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07-21-2005 07:44 AM #1
118d vs 120d only different software?
back in a 1er last week since Europcar had to sell the Tigra, and had no other converitbles at the moment..
This time its a 118d instead of the 116i petrol I had earlier in the year.
Just curious, from the specs this looks like the same motor as the 120, so is it purely a matter of software? Same turbo, injection system etc?
The 118 has more go than the 116, and compared to the 2L tdi A3 and 1.9L Golf I've driven, a sweeter motor. But a diesel is, unfortunatly, a diesel.
Strange options on these beemers - this one has the navi like the other one (but now can't eject the Navi disc to listen to CDs!!! effing europcar won't give out the pin #...), but only has the parking distance/radar on the rear bumper instead of all around. Small thing, but the software, wires, flip up screen etc were there, how much more could a 3 or 4 tiny sensors have cost...
08-08-2005 02:17 PM #2
ok no answers
then advice: don't get the BMW "Business" navi system, if you are thinking about it. idrive simply blows.
Good little car though, 118d cruises at over 200kph for about 11-12L/100km, faster and less thirsty vs. the Audi 2L tdi. Gear lever is rubbery and balky, a letdown. Funny really that such a slow revver allows the traction control to be COMPLETELY turned off. Good only on the track or icy parking lots :/
Remote door unlock is fantastic with range and slim key/memory stick form.
08-09-2005 02:35 PM #3
08-10-2005 01:01 AM #4
08-10-2005 03:34 AM #5
I think a lot of it has to do with German taxes
don't know the letter of the law, but annual car taxes here are greatly dependant on engine displacement/emmissions, so guessing the 118 is tuned for lower tailpipe emissions than the 120, since AFAIK displacement is the same.
Would love to try a 1er with a nice 6 cylinder gas motor, the chassis can handle MUCH more power.
08-10-2005 06:27 AM #6
08-15-2005 02:50 PM #7
Re: 118d vs 120d only different software?
intake and turbo must be different. couldn't just be software, there's a substantial power difference even tho displacement is same. US has same issue with new 3.0 six cylinder - 325 and 330 have same displacement (3.0) ... but 330 is considerably more powerful.
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