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German_1er_diesel June 6th, 2008 00:56

Awaiting delivery: BMW 118d
Hello everybody,

I'm a recently graduated engineer (Process Engineering, University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg) and need to travel a lot to customers in many different parts of Europe. So I decided to get a fuel efficient, practical car.
After driving the Mazda3 2.0 diesel, the Honda Civic diesel and the BMW 118d, the BMW was by far the nicest.
When I got the numbers for the lease deal, I was surprised that the (much more expensive to buy) BMW was actually a bit cheaper per month (for 20,000 km/year) than the Japanese cars. Additional kilometers are 0.047€ for the BMW, 0.081€ for the Honda.
The final nail in the coffin for the Japanese cars was BMW's €19.95€/month insurance for cars leased through BMW Financial Services. The Japanese cars would cost me more than €100/month to insure.
So last Monday I went to my local BMW dealer to order the damn thing.

BMW 118d 3-door hatch
Jet black with Chromeline exterior trim
V-Spoke wheels Style 141 7Jx17
Pearlpoint Cloth/Leather Orange/Black
Titanium interior trim
(it's far more orange in real life than on the pictures)

Xenon headlights
Headlight washer
Advantage package (air conditioning, fog lights, velour floor mats, extended storage)
Sports steering wheel
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Park distance control, rear
Cruise control
Sports seats
Seat heating
Five seat configuration
Folding rear head rests
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Extended Interior Light Package
Extended Exterior Light Package
Hi-Fi speaker system
BMW Professional Radio
USB/iPod audio interface

I'll pick it up in Munich on July 12th and keep you updated on the fuel economy. Looking forward to that day ;)

Syndicate June 6th, 2008 02:49

I wish I had the option of leasing one!!

leicaman June 6th, 2008 21:13

Lucky dog you! ;)

aja8888 June 6th, 2008 21:51

Beautiful, just stunningly beautiful! Congrats!:D

jmasciulli June 7th, 2008 16:06

I just have to say you f***ing suck for being able to buy that! ;):D

tditom June 13th, 2008 05:20

gratuliere- ich bin eifersucehtig!!!! :)

German_1er_diesel June 16th, 2008 02:57

I found pictures of the orange interior:

NRU73 June 17th, 2008 04:21

Nice loking seats.

Congrats to you.

I wish we could get the 5 door. Or the diesel for that matter.

MayorDJQ June 19th, 2008 15:52

How difficult is it to immigrate to Germany?

Yoz June 22nd, 2008 03:16

I have tune some off the 120D 163hp in Sweden with the ecu update tha car make arund 200 hp

German_1er_diesel July 6th, 2008 13:31

Update: Only 6 days left ;)
I just spent 7 days in Turkey with my girlfriend. We didn't rent a car in Turkey, since everybody there drives like a complete maniac, but our flight started from a small airport near Rostock, so the best way to get to the airport and home from the airport was by rental car.
For the way to the airport we booked a subcompact, diesel, with sat-nav. Examples on the rental firm's website were VW Polo/Fiat Punto. We ended up with a 1.6 gasser Golf with a cheap VDO 1-DIN sat-nav. The 1.6 is surprisingly quiet and powerful, a lot more pleasant than the 1.6 Focus in my last rental car.
For the way back from the airport we booked a premium compact, examples were BMW 118d or Volvo C30. We ended up with a black 118d 5-door with sat-nav and a moonroof, but without even a cruise control. It had the standard 16" steel wheels.
We arrived at the airport in the evening and then drove to my place. The whole trip is 150 km, basically 90% unlimited autobahn and we just wanted to get home, so we did it pedal-to-the-metal style with speeds around an indicated 210 kph most of the time. The trip computer displayed 7.2 l/100km for that trip. (33 mpg)
On the next day, we drove to my girfriend's home, which is a 120 km trip over winding b-roads with varying spped limits, lots of villages and lots of trucks to overtake. For that trip, the average was 4.7 l/100km (50 mpg).
I refueled the car (1.529 €/liter) and gave it back to the rental firm. They had a 520d sedan there, a 330d wagon, an Audi A3 2.0 TDI convertble and lots of other diesel cars.

I'm so looking forward to Saturday.

Blue_Hen_TDI July 6th, 2008 19:56

I want, but cannot has!:mad:

toastblows July 7th, 2008 10:52

I rented one of these a couple months back (base model, did a write up in this section). I got about 36mpg doing 110mph for most of my trip....the jealousy is all in american dude, nice pick for a car to own :D

German_1er_diesel July 16th, 2008 21:35

It's there!
We picked up the car on Saturday in Munich.
First of all, BMW Welt is a piece of... interesting architecture. We arrived in the morning, and the people at the reception took our luggage and guided us to the "Premium Lounge", where we had a nice breakfast. Then we got picked up by a very polite guy in a black suit who took us to a room full of screens, where he gave us a tour of the car's design, technology and philosophy. All the images of the screens were real-time rendered pictures of MY car, complete with my license plates. Nice touch. He made it sound like the 118d was the pinnacle of contemporary BMWness, I guess they try to flatten every customer for picking the right model.
Then I got to test drive the ABS, stability control and traction control on a kind of simulator display.
That room was a bit too much marketing stuff, so we got bored. But...
After the full marketing assault, we got to walk down these stairs. The car sat on a rotating platform:
After the BMW guy explained the car to me, on official photographer took a picture of us in front of the car. Our luggage was then delivered to the car. We drove down the ramp and had the car valet parked, then went back to the Premium Lounge for some Weisswurst.

German_1er_diesel July 16th, 2008 21:36

Then we had a look at the BMW museum on the other side of the street. It was abit underwhelming, especially when you know the Mercedes-Benz museum.
Then it was 12:30, and we went on the 800km trip home.
So far, the car has been very good fun.

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