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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
BMWs throw back to the iconic 2002, with a renewed form and function. The smallest car in BMW's line up but still packs a punch. Available in coupe or convertible, powered by either an inline 6 in the 128 or the twin turbo rocket sled 135.

 
 
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:12 PM
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128 ragtop advice-manual seats?

I'm looking at a 128 convertible for my next car.

I'm certainly not new to BMW, as this will be number six. However, it will be my first two door car in about two decades.

My question is this: are the back seats, vestigial as they are, easier to enter and exit with manual seats over the electric ones?

It seems that the manual models only need to have one lever pulled to slide the seat forward for access, and will then return to the previous position. However, the power seat requires the lever pull to release the backrest, and the switch must be held to slide the seat forward and back. (Please let me know if my understanding is incorrect.)

The former seems easier than the latter. I haven't had manual seats since my e46 325, but I seem to recall the seats being plenty adjustable.

The best feature the power seats bring is memory. Since I'm the only one that will drive a manual transmission in my house, I can't see needing that very often.

Also, the extra $1000 would be better used to pay for the sport package in my book.

Opinions are appreciated.
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