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Having been to the 1 Series launch events 12 years ago, it’s taken forever for the early ones to drop down to under £2000 – but they are there now and, if you use your noggin, there are deals to be had. Take the 55-plate 120d I’m looking at right now. It’s an SE in metallic grey with cloth trim. It comes with the six-speed ‘box, 16-inch alloys and, er, that’s about it! At least the SE has air-con, a single slot CD player, and a multi-function steering wheel. This one is very, very clean and has four Continentals – not bad for £1695. The catch? It’s done 223,000 miles. But so what? It’s got service history and it runs fine with no DMF rattle or oil smoke. I’m tempted to go and get it myself and have a quick, 50mpg driver’s car for the price of a Ford Focus.
But not all is rosy in 1 Series land. The #BMW-116i-E87 really is desperately slow and the #BMW-N45 engine has the same timing chain and Vanos troubles as the #BMW-118i-E87 and #BMW-120i-E87 / #BMW-N46 petrols, none of which are as brisk or economical as a #BMW-120d-E82 . The #BMW-118d-E87 is a great car but it does suffer from worn, noisy diffs (a smaller, weaker unit) and used diffs are both rare and pricey. But if it drives okay, a 118d is a fine car but things need checking – #ABS lights, swirl flaps, tired turbos etc. So, inspect and buy carefully but we would always have a diesel over a petrol. The #BMW-E87 might be knocking on a bit but, as a car to drive, it doesn’t give much away to the current F20.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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Even Readers’ Cars isn’t safe from the unstoppable march of the modified 1 Series, with Sam’s striking example shamelessly barging its way in here this month. It’s a very nicely-modded car, that gorgeous Avery Dennison Diamond blue wrap really making it stand out. To match the engine bay has been fully painted in blue. #Air-Lift-Performance air suspension has been employed to get it sitting on its belly, with a set of 3SDM 0.01 multi-spoke wheels filling the arches perfectly. Sam’s also fitted a set of RGB angel eyes, while on the performance front there’s a modified DPF and remap combining to make 197hp, with the finishing touch that beefy-looking Tony Bank custom quad exhaust.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.