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2009 BMW 1-Series
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $27,050 $29,400
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $27,050 $29,400
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $31,280 $34,000
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $31,280 $34,000
2-Door Coupe 135i 17 25 $32,980 $35,850
2-Door Convertible 135i 17 26 $36,940 $40,150
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,050
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,400
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$490 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Has the 3-Series become too portly, expensive, and upscale? If you think so, the 2009 BMW 1-Series might make you happier. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 93.0
Second Leg Room (in)
32.0 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
172.2 178.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
70 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas I6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
5 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Fully Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Type NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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