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2008 BMW 1-Series - Expert Reviews

 

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#1
2008 BMW 128 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Around town, or on short trips, it isn't bad. But on longer drives, especially if there's much rough pavement en route -- you will want to steer clear of potholes -- the 135i will beat you up, more so than the new BMW M3. And it helps the 128i's case that it is so much fun to toss around the back roads, and even with its own optional sport suspension, it doesn't punish you. And the difference in price is substantial: The 128i starts at $28,600, and the 135i starts at $34,900. You can, in fact, get a 128i convertible for roughly the same price as the 135i coupe. Let's face it: A...

#2
2008 bmw 1 series Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...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. The convertible also features pop-up rollover hoops. Interior Design and Special Features: The 1 Series features four seatbelts, but how many get used depends on how large the front passengers are and/or how forgiving potential rear passengers are. There's not much legroom in back -- especially the convertible -- but most small coupes suffer from less-than-welcoming rear quarters, so the 1 Series is...

#3
2008 BMW 128 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...I found this frustrating because I like to track my mpgs but don't do well with math of any kind, however simple it might be. I'm undecided as to whether there were one or two cupholders for the front seat; this wasn't a fear-of-numbers or counting issue. There are, in fact, two cupholders, but one becomes useless if the center armrest is down. Since I truly don't believe anyone drives with the armrest up, I'm going to say that there's one usable cupholder for the front seat and none for the back - sorry, kids. The 128i is lacking when it comes to what I will call "counter-space" (yes...

#4
2008 BMW 135 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The engineers, it seems, had forgotten to allow legroom-for second and third graders. That explains why the front seats don't slide far enough forward to create an aisle to even let you get in back. Yet the trunk is huge and will devour all the luggage you can feed it. Luggage 1, Legs 0. Nice touches include free oil changes, brake pads, wiper-blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items for four years or 50,000 miles and BMW Assist, an emergency satellite tracking and response system like GM's OnStar, that's optional at $750 for four years or included in the $3,300 premium package. A gripe...

#5
2008 BMW 1 Series Overview
Source: CarGurus

...which uses BMW's automatic adaptive transmission.Other mechanical features include a dynamic braking control system, which adjusts the brakes depending on driving conditions, and dynamic traction control, which kicks in at a higher threshold, enabling drivers to push the limits a bit more while ensuring their safety. Antilock brakes, adaptive brake lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and programmable daytime running lights are also included.The interior of the 1-Series comes well equipped as well, with such standard features as eight-way adjustable front seats, gray poplar wood trim, a...

#6
2008 BMW 135 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Around town, or on short trips, it isn't bad. But on longer drives, especially if there's much rough pavement en route -- you will want to steer clear of potholes -- the 135i will beat you up, more so than the new BMW M3. And it helps the 128i's case that it is so much fun to toss around the back roads, and even with its own optional sport suspension, it doesn't punish you. And the difference in price is substantial: The 128i starts at $28,600, and the 135i starts at $34,900. You can, in fact, get a 128i convertible for roughly the same price as the 135i coupe. Let's face it: A...

#7
2008 BMW 128 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Puddles of excess material gather at the bottom of the doors like curtains too long for the window, and the roof bubbles up like a piece of Muenster under a broiler. The lesson here: Shrinkage is not always good. Straight off the irregulars rack The interior is another story. It's on par with any BMW, clean and elegant. Aluminum trim gives the 1 Series a polished and machined look and the M-inspired steering wheel, gear shifter (and aero kit on the exterior) remind you that the 1 Series is a still a serious machine. Overall, the cockpit is comfortable and sporty. It holds you firmly in place...

#8
2008 BMW 128 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The power top is operated at the touch of a button, and it stows itself under a hard tonneau cover in less than 30 seconds. It does consume a good deal of the already small trunk space. The convertible's body structure was tight and free from wiggles even over bumpy roads, and that's not something that can be said of many convertibles. The 128i's interior is smaller than that of the 3 Series. Rear-seat legroom is almost non-existent, which means the back seat is relegated to a place for pets, briefcases or groceries. BMW's latest version of iDrive, which comes with the navigation option, has...

#9
2008 BMW 128 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...Simulated leather seating surfaces are standard, and real leather is optional. Selecting the optional Sport Package brings sport seats with more aggressive bolstering. The convertible's leather seats have BMW's Sun Reflective Technology, which is designed to keep the temperature of seats exposed to sunlight lower. Standard features include an auxiliary jack for connecting a portable music player to the 128i's audio system and a 60/40-split folding rear seat that can expand the coupe's trunk when carrying larger items. Choosing the optional navigation system equips the 1 Series with BMW's...

#10
2008 BMW 135 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...That is far from entry-level pricing. A number of larger entry-level models, like the Infiniti G35, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, all start for less. That's why buyers should look at the 135i as purely a sports car, not a beginner's luxury car. Those other models do the entry job better. Even the 128i comes at a substantial $28,600 starting price. The cars the 135i should really be compared with are the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution as sport car enthusiasts' vehicles of choice. Those come in at $34,995 and $32,990, respectively. Compared to those two models...


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