It’s been a while since I shared an update on the M140i.
So the car is almost a year old, only a month and a half to go and already we have covered just shy of 20k…. as I said all along the car was bought to be used and that has very much been the case for the first 12 months
Now this got me wondering, is this car really that suitable if you cover 20k+ a year?
In short, yes. You could quite easily justify a diesel when you are doing that sort of mileage but it just doesn’t offer the same smile factor. In fact, the 123d is an extremely quick and fun car to drive with its huge amount of torque. However, I don’t care how quick a car is if I can’t really connect with it.
Now what I mean by this is you can connect with cars for many different reasons whether thats the steering is superb, the ride set up is unreal or the car sings to you as you press on, are a few examples.
So you see, for me, personally having that lovely six cylinder note to accompany you when you are pressing on adds another dimension to the M140i and allows you to make an emotional connection with the car, so even if a 123d was as quick (which it isn’t) I still would never choose it.
My problem is it’s always smiles over mpg. Always.
So what has the M140i cost so far?
Well we have averaged 32mpg over the 19k or so miles covered in the car, which all things considered is bloody brilliant! If you do a lot of motorway miles as well I’ve calculated tank to tank to come out at anything from 36-38mpg. Now that is impressive!
Doing a quick bit of math I think we have spent in the region of £2800-£3000 over the last 12 months on fuel, which is no small amount. But in comparison using a VW Golf 2.0tdi it would have cost roughly around £2000-£2300; which considering the fun factor difference, is well worth the money.
The car has the service pack which costs £299 and covers 3 years or 36,000 miles. So effectively because the amount of mileage the car is doing we will get the minor service (which it has just been in and had) the major service, which costs around £500 and a brake fluid change, which I believe costs around £120. All in all, we are saving quite a bit of money (around £600) by purchasing the service pack. So money well spent.
No road tax as of yet but even still that will only be £190 for the year.
So really, looking at it the car hasn’t cost the earth to run, yes its expensive but all things considered…there are no complaints here.
Have any changes been made to the car?
I will be honest on this, life has got in the way and needing to spend money on other commitments. So far we have the M Performance Exhaust and carbon fibre wing mirrors fitted and that is it.
I am planning on changing the front grille to the black M Performance grille to tie it all together a bit better now the silver mirror covers have gone and may look the suspension down the line, although that is going to be an expensive change so just holding off for a bit yet.
For the time being, I’m pretty happy with where the car is at. I’ve thought about modding so many times and there is so much you CAN do but for time being I can’t justify the expense when on the road the car is plenty quick enough anyway.
I have also coded a few little options in such as rear DRL’s active (pic below), which looks much better, digital speed display and the M Performance startup screen to name a few.
I’ll be honest nothing has really changed on this front, the set up still has its shortcomings especially on the limit, it is incredibly snappy and gets very upset over bumpy roads.
Other than that the car is a dream to drive, the drivetrain is unreal and despite what others say I actually think the B58 engine sounds better than the S55 found in the F series M3/4 – subjective I know but I just prefer the tone.
Steering is still probably the cars weakest point, just due to the fact there is little to no feedback from the front axle, which when I think back to my 335i, which had hydraulic steering, leaves me wondering why they had to go electric.
Aside from that the car is a pleasure on day to day use or going out for a drive and finding some tasty B roads. I still stand by this is the best value for money car you can buy.
Well as we approach 12 months old I thought it was good to look back and see if the car is still within expectations.
I think because I don’t use the car every single day, when I do get in it still feels like a nice place to be and plenty quick enough for road use.
There are just a few little tweaks (coilovers, LSD and brakes) that would take it to that next level. But after 12 months, I still cant think of another hatch I would swap it for. I would miss that 6 cylinder noise too much.