Following in the footsteps of the Z4 sDrive28i I just talked about, let’s check out the changes from the 1-Series to the 2-Series. As with the Z4, turbo inline-six power continued in the M235i, which was effectively a restyled 135i with a N55 with a touch more twist and more weight. Purists may decry that an M badge crept into the lineup but the reality is that if you drive one of these turbocharged small BMWs, and I own a 135i Sport, they’re worthy of the letter. Whether you agree or not doesn’t change the fact that one thing was notably absent from the revised 2-series – the normally aspirated N52 was dropped in favor of the N20 in the ’28’ model. So they were cheaper, right? Well, yes and no. This 2016 228i Coupe we’re looking at today stickered at just shy of $33,000; hardly cheap, but one of the cheaper BMWs you could buy in 2016. However, this particular 228i didn’t leave the dealership in the 30s, thanks to a healthy dose of optional equipment that has left it one of the more unique configurations I’ve seen. Let’s take a look:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 BMW 228i Coupe on eBay
Model: 228i Coupe
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 73,000 mi
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Price: $19,450 Buy It Now
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$43,925.00 BMW 2-Series Original Owner
Rare Sparkling Brown Metallic Exterior & Terra Dakota Leather Interior Seats.
Extra $880 Chromed Wheels and Sunroof!
Excellent Near New Condition, Garaged at all times!
No Scratches, dings, or dents, all marks are camera reflections.
Please Contact for questions or to see in person. Will meet in a mutually agreed upon public place In Ventura County or San Fernando Valley.
Serviced Dec 2020, all service reports available
New Tires Sept 2019,
New Front & Rear Breaks Nov 2019
New Key Fob Batteries Dec 2020
New Air Conditioning Belt Dec 2020
New Tension Pulley Dec 2020
Steam Cleaned Engine Dec 2020
2.0 Liter, Twin turbo Inline 16 Valve, 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission. DSC
22mpg Cty / 34mpg Hwy
Keyless Entry & Ignition
Driver Assistance Package
Track Handling Package
Sport Leather Steering Wheel
Chrome Line Exterior
Black Trim Silver Accent Interior
Rear View Camera
8 Way Sports Seats
Automatic Climate Control
60/40 Split Rear Seats with Folding Rear Seat Headrests
Sport Instrument Cluster
Halogen Free Form Headlights & Foglights
4 wheel ABS
DTC, DSC, DBC, CBC
Dynamic Cruise Control/Auto Climate Control
CD/MP3/HD radio/USB/Hands Free Blue Tooth/Audio Streaming
6.5″ Center Screen with iDrive
Auto Climate Control
Rain Sensing Wipers
Front & Rear HPS/Driver- Passenger (SRS) w/Advanced Technology,
Side & Knee Impact Airbags
12 Year Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
*See Last photo for entire list on original sticker, more photos available.
Minor Scratches on wheels, and minor scuffs on driver side interior door.
Sold As is, with no implied warranty.
The exterior is finished in Sparkling Brown Metallic, a sort of root beer tone, and I have to say I like it. It’s very unusual to see a brown BMW today, though the marque did attempt to kill the tone for some time in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s matched well by also unusual Terra Dakota leather inside. Then we start to slap on Packages. It’s got the Driver Assistance Package, with a rear-view camera and Park Distance Control. Do you need this? I can honestly say that it is tough to tell where the back of the 1 is when backing up, so I guess this makes sense. Then it’s got the Premium Package, which added a moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, power front seats, and Comfort Access. Do you need this? Well, I’ll say that in the 1, as the rear windows don’t go down, if you lower the front windows and open the sunroof, it does make for a nice Targa-type driving experience, so again I can see it. And with LED headlights the way they are, auto-dimming mirrors are always welcome. Next up is an interesting on, at least for a ‘base’ model 228i – it has the Track Handling Package, which added basically the M235i brakes and M Sport suspension, along with variable steering and 18″ Style 384 wheels. Neat! All that added up to $42,045 – which is just shy of the M235i’s base price. See my confusion? I guess if you added in the nice stuff on the M235i you’re looking at a larger gap, but still it’s odd – though I’m glad this example exists. There can’t be many like it. The last option chosen was, in my view, unfortunate – the owner chromed the wheels, which is sad because the Style 384s are really neat to begin with. Still, if that’s the worst thing here, then it’s really not all that bad.
Condition appears to be very good, though the car seriously needs paint correction. Perhaps that’s a result of lots of washing due to the 73,000 miles accrued, which is above average. To me that makes the $19,500 asking price a bit of a head-scratcher. For about the same price, you can find the lighter and quicker 135i, and for a tad more, you can get into an M235i. Neither would be this color combination, though, and are more expensive to run – so if you want a bit of a unicorn that you can drive in the under 20k range, there are worse cars to consider.