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Gluhwein 10-15-2012 02:04 PM

Where's the Storage?
Six months into owning my 128i convertible and I absolutely love driving this thing. A beautifully handling machine with just the right amount of power for my driving style. Since it's just the wife and myself riding around in it, we find it roomy and comfortable. But who the hell designed the glovebox and storage in this car? I have a bigger storage capacity in my MINI. With the owner's manual in the glovebox I can barely fit anything else inside. Please tell me that like the MINI there's a secret compartment? There's nowhere to hide my GPS, cellphone and/or wallet. After watching videos depicting BMW's constant attention to detail, I would've thought they'd come up with something a little more clever for storing drivers' essentials.

leewtech 10-15-2012 06:39 PM

No magic hiding spots as far as I can tell on my 128 coupe. Arm rest has a small storage spot and you can flip up the whole thing and there is a pouch for an ipod. Door pockets are pretty big...

Behind the seats are some mesh pockets for maps, paper....

As you said, its for driving...not storing so they kept clutter spots to a minimum.

PapaB 10-15-2012 08:30 PM

If you need storage then get a 3 series or the front wheel drive version otherwise known as Mini.

Gluhwein 10-16-2012 12:40 PM

Actually I ordered the 128i for the wife as an upgrade from our MINI S convertible. She gave me the 128i claiming it's too big and ordered herself a new MINI.

leewtech 10-16-2012 01:33 PM

You gave it to her without her test driving it first? Or was it your secret plan to get it for yourself? :-)

rpsz4 10-16-2012 02:19 PM

Pick up the trunk floor, there's tons of room there.

Gluhwein 10-16-2012 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by leewtech (Post 7138090)
You gave it to her without her test driving it first? Or was it your secret plan to get it for yourself? :-)

Shhhh! Don't tell her.

Neither one of us test drove a 128i before we ordered it for European Delivery. I knew it would be an incredible machine and she heeded my advice.....for a change. But in the 4months between ordering, flying over to Europe to drive it, getting it shipped home and then actually taking possession here in the US, my wife's school district started massive layoffs and pay cuts. She didn't think it would be too cool to come tooling into the teacher's lot with a fancy new Bimmer. I convinced her that was a good idea and assumed ownership.

ChrisF01 10-16-2012 03:56 PM

It seems BMW doesn't really factor in storage compartments/cubbies in any design too much, it isn't just the 1er that feels lacking.

Doesn't matter how large of a BMW you get, still have the same issue. Half my center console is taken up by the phone adapter (not removable), and the console is very shallow to begin with. I can barely shove a paperback book in there. Glove box is small, no storage in armrests like S Class. Little compartments in doors is tight and shallow as well.

Its not a deal breaker, but its surprising how little storage, even the (physically) largest of Bimmers doesn't have.

The price we pay for beautiful cars?:thumbup:

JimD1 10-17-2012 05:05 AM

My owners manual is beside the battery in the trunk. That leaves me with some usable room in the glove box. I agree there isn't much storage space but I've found "homes" for everything I want to carry. Maps, sunglasses, and a notebook for gas purchases/maintenance are in the drivers side drawer. A pack of gum and maybe a CD or two are in the console arm rest. Some little "junk" is in the ash tray. Glove box holds warranty card and registration a screwdriver, and assorted "junk". My GPS is on a BMW mount and rarely comes off but will fit in the glovebox. A fairly full set of sockets/ratchets/wrenches/pliers/screwdriver is in a tool roll up under the trunk floor. An air compressor in its bag is on the passengers side of the trunk. Everything has a place and I still have usable trunk space for a couple bags.


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