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2008 BMW 1 Series

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 131 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10
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Great bang for the buck

By on Monday, August 20, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fast, good handling and fun to drive."

Cons: "Burned through tires like crazy and tires are $"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've now owned two: the 135 and now just bought 128. I ended up getting a 128 when my lease was up. I miss my 135. Fast and nice little car. It'll out corner a 3 series. The gas tank is small. Still a fun and unassuming car."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Not entry-level

By on Friday, August 29, 2008

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Being a previous 325 owner I was woried that the 1-series may be too "entry-level". I am pleasently surprised; this car exceeds my expectations. Many upgrades to the car since my last BMW. Quality is excellent, as is the performance and driveability. This is no budget car. I could have bought a 325i for the same money. But the 325 is too bulbous (I drove one for 2 days and didn't like it); the 128i is definitely more fun to drive! And, it looks sportier."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

great car - fun to drive with the top down

By on Thursday, February 23, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "not a good snow car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"fun to drive - great gas mileage on trips"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Year 1 135IS is my sawed-off shotgun

By on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "the ultimate driving machine"

Cons: "seat could be more comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Motor Trend back in 2008 had it right, this beast is a sawed off shotgun. Hold the open key and let the windows come down before entering, then press the Start button to get the full auditory effect of the twin turbo, 300HP engine firing to life. This car destroys all off the line. Take a turn at 60 miles an hour, it's amazing. Sure, there's some nose dive but this car is an absolute blast. Even the 128 isn't too shabby, but after throwing through the 135is 6-speed for 5 years, I'm loving it. I can't recommend this car enough to anyone who enjoys a fun, compliant ride, big brakes and even bigger acceleration. I can't even imagine what the 2012 135IS M-series is like to drive."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The 135i truly is "the ultimate driving machine".

By on Monday, September 05, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Pros; total driving pleasure."

Cons: "Cons; cant think of one."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved many rag top sports cars in my 70 years, including a late model corvette, but the 135i is hands down the best ever. I've had the pleasure of driving this superb vehicle for 3 years now and I hope to drive it for many more. The 135 is @ 300hp the best value hot rod BMW has ever built. When you add to that the absolute quality built into this jewel; well, you just have to experience it for yourself."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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