A hoot to drive!
By Mike on
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
The 135 is the perfect size for me. The power is awesome. Was concerned about the iDrive but learning curve is quick. Inside storage is pitiful. No place for even your glasses case. One usable cup holder. Red LED ambient lighting, without turning the dash intensity up to practically full, is not visible. Should have been blue. Premium sound system/HD radio is supurb. Blue tooth and conviencence access great. 6 speed shifts like butter. Cool feature is the brakes hold on a hill for a couple seconds so you don't roll backwards. Paint, fit and finish top notch. One gripe... Offer 18 inch, performance, NON RUN-FLAT tires w/spare. Run-flats are problematic, expensive and wear out quickly.
Engine, Blue-tooth, premium radio, handling, engine sound and front seat comfort. This is my first experience with the adaptive headlights. They work so well I will probably always order these on future cars if available. They are unbelievable.
One suggested inprovement is the nav system screen. Menus (radio, system views, etc) are hardly visible in the daytime due grey background and black letters. Should be designed like the Alpine Systems. Black letters white background for day, revers (inverse video) for night (including the nav map)