2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Objects in the Mirror Are ?? Than They Appear

June 15, 2009

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OMG our 2008 BMW 135i is kick-ass. It's so easy to get into trouble with all that power in this small, compact package. Shifts are so smooth and that exhaust note is addictive. But look for a dyno test in the near future to give you all the info about just what this newly reflashed 1 Series can do.

Instead I'll just talk about how tiny the side mirrors are and how difficult it is to see anything at night. And is it just me or are they slightly tinted?

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Here's a shot of the 7 Series' mirror just for comparison's sake.

On the BMW Web site, it says that auto-dimming exterior mirrors are part of the Premium package, which we don't have on this car. And yet it looks like that's what they are, slightly blue.

I found checking my mirrors before a lane change at night to be a tricky proposition. I might as well have been checking my blind spots with my compact mirror. Other editors, as well as some BMW forums, have complained about this, too, so I know it's not just me.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 23,088 miles

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