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2013 BMW (E82) 128i M Sport

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Details

Price: SOLD

Mileage: 67,400 Miles

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Mineral Grey Exterior

Interior: Black Boston Leather Interior

Additional features:

M Sport Package:

  • M Sport Suspension
  • M Aerodynamics
  • Sport Seats
  • M Sport Steering Wheel

High Gloss Shadowline Exterior Trim

Glacier Silver Aluminum Interior Trim

Anthracite Headliner

Comfort Access Keyless Entry

Halogen Headlights

Daytime Driving Lights

Fog Lights

Lights Package

Power Memory Seats w/ Lumbar Support

Tinted Windows

Glass Sunroof

Auto-Dimming Rearview Interior Mirror w/ Digital Compass

Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors

iPhone/USB Adaptor

HiFi Sound System

Automatic Climate Control

On Board Computer

Carpeted Floor Mats

Style 207 17-Inch Double-Spoke Alloy Wheels

Continental ExtremeContact Sport Plus High-Performance Tires

California/Colorado Car

Background

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The E82 1 Series was marketed as the spiritual successor to the 2002: a small and sporting car that prioritized driving experience over luxury. When it came to fruition in the U.S. Market in 2008, the hype met reality in one of the most undiluted and enjoyable BMWs of the modern era. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 135i often overshadows the 128i, but the latter’s naturally aspirated 230-horsepower N51/N52 engine is no slouch, delivering a 0-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds—that’s E36 M3 territory. The 128i is also remarkably more reliable, having none of the 135i’s turbocharged engine proclivities. When they were new, BMW CCA technical editor Mike Miller once commented that if he were to buy a new BMW, it would be a 128i with the fewest options possible. A decade or so later, the 1 Series is coming of age: not entirely new, not quite a classic—but absolutely fantastic!

Summary

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This Mineral Grey over Black leather 2011 BMW 128i M Sport is one of those BMWs that you just don’t see come around that often—a true unicorn. The late-model E82 M Sport package is a significant force multiplier, improving the suspension, exterior aerodynamics, and appearance. This is thanks to more aggressive front and rear valances and shadowline trim. The interior is vastly improved with the M leather steering wheel, sport seats, and Glacier Silver aluminum trim. Equipped, as it should be, with a proper 6-speed manual gearbox, the driving experience is wonderfully visceral and a true modern incarnation of the characteristics that defined BMW as a marque. It reminds us of a modern-day E30 3 Series in both size and character. Other notable options include comfort access, auto-dimming review mirrors, smartphone integration, and old-school halogen headlights.

This example was originally delivered by BMW of Concord, California, in May of 2013 and later sold by Sonnen BMW in San Rafael, California. After that, it landed in Ontario, California, and made its way to Colorado via short stints in Texas and New Mexico. The Carfax shows dealer services throughout most of its life, and the records binder shows a spreadsheet of maintenance and service invoices from more recent maintenance. The Carfax reported minor rear bumper damage very early in 2013; the paint in that area gauges at 6-7 mils, blending down to 3-4 mils forward of the A-pillars. The paint match is perfect, and likely done by a BMW dealer. We found no issues or imminent needs in preparation for the sale. As it sits, it’s one of the best examples of a 128i M Sport on the market, a true bookend to the era of analog, non-turbo, rightly-sized BMWs. We want to find a new owner who will write the next chapter of its story.

Exterior

2013 BMW (E82) 128i M Sport exterior photo

The Mineral Grey paint is in fantastic condition, clearly having lived in California for most of its life. The paint gauges at 6-7 mils on the trunk, rear quarter panels, doors, and left front fender, the hood and right front fender are original at 3-4 mils. Forensically, it appears the trunk was re-painted and it was blended forward. The paint match is perfect and factory-correct. It was done two months after originally sold, and based on the other service history, likely by a BMW dealer. Imperfections consist of moderate scuffing on the lower front bumper cover, the worst on the passenger side. There are other scuffs on the lower passenger-side door sill, a small scratch above the driver-side door handle, and a small dent in the center of the trunk panel. There is no rust. All trim is present and accounted for with minimal UV fade. The windshield is crack-free, but does have some minor pitting and a larger pit on the upper area in front of the mirror. The headlight lenses have light pitting; the fog light lenses have moderate pitting. The taillights are in great shape. The Style 207 wheels are free of curb-rash. They are wearing Continental ExtremeContact Sport Plus tires with 2022 DOT dates.

Interior

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The Black Boston leather interior is excellent. There are no odors, and it has never been smoked in. The carpet has no stains or tears and has been protected by factory BMW floor mats, which are in good condition. The dashboard is crack-free. The Glacier aluminum trim is in excellent shape. The seats have no failed stitching or tears, and all power seat functions work; there is light creasing on the outer driver’s side bolster. The rear seats are in great shape. The M steering wheel has no excessive wear or failed stitching. There are no failed pixels in the instrument cluster or HVAC panel and no alarm or warning lights. The headliner does not sag. The iDrive and entertainment system function correctly. There is moderate wear on the top of the shift knob. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. All power windows, door locks, and the sunroof operate correctly. All factory manuals are present, and one key FOB is included.

Mechanical

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The N51 is a very reliable engine, being a cleaner engine than its closely related N52 sibling and also delivering better throttle response due to a larger intake manifold. The N51/N52 engines were the last and most advanced of the naturally aspirated in-line six cylinders—the end of an era for BMW. It starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls wonderfully to redline. There are no notable fluid leaks, and we found no codes during their inspection. The clutch take-up is correct, and it does not slip. The shifter is crisp, and the transmission shifts smoothly. There are no driveline or wheel-bearing vibrations or noises. The M Sport suspension is blissfully agile yet compliant and comfortable—no doubt aided by BMW resisting the temptation to put larger than 17” wheels on it. The brakes are also comically good, with good pad life and rotor thickness remaining. We ensure it passes and pay for emissions in the State of Colorado.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • Vehicle Identification Number: WBAUP9C58DVF46739
  • Type: UP9C
  • Model: 128i
  • Development Code: E82
  • Chassis: Coupe
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: N51
  • Drivetrain: Rear
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Color: Mineral Gray Metallic (B39)
  • Upholstery: Boston Leather, Black (LWSW)
  • Production Date: 3-8-2013

Options

  • 1CA
  • 249 Multi-Function Steering Wheel
  • 2MG M Light Alloy Double Spoke 20 M Wheels
  • 2VB Tire Pressure Monitor
  • 319 Integrated Universal Remote
  • 321 Exterior Parts in Body Color
  • 322 Comfort Access System
  • 337 M Sport Package
  • 403 Glass Roof, Electric
  • 423 Floor Mats Velours
  • 430 Interior and Exterior Mirror Package.
  • 431 Interior Rear-View Auto-Dimming
  • 441 Smoker Package
  • 442 Drink Holder
  • 459 Electric Seat Adjustment w/ Memory
  • 473 Armrest Front
  • 481 Sport Seats Front
  • 488 Lumbar Support for Driver/Front Passenger
  • 494 Seat Heating Driver/Passenger
  • 4MG Glacier Silver Aluminum Trim
  • 4NA Mirror w/ Digital Compass
  • 520 Fog Lights
  • 521 Rain Sensor
  • 534 Automatic Air Conditioning
  • 540 Leather Steering Wheel Multifunction
  • 563 Lights Package
  • 570 Stronger Electricity Supply
  • 609 Navigation System Professional
  • 615 Extended BMW Online Information
  • 620 Voice Control
  • 639 Full Mobile Phone Preparation
  • 645 Radio Control US
  • 653 High Definition Radio
  • 655 Satellite Tuner
  • 676 HiFi Loudspeaker System
  • 697 Area Code 1 DVD
  • 6AA BMW Teleservices
  • 6AB Control Teleservices
  • 6FL USB-Audio Interface
  • 6NF Music Interface for Smartphones
  • 6NR Apps
  • 6UH Traffic Information
  • 6VC Combox Controller
  • 704 M Sport Suspension
  • 710 M Leather Steering Wheel
  • 715 M Aerodynamics Package
  • 760 BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line Trim
  • 775 BMW Individual Headliner Anthracite
  • 823 Hot Climate Version
  • 840 High-Speed Settings
  • 845 Acoustic Seatbelt Warning
  • 850 Additional Tank Filling for Export
  • 853 Language Version English
  • 876 Radio Frequency 315 MHz
  • 8SC Country-Specific Teleservice Activation
  • 8SP Control Unit COP
  • 8TN Daytime Driving Lights Selectable by Lights Menu
  • 925 Shipping Protection Package
  • 090 Battery 90 ah