And yet, underneath all that, the usual attributes apply: This car does possess superbly faithful handling when you transgress the limits. During our time with it, doing a variety of city and freeway driving, we came in at a solid average of 21. Jason makes you feel like you have known him for a long time and that you are buying from someone you trust. The tail-light assemblies have been replaced 3 times, the third brake light lens just shattered while driving down the road. The test car also had Active Steering. We test drove a 128 but felt it was underpowered. Options jack up the price pretty quickly, but without them, it's not much of a tech car.
Today makes the second time I've filed the Lemon Law on the car. The visual effect enhances the convertible's exciting range of nine colors which includes an exclusive hue: Cashmere Silver Metallic. After looking over it , I decided that the H2 Hummer they had for sale was not for me. It's a stylish little coupe that recalls the iconic 2002, and should offer plenty of competition to cars like the Audi A3 and Volvo C30. Standard safety features on all 1-Series cars include run-flat tires with an air pressure monitor, stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with dynamic brake control and brake drying, adaptive brake lights, dual-stage front air bags, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, programmable daytime running lights, and more. And, to make matters worse, the dealership has a totally rude attitude about trying to fix the car.
A six-speed manual is standard on each car, while a six-speed Steptronic automatic with steering-wheel paddle shifters is available. As soon as the sensors register the danger of the vehicle rolling over, two roll bars are extended in fractions of a second from their storage areas behind the rear headrests. Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the coupe, while the convertible features front seat side airbags that extend higher to protect the occupants' heads. I thanked him and got back into my Truck. The console-mounted shifter for the six-speed automatic is complemented by paddle shifters on the wheel.
Nevertheless, the 128i cabriolet has its own charm. Overall, I much prefer a lightly optioned 128i coupe. The car's twin-turbo straight-6 engine is incredibly flexible, delivering strong power in any situation with no discernible turbo lag. My biggest complaint were the front run-flats which succumbed to a double blow out on a New Jersey pothole. The 128i is powered by a 3.
The control console for the entertainment and climate-control functions is integrated smoothly and harmoniously into the dashboard through its soft radii and flowing surfaces. As a convertible, we would expect the 128i's driving performance to be a bit compromised, but the body didn't feel like it lost any stiffness. The Bad The iDrive interface is not well-designed, and the voice command has some definite limitations. Options and packages available on the 1-Series include a Sport Package, which adds 17-inch performance wheels and tires, sport suspension, shadowline trim, and sport seats. Wind noise is very tolerable at 80 mph with the top and the windows down — nice! But those buyers that want a convertible will flock to this car. Antuan Goodwin concentrates while using iDrive to find a local restaurant.
This design concept and configuration - engine at the front, drive wheels at the rear - guarantees optimum traction, near-perfect weight distribution front-to-rear, excellent directional stability, and predictable handling. This little test is also our farewell to iDrive, as the system is being , the first examples of which we should see at the Paris Motor Show. The changes that come with creating the convertible version will cost any car, including the 1-series, some desirability points. This little car may be expensive, but you pay for quality to match. The search fairly quickly came up with the restaurant, which he selected, completing the task in 2 minutes and 18 seconds. Replaced with Sumitomos at half the cost.
Acceleration felt strangely uneven, but we couldn't determine if that was becuase of difficulty modulating the gas pedal, the transmission, or the engine itself. And being based on a hatchback means the Convertible has high-sided bathtub proportions: deep-bodied, upright, with very little wedge in the profile. It is pure joy to drive it, especially on a recent top-down tour through the Colorado Rockies. The 1 Series, designer Kevin Rice tells us, has the biggest headlamps in the entire range. After all, buyers now know the 3 Series Convertible has gone up another clothing size, and in the process has become more sophisticated in all sorts of ways including the trading of its canvas roof for a folding hardtop mechanism.
Expect 0-60-mph times in the low 6s for the 128i and in the low 5s for the 135i. The steering's road feel and precision through mid-speed bends is unpleasant and greasy. I had only one issue which was resolved quickly. Our first task was to program a local restaurant named Town Hall as a destination in the navigation system. The 1-Series is its newest offering, and the stylish coupe gives first-time buyers easy access to a great tradition.
The company's Mini Cooper has been a big hit in the hatchback market, and the 1-Series slots in nicely just above it to fill the void and give younger buyers the chance. A 1-Series convertible in either 128i or 135i configuration will be available later in 2008. As a result, even in ragtop form the 1-series remains a highly desirable piece of machinery. It's also a lot more expensive. The climate-control system in the 1-Series Convertible has an additional convertible mode compared to the system in the designed for open-roof conditions. In fact, the 3 Series coupe doesn't really offer much more head- or legroom. The 135i trim level comes with a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, xenon adaptive headlights and automatic climate control.
The closest alternative to the 128i Convertible is the , but that's a more expensive car with inferior tech. Nailing the fundamentals begins with a beefed-up structure that keeps the foundation largely shudder-free. The 128i has, to be pedantically exact, a 2996cc straight-six. Every model gets slightly bigger with each successive generation. The very stable track control arms and thrust rods make an important contribution to the car's driving dynamics and provide exacting wheel control. On the 135i, the Sport Package includes an M steering wheel. They may not be big seats, but they do offer an air of practicality that buyers obviously cherish.