2010 BMW 1-Series

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2010 BMW 135i Coupe Front Three Quarters Static Driver
I had the opportunity to drive a BMW 335i coupe and 135i in a three-day span (with a Mitsubishi Lancer in between, to cleanse the palette). It's a tough decision between them, but for me at least, the 135i is smart choice. True, the smaller car's weight and performance advantage is negligible (about 200 pounds and 0.2 seconds, respectively, according to BMW), but so too is the difference in practicality -- the two-door 3-series offers only 0.4 inches more legroom in front and 1.4 inches in back. The deciding factor is their footprint. The trimmed wheelbase makes the 1-series just a bit livelier, and a bit more intimate, though the 335i's longer wheelbase might be a bit better balanced. Of course, the $6000 in savings hardly hurts either.
2010 BMW 135i Coupe Front Three Quarters Static Driver
In creating the 1-series, BMW took all the charisma and performance capability of the exceptional 3-series and distilled it into a smaller package. The 135i's compact size makes its ride a bit more harshly over large road heaves but it also increases the sensation of the car being shrink-wrapped around you, even more so than its brilliant big brother. Like the 3, the engine in the 135i is what makes it a world-class sports car. The 3.0-liter turbo six is exceptionally smooth and provides near instantaneous thrust whenever called upon. But it does seem like overkill in this small car, so if I were looking to buy a 1-series I would probably choose the 128i. It looses 70 horsepower and 100-lb-ft of torque but it's $5000 cheaper and still provides more than enough power to move this car with authority.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
2010 BMW 135i Coupe Top Front View
I'm afraid I don't echo David's call for an even smaller 1-series. A lighter, more agile 135i would be enjoyable, but as a broad-shouldered fellow, the current car is about as small as I'd like to go for a daily driver. By the numbers, the 3-series coupe isn't considerably larger than this, but larger doors, coupled with a different roofline help make all the difference -- especially if you're remotely considering carrying an adult in the rear seats.
2010 BMW 135i Coupe Rear Three Quarters Passenger
I initially thought the 1-series would be my favorite BMW. After a year with our Four Seasons car, I'm not so sure I'd want one. I certainly wouldn't opt for a 135i because the combination of wheelbase, width, and power can be a bit too much for snowy winters. A 128i is more rewarding to drive because you have to work a little bit to match your gear with the conditions and when you do it right, the car is superb. With a 135i, you can be lazy and use almost any gear at any speed.
2010 BMW 135i Coupe Front Three Quarters Driver
2010 BMW 135i Coupe
2010 BMW 135i Coupe Top View
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front View
Every carmaker with noble aspirations should buy one of these to store in a hermetically sealed case labeled Gold Standard of Driving Excellence. Withdrawal would be authorized for any employee hoping to understand the notion of entertainment behind the wheel. The 128i is reasonably affordable and a practical performer for a wide range of customers. But it especially stands out in the traits that matter to those who regard driving as an art. Steering and braking feel are superb. The clutch, the shifter, and the throttle are so well orchestrated that anyone with basic coordination can operate them smoothly and efficiently. The flaws and foibles that make many of today's stick-shift alternatives annoying at times are conspicuously absent here. Whoever coined the term "Joy" to sum up the essence of a BMW must have enjoyed many happy miles in a 128i.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front View
We know that the 1-series is a hoot to drive, but BMW has acknowledged that 80 percent of the car's buyers don't realize that they have a rear-wheel-drive vehicle! If you look at the car in this light, I wonder why those buyers don't cross-shop the 1-series with a Volkswagen GTI. For a few grand less, they could get the hatchback body that BMW is afraid to offer American 1-series shoppers and lose about 200 pounds in the process. Rear-wheel drive certainly has handling benefits for enthusiasts, but on twisting roads, the GTI feels much lighter than the 200-pound weight difference suggests.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front Three Quarters View
This is just about everything a single person or a keen-driving couple could want in a sport coupe: athletic handling, super responsive six-cylinder powertrain, beautifully calibrated clutch pedal and shifter, highly communicative steering, supportive seats, well-controlled body motions, and a firm but perfectly damped suspension. If someone who has spent years in front-wheel-drive hand-me-down sedans, then perhaps made the leap in their first new-car purchase to a front-wheel-drive so-called sporty coupe, now makes the leap to a BMW 1-series, they will be shocked at how much fun the process of driving a car can be. And although I like the high-power turbo six in the 135i as much as anyone, no one who "settles" for the base six in the 128i will be disappointed. Rev that gem of an engine, release the clutch, and go.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Side View Driver
The BMW 1-series is a must-have on any car enthusiast's personal top-ten list. That being said, I prefer the 128i to the 135i strictly for pricing reasons. The 128i is a steal at just under $30,000, and the 230-hp six-cylinder offers an insane amount of pleasure. Sure, the 1-series is not a hatchback and it doesn't have tons of storage space, but remember, it's a BMW, "the ultimate driving machine." This little coupe exemplifies this phrase perfectly.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front View
Like Mike, I really respect the BMW 128i for topping performance and fun with a great price. There are a lot of vehicles that come through our office in the $27,000 to $35,000 price range. Some are compelling alternatives, like the Volkswagen GTI. Others are decent cars that can't match the dynamics of the 128i, like the Audi A3 TDI) And others, just fall flat on their face, like the Jeep Compass. The Mazda RX-8 makes for an interesting comparison with the BMW, but its packaging is a bit less practical for daily use. This leads me to the conclusion that the 128i is the most rewarding $30,000 car you can buy.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front End
There's no such thing as a slow BMW. Granted, you can get the 128i's 3.0-liter straight-six engine in larger, heavier models, but I assure you that it's not sluggish in those applications, either. The turbocharged, 300-hp 135i is a mini muscle car, as we learned during a recent Four Seasons test, but this 128i is very smooth and balanced -- and incredibly fun. Heck, the entire vehicle is very smooth and balanced and incredibly fun. That's good, because there are some pretty strong competitors that undercut the 128i's near-$30K base price, although I must admit that I love the ultrabasic spec of our test car.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Side View Driver
Echoing my colleagues, this BMW really is a paragon of excellence. Everything in it feels connected - the steering, the braking, and the gearbox all work together to make you feel as one with the car. For a BMW the price is fairly reasonable, although $30k is still nothing to sneeze at for a car that, according to the EPA, falls into the subcompact class. Still, despite its relatively diminutive dimensions, the 128i proved to be quite handy during the weekend I drove it. In a pinch, the back seat can hold two adults, though not for long and with the front seats pulled forward. The trunk isn't exactly cavernous, but I was easily able to fit in two flats of flowers plus a couple bags of potting soil. All in all, the 128i is a very satisfying car to drive, and would likely prove to be quite easy to live with provided that you don't often need to carry lots of people or belongings.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front View
Base price (with destination): $29,825
Price as tested: $31,525
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After seeing the Mini E and the Active Electric 1-series concept, we were convinced BMW was serious about ultimately building its "Megacity" electric vehicle. The automaker seems to be moving increasingly closer to such a goal, as it announced it will build the Megacity in Leipzig, Germany.
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As President Obama's administration continues to make stricter fuel economy standards a priority, Germany's top luxury automakers - which traditionally rely on six-cylinder engines in their base model vehicles - are considering four-cylinder engines for the U.S. to meet those standards.

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2010 BMW 1-Series Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.0L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
230 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
200 ft lb of torque @ 2750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 1-SERIES VEHICLES. IN A CRASH OF SUFFICIENT SEVERITY, DEPLOYMENT OF THE FRONT PRE-TENSIONER AND LOAD-LIMITER OCCURS.
Consequences
THE INSULATION AROUND THE PRE-TENSIONER COULD IGNITE.
Remedy
VEHICLES PRODUCED UP THROUGH DECEMBER 2009 WILL RECEIVE NEW FRONT SAFETY BELT RETRACTOR UNITS AND A MODIFICATION TO THE SOUND INSULATION NEAR THE UNITS, WHILE VEHICLES PRODUCED BETWEEN JANUARY 2010 AND MAY 2010 WILL RECEIVE A MODIFICATION TO THE SOUND INSULATION NEAR THE UNITS. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 23, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
31,935
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Summary
This recall involves aftermarket parts sold by Valeo. Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
Consequences
This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
Remedy
Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall began on August 22, 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.
Potential Units Affected
585
Notes
Valeo


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