Used 2008 BMW 1 Series


$7,695 - $10,999
2008 BMW 1 Series

2008 Highlights

The 1 Series is BMW's all-new entry-level car available in coupe and convertible body styles.


Pros

  • BMW driving experience at its purest, powerful and efficient engines, sports car performance with coupe practicality, high-quality interior, convertible's sun-reflective leather.

Cons

  • Options cause the price to skyrocket, iDrive makes navigation a no-go option.

Used 2008 BMW 1 Series for Sale

BMW 1 Series 2008 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M) Jet Black Gray leather0
Used 2008BMW 1 Series128i
List:$8,997
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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BMW 1 Series 2008 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Jet Black Black leatherette147,440 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series135i
List:$7,695
Est.Loan: $157/mo
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BMW 1 Series 2008 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M) Crimson Red 80,338 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series128i
List:$7,937
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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63,134 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series135i
List:$14,580
Est.Loan: $298/mo
Black Sapphire Metallic Black leather52,664 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series128i
List:$10,999
Est.Loan: $225/mo
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Montego Blue Metallic Gray leather97,050 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series128i
List:$9,000
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Dealer Notes

The 2008 BMW 1 Series is available as a compact soft-top convertible and comes in 128i trim level. Standard equipment on the 128i includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, a tilt-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10-speaker stereo with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The 128i convertible adds a power-operated soft top and an upgraded climate control system. The 1 Series convertible's options list includes the Moonlight Black soft top, which includes shiny metallic fibers that produce a metallic silver appearance in sun- and moonlight. The convertible's optional leather upholstery also features BMW's exclusive sun-reflective pigments, which the company claims can lower the seat surface temperature by up to 20 degrees. The 128i is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 230 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque. AT GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX WE SPECIALIZE IN GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL PROGRAMS. WITH OVER 20 LENDERS AT HAND, WE FINANCE THE GOOD, BAD, NO CREDIT, BANKRUPTCY EVEN REPO. NO PROBLEM! HELP IS HERE! WITH OUR 100% CREDIT APPROVAL EVERYONE RIDES! GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX WILL SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO BUY A QUALITY USED CAR. WE OFFER A 3 MONTH/3,000 MILES POWERTRAIN WARRANTY **FREE OF CHARGE**. HERE AT GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX, WE BELIEVE THAT FAIR PRICES AND OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE LEADS TO AN OVERJOYED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE! CALL US TODAY AT (703)445-1100 !!!

Savanna Beige (Late Availability) leather116,346 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series128i
List:$8,297
Est.Loan: $170/mo
MBL Auto(3)
57.1 mi away
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Dealer Notes

Turbocharged Traction Control Stability Control Rear Wheel Drive Tires - Front Performance Tires - Rear Performance Aluminum Wheels Power Steering 4-Wheel Disc Brakes ABS Brake Assist Rear Defrost Convertible Soft Top HID headlights Automatic Headlights Headlights-Auto-Leveling Heated Mirrors Power Mirror(s) Intermittent Wipers Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Rain Sensing Wipers Premium Synthetic Seats Bucket Seats Floor Mats Cruise Control Adjustable Steering Wheel Steering Wheel Audio Controls Leather Steering Wheel Bluetooth Connection Trip Computer Telematics Tire Pressure Monitor Engine Immobilizer Power Windows Power Door Locks Remote Trunk Release AM/FM Stereo CD Player Premium Sound System MP3 Player Auxiliary Audio Input Climate Control Multi-Zone A/C Power Outlet Driver Vanity Mirror Passenger Vanity Mirror Woodgrain Interior Trim Driver Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Sensor Front Side Air Bag Rollover Protection Bars Emergency Trunk Release Daytime Running LightsAdditional InformationExhaust - Dual Tip Exhaust Tip Color - Chrome Front Bumper Color - Body-Color Mirror Color - Body-Color Rear Bumper Color - Body-Color Air Filtration Armrests - Front Center Armrests - Rear Center Folding With Storage Door Sill Trim - Chrome Front Air Conditioning - Automatic Climate Control Front Air Conditioning Zones - Dual Interior Accents - Wood Steering Wheel Trim - Leather Cargo Area Light Cruise Control Cruise Control - Adaptive Cupholders - Front Multi-Function Remote - Keyless Entry One-Touch Windows - 2 Power Outlet(S) - 12v Front Power Steering - Variable/Speed-Proportional Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel - Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Cruise Control Storage - Cargo Tie-Down Anchors And Hooks Storage - Door Pockets Front Brake Type - Ventilated Disc Front Shock Type - Gas Front Spring Type - Coil Front Struts - Macpherson Front Suspension Type - Double Ball Joint Hill Descent Control Rear Brake Type - Ventilated Disc Rear Shock Type - Gas Rear Spring Type - Coil Abs - 4-Wheel Axle Ratio - 3.23 Braking Assist Front Brake Diameter - 11.8 Front Suspension Classification - Independent Rear Brake Diameter - 11.8 Rear Stabilizer Bar Rear Suspension Classification - Independent Rear Suspension Type - Multi-Link Stability Control Gauge - Tachometer In-Dash Cd - Mp3 Playback Total Speakers - 10 Warnings And Reminders - Tire Fill Alert Antenna Type - Diversity External Temperature Display Fuel Economy Display - Range In-Dash Cd - Single Disc Phone - Pre-Wired For Phone Radio - Am/Fm Trip Computer Warnings And Reminders - Low Fuel Level Daytime Running Lights Front Fog Lights Headlights - Auto Delay Off Headlights - Auto On Taillights - Adaptive Tire Type - All Season Wheels - Alloy Run Flat Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System Window Defogger - Rear Convertible Rear Window - Glass Convertible Roof - Power Front Wipers - Intermittent Front Wipers - Rain Sensing Heated Windshield Washer Jets Power Windows 2-Stage Unlocking Doors Airbag Deactivation - Occupant Sensing Passenger Anti-Theft System - Audio Security System Anti-Theft System - Engine Immobilizer Child Seat Anchors Front Airbags - Dual Impact Sensor - Door Unlock Power Door Locks Rolling Code Security - Key Rollover Protection System Side Airbags - Front Side Mirror Adjustments - Power Side Mirrors - Heated Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - 8 Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - Height Front Headrests - 2 Front Headrests - Adjustable Front Seat Type - Bucket Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments - 8 Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments - Height Rear Headrests - 2 Rear Seat Folding - Split Rear Seat Type - Bucket Seatbelt Force Limiters - Front Seatbelt Pretensioners - Front Upholstery - Leatherette Visit MBL Auto online at mblauto.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 540-479-6333 today to schedule your test drive.

Titanium Silver Metallic 57,851 miles
Used 2008BMW 1 Series135i
List:$14,000
Est.Loan: $286/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

As a compact premium rear-drive coupe or convertible, the 2008 BMW 1 Series is in a class by itself. It's a class we'd like to enroll in, though.

vehicle overview

Few brands have grown more than BMW in the past 25 years. That growth can be seen in their sales figures and the vehicles themselves. Today's 335i is larger than 1986's 535i, for instance, and it certainly sells in much greater volumes. This trend toward bigger and heavier has altered the brand's lineup to the point that there's now room for a cheaper, smaller entry-level car. Stepping boldly into the gap is the 2008 BMW 1 Series.

The 1 Series already debuted in Europe earlier this decade as a four-door hatchback, but that body style's limited appeal to American shoppers prevented its journey across the pond. With the introduction of new coupe and convertible body styles, however, BMW believes the timing is right for a small car revival.

With their compact two-door bodies, high-performance engines and scalpel-sharp handling, the 2008 BMW 128i and 135i are arguably the spiritual successors to BMW's classic 2002 coupe. Yet the 1 Series features many of the modern high-tech and luxury features that have become just as much a part of BMW during this decade as the raw driving experience. Some features like active steering and navigation with iDrive are dubious in terms of value, while others like keyless ignition/entry, premium hi-fi stereo and the convertible's heat-reflective leather seating are welcome niceties in a small car.

The 1 Series coupe is 8.7 inches shorter than a 3 Series coupe and a bit narrower as well. Though its front engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration is pretty unpopular in this size category because of its lack of space efficiency, BMW reckons its layout has unique appeal to people who care more about driving than carrying passengers. As such, the 1 Series comes with the same engines as the 3 Series: a 3.0-liter, 230-horsepower straight-6 for the 128i and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six good for 300 hp in the 135i.

Paying between $29,000 and $38,000 for a small coupe may seem shocking, but it's important to remember that this is a car without any real apples-to-apples competitors. Compared to this finely tuned sport coupe/convertible, potential rivals are either too big (Infiniti G37), have front-wheel drive (VW Eos), are too mechanically different (Mazda RX-8), are more an unrefined muscle car (Ford Mustang GT and even Shelby GT500) or don't offer the same high-quality interior (all of the above). The 135i can even hold its own against more expensive cars like the Porsche Cayman or BMW's own Z4 Coupe, meaning that as a pseudo sports car, the 1 Series can actually be seen as a value buy with a pinch of practicality and under-the-radar performance.

Therefore, the 2008 BMW 1 Series is a car like no other that may have a limited audience, considering its size and price. But for that money, it's hard to think of a car that brings as much performance, handling and refinement in a package that's still fairly user-friendly -- except for maybe all those BMWs of yore.

trim levels & features

The 2008 BMW 1 Series is available as a compact coupe and soft-top convertible. Both come in 128i and 135i trim levels. Standard equipment on the 128i includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a sunroof (coupe), cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a tilt-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10-speaker stereo with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The 128i convertible adds a power-operated soft top and an upgraded climate control system.

The 135i trim level comes with a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, xenon adaptive headlights and automatic climate control. To make the 128i similar, there's that model's Sport Package, which features different 17-inch wheels, performance tires, the 135i's sport suspension and sport seats. The 135i Sport Package includes the sport seats and an M sport steering wheel. The Premium Package adds auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, upgraded interior trim, mood lighting, BMW Assist, Bluetooth, leather upholstery and power front seats with driver memory. Popular stand-alone options include active steering, keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system with iDrive controller, rear parking assist, HD radio, an iPod interface, satellite radio and a premium audio system. Heated front seats are also available by themselves or in a Cold Weather Package.

The 1 Series convertible's options list includes the Moonlight Black soft top, which includes shiny metallic fibers that produce a metallic silver appearance in sun- and moonlight. The convertible's optional leather upholstery also features BMW's exclusive sun-reflective pigments, which the company claims can lower the seat surface temperature by up to 20 degrees.

performance & mpg

All 1 Series send their power to the rear wheels. The 128i is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 230 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque. The 135i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 making 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is the standard transmission, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional. Expect 0-60-mph times in the low 6s for the 128i and in the low 5s for the 135i. Fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the 128i coupe and 17/25 mpg for the 135i coupe. Opting for the convertible and/or an automatic transmission decreases fuel economy only by a mpg or two.

safety

The 2008 BMW 1 Series comes standard with antilock disc brakes (with brake drying and standby feature), traction and stability control and start-off assist for manual-equipped cars. Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the coupe, while the convertible features front seat side airbags that extend higher to protect the occupants' heads. The convertible also features pop-up rollover hoops.

driving

Whether in coupe or convertible guise, the 2008 1 Series is a pure BMW, feeling just as confident and adept at carving a serpentine strip of pavement as its larger siblings. Body roll is minimal, and overall grip on models fitted with the sport package is superb. This isn't a mini M3, however, as BMW engineers tuned the 1 to be comfortable enough for daily use and built in some understeer to prevent rear-wheel-drive neophytes from spinning their highly powerful first BMW off a cliff. As such, the 1 Series (135i especially) is the perfect "training Bimmer" for aspiring driving enthusiasts -- it's docile enough for just about anyone to drive, yet still has the excellent suspension tuning and telepathic steering to please even the most ardent track-ready pilots. And with 300 hp going to the rear wheels, it's still possible to hang the tail out for a little muscle car hooliganism.

Having said that, it's a safe bet that most owners will find the less-powerful 2008 BMW 128i plenty quick for their daily drive. With an estimated 0-60-mph time in the low 6-second range, the 128i is certainly no slouch, even if the 135i gets all the headlines. And with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, those headlines will be filled with exclamation marks. The car's twin-turbo straight-6 engine is incredibly flexible, delivering strong power in any situation with no discernible turbo lag. (The torque peak is maintained from 1,300 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm.) Yet whichever 1 Series you choose, you're assured of a fun time.

Read our 2008 BMW 135i Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

interior

The 1 Series features four seatbelts, but how many get used depends on how large the front passengers are and/or how forgiving potential rear passengers are. There's not much legroom in back -- especially the convertible -- but most small coupes suffer from less-than-welcoming rear quarters, so the 1 Series is certainly not damned in this regard. In fact, the 3 Series coupe doesn't really offer much more head- or legroom.

Despite being the cheapest BMW sold, the vehicle's interior materials are consistent with its larger and more lavish siblings. This little car may be expensive, but you pay for quality to match. The 1 Series convertible, for instance, offers optional sun-reflective leather seating. Also like those siblings, the overall design is a little bland, but certainly functional and unfettered. Ordering the navigation system also brings BMW's infamous iDrive control interface, which many people find exasperating to use.

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Features & Specs

135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
MPG2021
Seating44
Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manual
Fuelgasgas
Horsepower300 hp @ 5800 rpm230 hp @ 6500 rpm

Top Consumer Reviews

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Great drive, good looks, high maintenance
When it was time to sell my beloved '98 M3 convertible I looked at the 2012 3s. Too big and bloated and cluttered with expensive, distracting technology. The 1 series is the spiritual successor to the older 3. Slightly smaller back seat and trunk, but closer in size and with a clean, driving-focused dashboard. We picked one up used with low miles and original warranty still remaining-- a good thing because we have had to use it a lot! We test drove a 128 but felt it was underpowered. The 135 was obviously more expensive but we fell in love the first time we pressed the pedal to the carpet. This car is stupid fast. In a dark color and especially with the top down it looks great.
135i is Fun to Driive but needs rear tires annually
This car is a true joy to drive but, the need for Z rated tires and the cost makes this car impractical to be your only vehicle. This vehicle has needed new front tires every two years (25000 miles) and needed rear tires about every year (12000 miles). I finally had enough of the tires wearing out and I choose another vehicle. If you want a fun car, this is it, but beware you will be spending between $375 for Hankooks or $1000 for Run Flats every year. Then do not forget about the Premium Unleaded fuel requirement.
Fun, but ...
I bought it without ever driving one based upon early reviews which described it as a car that strongly appeals to those of us 'seasoned' enough to appreciate the joys (and some sorrows) of early sports cars. I've owned MGTCs, 356 Speedsters, early SLs, and 911s. The 135i ragtop is a great modern compromise for a geezer who still loves the open road. It is pure joy to drive it, especially on a recent top-down tour through the Colorado Rockies. Power, responsiveness and handling do not disappoint!
More About This Model

Some of us on staff remember the time when BMWs were austere in design and driven by real enthusiasts who appreciated a sprightly, agile and communicative car. Guys and gals who'd have the steering wheel in one hand while working the four-speed manual with the other. Today's Bimmers are still great cars, but some feel that the quintessential sport compact, the 3 Series, has gotten too big, too loaded up with gizmos and too likely to be driven by those who care more about the badge on the hood than the car's sporting capabilities. You know who we're talking about — Ultimate Driving Machine "drivers" who've got a Starbucks in one hand while working a Blackberry with the other.

That's why we can't help but feel a connection with the BMW 1 Series, including our test car, the top-of-the-line 2008 BMW 135i convertible. The "1" is a reincarnation of sorts, a compact, basic "three-box" design that harkens back to the original sport sedan, BMW's 2002, which was produced from the late 1960s to the mid-'70s. Of course, the new 1 Series and its twin-turbocharged 135i are light-years ahead of the old 2002 in terms of luxury features and acceleration, but the spirit of a relatively small, nimble and highly communicative road car remains.

Unfortunately, most will likely agree that the 1 Series just isn't pretty. The styling is downright strange — witness the "someone-just-poked-me-with-a-sharp-stick" face, the sagging, pregnant-cat-like lower character line and the mid-'90s Hyundai Elantra taillights. Every time we think we've fallen in love with the 1, these mirror-shattering styling cues snap us out of our reverie.

But a spirited blast along a mountain road is usually enough to make us forget about the 1's aesthetic issues. Like an old 2002tii, this Bimmer's beauty comes into sharp focus when you're behind the wheel.

Used 2008 BMW 1 Series Overview

The Used 2008 BMW 1 Series is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M), 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), and 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2008 BMW 1 Series trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 BMW 1 Series 128i is priced between $7,937 and $10,999 with odometer readings between 0 and 116346 miles.
  • The Used 2008 BMW 1 Series 135i is priced between $7,695 and $14,580 with odometer readings between 57851 and 147440 miles.

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