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E81 130i 2008

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Imported last year this is my new ride. It's the second BMW I've owned, my last car was a 2007 e90 325i M-Sport in Le Mans Blue. 

I looked for a new car for 6 months, initially I wanted a 335i coupe but drove a 130i and was immediately sold. The handling and power was so much fun I immediately switched to looking for LCI 130i and found this one. 

It's an e81 130i M-Sport with less than 50k kms and a beige leather interior which is basically mint. There has been a couple of things done to it, wheels and tyres replaced by what I understand is the newer 1 series 17" wheels and 245/45 tyres. Also a Supersprint cat-back exhaust fitted, sounds fantastic! It's  just had a ceramic coating and detail done, paint does look pretty good. 

Been a wee bit of drama in acquiring this car, when it turned up it was not in the condition it was described and driving it has revealed further issues. That is being dealt with through appropriate channels. 

It's a bit of a WIP now, so we shall see how far down the rabbit hole I go. 

I've had a few things mechanical and electrical fixed on it recently, it's been at Page European twice for diagnosis and repair (shout out to them for being awesome and helpful). I had previously given it a good clean and repaired a non functioning fuel flap, not much but electrical is a bit beyond my skills. It's also been at Winger BMW for a battery cable recall replacement. 

 

Recent work at Page:

- Trans service/fluid replacement 

- Oil change/filter 

- Vanos Solenoids replaced

- Gaskets replaced

- Door Rubber replaced 

- Various electrical repairs 

- Steering angle sensor fixed 

 

I plan to change the cabin air filter and regular air filter then drive it for a while. There is still various bodywork bits to fix to get it mint(minor stuff like underbody motor shield, light covers in the boot, jack points and major bits like bumpers) but mechanically it's top notch now and I'll need to save up as the car fund is a bit depleted currently. 

 

Stuff I had originally planned to do to it:

- 18" wheels preferably Msport or BMW

- LSD/suspension down the road a way

-  A tune of some description 

 

 

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Ive seen one company (penrose somewhere?) offering a N52 tune, claimed something like 300bhp which sounds pretty "optimistic" :D Interesting to see the results though, nice car. 

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4 minutes ago, Jacko said:

Ive seen one company (penrose somewhere?) offering a N52 tune, claimed something like 300bhp which sounds pretty "optimistic" :D Interesting to see the results though, nice car. 

Lol most ones I've seen were in the region of 15bhp increase. I don't really think it needs a whole lot more power, but altering the throttle/gearbox response and tuned for 98 would likely make a great drive feel even better. At least that's my thinking. 

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keep an eye out for a 135i exhaust to put on there, makes a nice difference!

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5 minutes ago, qube said:

keep an eye out for a 135i exhaust to put on there, makes a nice difference!

The current exhaust sounds very nice, more grunty than the stock 130i one but still quiet at 50 or 100kmh.

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I've ordered a K&N Air filter(already got the sticker lol) and engine undershield from ebay tonight. Both were good deals and, being brand new, hard to pass up. 

Got a cabin air filter locally too so will be popping them all on when the ebay bits arrive. 

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