2009 BMW 135i, Part Three

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Why you should buy the 2009 BMW 135i: You like the idea of a driver’s car, but you don’t really like driving that much. You heard the 135i was the car to drive this fall. You’re a life-long BMW fan and you have a penchant for blinders. You’re a badge snob. You’re all of the above and you really don’t have an eye for a deal.
Why you shouldn't buy this car: You want a four-seat coupe that drives like a sports car. You have a collection of old BMWs and want the modern equivalent to use as a daily driver. You’re one ticket away from losing your license. Your garage floor is only rated to hold 3383 LB. You’re spending your own money.
Suitability Parameters: Speed Merchants: No Fashion Victims: Yes Treehuggers: No Mack Daddies: No Tuner Crowd: Yes Hairdressers: Yes Penny Pinchers: No Euro Snobs: Yes Working Stiffs: No Technogeeks: No Poseurs: No Soccer Moms: No Nascar Dads: No Golfing Grandparents: No Very Serious Businessmen: No Sheiklets: No Also Consider: • 2009 Subaru WRX • E46 BMW M3 • E39 BMW M5 • 2009 Chevy Corvette • 996 Porsche 911 • Lotus Elise SC and packing lightly • 1990 BMW 325is w/springs and dampers; Yokohama AVS Intermediates; K&N filter; chip; exhaust; rebuilt engine and gearbox; $36,000 in your pocket. Vitals: • Manufacturer: BMW • Model year: 2009 • Base Price: $35,600 • Price as Tested: $46,945 • Engine type: 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six • Horsepower: 300 @ 5800 RPM • Torque: 300 @ 1400-5000 RPM • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic • Curb Weight: 3384 LB • LxWxH: 171.7" x 68.8" x 55.4 • Wheelbase: 104.7" • Tires: 205/50R-17 / 225/45R-17 • 0 - 60 mph: 5.2 seconds • Top Speed: 150 MPH • 1/4 Mile: 13.6 seconds @102 MPH • EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 17/25 MPG • NHTSA crash test rating: TBA Also See:2009 BMW 135i, Part One2009 BMW 135i, Part Two

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This thread kills me.

My good friend who works for Porsche had his associate who races Porsches professionally call from the Nurburgring after a lapping session in the 135i singing it's praises as a highly entertaining car. He preferred it over the Cayman in fact. Interesting. However, he is in his mid forties and doesn't blog or play Gran Tourismo so what does he know. He's not a "27 year old who really like cars" He just drives fast as he can for a living.

I am a 35 year old who also "really likes cars." I have driven it. It is good. In a few years I will pick one up to relieve my battered E36 M3 from duty. I will see you on the track skag!