2011 BMW 128

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Key Specs

of the 2011 BMW 128. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2011 BMW 128

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

2011 BMW 128 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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
  • Optio...
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



Latest 2011 128 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Excellent car with features

by 1st time BMW from Indianapolis on June 16, 2018

As with all reviews, the performance on this convertible is spot on. The acceleration and driving is excellent. This did not come with the upgraded seats so it's not as comfortable as I would have ... Read full review

(5.0)

One of the most reliable cars I've owned

by Ad on April 24, 2018

Great sporty and luxury combination without breaking your pocket. Very comfortable ride for being a two door convertible. The first convertible I've had that you can still use the trunk with top down.... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 BMW 128 currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 BMW 128 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 128 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker