Gathering a Crowd - 2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test
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2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test

2008 BMW 135i: Gathering a Crowd

November 24, 2008

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I drove our 135i for the first time this past weekend. I've heard a lot of positive things about this car, mostly about its engine.

Thankfully, I had brushed up a little bit on the specs of the car before I left the office for the weekend because the two times I went to the grocery store there were guys gathered 'round the car taking a closer look when I came back out.

I got a lot of the kinds of questions you'd expect. Is this the turbo? Is this the new 1 Series? Is it fast? How much horsepower does it have?

Yes, it's all those those things (and 300 horses), but honestly I had a tough time with the shifter. I'm not as skilled a driver as other folks here on staff, but I found it wasn't fast throing and that I sometimes jammed it between gates. Maybe I was having an off weekend, but I was less than thrilled with that shifter.

Would I consider buying one? Buddy... Three-hundo and a turbo? Wouldn't you?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer


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