2011 BMW 128

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2011 BMW 128
2011 BMW 128

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Inline-six-cylinder performance
  • Handling
  • Solid convertible chassis
  • Steering feedback
  • Top-down looks (convertible)

The bad:

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

1 trim

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Notable features

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

2011 BMW 128 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Early Birthday Present to myself!My dream carMyNag

Got my 128i couple of weeks ago and I’m blown away at the compliments I get on it.Black on white with caramel interior!It handles and rides great.My Nag!!!

4.9

I love it

I bought it new- I used to drive Mercedes. This car has been great, dependable, comfortable and great looking car. Minimal issues with this car...for me, just need a tiny bit bigger.

5.0

Love this car

Love this car so much that when I got rid of it in summer of 2018, I looked for another one within a month. A year and a half later I found one that I liked. Love this odd duck.

See all 27 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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