This is a 128i stripper with a manual. It has ample room for 2 people or 4 on a quick lunch run. Fold down back seat and reasonable trunk opening allows hauling good sized cargo. It has expected BMW handling, good acceleration and also is a smooth highway cruiser, except for run flat tire noise. The acceleration is OK, not thrilling. It makes a satisfying growl at WOT. Wide torque curve and slick transmission makes a great combination for moving thru traffic and for sporty curve work. Base interior has very cheap looking and feeling plastic. More Aveo than BMW. The large adjustment knob for manual seats is exactly where your foot goes when cruise control is on. Track day soon
I've been driving the car for more than 22,000 miles now and I think I can have some comments: 1. I had the usual problems: The HPFP, the bluetooth firmware upgrade, all the tails lights failing and the safety recall for the seat belts. 2. The run flats awful, replaced them with Michellin A/S now and rides much better 3. Gas mileages is not great. The car has been problem free for the last 5,000 miles and I personally think there is NO perfect car, I was lucky that BMW Charlottesville has been ver professional and helped me all the time when I faced problems. However, if you love cars, this is the one! Test drive one and see for yourself.
I purchased this car to replace a 3 series BMW that saved my life in a crash involving a deer. I traveled to Germany to pick up the car and was able to drive at 120 mph with complete confidence because of the safety features built in to the car. A few weeks ago I was returning home on the freeway around midnight when I saw a wrong-way driver coming right for me in my lane. I had only about two seconds to react, and the Dynamic Stability Control helped me move quickly and safely out of the way. I can't say enough about my confidence in this car.
Even after 15 months, I still absolutely love this car. It's very unique as you don't see many around, so that's a nice touch. Wasn't even in the market when I bought the car, but had to have it once I drove it. The handling of this car is very smooth and very precise, glides through corners and turns with ease and precision. Lots of power for a car this size. Others are surprised by how fast and quick this little car can be. I don't think of it as a true sports car (although the backseat is basically unusable) because it's got a great ride for a car that is so low to the ground (no sport package) and lots of nice luxury touches as well. Nothing else like it on the road.
Just traded in an '03 911 for the 135i--wow, for about half the MSRP, I think I got twice the car. This is my first sports car without a stick shift. Love the beefy aluminum paddle shifters. Car absolutely flies. Inside is very quiet, except for the growl from the 300 hp engine. My Porsche was loud and uncomfortable and the 135 is so comfortable. I got the sport package and the seats are amazing. The thigh support is great for long trips. Car is an A+ and really does rival a 911 for performance but exceeds it for comfort and practicality with real back seat and room for two or three sets of golf clubs in trunk. I've owned a 911, Boxster S and a TT Coupe. The 135i blows them all away.
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.