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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 08-10-2011, 10:41 AM
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128 /135 differences

I am trying to decide between the two.If anyone one could tell me what the difference would be as far as suspension, brakes,wheesl,tires,etc..if the m option was choosen on both cars.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:18 AM
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If equipped with a sport package, the suspensions are the same. See the BMWUSA website for more info:

http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...1/default.aspx

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:38 AM
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As far as I'm aware:

70 extra horsepower (duh)
Sport suspension by default (sport package on 128i)
Xenon headlights by default (option on 128i)
Moonroof by default (option on 128i)
Retractable headlight washers by default (fixed headlight washers in cold weather package on 128i)
Better brakes
18" wheels (17" on 128i)

Performance-wise, if you have ths sport package, it's just the engine and the brakes. The 128i brakes aren't bad by any stretch, but if you plan to track the car much you might notice. All the non-performance differences you can get through options if they're important to you.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:39 PM
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As far as I'm aware:

70 extra horsepower (duh)
Also much better low end torque.

135i Max. torque lb-ft/rpm300/1300-5000

128i Max. torque lb-ft/rpm200/2750
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:21 AM
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I've driven them both. I own a 128i convertible and I drove the 135i when I took performance center delivery of my 128i. While there is certainly a difference in power, I do not feel the 128i is anything close to underpowered. I also own a Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV. It has a 2.7l V6 rated 185hp and 185 ft. lbs of torque. I've pulled over 2,000 lbs with it with the AC on. It also weighs several hundred pounds more than my vert. That calibrated me plus a quarter mile around 15 seconds has often been pony car (V8) kind of times. The way the BMW builds speed also makes the 135i somewhat deceptively fast IMHO. It is so smooth you are going faster than you think sometimes. Definitely fun.

Another way to look at it is if you want to go fast, you need to keep the rpm up a little in the 128i. Normal driving anything over 1000 rpm works but if you want to move along quickly you need to get up over 3,000 rpm. The 135i has plenty of pull nearly anywhere. Both are plenty fast enough to be fun, at least to me.

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Old 08-12-2011, 01:29 PM
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:21 PM
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The 128i gets fog lights.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:04 PM
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The 128i gets fog lights.
Oh yeah - good call. That's something you can't get on the 135i (I think it uses the space as intakes or cooling for the turbos).

The turbos/torque/hp are all part of the engine, which is the obvious difference between the two. I believe the OP was wondering what besides the engine is different.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:49 AM
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:55 PM
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I've driven them both. I own a 128i convertible and I drove the 135i when I took performance center delivery of my 128i. While there is certainly a difference in power, I do not feel the 128i is anything close to underpowered. I also own a Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV. It has a 2.7l V6 rated 185hp and 185 ft. lbs of torque. I've pulled over 2,000 lbs with it with the AC on. It also weighs several hundred pounds more than my vert. That calibrated me plus a quarter mile around 15 seconds has often been pony car (V8) kind of times. The way the BMW builds speed also makes the 135i somewhat deceptively fast IMHO. It is so smooth you are going faster than you think sometimes. Definitely fun.

Another way to look at it is if you want to go fast, you need to keep the rpm up a little in the 128i. Normal driving anything over 1000 rpm works but if you want to move along quickly you need to get up over 3,000 rpm. The 135i has plenty of pull nearly anywhere. Both are plenty fast enough to be fun, at least to me.

Jim
So the big question is do you want to drive or just push the pedal. 128: drive/ 135: push the pedal. (Actually, the 316 and 318 were a lot of fun, but we can't get those here anymore.)

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:18 PM
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I debated this and chose the 128 vert. I drove both, and since I know someone at the dealership it was an extensive test drive. I preferred the 128 and used the difference in price to fully option it out. It never feels underpowered, and sport mode works well when you need it. As for gas mileage - it still s*cks. I average 19-20 no matter what I do.

Been driving it almost a year and my favorite car ever. (and I've owned a lot of cars)
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Another difference. Auto transmission. The 35 works great. Shifts points are correct, paddles work well, smooth and controlled shifts. On my wife's 128 --- shifts are not as smooth, sometimes ackward downshifts under spritied driving.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:59 AM
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Another difference. Auto transmission. The 35 works great. Shifts points are correct, paddles work well, smooth and controlled shifts. On my wife's 128 --- shifts are not as smooth, sometimes ackward downshifts under spritied driving.
Yeah, the 35 does get a better automatic transmission, but the 28 and 35 have the same manual.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:24 AM
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The 128i automatic is by GM - same transmission is used in the V6 CTS (Cadillac). The 135i auto is by ZF - or at least it was prior to DTC.

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One more: engine sound.
To me 128 sounds like hair dryer.
135 has much richer, deeper voice.
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:59 AM
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128 sounds like hair dryer.



Not true.

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Old 10-29-2011, 08:51 AM
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Not true.
+1. The NA BMW 6 sounds great, especially in the one series.

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One more: engine sound.
To me 128 sounds like hair dryer.
135 has much richer, deeper voice.
Plugging the actuator hose for the flapper in the muffler will fix that.
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Both cars have their merits. I have both the 135i Coupe Sedona red 6spd and a 128i cabriolet with an automatic, white.

The 135i is a performance car the 128i is a nice cruiser
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Is this thread still active? I stick with my previous comment: 128 drive, 135 push the pedal.
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Is this thread still active? I stick with my previous comment: 128 drive, 135 push the pedal.
I'm just trying to understand...what does that mean?
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I have no idea what prorail means, but I have a 135i. It is my 4th BMW sports car, including an M Roadster and an e46 M3. Of all of them the 135i with the 7sp DCT transmission is the most fun It is a rocket. But it is also a great daily driver -- provided that, if you live where it snows, you make provision for winter tires.I would say this: if you do not truly enjoy high performance driving, go for the 128

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I have no idea what prorail means, but I have a 135i. It is my 4th BMW sports car, including an M Roadster and an e46 M3. Of all of them the 135i with the 7sp DCT transmission is the most fun It is a rocket. But it is also a great daily driver -- provided that, if you live where it snows, you make provision for winter tires.I would say this: if you do not truly enjoy high performance driving, go for the 128
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:19 PM
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I have no idea what prorail means, but I have a 135i. It is my 4th BMW sports car, including an M Roadster and an e46 M3. Of all of them the 135i with the 7sp DCT transmission is the most fun It is a rocket. But it is also a great daily driver -- provided that, if you live where it snows, you make provision for winter tires.I would say this: if you do not truly enjoy high performance driving, go for the 128
You don't give the 128i enough credit. If you get the sport package, the 128i handles just as well as the 135i. If you get the manual coupe, it's hundreds of pounds lighter than the automatic convertible that Guam135i was mentioning.

Sure, it takes six seconds to get to 60 instead of five seconds, there's no denying the 135i has more oomph. But acceleration isn't everything.
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