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Best Car I Have Owned
By tampafriends on 03/03/13 13:12 PM (PST)

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2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I now have 33,000 miles on my 2011 128i Coupe with automatic. I have not had one problem with this car. The only time it has been back to the dealer is for its scheduled maintenance. It is solid as a rock, and very fast! I average almost 24mpg overall and that is after a combined city and highway average. I have owned it since Dec 2010 and have to say I will miss it when the lease is up this Dec. Someone is going to get a stellar Certified Used Car. I've looked at some of the complaints here and have to say I have had none! Not one!
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Exactly what I have been looking for!
By bwschubert on 02/20/13 13:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I have been searching for a RWD convertible with a manual transmission for some time now and while test driving all the usual suspects in the same price range (new and used) my 128i was the obvious choice. I wouldn't mind a 135 for the significantly increased grunt, but there was no such car available- either new and too expensive or used and too old and out of warranty. Nevertheless the linearity of the naturally aspirated I-6 makes running up to the 7000rpm redline a pleasure, especially with the top down. While true value is debatable (I don't know if I could ever justify the full sticker price of a new one) the build quality, ergonomics and all around driving experience is worth it to me
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BMW says do not put groceries in your trunk!!!
By rogue5139 on 07/09/12 14:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

Whatever you do, do not put groceries in the trunk. I have found out the hard way. BMW has had issues with people putting items that may leak in the trunk and shorting out the car. My car is in the shop with such issues (or so they say). BMW customer service told me today that you should not put groceries or anything of such in your trunk. Why was I not told this when I bought the car.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Put together with tape and super glue
By woodthrush on 06/20/12 14:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I bought this car brand new in October 2011 from a dealership in Richmond. My assumption was the BMW brand meant that even though it is an entry level series, the car would be quality. I was wrong. It's not even 2 years old and is falling apart. So far, my driver side window broke because it randomly had debris in it, the tail light has fallen off twice, the passenger seat panel ripped off when a friend tried to move the seat back and the lights on the radio fade in the heat. I am very careful with this car, rarely have passengers, ALWAYS hand wash/wax it myself and yet it has all these problems. My next car will be a Honda before the warranty ends on this one.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
First BMW
By pleng on 06/17/12 06:41 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I was looking for a fun car with a convertible top and the 128 was just right. Luckily found a certified 2011 with only 14K miles and got the price break and power train warranty to 100K. A key factor was trunk space since I plan on using the car for trips in my retirement. It will hold a 25 inch roller bag flat and a 22 on its side, and even more in the back seat - great for such a small car I am an engineer and I am impressed with the build quality of this least expensive BMW.
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Like a 4-seat Miata...Fun Fun Fun
By socalh2oskier on 02/18/12 16:26 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

My 2011 128i Convertible has 8,000 miles with nary a problem. Changed the run-flats to Contintental DWS regular tires the first week and it was like driving a completely different car--much better ride. Comfortable seats and just a blast to drive. In some ways better than the 3 series--top down at least you have some useable trunk space with the 128. Almost went for the 135, but I'm happy with the power of the 128--engine sometimes lugs a bit taking off, but slap the transmission over to sport mode and it compensates and puts you into the sweet spot of the torque curve and takes care of the issue. Nimble handling. One of the most fun cars I've ever had.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Worthy of the "Ultimate Driving machine" slogan.
By dvanos on 11/23/11 23:13 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Had the car for about year now, no regrets. As a diehard BMW fan I was afraid BMW was shifting towards too much technology and not enough fun driving. I was wrong, the 135i is just about perfect, and it relives my days of the E46 330 but better. It has the right combination of sport/comfort for everyday use, it's NOT a track car. Get the 1M if you track your car. The 135i is a great daily driver with gobs of power and handling to exceed anyone who drives on the street. The seats are comfy and the interior is typical BMW fare with driver orientated controls. Handling is great with the exception of some understeer. The brakes are superb with great stopping power and awesome brake feel.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Love IT
By ososdeoro on 03/16/11 11:50 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

It's great that the "starter" car is truly a BMW, not just a chintzed out shell of the more expensive versions. Leased a 128i and the engine and steering are exquisite. And while the Edmunds review suggests that one needs the sports seats for comfort, the regular ones with leather are much, much more comfortable than the ones on my previous car, an Audi A3 with the sports pkg. Three years ago BMW navigation had a poor reputation, but the one on this car is great - just as good as Audi's. Standard stereo is fine. Cabin noise is nice and low, with the exception of the supersonic window defroster.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Really fun to drive
By kyletran on 02/22/11 18:05 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Nothing to complain about this car, it put a smile on my face every time i step on the gas pedal, love how it perform.
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So connected
By cvandenhaute on 02/02/11 12:29 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I was on the market for a RWD coupe with at least a small back seat. My benchmark has always been a Miata and the 128i is the most fun car I could find giving me the same real world pleasure as my former 2007 Miata (but with a back seat). I like the smoothness and the character of the 6 in line and the perfect balance of the car. Everything works together : steering is pefect, shifter is smooth and direct with a nice mechanical feel, clutch is light and precise. Despite its true sport car handling, the 128i is still very comfortable for my commute and longer journeys. Even the trunk is very usable. I cross shopped it with more powerful car but this was the most fun to drive.
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