130i pre-lci and lci

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130i pre-lci and lci

Post by potter » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:50 am

Just wondered on the differences between the 2 and also is it realistic to get a 130i for sub £7k with 80k less on clock??

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by THETYRANT » Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:29 am

Lci has a few interior and exterior tweaks but nothing much to note really, many rave about the rear lights being nicer but to me its not really a concern, main issue with the Lci is the electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) as opposed to more conventional hydraulic steering on pre-lci cars, while EPAS gives nice light steering in town etc it doesnt give much feedback out on the road, doesnt both many though and depends what your used to i guess.

Getting a 130i with less than 80k for £7k is possible might just need some patience, i picked up my latest one with 60k on in june this year for that, took a month or so of hunting though and lot of high milers and poor condition ones out there, high mileage isnt a big concern if everything else including price is right imo.

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by rm1 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:08 pm

you will easily get what you want for less than 7k but be aware that there is a lot of crap out there sadly these cars are already attracting the kind of owners too ignorant to realise what it costs to maintain a 3.0 six cylinder car properly and are thus skimping on maintenance. I have bought three of these in the last year all for very much less than they were advertised for but you have got to be willing to travel.

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by markhurley » Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:44 pm

LCI with hydro steering would be perfect but they didnt make one lol

differences are

wider rear wheels
rear lights
nicer interior
revised suspension (not sure what tho)
engine has different code n52n or b can't remember
better mpg

I've had 3 130i's , 1 pre lci and 2 lci's i prefer the lci for the above bits but miss the steering of the older car , 130i's seem to be holding money well esp if they have low miles on them however milage is no issue on these motors.
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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by potter » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:47 pm

What were the differences in the interior as only thing I can see is that the interior controls have brushed aluminium controls on heaters etc

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Post by DC11 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:58 pm

potter wrote:What were the differences in the interior as only thing I can see is that the interior controls have brushed aluminium controls on heaters etc
Better quality dashboard.
Fabric/leather inserts in the door cards.
Aluminium detailing to the radio and climate controls.
Deeper section housing the radio/climate/pdc etc.
Oil temperature gauge.
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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by davegt » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:59 pm

LCI interiors are meant to be better quality

My 2008 130i LE is for sale but it's slightly over your budget and a little up mileage wise.

With these engines it's all about the history, a slightly high mileage car may have had many of the niggles sorted that an 80k still has to come.
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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by rm1 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:05 pm

The n52 is reasonably reliable but there are some reports of Cam bearing ledge wear resulting in oil pressure loss to the vanos units and a resultant EML light this is a very expensive fix. Also the interiors of the early cars are poor by BMW standards.
No car lasts forever especially these days and high mileage 130's owned by muppets who follow long service intervals are potential money pits.

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by potter » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:06 pm

davegt wrote:LCI interiors are meant to be better quality

My 2008 130i LE is for sale but it's slightly over your budget and a little up mileage wise.

With these engines it's all about the history, a slightly high mileage car may have had many of the niggles sorted that an 80k still has to come.
I do like the colour interior in a LE but unfortunately I require a 5 door with 2 kids

I'd like sub 100k ideally just for future sell on fee few years down line when id like to upgrade to an M135i and if I'd say for eg get an 130i with 120k on clock and put 40k on it I don't think I'd get a lot of interest in 160k car if you see my sort of point

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by davegt » Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:21 pm

potter wrote: I'd like sub 100k ideally just for future sell on fee few years down line when id like to upgrade to an M135i and if I'd say for eg get an 130i with 120k on clock and put 40k on it I don't think I'd get a lot of interest in 160k car if you see my sort of point
True but a car gets to a point where its history is more important that its mileage, I'd take a fully serviced and maintained higher mileage car over a lower mileage car with a poor history but maybe that's just me.
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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by jefinabox » Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:32 am

I buy on condition over miles any day. LCI is a nicer place to sit but I had to have hydraulic steering

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by rm1 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:30 pm

High mileage cars well maintained are better than low mileage ones that have been abused or under serviced. BUT selling anything with over a 100k on it is very hard work.

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Re: 130i pre-lci and lci

Post by davegt » Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:07 pm

rm1 wrote:High mileage cars well maintained are better than low mileage ones that have been abused or under serviced. BUT selling anything with over a 100k on it is very hard work.
It can be but I think attitudes are changing on that front, I've had 120k cars that have sold ok, my brothers 150k 5 series sold ok, the condition and servicing was right in both cases, modern engines can do well over the 100k mark, regardless of miles if its not looked after you can end up with problems, wear and tear depends on maintenance and the user(s), a keen eye should be able to spot what's right and what isn't and don't always trust AA checks, I sold a car once that needed a new steering rack, I told the buyer and had already agreed to supply one on sale (and did), the AA report didn't even make note of it, in fact the inspector commented on how well the car drove..........
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