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130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by Flatter4 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:58 am

Hi all,

I've searched the site and read hundreds of posts - all trying to gain a good knowledge of the 130 model - leading up to purchasing one.
I'm sure the info's in these pages, but perhaps someone can help by summarising for me.
Key things I'm after are 5 door, M-sport suspension, cruise control and black leather or half leather sets. Recommendations would be gratefully received.
Here's my guesses, let me know if I'm wrong:

>> SE = Base model ("standard equpment" ?). Will only have what I want if specified as options when the car was built.
>> LE = "Limited Edition". With lots of goodies, leather / heated seats / lights etc etc
>> E87 is the designation for the 5 door 1 series to 2011 (the one I'm after)
>> N52 is the designation for the 3 litre engine
>> M-sport = firmer suspension package, available as an option on all models, and standard on some (which ones?)
>> 18" wheels. Which models were these standard on? I read on one post that all M-sports had 18" wheels, but I don't think this is correct?
>> Some time around 2006 there seems to be a change in the dash top to allow I-drive to be fitted. If not spec'ed then there is a storage tray in the dash?
Were there any other key developments for the model, a rear axle / chassis brace?....?

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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by golfer » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:31 pm

roundasapound wrote:
I find the 130i brochure link below helpful:

http://maben.homeip.net/static/auto/bro ... 20130i.pdf

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Thanks for that link roundasapound. That's a great find :)
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:38 pm

LE's were all 3 doors (and only 4 seats). They didn't have heated seats, lumbar support, USB, etc. Nice wheels though.

Most 130i's are E87 M Sport's, so you'r basically in luck. :)
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:15 pm

roundasapound wrote:
marco_polo wrote:.
Guys where can I get a car battery at a decent price for 130i M Sport Pre-LCI?
How much should I be looking to pay please..

Sorry OP.. don't mean to hi-jack the thread but the gurus are here so may as well kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
You need a type 110 AGM battery, even ECP/Halfords might stock them. Don't forget to have the new one coded to the car.
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:19 pm

Don't forget to have the new one coded to the car. Do you have Carly?
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:56 pm

Something like http://www.justcarbatteries.co.uk/bosch ... p-110.html or https://www.batterymegastore.co.uk/prod ... a-f21.html

If they don't have Carly or similar, they have to go to BMW or a BMW indy.
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:00 pm

You want a sealed battery, it lives in the cabin with you!!!
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:48 am

roundasapound wrote:
marco_polo wrote:You want a sealed battery, it lives in the cabin with you!!!
Seller has confirmed the current battery did not need coding to the car. This means the car doesn't have an IBS.
Will fitting an AGM battery be plug and play?
It didn't need it, or he didn't do it? Sounds like there's a good reason battery #2 didn't last very long.

They all need at least registering, and proper coding if changing size or type.
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by Flatter4 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:09 am

Wonderful - thanks for the brochure "roundasapound", it's a fantastic find and helps explain many of my questions (including your wheel codes!).
I think I'll print it off and stick it to the fridge door for easy reference!

But... what does LCI stand for?

Also can someone take the brochure and place it as a 'stickie'? This sort of stuff should be at the top of the page.

Cheers.

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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:21 am

LCI = Life Cycle Impulse

(BMW lingo for 'Face lift to boost sales').
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by Flatter4 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:32 am

Another great resource on the wheels roundasapound. Thanks. I love the fact that someone has created a website just to help the likes of me - I looked for the "buy it now option" and there was nothing to buy, just great information!

.... so how do I know from outside the car whether it's pre or post LCI?

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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by KoenigKT6 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:10 pm

marco_polo wrote:LE's were all 3 doors (and only 4 seats). They didn't have heated seats, lumbar support, USB, etc. Nice wheels though.)
Mine has electric lumbar and the CCC system has USB under the armrest, not that those are deal breakers.
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:35 pm

KoenigKT6 wrote:
marco_polo wrote:LE's were all 3 doors (and only 4 seats). They didn't have heated seats, lumbar support, USB, etc. Nice wheels though.)
Mine has electric lumbar and the CCC system has USB under the armrest, not that those are deal breakers.
Electric inflateable side bolsters, or electric lumbar?
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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by ChrisP » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:52 pm

roundasapound wrote:[

I find the 130i brochure link below helpful:

http://maben.homeip.net/static/auto/bro ... 20130i.pdf





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Have you ever seen an LCI brochure online at all?

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Re: 130i new specifications, model choice for buying

Post by marco_polo » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:18 am

If there's one thing BMW know nothing about, it's BMW's. They make very nice coffee though.

Ask them if M3 LCA's, TS, ARB's are compatible, if you fancy a giggle. If you're lucky, you can actually get their heads to explode. :lol:
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