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By 162WST
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2008 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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50/50 distribution, rock solid chassis, sweet six. I love the looks of this car. One of the few 2 door rear drive coupes. Good package for the money. Some understeer at lower speed. Great to tailwhip in the rain! Transmission could be smoother. Sports pack is nice.


Best Features

Getting in to a curve and feeling it just glide through, without any distortion. Any.


Worst Features

Back seats barely usable. xDrive.


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A great car
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By aletodo
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2008 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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If you love driving this is the car you need to get. Fast, no turbo lag, unbelievable road feel when cornering, great brakes. The controls are intuitive, bluetooth works fine. Test drove an automatic however bought a manual (even without trying it) which I think is far superior. If you live in a cold climate and you are getting the Sports package have in mind that you'll need winter tire/wheel combo - around $2500, this is if you go for the only BMW approved winter tire option.


Best Features

Power, road feel, cornering, engine sound, controls; initially thought it was ugly, especially the rear, but by now it has grown on me tremendously


Worst Features

It is expensive, may be for a reason, but still, gas mileage is not great, certainly can live with it


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Year One of the 1
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By pstevenson32
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2008 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I love my 128. It is great fun to drive. It has more than enough power for a casual driver such as me. With its 6-speed transmission, it generally gets around 24-26 mpg in the city. I have always liked the looks of BMW. Now I get the look at a fairly decent price. The 128 is a luxury car without many frills. The interior has been pared of luxury to make space for roominess. Well for the people in front, anyway. It's still pretty much a 2-seater. Oddly, for a BMW, the interior is without many standards items I have grown used to over the years. Example: The 128 is curiously without a functional cupholder. The only working cupholder is directly behind the shifter. I still love it.


Best Features

I live and drive this car in Germany, where I get passed on the Autobahn by SMART-car-sized cars doing 85. It holds its own here.


Worst Features

Functional cupholders for pete's sake. (That is a pretty small thing to gripe about, tho'.)


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Autobahn rocket
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By Bogdan
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2008 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is the BMW the way it suppose to be! I have been in Germany since 2006 and I drove tons of different vehicles on the autobahn, but this baby is a rocket!!! Took it to 220-230 km/h on the autobahn and it was solid planted on the road. I have the Sport Package with the Z-rated tires and that helps a lot. Love the sound of the engine, great rev crescendo, no turbo lag, corners amazing on European twisted roads! Overall, a better "driver car" oriented vehicle compared to the 3 series which seems heavy after driving the 1 series.


Best Features

Engine, Bluetooth capability, BMW Assist, M-style paddle shifters, very good gas mileage around 22 mpg combined on the freeway with aggressive driving.


Worst Features

Cup holders, need a recessing one for the passenger.


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Superb coupe in the best BMW tradition
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By lfbmdpc
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2008 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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What a lovely and potent little coupe. A true driver's car, taut, precise, nimble and all those other accolades one can conjure for a superlative German performance car. The car corners like it was on rails with no discernible body roll. Absolutely NO turbo lag anywhere on the power curve which is nothing short of a miracle. I have found nothing to dislike about this car whatsoever after 1700 miles. Of course the mileage is mediocre at best (16.5 city, 22-25 highway) but I knew that going in. Fit and finish are superb and the cockpit is both comfy & functional as a true Germanic driving machine should be. Instruments are well placed and easy to use. No iDrive = no complaints. A superb car.


Best Features

Zero turbo lag, power on tap from the bottom to the top of the RPM spectrum. Great clutch, very responsive brakes and the perfect sport suspension for this rocket. I find the body very appealing although I understand others may not. Never liked red, but the sedona red is very subtle and attractive.


Worst Features

A magic wand to make it get 30 mpg city.


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