2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Storage Bins, MPG, Wind Noise, Mundane Observations

January 20, 2009

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It was a quiet weekend for our long-term 2008 BMW 135i, which is waiting for new tires following last week's visit to Willow Springs. Still, I put on another couple hundred miles running around Los Angeles.

Our 1 Series coupe averaged 24 mpg, which is twice what it got on the track. A check of the fuel log revealed that my 307-mile tank is actually the longest we've ever driven the car before fueling up. The car's previous best was 306 miles, and that tank netted its best ever mpg reading -- 25 mpg. Not exactly frugal, but then, this is a 3,400-lb car rated for 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

Also, as you can tell, I used the driver-side door bin. I'd never had much use for its funky three-slot design previously, but when I found myself traveling with 3 CDs and a snack, the compartmentalization proved useful. None of the slots will fit my sunglasses case, though, nor will the cupholders in the console. Whatever. For more detailed analysis on 1 Series storage, see Brent's earlier entry.

The thing is, you don't really worry about storage bins when you're driving a BMW 135i coupe. There's a whole backseat for sunglasses cases, jackets, caps and random pieces of paper. It's not like you'll be putting people back there because it's too cramped and they'd just get carsick anyway.

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And that's fine with me. I'm still riding high after my track outing in the 1 Series. I love the twin-turbo six's torque band, I love the driving position, and the ride/handling compromise is tough to beat. I still don't like the look of our 135i's squooshy leatherette front seats, but never once were they actually uncomfortable. The only thing I could really complain about is that the coupe's frameless windows aren't great at sealing out wind noise. Mostly, though, it was a good weekend.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,575 miles

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