2012 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I wanted a convertible for the few months each year we get good weather, and I wanted one that felt solid--handled tightly, felt 'close to the ground' when maneuvering, and something that screamed high quality. I hit the jackpot with this car. Everything about it is well made, functions at a high level, and you will still beat everyone out of the intersections! Having this car has been a crutch of sorts, in that when I'm having a bad day and get into this car after work, all is fun again.
Bought my '12 128i coupe three months ago, and its everything I expected! Acceleration and road handling are superb! This is definitely a driver's car, and is comfortable for longer trips. An excellent choice!
2012 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Purchased a 2012 model 135i that is my fourth BMW, and by far the most fun to drive. Performance is a given with the Turbo engine, and the road "feel" makes for an enjoyable experience every time. There's something about knowing you can do what you want to do when you want it, particularly when someone passes you then settles in right in front of you, that gives a wonderful feel of confidence. It's one of those things that will only get better with age, sorta like it's owner!
Value over the long haul that provides a positive driving experience every time you get in it. What's there not to like!
My first BMW 128i Coupe is a great purchase decision. It is FUN, responsive, comfortable, easy to operate, & has good driver visibilty. I bought the 128i after months of research and test driving other competitors like Audi, Mercedes, etc. I was looking for a personal "driving experience" for my comutes to work and one that allowed me to enjoy high quality workmanship that only cars of that class can consistently produce. The 128i is purely BMW! Recommend the Sports Package (sport seats are very nice), BMW IDrive, Premium & Convenience packages at a minumum (elevates the BMW driving experience). Pricey, maybe... but it's a BMW. Besides, who buys a BMW to save money?
The feel behind the wheel and the response from the 128i to the drivers demands (as if the car & the driver are in-synch).
I love how BMW introduces just enough engine noise into the cock-pit to increase the experience/feel.
The BMW IDrive is easy to use and highly recommended.
The programmable sports seats with the upgraded leather shapes to your body and helps promote the overall feel.
The 128i 230 horse engine is plenty of power (and the Automatic Steptronic Transmission is very responsive/smooth).
And of course, my favorite feature is three letters "BMW".
Just being able to own one is a privilege...
Not sure about improvements because the function & flow of design enables ease of use and optimizes the drivers interaction with the 128i's capabilities.
Yeah, it is true that the back seat area is very small (especially in the hard top Coupe) but the 128i isn't designed for family transport e.g. two is company - three or more should look for a larger auto option.
It is also true that premium fuel cost and low MPG add to the expense of owning the 128i but again, BMW's are not cars for the budget restricted buyer (don't buy it - if you can't afford it)...
Exterior/interior design is a little plain but compliments the 128i for what it is (100% fun).