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
written on 01-20-2013
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.
I've had my 135I convertible since 6/2008. It drives great and I love the car but I've had to take it back to the dealership SIX times because the convertible top continues to leak. Today makes the second time I've filed the Lemon Law on the car. And, to make matters worse, the dealership has a totally rude attitude about trying to fix the car.
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!
My wife always wanted a BMW Convertible. We assumed the lease on this one from the original owner. We absolutely love the performance of this car, but have been a little disappointed with the quality. The tail-light assemblies have been replaced 3 times, the third brake light lens just shattered while driving down the road. Those were replaced under warranty, but it is disappointing considering.
Sparkling Graphic Metallic Paint ($475); Coral Red Boston Leather ($1,450); Sport Package ($1,000 -- includes 18-inch wheels with performance tires, sport seats, M steering wheel, Shadowline trim); Comfort Access System ($500); iPod/USB Adapter ($400); BMW Assist ($750).
Turbo 3.0L inline-6
2,973cc (181.3 cu-in)
24 valves, double-overhead cam
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
300 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
300 @ 1,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.055, II = 2.396, III = 1.582, IV = 1.192, V = 1, VI = 0.872, R = 3.677, Final Drive = 3.077
4,700-5,000 rpm launch speed. Best technique: Clutch out fast (no slip). Very little wheel spin required. Very easy to launch.
Solid, consistent pedal feel. Immediate effectiveness. The same brake performance we've come to expect from BMW.
Skid pad: Different balance left to right. CCW feels more adjustable. CW is heavy understeer. Overall, good grip. Slalom: Not as stiff or as well damped or as easy to control at limit as 1 Series coupe -- all to be expected from convertible. Still, quite well-mannered despite compromise to structure and weight.