• (4.5) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,741$15,001
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 230-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2008 BMW 128

Our Take on the 2008 BMW 128

BMW's small 1 Series debuts in the U.S. for 2008 as a coupe and a convertible. The base 128i is powered by an inline-six-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels. Available in spring 2008, the 128i competes with other performance cars like the Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 350Z.Compared to the 3 ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal backseat space
  • Occasional clumsy shift from automatic
  • Sharp edges on turn-signal stalk
  • Audio system readouts vanish when wearing polarized sunglasses
  • Interior door pulls lack leverage

Notable Features

  • New for 2008
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Standard power soft-top (convertible)
  • Pop-up roll bars (convertible)
  • Inline-six-cylinder engine

2008 BMW 128 Reviews

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I'm dubbing the 128i the toddler of BMW's lineup; while it is scrumptiously attractive and super fun at times, it can be downright testy in day-to-day use, like going to the store or picking the kids up from school. Like a toddler, it appears to be quite compact, but when you try to maneuver it, you realize it's heavier than you expected. Throughout my weeklong test drive, I kept... Read full review for the 2008 BMW 128

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BMW 128i

by Scotty Pumps from Atlanta on April 15, 2009

Wow, very nicely done. Excellent front room for even the largest person. Auto is not designed for adults in rear. Very quick, tight, well put together. Advise the leatherette vs. leather, no one will ... Read Full Review

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2008 BMW 128 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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