I've been visiting the forum for a while as a viewer and had to sign up. I test drove a 123d a few weeks ago (whilst looking at an A3) and found the BM the far superior car. That said, I don't need a 123 so am looking at 120ds. Always liked diesels and need the economy...and want it to have a bit of punch. I must say though, the forum has nearly scared me off buying one of these with DMF/clutch, turbo and chain issues. It looks like the pre facelift is the safer option and it suits my budget. I could stretch to a post 07 car but then it seems that the N47 is the chain eater and I can do without that headache (especially after owning a 320i some 15 years ago - I took that to a BM indy who sniggered when I asked for a full service and chain change - "they never break" are the words that echo in my mind. Mine did, some 6 months later - new engineand swore never to have a BM again...until my love was reignited!)
Any words of advice would be welcome re the 1 series. I'm particularly interested in how the sports suspension shapes up against the SE. I live in quite a rural area with some very shabby b roads.