2008 BMW 1 Series Consumer Review: Great little German "Pony Car"

2008 BMW 1 Series - Consumer Review

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135i Convertible (3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 6-speed Manual)

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Great little German "Pony Car"
By Shawnski on


2008 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


Had to have this when it first came out. And have not disappointed in over 19 months of ownership. Sensible, sporty, fast, and great fuel economy. Not a sports car, but has a great ride. Small size, but surprisingly practical. Lost of easy torque, and terrific average fuel economy - 25 MPG. It is the perfect marriage of German engineering, and American style muscle car attributes (2 doors, a trunk and fast), all in a size that makes other cars seem fat. Only reason I did not give a 10 for performance was my decision to go with Steptronic 6A v. 6M. However, it is a superior slush box, that shifts very fast and is always in the right gear. IMO no one refines drivetrains better than BMW.

Best Features

Harmonious TT I-6 and 6A. Excellent sport seats with fast seat warmers. All the major controls - BMW sweats the details. My car was just under $40k, and while some may argue that is a lot for a car without leather seats Spend time with a BMW, and they reveal a depth of design absent in others.

Worst Features

Scratch the run-flats. That's it.
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