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2008 BMW 1 Series Convertible

2dr Conv 128i

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 BMW 1 Series Convertible

The 2008 BMW 1-Series has been a long time coming, with initial hints and rumors dating back to 2001. Though the 3-Series has traditionally been BMW's entry-level car, its entire segment has gone up-market in recent years. 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 to own and drive a BMW. 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.

What's new for 2008?

BMW's 1-Series is an all-new model for 2008, slotting beneath the venerable lineup of 3-Series cars and serving as an affordable entry into BMW ownership. It is also billed as a throwback to the company's legendary 2002 of the 1960s and 1970s. It is available in a few trim levels, including the 128i, which features a 230-horsepower 3.0L inline six, and a 135i, which makes use of a 300-horsepower 3.0L inline six. Both engines are tried and tested and found across the range in the 3- and 5-Series. A 1-Series convertible in either 128i or 135i configuration will be available later in 2008. Pricing starts at $28,600 for the 128i, while the 135i starts at $34,900.

Model Strengths

  • Entry-level pricing
  • sleek BMW family design
  • terrific straight six engines
  • extensive standard features.

Model Review

BMW pioneered the 'sports sedan' in the mid-1960s when it gave the world the 2002, and the Munich-based carmaker has built a strong reputation on furthering its pursuit of performance and practicality. The 1-Series is its newest offering, and the stylish coupe gives first-time buyers easy access to a great tradition.

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2008 BMW 1

Source: Carlist.com

We're a nation that has traditionally taken it for granted that "bigger is better" despite the evidence that "small is beautiful." But now the corporate family that comprises both BMW and Mini is determined to change our minds with two important 2008 models.

This one-two punch is cleverly paradoxical: For the new BMW 1 Series, downsized vehicles (both a coupe and a convertible) are fitted with big-boy powertrains. In the case of the Mini Cooper Clubman, the familiar Mini shape is stretched and pulled to make room for more cargo and more doors, but the basic pair of powertrains remains unchanged. Adding further to the irony, all these new vehicles were debuted recently along California's fabled "Big Sur" coastline; and at their diminutive best, they won big smiles among jaded autowriters-which is, of course, no small achievement.

I predict there will be many who will automatically be attracted to the new Baby BMW 1 Series line-up simply because downsizing, efficiency and affordability are the spirit of the age. Bully for them; and they're not likely to be disappointed. But for the true aficionado, this new 1 Series is an important renaissance; for in this car is reborn the spirit of the famous BMW 2002, which first turned the automotive world on its ear some 42 years ago. And do you know, BMW has been an infallible status symbol ever since.

BMW wants 2008 to enter the annals as "Year One of the 1"-and they're serious about it. Each 2008 1 Series model will have a trim ring about the Start/Stop button embossed with this very phrase, and each customer will receive a commemorative hardback book to which a facsimile of his or her actual VIN [Vehicle Identification Number] plate is affixed inside the cover. However, for the enthusiast-as opposed to the E-Bay speculator-the new 1 Series marks the return of the Personal Performance Package. As the smallest BMW, it's less a people-mover than a transporter of emotions. It's a driver's car for folks who care to do or think about little else.

This is not to say the 1 Series is tiny-tiny, by any means. Both the coupe and the soon-to-follow cabriolet are honest four-seaters; and although rear legroom is tight, it's trunk space that surrenders most to achieve a near-10 inch shorter length compared to the 3 Series. This comparison is not only inevitable but crucial, because this smaller, lighter 1 Series employs both of the 3 Series' powerplants, resulting in explosive performance.

Configured as a 128i model, the car delivers 230 horsepower from its 3.0-liter straight-six. Add turbocharging, and you get a 300-hp 135i model, whose monster torque output of 300 foot-pounds from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm is truly thrilling. Six speed manual or automatic transmissions are sporty to the max; and suspension tuning, enhanced by optional active steering, takes handling to the maximum tolerable limit for "civilian" vehicles on public thoroughfares.

A true enthusiast will know (but not care) that the foregoing is something of a coded description: the 1 Series can feel harsh on rough surfaces; transmit more-than-customary road noise; and surprise the unwary with its feral power. It can do so, moreover, for as little as $29,375 for a base 128i, which is phenomenal in pricey BMW Land. Foreign exchange rates do rather less of a favor for the 135i ($35,675) or for either of the anticipated cabrios ($33,875/$39,875, respectively). Let no one mistake the new 1 Series as the mere pup of the BMW breed, however. It may look the terrier; but at heart, it's a mastiff.

So if it's cute and cuddly you want, you'll have to find a different club-or more precisely, a new Mini Cooper Clubman. Ostensibly pitched as the "macho" Mini because, I suppose, it's got barn doors at the rear and a "suicide" or rear-hinged hatch behind the passenger-side door, this latest confection is almost 10 inches longer than the mini Mini. It's also more fun to drive, if that's even conceivable.

Because, you see, the longer, heavier (by 177 pounds) Clubman retains the same two powertrains as the basic Mini: a 1.6-liter twin-cam four making 118 hp or a turbocharged "S" version of the same motor making 172 hp. A six-speed manual or a six-speed auto round out the transmission choices. So if the vehicle is bigger, but its motors are not, what makes it so fun?

The scientific answer is: I dunno; it just is. Somehow the Mini-minds over at HQ dreamed up a car whose saucy attitude spreads over a Clubman driver like creamy Hollandaise, enlivening any stretch of road. Even the "puny" base motor has plenty of car-passing zip; and the harder you crack the whip, the deeper, more delightfully visceral the exhaust note becomes. And three more inches of wheelbase do, in fact, tame the original Mini's skittishness along Interstate freeways and sweeping Pacific coastal highways.

The practical payoffs are enormous: Without actually appearing much larger, the Clubman's extra 6 inches of cargo space balloons trunk capacity to a range of 9-to-33 cubic feet (from 6-to-24). Those Siamese rear doors open extra wide, as does the new side hatch that rear passengers will applaud. A collateral benefit is a longer, stronger roof to which more capacious rails and cargo pods can be affixed.

The new Clubman costs approximately $2,000 more than its original Mini counterpart (now designated Mini Hardtop). The base model Cooper Clubman starts at $20,600 (versus $18,700) and the Cooper S Clubman starts at $24,100 (versus ($21,850). No doubt there are practical souls out there who'll opt for a Clubman simply because of its greater hauling capacity and rear-seat access-or not. But practicality is really just an unintended consequence where Mini-any Mini-is concerned. More consequential by far is Mini's knack for mighty maxi-entertainment.

Coupe; 3-door, 4-pass.; 1.6-liter DOHC inline-4 w/ or w/o turbocharging; FWD, 6-sp. manual or auto; 118-172 hp/114-177 ft.-lbs.; 23-28 mpg/city, 32-37 mpg/hwy w/ regular; cargo: 9.2-32.8 cu. ft.; base prices: Cooper Clubman/$20,600; Cooper S Clubman/$24,100

Sport coupe or cabriolet; 2-door, 4-pass.; 3.0-liter DOHC inline-6 w/ or w/o turbocharging; RWD, 6-sp. manual or auto; 230-300 hp/200-300 ft.-lbs.; 17-19 mpg/city, 25-28 mpg/hwy w/ premium; trunk: 13 cu. ft.; base prices: 128i Coupe/$29,375; 128i Cabriolet/$33,875; 135i Coupe/$35,675; 135i Cabriolet/$39,875

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std


Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

BMW Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Every Certified Pre-Owned BMW comes with a protection plan designed to give you the ultimate peace-of-mind.

All Certified Pre-Owned BMW vehicles are exceptional, as are our two tiers of certification:
BMW Certified Pre-Owned
Covers you for 2 years/50,000 miles1 after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 6 years/100,000 miles1. This includes 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.
BMW Certified Pre-Owned Elite
These are newer model year, lower mileage (more than 300 miles but less than 15,001 miles) vehicles. This warranty covers you for 1 year/25,000 miles1 after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty or for a total of 5 years/75,000 miles1. This includes 5 years of 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.

Vehicles must pass a rigorous pre-certification inspection conducted by BMW certified technicians.

For complete program details, visit cpo.bmwusa.com.

1whichever comes first
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection View & Download the BMW Certified Pre-Owned Inspection Checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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