• Aug 24, 2008
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Now that BMW's 1-series has a solid presence on dealer lots, enthusiasts of the Roundel can start with lusty customizations that pay homage to the great BMWs of the past. In the case of this 135, we can say that BMW started it with its Concept tii that made the rounds in late 2007. Classic BMW in Texas plucked a 135i out of its stock for Projekt 1. Many of the "upgrades" that have been applied to the car are largely unneeded cosmetic geegaws like mirror covers and bodykit accents. We're down with the matte stripe job on the hood, and the vaguely described "retrofit front suspension" and performance exhaust system offer some tangible benefits; the exhaust even proves its worth with dyno sheets.

Basically, the exhaust and suspension are the only things on the list worth having, and those would cost about 5 grand, rather than the 12K price inflation this 135 is carrying. While we're sure Projekt 1 is a hoot to drive, we already have a hard time getting behind 1 Series pricing, no matter how brilliant the chassis is. Slapping a bunch of junk on it and bumping the price into the heady $50,000 neighborhood doesn't make it any more attractive. Still, if you want to have the most exclusive 135i on the social climber block, a Buy It Now of $55,372 will make it yours. Thanks for the tip, David!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take a stab... they're waiting on some sugardaddy to buy a car for their wife/daughter/etc who has no clue of the tii.

      Any card-carrying BMW fan would laugh and stay away.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd say you're right on. I don't know why anyone who knew what this car was would pay such a premium for this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      as opposed to a bejewelled 3-series coupe with 10-15K buckaroos left over. ummm, I'll pass thank you very much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this the same dealer that had the ridiculously overpriced 335?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looks like the exact same showroom... In almost the exact same spot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      too bad they didnt put in any of the other performance goodies... namely performance brakes, cf intake, and those beautiful rebranded recaros from the performance catalog
      • 6 Years Ago
      For 50K, wouldn't it be better to get a down-payment on a M3?

      Or a 135i and a 1st gen M3? But then you'd be making sense, and that's not good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm going to be getting a 128i with the sport package, 6 speed manual, premium sound, and the iPod/USB interface for about $32k.

      You can't beat that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they're selling lots of $30k Mugen Civic Si's and are convinced of the soundness of that business model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...besides, why would someone buy a Bimmer from anyone but Hank Aaron's (BMW of S. Atlanta, I think)? You get to meet the home run king himself. No - I mean the real home run king.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This particular stealership (Classic BMW, Plano, TX) is about 2 miles from stuck-up Stonebriar in Frisco, where you can't have an F150 pickup outdoors, but you're allowed to have a Mk LT or a Ridgeline or an Avalanche. Perhaps that's where their customers for $55k 1-series tart-ups come from?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just think you could almost buy two Pontiac G8's and have a back seat that won't cost you your friends legs...... I was all for the 1 series untill I saw the price and the back seat. With the exchange rate being the way that it is you will see a $60K home made special edition before the next model change.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And I thought the "regular" 1-series was overpriced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is just ridiculous. The 1 series is extremely redundant in the BMW line up anyway.
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