2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Road Trip and Fuel Mileage Update

September 02, 2008

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With plans to head up north (from L.A.) to San Luis Obispo for the long weekend, I requested the 135i. I figured with its effortless power, roomy (for two) cabin and (hopefully) decent fuel mileage, the baby Bimmer would be trumps for the trip. Rather than get tangled up in all the Friday traffic, we hit the road early (7:15am) Saturday morning as I wanted to enjoy the drive.

The 135i's suspension just confirmed my belief that, if you're driving a BMW, you don't need an electronically-adjustable suspension. Striking a perfect balance between athleticism in the turns and a supple ride on the freeway, the 135 was a great road tripper. The seats were comfortable too; no complaints from my sometimes finicky back in spite of the rather flat bottom cushion and lack of lumbar adjustment.

Taking an exit off the 101 for a break, we came upon Los Alamos (population about 1200) where we couldn't resist a cupla photo ops:

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Cruising at 70-80 mph most of the way for the 578-mile road trip, the 135i averaged just about 24 mpg. This reminded me that there hasn't been a mileage update in some time, so here ya go:

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Best Tank: 25.0 mpg

Worst Tank: 13.9 mpg

Overall Average: 19.9 mpg

Pretty darn good considering the EPA estimates are 17 city, 25 highway and 20 combined. Not to mention the 300 hp and 300 lb-ft on tap...

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor

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