2008 BMW 135i: Gathering a Crowd
November 24, 2008
I drove our 135i for the first time this past weekend. I've heard a lot of positive things about this car, mostly about its engine.
Thankfully, I had brushed up a little bit on the specs of the car before I left the office for the weekend because the two times I went to the grocery store there were guys gathered 'round the car taking a closer look when I came back out.
I got a lot of the kinds of questions you'd expect. Is this the turbo? Is this the new 1 Series? Is it fast? How much horsepower does it have?
Yes, it's all those those things (and 300 horses), but honestly I had a tough time with the shifter. I'm not as skilled a driver as other folks here on staff, but I found it wasn't fast throing and that I sometimes jammed it between gates. Maybe I was having an off weekend, but I was less than thrilled with that shifter.
Would I consider buying one? Buddy... Three-hundo and a turbo? Wouldn't you?
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer