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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by JohnnyPeanuts » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:40 pm

rydale13 wrote:the Guilia QV is too far out my price range new, it's either keep my M135i and bolt on some toys (sports cat and Jb4), maybe hang off a few years for the QV to fall in to budget

I’ve seen 2 QVs on the road now, 1 in red and a black one. They look stunning with performance to match. I’m gonna keep a close eye on 2nd hand residuals on them as well.


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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by rydale13 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:52 pm

They look incredible, right!?

There's just one thing that's really winding me up about the QV, and it's really pathetic, you've been warned!

Ready?

Ok, so my only small yet REALLY irritating gripe is that there are no pops, bangs or crackles on the overrun. At least in all of the videos I've watched, nothing!

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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by sootyvrs » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:05 pm

rydale13 wrote:They look incredible, right!?

There's just one thing that's really winding me up about the QV, and it's really pathetic, you've been warned!

Ready?

Ok, so my only small yet REALLY irritating gripe is that there are no pops, bangs or crackles on the overrun. At least in all of the videos I've watched, nothing!

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I actually prefer the sound of an exhaust without the artificially induced pops and bangs

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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by Bingers » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:12 pm

sootyvrs wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:05 pm
rydale13 wrote:They look incredible, right!?

There's just one thing that's really winding me up about the QV, and it's really pathetic, you've been warned!

Ready?

Ok, so my only small yet REALLY irritating gripe is that there are no pops, bangs or crackles on the overrun. At least in all of the videos I've watched, nothing!

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I agree the Alfa is stunning to look at.. Probably the best looking saloon bar non on the market today in my opinion..

I actually prefer the sound of an exhaust without the artificially induced pops and bangs

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Agree the Alfa QV is stunning to look at and sounds great too.

Ive been keeping my options open in terms of looking at other cars and i feel the M Lites are so good for the cost (my PCP is £242 per month) to get anything better id be easily doubling my monthly payments.

There are 3 things i feel the M140i does that i wasn't expecting:
Comfort
Practicality
How fast it actually is.

The 3rd point gets me the most, the 30-70mph acceleration is right up there with some serious cars i wasn't expecting that!

So I or we have 2 choices, more of the same (another M Lite) or something totally different (estate, SUV etc).

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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by Samp4856 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:50 pm

Jahjaman wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:36 am
I'm going to go back to basics.

Toyota 86, second hand, cheap. Strip it and make it a track car. Maybe spend some dough on giving it more oomph.

The daily will be something that will be more family friendly.
I had a Subaru BRZ rather modified and my god it was an epic car! You won’t be disappointed
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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by Samp4856 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:52 pm

I’ve had many cars, Porsche’s, Subaru wrx sti’s, mx5’s, m2, etc etc, and you know what, My mlite I think has been my favourite, as an all round car it just works, kinda wish I hadn’t sold my 1st m140 to be honest, however if budget allows the c43 Amg is a very good car!
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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by XWV » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:55 pm

Bingers wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:12 pm
There are 3 things i feel the M140i does that i wasn't expecting:
Comfort
Practicality
How fast it actually is.
It's the combination of all three with the cost that's remarkable (although my PCP payments are double yours, presumably for mileage). In particular the comfort/refinement's surprising me - the demo car was rougher than my F31 but it seemed a worthwhile trade-off, but my own car's a much better motorway cruiser

These things are extremely competent all-rounders. It amuses me a little when I read posts about "driving it how it's meant to be driven", as it's clearly designed to be a bit of everything. There are more comfortable cars, more practical ones, cheaper ones and certainly more hardcore, engaging or faster ones, but there's nothing much else that aims to do what the 140 does.

I'll cover 70-80k miles over the first four years in this car. At the moment I can't think of anything, regardless of budget, I'd accept a direct swap for given the type of journeys I do.
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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by Jahjaman » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:36 am

PazzaAE86 wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:38 am
That is sort of where I would he tempted to go, something a bit more pure... Or maybe an older M Car if I could stomach the running costs.

The gt86 is the polar opposite to the M135i in my eyes.. With its limits set lower, I think it would be more enjoyable on the road, and with far less electronic weirdness to deal with when pushing on..

The above being said, I still like the M135i and I'm keen to get it where I want it, mod wise, a bit more raw of a car and to do a little bit of track work to realise it's potential.
Samp4856 wrote:
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I had a Subaru BRZ rather modified and my god it was an epic car! You won’t be disappointed
Yeah, I'm just wondering whether I should keep the M-lite for another couple of years, or better off selling it now.
When 2019 comes along, the new 1 series will be a FWD platform, so it may be beneficial to hold onto it for a little while longer.
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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by deadmou5e » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:41 am

I think I will try to move up to the Portofino if pure ICE cars are still around by the time I can emotionally let go of my M140i. As has been said on the forum by many, the M140i is such an all around versatile vehicle that anything I compare it looks unjustified after a few minutes of serious thought.

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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by AJRFulton » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:06 am

Some interesting thoughts.

I've been giving it serious thought over the past few days and still cannot decide. It is a hard car to replace without spending a lot more money. Nothing has the babyM's all round ability at the price point.

With the possibility of being offered work in N.America or the UAE in the next 24mths, I'm reluctant to take out a finance deal. However, likewise, I would always avoid a big cash purchase - prefering to invest the would be purchase money and take out cheap finance.

I think a sub £5k cash purchase of an older comfort wagon beckons.
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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by Clucky » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:06 pm

This has been an issue I have been thinking a lot about.

I would like something more practical but at no cost to performance or I would just feel disappointed every time I needed it.

I have resigned myself to the fact that I will have to increase my budget to the next level. I'm thinking Alpina B3S Touring

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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by Thrash » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:45 pm

Why is the 140/240 a "Baby M" but the 340 isn't?
All these terms like Baby M, M-Lite, so-nearly-an-M-car, are just embarrassing to be honest :escape:

But I do appreciate your point - there doesn't yet seem to be a car on the market at the same price point (or should I say, level of discount) with the same performance. They're definitely becoming more popular though, that or I just take more notice of them!
I think the Golf GTE shows the potential that can be achieved with a hybrid drivetrain, just need someone else to come along and better it - rumour has it Mercedes will make hybrid options for the new A Class. That would definitely be appealing to me.
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Re: Where do you go from a Baby M?

Post by markm240i » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:51 pm

Thrash wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:45 pm
Why is the 140/240 a "Baby M" but the 340 isn't?
All these terms like Baby M, M-Lite, so-nearly-an-M-car, are just embarrassing to be honest :escape:
Currently you can only buy a 340i - there is no M340i, I think that's supposed to change with the next G platform 3 series.

Personally I dont care one way or the other what people call them.
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