intake runners in the head, so they never get that cleaning effect.

An oil catch can will reduce that buildup to some extent, but regular maintenance is really the only way to keep the runners clean.
Thanks for clarifying it for those who aren't familiar :)

man I've been waiting a 135i too :(
Get one! I'm very happy with it. A nice upgrade from my ~240whp Miata.
 
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