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BMW 1 Series, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
Apr 27, 2008 (6:36 am)
Here is a statement and review from Autospies regarding 335 v. 135:
Which Is The Better Car? 2008 BMW 135i vs. 335i Review
After testing BMW 135i and 335i coupes back-to-back, I can reveal that there are only two good reasons to purchase the smaller, cheaper car.
Either you need a track day machine or you're an idiot. Otherwise, spend the extra bucks and buy the 335i coupe. The 335i coupe is more attractive, more enjoyable to drive, holds its value better and offers far more real road usability than the 135i.
I will only know after first-hand drive but it's interesting some of the irregularities put forth regarding the 1'er. Can this really be the case?... perhaps only TagMan can help here!
#1345 of 1826 Re: 335 vs 135 [circlew]
Apr 27, 2008 (8:49 am)
As a former e90 owner, I don't see the the 335 as useful, even remotely attractive or in any way superior to the 1 series. Perception and reality of experience. The 3 just isn't fun.
#1346 of 1826 Re: 335 vs 135 [circlew]
Apr 27, 2008 (8:52 am)
When you read this "evaluation", almost anyone shall see it as very subjective. For example, aside of the statement about holding the value supposedly better, which BTW cannot be checked as 1-series is brand new, everything else is beyond subjective, as underlined by me: "The 335i coupe is more attractive, more enjoyable to drive, holds its value better and offers far more real road usability than the 135i." Nobody except the writer knows what he/she meant! In addition, none of these were substantiated, especially the last one, namely: "offers far more real road usability ".
I would agree that 3-series coupe looks better, but it is also much more expensive than its counterpart of 1-series (i.e., 328vs128 and 335vs135).
#1347 of 1826 Re: 335 vs 135 [circlew]
Apr 27, 2008 (8:56 am)
The three-er coupe is the more attractive of the two but I think the cloth top of the One-series convertible is an advantage in several ways:
-More trunk room w top down
-Less awkward-looking when up
-Lighter, better weight distribution
-Less complexity and potential for defect.
IMO those add up to a pretty good case for the Oner Cabrio over it's Three-er equivalent.
#1348 of 1826 Re: 335 vs 135 [andys120]
Apr 27, 2008 (2:20 pm)
I saw my first 1-series on the road the other day. A 135 convert...and it looks much more impressive that the videos and photos I've seen.
I only saw the rear...didn't attempt to catch up
#1349 of 1826 Test Drive 128i Coupe
Apr 29, 2008 (10:48 am)
I took a test drive in a 128i coupe last week. I liked it, a lot.
I'm currently in a 2006 330i sedan. My lease expires in 4 months and I'm now considering what's next. One of the things I like most about leasing is having something new and fresh every 3 years. Another 3-Series sedan, albeit it in a different color, would not do the trick for me. A 3-Series coupe is probably not an option due to higher cost, especially on a lease.
I haven't had a coupe for many years, but the 1-Series coupe captured my imagine. So I went to my local dealer to see it and drive it.
I had 4 preliminary concerns, only 1 of which proved to be valid.
1. I thought the driver's seat might be low to the ground for my liking, perhaps more like a sports car or the G37 than a sedan. It is not. Actually, the driving position felt about the same as my sedan.
2. I thought the driver's door might be heavy. It is not.
3. I thought the back seat might be too small for passengers to ride comfortably. It is. However, my need for a back seat is minimal.
4. I thought it might feel too small and claustrophobic for me. Nope. From sitting behind the wheel and driving it, I would not have known I was in a small car. It was almost as if I was in my 330i sedan. Driving position is similar. Interior is familiar. The front is spacious.
I would say that the car drove very similar to my 330i sedan. It has less horsepower, but weighs less. So acceleration if 128i is comparable to 330i. Same goes for handling.
I'd like to reduce my monthly payment and make a change, at the same time. The 128i coupe might be a way to go. But for now, it seems to be a bad leasing situation of no dealer discounting coupled with BMWFS's highest money factor. I'm hoping it will change for the better when the time comes for me to place an order. Otherwise, it's either pay through the nose or back to the drawing board.
#1350 of 1826 Re: Test Drive 128i Coupe [davidd3]
Apr 29, 2008 (11:21 am)
I know this is a BMW forum, but if you want a change, look at the G37 Coupe.
#1351 of 1826 Re: Test Drive 128i Coupe [flightnurse]
Apr 29, 2008 (11:54 am)
feels low on torque; ie have to rev all day to get performance out of it.
beat me to a pulp driving down uneven/broken pavement.
Still 40k to get sport with a couple options & interior doesn't look like 40K to me (I like the Jetta interior better).
...but handles real (real) nice...and kinda cool looking (IMO the prev-gen has better looks)
I have not driven the 1...so I can't compare to it (Drove an S5 the day before so maybe that is why my expectations were so unfulfilled)
#1352 of 1826 Re: Test Drive 128i Coupe [flightnurse]
Apr 29, 2008 (1:54 pm)
I sat in a G37 at the NY auto show. It was too low down for my liking. It was like sitting on the ground, actually. If I am going to change from a sedan to a coupe, I need a more gradual change, a coupe that sits higher up like a sedan.
#1353 of 1826 Re: 335 vs 135 [circlew]
Apr 29, 2008 (3:20 pm)
In the end it's your choice. You decide what you like and how much you want to spend. Choosing a 135 over the 335 does not make you an idiot, even if you don't use it as a tack day machine.
I've driven both and I'd have to circle back to choose one.