2009 BMW 128i Convertible

I had the 128i convertible over the weekend and made the mistake of trying to squeeze four adults into it. Thankfully the weather was nice enough to open the top; otherwise my rear passengers would've had to dip their head forward to keep from hitting the roof. I don't know why these small cars have rear seats. In order to fit four passengers comfortably, the people up front have to give up so much leg room that nobody is happy.

The 128i convertible is perfect for a two-person cruise though. Drop the top, sit back and go through the gears. The BMW inline six sounds great and with 230 hp has plenty of oomph. The six-speed manual transmission is silky smooth; and the ride is nice until you hit a rough patch of road, then it rattles your fillings in part thanks to the sport package.

As tested, our 128i convertible came in at $38,125, which is still a little pricy for my taste and not the biggest bang for the buck.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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