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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 08-09-2007, 01:33 PM
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:34 PM
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Yes, it is a very nice looking vehicle. It is definately big enough for 2 people to be very comfortable in the cockpit. For 4 people, not so much if it is 4 adults over 6ft tall. But, what do you expect? It is going to be a fun car and at a great price. Which will lead into future 3 and 5 series sales. good for bmw.
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What's the deal with no hatch though?

Is it from the stigma of "bob-tail" E46s lingering on dealer lots?
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Old 08-09-2007, 03:56 PM
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BMW usually finds single-piston calipers to be sufficient for its cars. Even some M-cars are shod with single piston calipers...

We'd guess BMW is providing the fancy brakes because more than a few 135i coupes will likely be taken to the track by their owners.
Some? When was the last time BMW sold a production car that didn't have single piston calipers? Even the "semi exotic" E46 CSL was equipped as such.
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What's the deal with no hatch though?

Is it from the stigma of "bob-tail" E46s lingering on dealer lots?
Probably. BMW is trying to hit the big time; Americans won't buy the hatch in enough volume to make it worth their effort.

Besides, it's obvious that BMWNA is working hard to keep their "luxury" image intact. They're pushing the 1 series as a "performance" alternative and a throwback to the iconic 2002 (which was actually a fairly cheap car in its day!), rather than the (somewhat) cheap entry-level car that it actually is. Hatchback and cheap are still synonymous with one another in the minds of most American buyers, and that wouldn't jive with the current marketing scheme. The coupe is an easier sell.

We'll also be getting the VW Cab...errr, 1 series convertible for good measure.

I have nothing against any of this, really. If anything, I'd actually prefer to see the 1 series regarded and acknowledged as an entry level car. Anything to escape the negative snob appeal stereotype of BMW ownership...
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Old 08-09-2007, 04:16 PM
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Agreed. While I could afford a 335i I have this weird thing where it seems too pretentious for me. Emphasis on the "for me" part. But the 135i will be plenty of car while still seeming like the "cheap BMW" which is perfect in my book.
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Sold my 330i last week, was thinking 535/550i next, but I am so leaning toward a 135cic next.

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Old 08-09-2007, 09:03 PM
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What are you driving currently if you sold your 330i?

I'm curious how one is comtemplating a 5 series and then a 1 series? Seems like they have such different appeal.
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I expect the interior room to be very good in the coupe, as I am currently driving a 118d hatchback in Europe now and the interior room is very comparable to a 3 coupe. I am 6'5" and I find it to be comfortable.
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Sold my 330i last week, was thinking 535/550i next, but I am so leaning toward a 135cic next.

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All I can say is that if I was looking at the 335i coupe this year I would differently hold off and buy the more nimble 135i and not because of the price but it more accurately represents a 2+2 coupe than the 335i. Seems the 3er bloat shows up the most in the coupe IMO
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