2008 BMW 1 Series User Reviews

2008 BMW 1 Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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PROS
"power" 19 reviews
"ride" 15 reviews
"handling" 15 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews

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schroederjf writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 128i Convertible Review
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4

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Its a BMW.  The finish is classic and the car wears well.  American convertibles look cheap by comparison.

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Fuel economy could be better.  This 2008 1-series has the same fuel economy as my old 1994 3-series convertible.

schroederjf
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It Is A Classic Bmw — BMWs have been the best looking convertible sedan for a generation. The engine is rock solid and the clutch durable. I love BMWs heated seats ... honestly, they are the best of any car I have ever driven. BMWs do not take risks in design which makes them timeless. A well kept 10-15 year old BMW will look as good as any new car on the market.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dannytanner writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i Review
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The twin turbos on this car is a dream, the power is always there. Quick trips AND highway driving are both fun. Seating is spacious enough for a coupe and rear seats will actually work well in a pinch. Handling as you would expect is superb. Build Quality is great, dash and gadgets and gizmos all hold up and can handled being used.

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There is nothing "bad" about this car.  MPG goes down as expected when you get on the turbos. No bugs or quirks to be really cautious for. All and all, no real cons for this vehicle.

Dannytanner
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Best 6-speed Coupe Of Its Class! — The twin turbos on this car is a dream, the power is always there. Quick trips AND highway driving are both fun. Seating is spacious enough for a coupe and rear seats will actually work well in a pinch. Handling as you would expect is superb. Build Quality is great, dash and gadgets and gizmos all hold up and can handled being used. There is nothing "bad" about this car. MPG goes down as expected when you get on the turbos. No bugs or quirks to be really cautious for. All and all, no real cons for this vehicle.

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JOSHUABUSTOS writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 128i Review
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4

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Great acceleration from straight 6.  Excellent handling.  Most people surprised by the power and excellent handling.

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Sports car and you feel most bumps on the road.

JOSHUABUSTOS
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Best Sports Coupe In Its Class. — Completely lives up to BMW's reputation. Would buy this model again. Great handling and power. Best coupe in its class! Strong acceleration and braking. My wife has always wanted this car and it met/exceeded her expectations. Next time I will consider the 135 to see what the turbo charged engine does to this model.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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JG writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 128i Convertible Review
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5

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It's a convertible

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Small trunk can't fit golf clubs

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128i Convertible — BMW Quality and performance, just the right size car for 2 adults. The 128i has just the right amount of power and the transmission is superb. The top goes up and down nicely, I just wish you did not have to hold the botton down through out the process.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Justin writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i Review
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5

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Surprising performance car

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Not a thing

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Little Black Beast — Car is AMAZING! Performance is outstanding, and it is a BLAST to drive. Car looks menacing, down to the factory black chrome exhasust! Only drawback is once you get into the turbo's, it drinks the gas but the fun is worth it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sharyne writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 128i Convertible Review
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Smooth and fast

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The expense of the petrol - make petrol cheaper please

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Bmw 1 Series M Sport Cabriolet — Quick off the lights! Scared the beejeebies out of me first time i put my foot down! Handles beautifully until it rains. Average 28 mph so a little more expensive, but so fun to drive!The M Sport is more aggressive in appearance and the saphire metalic black paintwork is a dream with the chrome touches. 19inch alloys finish the look for me. The interior is class and is so comfortable. The back seats are small but i didn't buy it to please the back seat driver!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i Review
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Extremely fast and fun car.

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Cargo space sucks, and can only be used when there is no inclement weather.

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Bmw 135i Coupe, A Must Have Car! — The BMW 135i is simply an amazing car. Out of two tiny turbos and a 3.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine it gets 300hp and 300lbft torque. It is extremely fun to drive, and will get you anywhere extremely fast. The only downside is that maintenance is expensive and cargo space is limited. However, the car is a must have, no doubt.

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JG writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i Review
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great engine N45

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curved bottom body line

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Great — Great car nice and smooth with power to match. BMW quality, BMW finish. Just the right size. I like the performance numbers on this car. It matches up with the Japanese pocket rockets yet without the ricey association to it

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tony writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 128i Review
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Fast, reliable, sporty, looks great, all in one little package

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gas mile, nanny system (traction controls) are scary at times.

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128i Is More Than Just A Daily Driver — Performence - Great acceleration speeds very settle until you reach 3000 RPM, it start to scream, gives you torques and power, great transitions. ABS works wonders, and handles great..other than the fact it understeered when i was driving 95 on the high way last week, front tire was about to slip and nanny kicked in create some what of a understeer. Build Quality - for premium package, you get boston leather and wood trims..seriously what else can you ask for. Appearance - for sure it's head turner, chick sucker. it'll get everyone looking at your car. Cost- 42k around would give you the same package that I have Sports Package Premium package Xenon lights Active steering Heated seats Ipod intergration Comfort access and bluetooth intergration. Fun Factor - it's really fun if you have long trip and you have a friend with a higher tier car you can chase around. i drove my baby chasing my friends M3, going almost 100 at times never reach over 3000 RPM. seriously it's a fun car. oh and it's a Rear wheel drive, some see it's fun thing some doesn't feel that way.

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Michelle writes:
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i Review
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A rocket

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I wish it would get better gas mileage

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I Love My 135i M Sport — This car is a rocket! It feels solid as a rock. Goes 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, so great to merge into L.A. traffic! The ride is quiet, even with the audio system off. I love the way it looks. This is a great introduction car to the BMW line. Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!

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2004 BMW 1 Series Reviews

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Space By Yasir

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2006 BMW 1 Series Reviews

Excellent Car And Excellent Value By Michael

I have only had this car for abou 2 - 3 months now and i love it. It is only the 116i so not as much power as my previous beemer but much more economical. Looks great too. Some awesome features as wel... Read More

Sporty Look. By Azam

2 doors with sporty look. automatic gearing with fuel savers and also provide autocruise. no need to repair since it is new. apperance is cool since its small and good. maintenance is quite expensicve... Read More

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2007 BMW 1 Series Reviews

Okay For Around The Town By Allan

okay performance for a city car. gasket needed replacing within the first 2 years of ownership and had to replace 3 run flat tires within the first 2 years. wouldn't say its a fun cat to drive but goo... Read More

Only Hot Hatch With Rear Wheel Drive By Bruce

Only Hatchback with rear wheel drive. Lightest 6 cylinder engine in the world made of magnesium and alloy. 3.0 litre putting out 265 BHP and 231 ft/lbs of torque, 50 50 weight distribution and 7000 RP... Read More

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2009 BMW 1 Series Reviews

I'm In Love With No Regrets By so_bourgeois

I bought my 135i after extensive research, I wanted fast, rear wheel drive, room for luggage, passable gas mileage, good looking, some pedigree. I got all of that without question, typical bmw mainten... Read More

Best Bmw Bang For The Buck By Brian

Well built, no mechanical issues, 20,000 trouble free miles. The car handles brilliantly. Terrific brakes. Nav is easy to use. Interior has a great fit and finish except for the squeaky center arm... Read More

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