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GO CART ON STEROIDS
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Cool Beans
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2013 BMW 1 Series Convertible 128i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Despite the negative title, let me tell you: I LOVE MY CAR. It is a 2013 BMW that I bought this year (2018) for 20k. It was exactly what I needed-- a two seater with "room" in the back for small passengers in the back row. Perfect for my needs! Great power. NIMBLE handling. RESPONSIVE. Sexxxxy car with multiple levels of fun. Slip it into Automatic Mode for SUNDAY driving. Slip it into SPORT MODE for aggressssssive trafffffic. Slip it into MANUAL MODE for true fun. I traded a 2017 NISSAN MURANO with 260+ HP for this car...and I have no regrets. HOWEVER, it is an adjustment. It is a smaller car-- no LOWES or HOMEDEPOT RUNS...and you want to remove the rear headrests for added visibility.


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Love this car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tamara
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2013 BMW 1 Series Convertible 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Put it in sport mode and acceleration is fantastic. Regular mode, acceleration. Is good but sport mode is super sporty. The roof I can put up or down while waiting at a red light it’s so fast and easy. The handling is everything you’d expect from a BMW. I don’t have navigation so I did not rate that but I always use my phone for navigation anyway so I don’t miss it and it’s nice having a clean dash that’s not lit up all the time. I was amazed at the amount of space in the trunk and it’s so easy to get large things in, I just put the top down load it up and put the top back up! I can transport way more than a regular sedan because I can get larger things in and out with the convertible top. The convertible is so nice when driving around, the winds not bad, I can have the top and windows down and wear a cap on the freeway with no problem! It’s been a great car and I love it!


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Great performance sports convertible
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Bill
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2013 BMW 1 Series Convertible 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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This car is very well balanced and handles perfectly. Nice compact size with plenty of power and acceleration. It will give any car on the road a run for its money. Much less expensive than Porche, Vette, etc but as much or more fun and able to carry 2 additional passengers for short distances. Would recommend the BMW 135i to anyone who is a "driver"


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Excellent car - mixed bag transmission
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By kjgood
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2013 BMW 1 Series Convertible 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is my second 135i convertible, and I have over 20k on this car at the time of this review. I was somewhat reluctant to order it with the then-new-to-the-135 7-speed dual-clutch transmission instead of the manual, but I was persuaded by the thought of the lightning-fast shifts and the advantage of being able to select between auto and manual modes. The reality is that in manual mode, and even auto mode for fast acceleration, the transmission is brilliant. But in stop-start, mundane "through the neighborhood" use (where you just want to leave it in auto-mode), the transmission is hesitant, clunky and confused. In other words, where you most want it to be an automatic, it is wanting.


Best Features

Excellent engine, huge power, perfect size/packaging, great convertible top (seals well, insulated, up/down fairly fast). Handling is good-to-excellent, improved by taking off hideous run-flats and putting on meaningful Michelin Pilot Sports. Steering has good feel and responsiveness. Adaptive headlights are superb for maximizing night vision. Sport seats are supportive and highly adjustable.


Worst Features

BMW really needs to get away from their compulsion with horrid run-flats, which they apply to about all of their models. Just find room for a space-saver spare, please! Run flats basically defeat many advantages of radial tire technology, just to be stiff enough to be drivable if you lose inflation (and how often does that happen these days?). BMW has now moved to the 2-series, which fixes the ugliest styling feature of the 1-series - the cat's belly side droop. I think not coincidentally, they have also dropped the 7-spd DCT as well, and adopted an excellent 8-spd auto that likely does everything the previous transmission did, just better.


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This is my favorite car
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By socalh2oskier
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2013 BMW 1 Series Convertible 135i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)


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Best car I've ever owned.
I have had Corvettes, Jags, Benzes and a multitude of others, but by far my favorite is the 135i convertible.
It is a fun, peppy car that strikes an almost perfect balance between ride/handling--and this is with the sport package.
Mine has the DCT transmission--it works flawlessly and is so intuitive I rarely use the manual function.
Handling is superb.
The ride is a bit rough with the OE run-flats.
I swapped mine out for non-run-flat Michelins right away--the ride is much improved.
IMO, BMW should do away with OE run-flats.
They are horrible.

Update after driving this car for 25,000 miles. I still love the car, but I wish I would have gotten the manual transmission. The DCT is great if you are driving fast, but for normal mundane around town stuff--which is 90 percent of my driving--the DCT sucks. It has a horrible problem where it is almost as if the car dies when you come to a stop quickly and then try to step on the gas--nothing happens for 2-5 seconds, and then all of a sudden the transmission figures out you want to go and it takes off. This is not turbo lag--the car simply will not move--you can have the gas pedal floored and it feels as if the car shut off--nothing happens for a few seconds, which is scary in some situations. I took it to the dealer and they kept it for a week trying to fix it--they got it improved slightly, but it is still not fixed. I have discovered that, if you slap the gear shift over into sport mode as you are coming to a stop, this takes care of the problem, so, as long as you can plan ahead, you are okay. This won't help in emergency situations, but for most around town driving, I can now at least avoid this problem. Other than the DCT issue, and my previously described disdain for run-flats, I LOVE THIS CAR.


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