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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 06-27-2009, 01:38 AM
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Just drove a 128i for the first time........ WOW!

Coming from a e90 330i owner, i really didn't expect the 1er to drive like it did. I always imagined it being like a 328 (and i've driven plenty of 328s) into a smaller package, but it wasn't.....
this crazy little car definetly snuck up on me and was a pleasent surprise
quick, nimble, fast, better throttle responce, great handling, and a great tone of the exhaust.....
I just cant imagine how AMAZING the 135 should be. Even though its a little small for my taste, I would definetly consider it for the future.

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Old 06-27-2009, 06:26 AM
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If you think that was fun, go ahead and test drive a 135i, but be warned - once bitten there is no cure.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:30 AM
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yeah i can understand. same goes with the 328/335.
thats why im in the middle with the 330i
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Old 06-27-2009, 02:01 PM
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Yeah, I didn't intend to buy a new car but I test drove one while my 325i was getting an oil change. A week later I was signing paperwork to order a 135i.
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Old 06-27-2009, 05:43 PM
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I test drove a 135i then a 328i (back to back) the 135i drive was amazing...

Between a 135 and a 335 the choice is difficult but between a 135i and a 328i the choice is a no brainer the 135i is awesome
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:24 PM
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If you think that was fun, go ahead and test drive a 135i, but be warned - once bitten there is no cure.
This is very true.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:28 PM
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I test drove a 135i then a 328i (back to back) the 135i drive was amazing...

Between a 135 and a 335 the choice is difficult but between a 135i and a 328i the choice is a no brainer the 135i is awesome
Well, its a no brainer only if you can stomach the looks of the 135. It looks like the 335/328 coup's ugly sister.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:28 PM
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Well, its a no brainer only if you can stomach the looks of the 135. It looks like the 335/328 coup's ugly sister.
You drive cars from the inside. Buying cars based on appearance is akin to deciding what you like to eat by how pretty it looks on a plate.

Personally, I'd opt for the 128 over 135i. The only thing on the 135 that I wish were standard on the 128: xenons. Otherwise I think the NA engine is more entertaining as a daily driver (more shifting) and for the longterm the 128 will probably run well into the 100k miles. The 135/335i - I'm not so confident they'll hold up and the extra weight detracts from the nimble feel.

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You drives cars from the inside. Buying cars based on appearance is akin to deciding what you like to eat by how pretty it looks on a plate.

It does affect your appetite if your food looks like crap.
If appereance is not important, all of those aftermarket products that enhance the look of your car will be out of business, design studios of car companies will not be needed, and all of us will be driving cars that looks like a Pontiac Aztec.

I believe looks play a big role in car buying decision.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:37 PM
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It does affect your appetite if your food looks like crap.
If appereance is not important, all of those aftermarket products that enhance the look of your car will be out of business, design studios of car companies will not be needed, and all of us will be driving cars that looks like a Pontiac Aztec.

I believe looks play a big role in car buying decision.
I agree for most buyers it matters. I just can't understand why.

Anyway, we'll never see eye to eye on this. I drive a bland, boring looking Buick clone called a 335i. It's visually as engaging as a flat white wall. In the end 99% of my time with my car is inside it within only the moments I put it in the garage or park at work that i see the exterior. Is it really worth making a buying decision on something you so rarely see from the outside? To each his own. I'd just rather enjoy what I drive - the exterior be damned.

FWIW, I don't think the appearance of food makes a wit of difference in taste. Matar Paneer looks like baby poo...doesn't detract from the flavor.

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I agree with you that "appearance of food [does not] make a wit of difference in taste"

but I must say your analogy is off the mark cause Matar Paneer does taste like baby poop....
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but I must say your analogy is off the mark cause Matar Paneer does taste like baby poop....
Hey, maybe they actually gave you baby poo.
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u guys are crazy,

matar paneer is awesome
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:34 PM
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There is a lot to be said for the 128i. If you aren't planning on taking it to the track regularly, it has more than enough power to get you though your daily commute in an entertaining manner. If you are getting a manual, it's probably a tad more involving as a daily driver than the 135i.
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Old 06-30-2009, 05:29 AM
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I have no desire to be colorful in the way I say this but I also believe the 1 series look better than the 3 series. The primary advantage of the 3s is more legroom in the back (at least with 4 doors) and more shoulder room than the 1 convertible. I won't use the back seat often and wanted a convertible so I got a 128i. I started thinking I wanted a 2 seater but I have two grown kids who want to occasionally ride with their dad so the 1s seemed to make more sense.

I never seriously considered a 135. I'm sure the power feels nice but there is nearly no place to use it. My son wanted me to get a corvette and I used the same logic to rule it out. Just too much speed potential for too low a speed limit. My other way to judge the power of the 128i was my SUV. I will keep my small SUV with it's 185hp, 185 ft/lb V6 to tow my boat and utility trailer. It pulls my ~2000 lb boat OK so I cannot see how the 128i is underpowered. But I'm sure 135s are fun. I plan PCD so I should get to drive one there.

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I have no desire to be colorful in the way I say this but I also believe the 1 series look better than the 3 series. The primary advantage of the 3s is more legroom in the back (at least with 4 doors) and more shoulder room than the 1 convertible. I won't use the back seat often and wanted a convertible so I got a 128i. I started thinking I wanted a 2 seater but I have two grown kids who want to occasionally ride with their dad so the 1s seemed to make more sense.

I never seriously considered a 135. I'm sure the power feels nice but there is nearly no place to use it. My son wanted me to get a corvette and I used the same logic to rule it out. Just too much speed potential for too low a speed limit. My other way to judge the power of the 128i was my SUV. I will keep my small SUV with it's 185hp, 185 ft/lb V6 to tow my boat and utility trailer. It pulls my ~2000 lb boat OK so I cannot see how the 128i is underpowered. But I'm sure 135s are fun. I plan PCD so I should get to drive one there.

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Ditto what this guy says. I prefer the design (inside and out) of the 1er to the 3er. I don't particularly care for the N54 power; my X3 is perfectly fine and the 125i has more power than that in a smaller lighter package, so I can't see it being dull. I mean, if the 118i hatch was fun, the 125i can't be worse.
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I never seriously considered a 135. I'm sure the power feels nice but there is nearly no place to use it. My son wanted me to get a corvette and I used the same logic to rule it out. Just too much speed potential for too low a speed limit. My other way to judge the power of the 128i was my SUV. I will keep my small SUV with it's 185hp, 185 ft/lb V6 to tow my boat and utility trailer. It pulls my ~2000 lb boat OK so I cannot see how the 128i is underpowered. But I'm sure 135s are fun. I plan PCD so I should get to drive one there.

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I never seriously considered it until I drove it. If I could get the Terra leather in the 135i, it'd feel very comparable to my current interior.

But the handling/power in the 135i is purely intoxicating, and that's an understatement. Even for normal driving it has a lot of usable torque down low. The E92 feels big after driving the 135i and not in a good way. I like my coupe but sometimes it feels more like just a luxury coupe. It's sporty and relatively quick, but it's not as nimble as the 135i.
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I spent 10 years in a 4 cylinder 318i which did zero to sixty in about a minute. The 135i makes me cackle out loud. Whether it's at a light, passing someone on a 2-lane road, or getting onto the highway, it's endlessly entertaining.
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I really liked the 318Ti! And I love the look of the 135/128. I think it looks very handsome! However, where I live I'm surrounded by Lexus RX300s and 3 series BMWs. They'll probably think I'm from the wrong side of the town in my 1!
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I spent 10 years in a 4 cylinder 318i which did zero to sixty in about a minute. The 135i makes me cackle out loud. Whether it's at a light, passing someone on a 2-lane road, or getting onto the highway, it's endlessly entertaining.
I wish the 3.0 twin turbo had that appeal to me. After 5 months every time I go for WOT on my 335i I think about the gas I'm sucking down and the damage I'm probably doing to the engine. I never felt that way about my 330i ZHP - every WOT run was just a thrill. That car had edge and fun. The 335i makes me think about a fat repair bill. Can't explain it but something about the engine doesn't fill me with the same bulletproof sense the NA inline 6 used to give me.
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If I could get the Terra leather in the 135i, it'd feel very comparable to my current interior.
You can get the Terra leather in 135i
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The 135I is an awesome car. I test drove the 128I, it was okay but no comparison to the 135I. I test drove the 335I and even though it felt almost as fast as the 135I, it had a rough drive. The 135I is a little rocket and once you test drive it, you instantly fall in love with it. Very fast, nimble, agile, but w/out the roughness of the 335I (I test drove the 335I with sport package and the larger rims). I am currently negotiating an ED for a 135I for late October because I want a 2010 MY. Right now, it's way to late for a 2009. I am sure I will enjoy my time in Munich and the Autobahn. My last ED was in 2007 for a MY 2008 528I which is an great car - quick enough and with all the bells and whistles of a luxury car. But this time, I just want to have a little more fun.
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You drive cars from the inside. Buying cars based on appearance is akin to deciding what you like to eat by how pretty it looks on a plate.
So what does your wife look like?
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If you think that was fun, go ahead and test drive a 135i, but be warned - once bitten there is no cure.
yea my friend let me drive his i dont want to drive my 3 series now
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yea my friend let me drive his i dont want to drive my 3 series now
I wouldn't take it that far, I would still rather have my 330, sorry. I just think the 128 is really cool.
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