Over the past two, or so, years I've been on a mission to acquire a BMW 1M. In theory it sounds simple enough but when you're dealing with someone thats as particular as me and a car as rare as the 1M — only 739 US units for public consumption — it gets tough. 

Originally, I was looking for an unmolested, no nav Alpine White car with manual seats. After spending 24 months not finding a low mileage example that was priced realistically, I found two perfect black examples. Both had less than 30,000 miles. 

Turns out one of the vehicles was a Canadian car that still had a Km/H instrument panel. Though I was reassured that the paperwork all checked out, I walked on that one. The second car was a seemingly super clean example and the owner was cool when we spoke for about 10 minutes. I set up a pre-purchase inspection via an independent shop — the local BMW dealer was booked out for approximately two weeks — the guy flaked on me, never to be heard from again. 

At the point of frustration, I just wanted to make a deal already. So, I did the next best thing to getting a 1M. I decided it was time to acquire an M2.

I called up who I'd consider the best BMW salesperson in the New York Tri-State, Manny Antunes of BMW Manhattan, and we signed the papers on January 23. As of now I am in a holding pattern waiting to find out if I get an April build. I will know by the end of the month. 

**Read DealerRater's review of BMW Manhattan HERE. In addition, learn more about Manny Antunes HERE.

That said, I've had some mixed feelings pre and post deal and was curious on the Spies take: Should I have stuck out the search for the 1M of my dreams or was it a better move to just get an all-new vehicle under warranty and call it a day? 

In addition, are there any OTHER vehicles that you would have cross shopped?

What say you, Spies?

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