The 135i models use a turbocharged, 300-horsepower version of the 3. The 1-series uses the same, highly regarded mechanicals as the benchmark 3-series, but wraps them in a smaller, lighter, and less expensive package. Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the coupe, while the convertible features front seat side airbags that extend higher to protect the occupants' heads. Ah, well, that all harmonizes with the slightly relaxed, cruiser nature of the car. Regardless of trim a six-speed stick-shift is the standard gearbox, while a 6-speed automatic that includes manual shifting is optional.
Additionally, this review compares the 2008 1-Series with other cars in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions. Both come in 128i and 135i trim levels. In full sport trim, the 135i delivers a firm ride compared to a softer base 128i. Both models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. Replaced with Sumitomos at half the cost. Just do your due diligence and know exactly what you're getting into.
Even the tamer 128i convertible, with the base suspension and 16-inch tires, exhibits little body lean in fast turns, while benefiting from fine steering and brake feel. It's quite a supple little car over bad surfaces, though even quite small lumps and bumps will excite those high-frequency flex resonances any four-seat cabrio suffers. The 135i does it in 4. With its 1400-rpm torque peak and 7000-rpm redline, the twin-turbo direct-injected 3. Wood interior trim 128i 500 455 Self-dimming headlights 250 230 Requires Premium Pkg.
So those price gaps stay about the same as stickers inflate with options. Otherwise prepare for a rather bumpy experience on freeways and if a stick, as. And while the 1 Series Convertible's canvas roof is nicely finished, it generates a hiss of wind noise that would be absent in the Coupe. Coupes could have optional Premium and Sport packages. But the larger, eighteen-inch wheels mean that bumps are sometimes fairly pronounced.
The turbocharged 135i is noticeably stronger off the line and in passing maneuvers, though a small amount of turbo lag delays takeoffs. This vehicle has needed new front tires every two years 25000 miles and needed rear tires about every year 12000 miles. Keyless access and starting 500 455 Appearance and Miscellaneous Option Avail. The Sport Package for the 128i included a sport suspension and 17-inch wheels. Powertrains and Performance All 1 Series send their power to the rear wheels.
Too big and bloated and cluttered with expensive, distracting technology. The 135i features a turbocharged 3. The 135i makes tidy U-turns on side streets and slips into parking spaces larger vehicles must pass on. A sunroof, split-folding rear seat, and poplar wood interior trim were standard in coupes. Keyless access and starting 500 455 Appearance and Miscellaneous Option Avail. The trunk offers a reasonable 10 cubic feet of storage space and the rear seats can be folded to accommodate larger items. Heated front seats 500 455 Aluminum interior trim 0 0 Requires M Sport Pkg.
While the engine on the 128i is decently powerful, it is asked to move a car that weighs upward of 3,500 pounds. Even so, the 135i may struggle at its price. It's also a lot more expensive. My biggest complaint were the front run-flats which succumbed to a double blow out on a New Jersey pothole. Heated front seats 500 455 Sport seats 128i, 135i 400 365 Std.
And this one suffers less than most, actually. Steering-wheel paddle shifters 100 90 Requires Sport Pkg. This little car may be expensive, but you pay for quality to match. Rear-seat riders have less to cheer, especially when what appears to be a center armrest proves just a floppy panel to hide the pass-through tunnel. Xenon headlamps and a sunroof are also standard. Wind noise is very tolerable at 80 mph with the top and the windows down — nice! The 128i has, to be pedantically exact, a 2996cc straight-six. In the 128i coupe and convertible, the 3.
In a dark color and especially with the top down it looks great. . We assumed the lease on this one from the original owner. Its narrower body means more walk-around space in a cluttered garage and more swing space for the doors, always a concern with coupes. The Premium Package features power front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, leather seating and an interior lighting package. Power sunroof 128i coupe 1050 955 Steering-wheel paddle shifters 128i 100 90 Requires Sport Pkg.
It was a pleasure threading the 135i along narrow winding parkways that can be a white-knuckle affair in other cars. And with 300 hp going to the rear wheels, it's still possible to hang the tail out for a little muscle car hooliganism. The compact folding mechanism of the convertible's soft top even ensures that there is usable truck space with the top down. If set in a low position the steering wheel blocks some of the instrument panel. Those would be curvy and well paved. Car rides smoother and handles just as well.