BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Avant

So with more work coming in than I thought in semi-retirement (very pleasant - writing and examining, mostly done at home), there's money sitting in my savings account earning less than 1%. Just too tempting....still missing my old Z3 a little....so look at Cars for Sale on this site.

Given how impressive SWMBO's Audi A1 is, an A3 convertible? The 1.4 TSIs are too recent and too expensive. BMW? A 1-series is big enough, and there are some with the legendary straight-six. Not many about - and to this site's credit, only two more on Autotrader than on here. Mostly black, and mostly 135is with a turbo which could go wrong. A 125i cabrio is fast enough - and miraculously there's a silver one, with red leather, only an hour away from here, at Ferndown. Seven years old (10-registered), and just the right sort of mileage, 52,600, for just under £11,000, about the right price it seems compared with others on the market.

Full BMW service history - it looks immaculate and the engine sounds very healthy. Chartered accountants aren't supposed to do things like this, but....I've got it and it's great. Picked it up last Friday and so far so good. There's an independent very nearby - Autotechnics in Gillingham, Dorset, who have a very good reputation locally and should look after servicing.

Eight out of ten for Lamwell Motor Co, a reputable dealer with good reviews online: immaculately prepared for sale and a year's MoT and 6 months' AA Gold warranty (for what that's worth!). But they shouldn't have sold it - and I should have checked - that the rear tyres are runflats and the front ones aren't. Getting runflats on the front tomorrow.

OK, three cars between two of us is extravagant - but (a) I've worked for it and (b) you only live once....

Edited by Avant on 03/07/2017 at 20:01

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - badbusdriver

Given this is a 3rd car, i'd have to assume it is not going to cover a lot of miles?. If that is the case, and, crucially, it is going to be garaged, surely you would be better getting a modern classic?.

You mention the beemers straight six, so what about an e30 325i convertible?.

Or, if you wanted to go a bit further upmarket, there is an r107 Mercedes SL (that is the 'dallas' era car) on autotrader right now at £10750. But forget the straight six, nice as they are, this bad boy is packing a V8, being a 450SL.

If you were to buy well, there is a very good chance you could make money on the car, or, to coin a well known phrase, 'have your cake and eat it'!

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - gordonbennet

Nice buy Avant, hope you and the good lady dress the part too when out in that rather chic little flying machine, rather suave cravate for yourself i wonder?

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Avant

Thanks GB - I actually do possess two cravats - as you say, time to wear one perhaps.

Fair point, BBD - but given that there aren't that many 125is around, maybe that has an equal chance of becoming a modern classic, if I keep it long enough, as a 3-series convertible?

So many BMW 1-series are 2-litre, or diesel, or both - this seems rarer. What I like about it is that at last there is a worthy, small-car-big-engine, successor to the Mark 2 Triumph Vitesse (the later one, when they got the handling somewhere near respectable).

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Wackyracer

It sounds great, enjoy it while the weather is nice.

That reminds me, I used to be down that way alot in the lorry doing deliveries at Ferndown, Talbot heath and Poole.

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Ian D
Avant
Sounds like a great car.
I am not sure where you are exactly but there is another excellent BMW Specialist in Yeovil, Somerset, Eden Motors, may be an option for you if you are nearby.
BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - SLO76
Nice little toy Avant. Even though I'm not the biggest BM fan I do like the 6cyl petrol engines which to be fair don't go wrong often but I'd rethink allowing an independent to look after it. I did with an E46 Coupe (bright red seats too, friends called it the pimp mobile) many years back and they destroyed it putting the wrong oil in - timing chain at 47k. If you aren't prepared to stump up for the cost of BM dealer or genuine specialist servicing I'd leave well alone. These need care from people who really understand them.
BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - John F

Nice one, Avant. Rear wheel drive too. Lovely engine - why don't they call it the 130i? Hope it lasts as long as my TR7 and doesn't develop BigMoneyWorries!

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Avant

Point taken, SLO, although the reviews online for Eden Motors, the garage mentioned above by Ian, say they're better with BMWs than the local main dealer.

Autotechnics is part of the Bosch service network: anyone know whether that's an assurance of high standards?

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Happy Blue!

Avant

I know a garage which is Autotechnics branded. Wouldn't touch them with a bargepole. Low standards at best.

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Miniman777

Avant

I know a garage which is Autotechnics branded. Wouldn't touch them with a bargepole. Low standards at best.

Are they all like that? Wife's Cooper S nearing service time, and the choice is Sytners or Sytners......

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Stanb Sevento

Avant I have just gone a distinct shade of green. Get out and enjoy it.

BMW 125i convertible - Seduced by a straight-six - Avant

I am, Stanb!

Autotechnics in Gillingham has a good reputation round here. There are other Autotechnics in Dorset but I didn't think it was a national chain. But I'd be interested to know whether or not the Bosch name is a guarantee of high standards.

 

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