2008 BMW 1-Series Review

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The 2008 BMW 1-Series makes a true Bimmer available for under $30,000 (but just barely).

TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 BMW 1-Series to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove the BMW 1-Series in Sweden, Spain, and the United States to offer you a definitive opinion on the Bimmer. Additionally, this review compares the 2008 1-Series with other cars in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

For BMW, 2008 is the year the company returned to its roots. The 2008 BMW 1-Series hearkens back to BMW's legendary (but back-to-basics) 2002 models from the late 1960s. BMW recognized that the maturation of its traditional models left a gap at the low end of its product line in the United States and has now seen fit to plug it. The cork is the 2008 BMW 1-Series, offered in coupe and convertible forms.

The 2008 1-Series is offered as 128i and 135i models. The main difference is the engine; the 128i uses a non-turbo 230-horsepower version of the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, while the 135i provides 306 horsepower from its twin-turbo version of the 3.0-liter six (both engines are also found in 3- and 5-Series models). Six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

While the 1-Series is smaller and less expensive than the popular 3-Series, it could be argued that it's neither small enough nor cheap enough. Regardless, the 2008 BMW 1-Series handles well, steers beautifully, and functions nicely as a 2+2. The compact folding mechanism of the convertible's soft top even ensures that there is usable truck space with the top down.

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September 30, 2016
2008 BMW 1-Series 2-Door Convertible 128i

A real little beauty. Fun to drive

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A real little beauty. Ours is Tahitian Green with Beige convertible top and leather seats........still gets lots of 'looks' even though it's now almost 9 'model years' old. :-)
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October 6, 2015
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a BMW Go Kart

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Our 2008 BMW 135i is an immensely fun car to drive....but mainly on certain types of roads. Those would be curvy and well paved. Otherwise prepare for a rather bumpy experience on freeways and if a stick, as... + More »
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October 9, 2016
2013 BMW 1-Series 2-Door Coupe 128i

for a Youngster like me, this car meets up with my demands and is more than convenient for me. also, it attracts people especially women

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the 6 speed manual transmission does it for me. need I say more? rear wheel drive? (oh yes), luggage space is a minor problem, but it's all i could ask for.
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