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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Jack@AUTOID » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 am

So translated... it’s worth it? Just wanted to sensecheck first!

It’s up for £9k but got it down to £8.5k. 6 month warranty is included.
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Toed64 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:24 am

My E81 MSport has 49000miles and it's as close to immaculate as any 2008 car could be. It has black manual heated leather, no idrive or xenons, and no chrome trim around the gutters, otherwise, it's similar. I question whether you restricting your choice by only considering an LE. I'm not sure that the LE is worth much of a premium over the MSport...maybe.

These cars are worth what someone is prepared to pay, they are already twice the price of a 10 year old Merc or fast Ford. I was chatting to Kevin Bird the other day. He told me that his modified 130i is his favourite daily driver. He's had his for 7 years and it getting tired, so he said he would, without hesitation, pay £13000 or £14000 for a spotless 130i with 25000 miles now, so that he knows that he would have another ideal car for the next 7 years. He has not found anything else that ticks all the boxes for him. He said he wouldn't buy a 135i as a daily driver for similar cash. Interesting.

It crossed my mind that he might pay me stupid money for my car...and then I'd just have to keep my lovely 135i!

I think that you have to question how many miles you are likely to put on the clock over the time you'll own the car. If today's prices are anything to go by, in 3 years with an extra 36,000 miles on the clock, that car will probably sell for £5000 ish. I say this because clean 2005 130is on 120,000ish miles have sold for between £4000 and £5000 over the last few months. An LE might hold it's value better...maybe. In any case, it's still very cheap motoring when you think about likely depreciation on almost any other £8000 daily driver.

I think you should be looking for the best car you can find for the budget. 78000 is not a huge mileage for one of these, but £8500 is more than I paid for my MSport with 5/8 of the mileage and for me, condition and low mileage are more important than yellow seats and the cachet of the LE's 160 UK sales.

If you decide to look at it, check whether the water pump has been done, if not budget £500 for that and negotiate accordingly.

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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Fritz » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:27 am

The £2k premium over a normal msport seems a bit crazy to me. If you're after an LE as an investment I think you will need to wait a good number of years for prices to rise.

Comparatively my 2008 facelift msport with 73k, a full bmw service hist, auto xenon lights, auto wipers, heated leather seats, climate control, professional audio with usb/aux in and cruise control cost me a little over £6k

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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Mr Pitt » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:48 am

Jack@AUTOID wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 am
So translated... it’s worth it? Just wanted to sensecheck first!

It’s up for £9k but got it down to £8.5k. 6 month warranty is included.
or you could get this for £5k - and invest the £3.5k into something else or spend it on the car -

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified ... 6ae&page=1
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Toed64 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:52 am

Mr Pitt wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:48 am
Jack@AUTOID wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 am
So translated... it’s worth it? Just wanted to sensecheck first!

It’s up for £9k but got it down to £8.5k. 6 month warranty is included.
or you could get this for £5k - and invest the £3.5k into something else or spend it on the car -

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified ... 6ae&page=1
:D THIS^^
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Fritz » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:53 am

Toed64 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:52 am
Mr Pitt wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:48 am
Jack@AUTOID wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 am
So translated... it’s worth it? Just wanted to sensecheck first!

It’s up for £9k but got it down to £8.5k. 6 month warranty is included.
or you could get this for £5k - and invest the £3.5k into something else or spend it on the car -

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified ... 6ae&page=1
:D THIS^^
Agreed! The £3k difference is mental!

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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Jack@AUTOID » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:01 pm

Yeah £3k is quite a huge difference but plan to keep the car for while so want to make sure its the spec I am after!

Definitely food for thought though.. :mrgreen:
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Toed64 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:09 pm

I understand that. I prefer the 3 door shell. I've run a coupe for 5+ years and I think that switching to a 5 door might have been less attractive to me...but for £3000 less, I think I could cope with an extra pair of unnecessary doors!
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by DC11 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 pm

Jack, as a 130i LE owner myself I do see the 'added value' in the LE. I previously had an FL e87 and (after later finding out about them) wished I had got an LE instead. So, if you're set on an LE don't compromise. Chances are you'll regret it if you do.

However, personally, I would compromise on mileage. I've pasted below some previous comments of mine from a different thread explaining why. Over the past 18 months or so my LE has had: New shocks, springs, bump stops, top mounts, perches, subframe bushes, diff bushes, control arms, torsion arms, transmission mounts, gearbox oil, diff oil, 4 x new calipers, brake fluid.
As others have already mentioned, don't let "high" miles put you off. These aren't new cars anymore and 100,000 miles is nothing for the N52, and when you consider that even FL cars have now reached 10 years old, it's the perishing rubber components that need to be considered. Regardless of mileage, i'd want to be overhauling the shocks, bump stops, top mounts, control/torsion arm bushes, subframe bushes, drop links (...you get the idea) on any 10-12 year old car.

In fact, I did and I am doing again... My old e87 had just over 90,000 miles when I purchased it, it was in great all round condition and I thought it drove tightly. However, due to it's mileage I set about giving it a chassis overhaul as mentioned above. The improvement was very noticeable, on what I thought was an already tight feeling car. I sold that car on 107,000 miles which strangely enough is the same mileage as the 130i LE i've just bought, and guess what? The LE doesn't feel as solid.

That's not to say it isn't a good car, it definitely is. It just that its bushes have been subject to our cold, wet, salty conditions for 10 years. Simply put, stuff (that's the technical term) ages, no matter what the mileage :)
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Jack@AUTOID » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:58 pm

DC11 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 pm
Jack, as a 130i LE owner myself I do see the 'added value' in the LE. I previously had an FL e87 and (after later finding out about them) wished I had got an LE instead. So, if you're set on an LE don't compromise. Chances are you'll regret it if you do.

However, personally, I would compromise on mileage. I've pasted below some previous comments of mine from a different thread explaining why. Over the past 18 months or so my LE has had: New shocks, springs, bump stops, top mounts, perches, subframe bushes, diff bushes, control arms, torsion arms, transmission mounts, gearbox oil, diff oil, 4 x new calipers, brake fluid.
As others have already mentioned, don't let "high" miles put you off. These aren't new cars anymore and 100,000 miles is nothing for the N52, and when you consider that even FL cars have now reached 10 years old, it's the perishing rubber components that need to be considered. Regardless of mileage, i'd want to be overhauling the shocks, bump stops, top mounts, control/torsion arm bushes, subframe bushes, drop links (...you get the idea) on any 10-12 year old car.

In fact, I did and I am doing again... My old e87 had just over 90,000 miles when I purchased it, it was in great all round condition and I thought it drove tightly. However, due to it's mileage I set about giving it a chassis overhaul as mentioned above. The improvement was very noticeable, on what I thought was an already tight feeling car. I sold that car on 107,000 miles which strangely enough is the same mileage as the 130i LE i've just bought, and guess what? The LE doesn't feel as solid.

That's not to say it isn't a good car, it definitely is. It just that its bushes have been subject to our cold, wet, salty conditions for 10 years. Simply put, stuff (that's the technical term) ages, no matter what the mileage :)

I was going to fit the Birds B1 package - dampers, shocks, LSB and anti-roll bars. So to be fair it shouldn't matter too much... maybe you've swayed me in favour! :D
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Toed64 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:26 pm

Jack@AUTOID wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:58 pm
DC11 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 pm
Jack, as a 130i LE owner myself I do see the 'added value' in the LE. I previously had an FL e87 and (after later finding out about them) wished I had got an LE instead. So, if you're set on an LE don't compromise. Chances are you'll regret it if you do.

However, personally, I would compromise on mileage. I've pasted below some previous comments of mine from a different thread explaining why. Over the past 18 months or so my LE has had: New shocks, springs, bump stops, top mounts, perches, subframe bushes, diff bushes, control arms, torsion arms, transmission mounts, gearbox oil, diff oil, 4 x new calipers, brake fluid.
As others have already mentioned, don't let "high" miles put you off. These aren't new cars anymore and 100,000 miles is nothing for the N52, and when you consider that even FL cars have now reached 10 years old, it's the perishing rubber components that need to be considered. Regardless of mileage, i'd want to be overhauling the shocks, bump stops, top mounts, control/torsion arm bushes, subframe bushes, drop links (...you get the idea) on any 10-12 year old car.

In fact, I did and I am doing again... My old e87 had just over 90,000 miles when I purchased it, it was in great all round condition and I thought it drove tightly. However, due to it's mileage I set about giving it a chassis overhaul as mentioned above. The improvement was very noticeable, on what I thought was an already tight feeling car. I sold that car on 107,000 miles which strangely enough is the same mileage as the 130i LE i've just bought, and guess what? The LE doesn't feel as solid.

That's not to say it isn't a good car, it definitely is. It just that its bushes have been subject to our cold, wet, salty conditions for 10 years. Simply put, stuff (that's the technical term) ages, no matter what the mileage :)

I was going to fit the Birds B1 package - dampers, shocks, LSB and anti-roll bars. So to be fair it shouldn't matter too much... maybe you've swayed me in favour! :D
That would make that LE a £12000 car, wouldn't it?

So, specced like this one then:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-130i-msp ... 1438.l9372
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by paddyboy » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:08 pm

If it helps with your research Jack I sympathise coz I feel you're at the kind of place I was 7 months ago when I bought my 130i auto

I'd been looking for 6 months though - you've been looking for just a couple of weeks

Its fair to say I paid a bit of a premium for mine :lol: but it is a rare car - there has not been anything else I would have jumped for since then and I still look every day or so .... old habits die hard!

The one you should have had was the private sale on ebay at York with 55k on the clock at the end of October .... its already been mentioned and at the time I commented on it in the Hunters thread - that immaculate triple garage + immaculate driveway says it all

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-130i-M-S ... true&rt=nc

Not sure what it went for but the guys mobile no. is in the ad - I'm sure if you explained your cause + asked very nicely you'd find out

That would really help you nail how much of a premium the Cornwall LE is
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by DC11 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:24 pm

paddyboy wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:08 pm
The one you should have had was the private sale on ebay at York with 55k on the clock at the end of October .... its already been mentioned and at the time I commented on it in the Hunters thread - that immaculate triple garage + immaculate driveway says it all

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-130i-M-S ... true&rt=nc

Not sure what it went for but the guys mobile no. is in the ad - I'm sure if you explained your cause + asked very nicely you'd find out
Funnily enough i've been talking to this guy as I was going to have his power-folding mirrors. He ended up selling it to his Dad.
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by markhurley » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:25 pm

Toed64 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:26 pm
Jack@AUTOID wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:58 pm
DC11 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 pm
Jack, as a 130i LE owner myself I do see the 'added value' in the LE. I previously had an FL e87 and (after later finding out about them) wished I had got an LE instead. So, if you're set on an LE don't compromise. Chances are you'll regret it if you do.

However, personally, I would compromise on mileage. I've pasted below some previous comments of mine from a different thread explaining why. Over the past 18 months or so my LE has had: New shocks, springs, bump stops, top mounts, perches, subframe bushes, diff bushes, control arms, torsion arms, transmission mounts, gearbox oil, diff oil, 4 x new calipers, brake fluid.


I was going to fit the Birds B1 package - dampers, shocks, LSB and anti-roll bars. So to be fair it shouldn't matter too much... maybe you've swayed me in favour! :D
That would make that LE a £12000 car, wouldn't it?

So, specced like this one then:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-130i-msp ... 1438.l9372
Shame about the interior , light colour leather works if dash and inserts are black.
Otherwise it’s just too bright!
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Re: Low Mileage 130i LE

Post by Coxy2807 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:29 pm

Toed64 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:26 pm
Jack@AUTOID wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:58 pm
DC11 wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 pm
Jack, as a 130i LE owner myself I do see the 'added value' in the LE. I previously had an FL e87 and (after later finding out about them) wished I had got an LE instead. So, if you're set on an LE don't compromise. Chances are you'll regret it if you do.

However, personally, I would compromise on mileage. I've pasted below some previous comments of mine from a different thread explaining why. Over the past 18 months or so my LE has had: New shocks, springs, bump stops, top mounts, perches, subframe bushes, diff bushes, control arms, torsion arms, transmission mounts, gearbox oil, diff oil, 4 x new calipers, brake fluid.


I was going to fit the Birds B1 package - dampers, shocks, LSB and anti-roll bars. So to be fair it shouldn't matter too much... maybe you've swayed me in favour! :D
That would make that LE a £12000 car, wouldn't it?

So, specced like this one then:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-130i-msp ... 1438.l9372
The spec on this one looks great! Any more info on the car, is the owner on here? Has anybody driven one with a similar spec to this?

Agree with the comment above regarding the interior though, the cream door cards are a bit bright.

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