2013 BMW 1 Series Consumer Review: Traded a Z4 for a 128i Convert
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Traded a Z4 for a 128i Convertible
By danwatson on

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2013 BMW 1 Series 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

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I bought a 2003 Z4 ten years ago and thoroughly enjoyed driving it for 55,000 miles.
At the age of 52, it was a great purchase.
At 62, with bad knees, and 6'3", it became more difficult to get in and out of.
And, being a roadster with a small trunk, it wasn't good for more than a quick overnight trip.
So, we traded it on a '13 128i convertible and so far, it's a wise decision.
Had to special order it since I wanted a manual transmission and was willing to pay only for the options I wanted.
Only 1000 miles so far, so it's too soon to determine reliability.
The fit and finish is typical BMW qaulity and the engine and transmission are smooth.

UPDATE: I've now owned the 128i convertible for three years. It's got 16,600 miles, all trouble free. It's still fun to drive and I got another compliment on its appearance just the other day. It's Vermillion Red with a black top and tan interior. This is not my primary driver, but now that I'm retired, it does get driven more. It's a good combination of being a true sports car, but with more room than a roadster. The 2 series BMW should provide the same benefits since it's basically the same car with a different number.

Best Features

  • Acceleration
  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Noise and vibration
  • Front seats
  • Ride comfort
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Headlights
  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Usb ports
  • Repair frequency
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics

Worst Features

  • Rear seats

Recommend (16) (1)

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