• (4.9) 15 reviews
  • Available Prices: $7,250–$18,002
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 230-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2011 BMW 128

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 BMW 128

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal backseat space
  • Occasional clumsy shift from automatic
  • Sharp edges on turn-signal stalk
  • Interior door pulls lack leverage

Notable Features

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

2011 BMW 128 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
BMW's small 1 Series debuted 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. Both body styles also come with a more powerful turbocharged engine as 135i models, covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. The 128i competes with other performance cars like the Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 370Z.

New for 2011
Other than changing some optional packages around, BMW made no significant changes to the BMW 128 for 2011.

Exterior
Compared to the 3 Series coupe, the 128i features a more upright grille and a C-pillar that's not as sleekly styled. A pronounced sheet metal crease runs the length of the coupe's sides, which are otherwise relatively smooth.

  • Available adaptive xenon headlights follow the direction of the steering wheel
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • Standard heated side mirrors and heated windshield washer jets
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers
  • Convertible features power-operated soft-top that BMW says can open or close in 22 seconds


Interior
Front occupants sit on bucket seats, and the backseat has room for two.
  • Auxiliary jack for connecting an MP3 player
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat can expand the coupe's trunk
  • Optional Sport Package includes sport seats with more aggressive bolstering
  • Convertible's leather seats have BMW's Sun Reflective Technology, which is designed to lower the temperature of seats exposed to sunlight
  • Optional navigation system equips the 1 Series with BMW's iDrive control system
  • Standard HD radio


Under the Hood
BMW's inline-six-cylinder engine makes 230 horsepower in the 128i. If that isn't enough, consider stepping up to the 300-hp, twin-turbocharged 135i, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
  • 230-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional paddle shifters with automatic transmission


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Convertible loses the side curtain airbags but keeps the side-impact airbags and features pop-up roll bars


Consumer Reviews

(4.9)

Average based on 15 reviews

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Most reliable car that i have.

by Mljalil from Miami, Fl on November 1, 2017

Its great to have a convertible and be able to have your friends enjoy the fun. It’s a fun car especially living in Miami.

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Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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