|Premium sporty/performance car; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $8,000 – $30,900*|
2008 BMW 1-Series Front
2008 BMW 1-Series Rear
2008 BMW 1-Series Profile
2008 BMW 1-Series Rear-2
Whatever the 1-Series coupe and convertible give up in size to their larger 3-Series counterparts seemed well worth the $5000-10,000 price differential when these cars were new-unless rear-seat passengers simply won’t fit. Convertibles also adopted a less-expensive soft top in place of the 3-Series’ folding hardtop. Aside from that quibble, BMW’s entry-level cars deliver the marque’s revered panache and dynamic properties with few other sacrifices.
Billed as a veritable descendant of the 2002 series of the 1970s, a favorite of early-BMW fans, the 2008 BMW 1-Series line was new to North America. Slotting below BMW’s 3-Series in both size and price, these compact premium sporty/performance rear-wheel-drive models came in 128i and 135i form. Both models were initially available, in spring 2008, as a two-door coupe. Convertibles with a power-folding soft top arrived later in the 2008 model year. Rivals included the Audi A3 hatchback, Porsche Cayman two-seater, and Volvo C30.
Their 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engines were shared with the 3-Series. The 128i engine developed 230 horsepower, while the 135i got a turbocharged engine that produced 300 horsepower. All models had a standard six-speed manual transmission, but could be equipped with an optional six-speed automatic.
Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags (coupes only), and front side airbags. A sunroof, split-folding rear seat, and poplar wood interior trim were standard in coupes. All models had run-flat tires: 17-inch on the 128i and 18-inch on the 135i. Coupes could have optional Premium and Sport packages. The Premium Package included leather upholstery, a power front seat, and BMW’s Assist system. Ordering a Sport Package added specific trim, a sport suspension (on 128i), and sport bucket seats. Other options included a voice-activated navigation system, aluminum or burled walnut interior trim, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.
BMW’s smallest model was largely unchanged for the 2009 model year. Two new options were available: A heated steering wheel, and BMW’s fourth-generation iDrive controller, which was included with the optional navigation system
The 2010 BMW 1-Series was largely unchanged.
The 2011 BMW 1-Series lineup gained some new option packages, a new transmission, and a new high-performance variant. The 135i swapped a seven-speed automatic for a six-speed, and added was the sporty M coupe, with a 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
For 2012, the high-performance 1-Series M coupe introduced for 2011 was dropped after just a year on the market. Other models continued with minor styling tweaks and some revised connectivity features.
The standard 128i and 135i were unchanged. The big news for 2013 was the addition of a new performance model. The 135is essentially serves as a stand-in for the model-year-2011-only 1-Series M. While the M only came as a coupe, BMW offered the 135is as both a coupe and convertible.