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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 08-16-2010, 10:19 PM
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Quick driving impressions (128 v. 135):

At first, I was set on getting the 135 but after several test drives, I found that the 135 had so much power that most of it was hard to use efficiently as a daily driver. I was constantly hitting the brakes--only because pressing the gas was so much fun. The 135 has a more positive and firm brake feel. It rides a little more substantially probably due to the added weight and wheel size. Overall, driving was like an exercise in practicing restraint.

The 128 is better balanced and more toss-able. The 128 still had a solid and premium feel though. It has plenty of power and is more fun to rev--maybe because I wasn't looking at the speedo or scanning for cops. The 128 reminds me a lot of my old ZHP. My only complaint is that I wish the gearbox was as good as my Civic Si.

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Old 08-17-2010, 04:58 AM
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Recently took delivery on a very similar 128. You will love it!
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Yes. The 135i has power that's hard to tame and can get you into serious speeding trouble. It's probably a better car for Europe than the US.

Yet I'm insane enough to want one!
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:02 AM
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I also feel the 128i would make a better purchase for the American road. The car has plenty of power, and the Sport Pkg has the upgraded suspension so handling should be equal. I thought the 6-spd would be pretty good too?
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:36 AM
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The MT is the better choice. The car will accelerate faster than with the AT.

Any x28i vehicle is a smart choice. I have a 328i and it provides all the power any sane, responsible person needs, and then some!
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:58 AM
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I am picking mine up on Aug 23rd - looking forward to the trip. Alpine White/Coral Red/Black Gloss 128i... MT with Sport Package, and some very basic doo-dads.

Same logic... 128i appealed to me for its overall balance (I think, I was also influenced by the Edmunds Inside Line road test - usually, automotive journos are always praising more power, but when I heard lots of praise for the 128i from these very same folks, my mind was made!)...

Plus, BMW has been doing a NA inline 6 for a really really long time... so I feel more comfortable with that power plant, than with their efforts with the Turbo.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:57 AM
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The inline 6 has proven itself to be more reliable than the twin turbo in reliability studies and also from posts on BMW forums.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:13 AM
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Sounds like the same reasons that I bought a 128i. It even has the same top speed as the 135i.
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I have had my 335 for about a year and a half; daily driver and I do love it. It will have it's first track day soon.
Took delivery on the 128 at the Performance Center; it's my wife's daily driver. It has more usable power, and is actually often more fun to drive because you can actually use the throttle. The x35 models, while they sure do put a smile on your face when you can really stomp on it, are almost too powerful for real fun on the roads.
But I guess that's why I am off to Road America next week with the 335.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:44 PM
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This whole usuable power thing is funny, It's like saying that a V6 camaro has more usuable power because your not braking as often. Of course the your gonna be braking more in the 135i because in the same amount of space you'll be a good 10-15 mph faster than the 128i, hence the bigger brakes.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:37 PM
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Had mine for over a month now. already 6 000kms on it. Graduated from a 2001 Ford Mustang V6 convertible to this car. No regrets so far. In my case, no need for the 135i. Plenty of everything in the 128i......
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:47 PM
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Civic?

I'm on my fifth BMW. I had three 3-Series, a Z3 and then Chris Bangle entered the picture and I bought a Mini Cooper S. As of last Saturday, I now own a 2011 128i. I had spec'd out a 128i earlier this summer and just happened to see the exact car on the dealer lot so good bye Mini. Anyway, my car is space gray, coral leather interior with a six speed manual. Got the premium and cold weather packages with aluminum interior trim.

I think the 1-Series has plenty of power and I'm happy to have rear drive again once again. Front wheel drive just can't match the performance of real drive. I think the 1-Series is everything that the 3-Series used to be. As far a transmission goes, Civic, are you kidding? The transmission is light years better than anything Honda has ever produced, including the SI. All the Honda gear boxes are all hydraulic and dreadfully soft, mushy affairs. My only criticism of the 128i is that the exterior has a "squashed" look to it.

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Old 08-18-2010, 07:49 AM
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I will be buying the 135i Coupe with DCT as soon as it get de-Bangelized; I can't stand the droopy sides of the current car! Regarding power, I remember John Coltrane telling Miles Davis he couldn't stop playing his horn. Davis told him to take it out of his mouth!

I need the power, because I always have some moron in a Camaro, 370Z, Lexus, Mustang, or Infinity next to me in the left lane trying to beat me out to the freeway entrance up ahead. I plan on getting a very conservative color and perhaps wearing my Darth Vader outfit as I drive around town!
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:23 AM
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I've had my 128i for 4 days now and I really like it. I was considering a new JCW Mini with with the tuner kit but that kind of power in a FWD is lost to torque steer. I'm glad to be back to a rear wheel drive for the performance and grin factor. Plus I am very impatient and don't want to wait 60 to 90 days for another spec car.

I lucked out on my car as I found my exact spec on the dealer lot. I've driven nothing but manual all my life and now a days it is very difficult to get an manual now unless you order it with a stick. So, I was very lucky to find this car.

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I've had my 128i for 4 days now and I really like it........

I lucked out on my car as I found my exact spec on the dealer lot. I've driven nothing but manual all my life and now a days it is very difficult to get an manual now unless you order it with a stick. So, I was very lucky to find this car.
Congrats on your car! You were very lucky to find it; prior to ordering ours we did a national dealer search thru our dealer and turned up 2 manual trans sport package cars in the entire US.
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As far a transmission goes, Civic, are you kidding? The transmission is light years better than anything Honda has ever produced, including the SI. All the Honda gear boxes are all hydraulic and dreadfully soft, mushy affairs. My only criticism of the 128i is that the exterior has a "squashed" look to it.

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Well... better "feel" from the perspective that the gear selection seems more positive, like the shifter is slotting into the proper gate, albeit at the cost of feeling tied to something mechanical (i.e. hydraulic). The BMW has that "gears-and-synchros-moving-into-place" mechanical feel that while a little vague at times, builds a nice connection with the car. I'm sure after a few hundred miles, I will get used to it and change my opinion.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:44 AM
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Well... better "feel" from the perspective that the gear selection seems more positive, like the shifter is slotting into the proper gate, albeit at the cost of feeling tied to something mechanical (i.e. hydraulic). The BMW has that "gears-and-synchros-moving-into-place" mechanical feel that while a little vague at times, builds a nice connection with the car. I'm sure after a few hundred miles, I will get used to it and change my opinion.
Well, I guess it is all pretty subjective but I couldn't disagree more.
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Woohoo - You ordered your 128i on 8/16? I ordered mine on 8/19. I ordered: White, Premium PKG, M Sport PKG, Conv PKG, Value PKG and it's manual.

My 128i was out of production on 9/2 and has been awaiting transport ever since then. I think it will get on a ship 9/13. I can hardly wait!!!!

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Well... better "feel" from the perspective that the gear selection seems more positive, like the shifter is slotting into the proper gate, albeit at the cost of feeling tied to something mechanical (i.e. hydraulic). The BMW has that "gears-and-synchros-moving-into-place" mechanical feel that while a little vague at times, builds a nice connection with the car. I'm sure after a few hundred miles, I will get used to it and change my opinion.
woohoo,

Well, I've had my 128 for exactly one month. I've been driving mostly 3-Series for the past 20 years and I think I like this "Bimmer" the best. I haven't driven the car too aggressively for the first thousand miles but I think the "One" has better performance and handling than all my previous 3-Series . Regarding the six speed, I think it is extremely smooth. Not intended as a criticism but perhaps a bit too smooth, silky smooth.

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Waiting for my daughter's 128 (Blue Water)
Ordered 8/14 now "en route to preparation center"
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Ordered my BSM 128i MT 2 weeks ago. Treading the various forums in the meantime (for ideas on winter tires, rear lip spoiler ...)
It's supposed to be Sept production w/ arrival some time in October (dealer said late October).
I think I'm going to explode waiting.

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Woohoo - You ordered your 128i on 8/16? I ordered mine on 8/19. I ordered: White, Premium PKG, M Sport PKG, Conv PKG, Value PKG and it's manual.

My 128i was out of production on 9/2 and has been awaiting transport ever since then. I think it will get on a ship 9/13. I can hardly wait!!!!

Congratulations on you're car!
Thanks... you too! Mine should be built by the end of this week. The wait is killing me!
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Well, I've had my 128 for exactly one month. I've been driving mostly 3-Series for the past 20 years and I think I like this "Bimmer" the best. I haven't driven the car too aggressively for the first thousand miles but I think the "One" has better performance and handling than all my previous 3-Series . Regarding the six speed, I think it is extremely smooth. Not intended as a criticism but perhaps a bit too smooth, silky smooth.

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Old 09-14-2010, 06:04 AM
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I like the feel of my 128i manual but I do not think my late wife would have liked it as much. The effort required for the gear selector is not high by my standards but I think she would have felt it is high. While I like the mechanical (instead of diconnected) feel, I also like it when it smoothed up when I changed the fluid to Red Line MTL. I would wait 1200 miles or so and then do a breakin change of the rear end and transmision to red line. The rear end is a little challenging since you have to siphon the old fluid out (no drain plug) and the fill plug is a little difficult to get a torque wrench on. The transmission I found to be easy. The gear shift is still quite connected and direct but it feels a little smoother now with the MTL.

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