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The 2012 1 Series is given little more than minor tweaks. The most notable update in 2011 was under the hood of the 135i, when it received a more responsive version of the tried-and-true 3.0-liter in-line six. At the same time, the 135i received a 7-speed Double Clutch automatic transmission (optional), while the 128i continued with an optional 6-speed Steptronic automatic. The most significant change on the 2012 BMW 1 Series landscape is the discontinuation of the 1 Series M Coupe. Its limited production run is marked "Sold."
A heated steering wheel is added the 128i's Cold Weather Package and is a stand-alone option on the 135i. 1 Series cars ordered with navigation receive the latest iDrive system, which includes new menus, programmable memory keys and access to Google Maps.
Good enough to make some 3 Series buyers think twice, the 2013 BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible speak to many BMW enthusiasts as well as younger buyers wanting an easier entrée into the joy of driving. And you can enjoy the 1 Series as aggressively as you care to, with an entry-level 128i offering 230 horsepower for around $32,000 and the new up-power 135is costing about $44,000 for its 320 turbocharged horses. Convertible variants across the line add the option of open-air motoring. The 1 Series is a simple, straightforward little package that takes the driving experience seriously.
By yaunchi (Central Texas) on Saturday, October 09, 2010
overall rating 5 of 10rating details
"This is an awesome Driving vehicle!! There is no doubt BMW has a record of superb handling and refined elegance. I've owned a Z4 prior to this & love the way the 1 Series handles over it. Reliability has been an issue for these cars though. BMW has had extensive problems with the fuel pump on these & the Programing logic for the fuel. The pump has been replaced 2 Times already on an almost 2yr old car. (that Suks) The OEM tires BMW has choosen for this vehicle also have a really bad track record. Look there review up seperatly. "Bridgestone Runflats" They only make one so you shouldn't have a problem finding reviews that all say they Suk too. Overall I love the Car. Like I said it is a great ride but I can see it being a cash cow in regards to Maintenance and failed part over the years. While the warrenty is still good on it I will definetly keep it.. But I'm not making any promises once I have to pay to get it fixed!!! BMW need to refine this vehicle and fix the little problems they are experiencing as well as get a better tire for them. I've been thru a set already with less than 12000 miles on the car and tires at $300 plus each. It's not cheap... But if you can't afford it, don't buy BMW..."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By pete143 (WA) on Saturday, December 08, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Acceleration, BRAKING, handling, refinement"
Cons: "Passenger cup holder, costly tires, rear leg room"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Cannot ask for a better vehicle given performance comfort and balance given the cost. Would recommend changing from the Bridgestone potenza run-flats as soon as possible. Pirelli makes a run flat that lasts much longer. Would certainly recommend."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By FJ (CA) on Saturday, June 23, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Looking Convertible Fun to Drive"
Cons: "NUMEROUS ISSUES"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I have had my 135i convertible for 20months and it is one fun ride. But the trade-off, is at least once a month it is in the shop for something! At 1500 miles it stopped DEAD in the middle of a 4 lane highway; the dreaded HPPFP issue, it was replaced and that ISSUE is resolved. The convertible top had to be replaced at 8K, the lining came apart at 10K. When I took it in the shop the tech said " this is the third car this week with that". The brakes were replaced at 11K, the tire sensors are constantly are problem. The lighter is constantly blowing fuses, thus my air compressor will not work to feed those air losing tires. ECT, ECT, ECT... I love to drive this car, BUT at 3 years 363 days it will be traded in for another car...because when that warranty is up I am not going to be paying to service these constant issues."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful