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BBZero wrote:
Nov 24th, 2017 6:10 pm
True or false: Mazda is the poor man's BMW, and/or becoming the BMW killer once performance variants come out.
False, Not sure why there is comparison between the 2 brand.

I drove 3 Mazdas when I was younger.
Last one was a 07 Mazdaspeed3. I rather drive a fast sport car than an entry level slow BMWs (aka those 320i) and you gotta pay at least 10k more.
A top of the line BMW or those M will sure beat any Mazdas.

But don't compare apple vs orange.
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Never heard anyone before try and compare Mazda to BMW. lol Ridiculous.
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Sinasta wrote:
Nov 27th, 2017 7:31 pm
Never heard anyone before try and compare Mazda to BMW. lol Ridiculous.
Reddit loves Mazda. I think it's because they are an "underdog" brand. You see them describe Mazdas like "FWD BMW", or "poor mans BMW". Miata = Miata Is Always The Answer.
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How spacious are the rear seats of the 2 Series especially the leg room? I'm only 168 cm and I'm the tallest in the family. Just wondering if another person my height could sit right behind me.

http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/bmw/s ... acticality

By fitting two individual rear seats, BMW has ensured the 2 Series only has space for two passengers in the back, but both of them enjoy plenty of elbow room.
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should be okay ... as far this video is hinting ..

starts around 5:00 mark and onwards

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Is there any way to qualify for the BMW Owner Loyalty Finance Rate, even if you never owned a BMW before?

If you credit is good, is there any way to get a better rate than the posted financial rate (ex. 1.9% for BMW X1)?
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dainfamous41 wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2017 12:43 pm
Is there any way to qualify for the BMW Owner Loyalty Finance Rate, even if you never owned a BMW before?

If you credit is good, is there any way to get a better rate than the posted financial rate (ex. 1.9% for BMW X1)?
It's called a loyalty credit for a reason...

And no you can't negotiate on finance rates, those are set by BMWFS.
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should be okay ... as far this video is hinting ..

starts around 5:00 mark and onwards

Thanks booblehead for the attractive video. :) I checked a few sites (Bimmerfest and 2addicts) out and found out the 2 Series is one of the more reliable models (maybe except for the 2014 debut model) and one of the most fun the drive in the BMW lineup except for the complaint about the lack of steering feel, which was present on the 1 Series with hydraulic power steering (didn't know those can hit MPG by 5%).

Too bad most of the used ones probably do not come with ACC and on bmw.ca, the build product page talks about adaptive cruise control and dynamic cruise control. I thought the terms were used interchangeably but maybe not in Stuttgart. :)

Also learned about the N55 vs B58 on the 235 and 240.

Would you have any opinion on the base engine on the 228 and 230 and how reliable are they? Not interested in tracking the car, just my household expenses.

What are the things to watch out for on a used 2 Series? Can I buy extended warranty from BMW Canada as long as the vehicle is within the 4 year/80k limit?

Thank you.


The 228i can run on 89 too but that's midgrade in Canada.
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On the 228 it's timing chain failures... So best to stay away. Aside from that it's turbo so something is bound to go bad lol.

Otherwise it's ok, German 4 cylinders aren't exactly the smoothest around, Honda does a much better job. So Imo if you can save up for the 235 it would be a better car to go with.
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Which wheels are recommended for a 2018 BMW X1?

Wheels: 18" x 7.5" Light Alloy Y-Spoke (Style 566)
Wheels: 19" x 8" Lt Alloy Double-Spoke (Style 572M) -Tires: P225/45R19 Perf RFT
Wheels: 18" x 7.5" Lt/Aly Double-Spoke (Style 570M) -Bicolour
Wheels: 19" x 8" Light Alloy Y-Spoke (Style 511) -Tires: P225/45R19 Perf RFT

Also, If financing, is it recommended to get a set of winter tires for a 2018 BMW X1 from the BMW dealership or cheaper to get it outside?
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^ strictly a personal preference on wheel size and style.

same goes for winter set where you want to get, obviously, aftermarket would be cheaper and much more choices (wheel style and winter tires) to choose from. However, if you shop the winter set around the winter season is over, then dealers are willing to discount the factory set prices more easily, probably 15-20% off the MSRP.


Current dealer's offering

17" Double Spoke 564
Pirelli® Sottozero Winter 3 RSC, Run-flat Tires 225/55 R17 97H
MSRP $2,696.00
Labour and installation costs are extra



18" Double Spoke 570M
Continental® WinterContact TS 830 P SSR, Run-flat Tires 225/50 R18 95H
MSRP $3,388.00
Labour and installation costs are extra.

In general, dealer markup on winter package is around 30-35% on average for the non M series.
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alanbrenton wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2017 1:31 pm
Thanks booblehead for the attractive video. :) I checked a few sites (Bimmerfest and 2addicts) out and found out the 2 Series is one of the more reliable models (maybe except for the 2014 debut model) and one of the most fun the drive in the BMW lineup except for the complaint about the lack of steering feel, which was present on the 1 Series with hydraulic power steering (didn't know those can hit MPG by 5%).

Too bad most of the used ones probably do not come with ACC and on bmw.ca, the build product page talks about adaptive cruise control and dynamic cruise control. I thought the terms were used interchangeably but maybe not in Stuttgart. :)

Also learned about the N55 vs B58 on the 235 and 240.

Would you have any opinion on the base engine on the 228 and 230 and how reliable are they? Not interested in tracking the car, just my household expenses.

What are the things to watch out for on a used 2 Series? Can I buy extended warranty from BMW Canada as long as the vehicle is within the 4 year/80k limit?

Thank you.


The 228i can run on 89 too but that's midgrade in Canada.
If you are going to spend like mid $40's + taxes, why don't you consider of getting a 330 instead ? (slightly more comfortable and there is a base $1750 factory credit in December, perhaps, a bit more factory bonus credit just prior to X'mas). As for the engine, the current 2L engine seems to be okay and I have not seen any major issues thus far.
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booblehead wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2017 4:14 pm
^ strictly a personal preference on wheel size and style.

same goes for winter set where you want to get, obviously, aftermarket would be cheaper and much more choices (wheel style and winter tires) to choose from. However, if you shop the winter set around the winter season is over, then dealers are willing to discount the factory set prices more easily, probably 15-20% off the MSRP.


Current dealer's offering

17" Double Spoke 564
Pirelli® Sottozero Winter 3 RSC, Run-flat Tires 225/55 R17 97H
MSRP $2,696.00
Labour and installation costs are extra



18" Double Spoke 570M
Continental® WinterContact TS 830 P SSR, Run-flat Tires 225/50 R18 95H
MSRP $3,388.00
Labour and installation costs are extra.

In general, dealer markup on winter package is around 30-35% on average for the non M series.
Thanks! So does it really matter if I go with 18" x 7.5" or 19" x 8"? Are both standard sizes?
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18 will give you a taller sidewall, slightly more 'cushioning' ride. ... also when time comes to replace the tires, it is cheaper too (than a 19" by a few hundreds bucks $) Smiling Face With Open Mouth

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