2013 BMW 128

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$31,500

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2013 BMW 128
2013 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
  • Long reach for seat belts

1 trim

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  • i

    $31,500

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Our 2013 BMW 128 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Coupe or convertible
  • Standard power soft-top (convertible)
  • Rear-wheel drive, manual or automatic transmission

2013 BMW 128 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

BMW’s compact rear-wheel-drive 128i is currently the least-expensive entry point to BMW’s entire lineup. Available as a coupe or convertible, the compact 1 Series occupies a space with few competitors. The Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37 coupe and top-end versions of Detroit’s muscle cars come closest to filling out the competitive slate.

The 135i is covered separately in Cars.com’s Research section.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes.
Exterior
On the 128i, an optional M Sport Package adds dark window frames and a more aggressive front bumper with three large air inlets. Rather than the 3 Series convertible’s folding metal hardtop, the 128i convertible has a fabric soft-top that can open or close in 22 seconds, BMW says. It operates at speeds up to 25 mph.

The 1 Series remains a small car overall, about 2 inches shorter and narrower than a Scion tC. The BMW 3 Series coupe is about 10 inches longer. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Fog lamps
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Available power tilt/sliding moonroof 
  • Optional xenon headlamps and automatic high beams

Interior
The 128i’s interior design is fairly traditional, with more upright shapes than sweeping contours. Dual-zone climate controls sit below the center air vents and optional navigation system, with BMW’s iDrive knob controller ahead of the center console. The system can read text messages aloud or stream songs off a paired smartphone.

The available M Sport Package adds unique headliner materials, an M-branded steering wheel and shifter, and sport seats with more aggressive side bolstering. Interior features include:

  • 60/40 split folding seat (coupe models)
  • Standard vinyl seats, leather optional
  • Optional power seats
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Optional navigation
  • Optional heated seats and steering wheel

Under the Hood
BMW’s inline-six-cylinder engine makes 230 horsepower and 200 pounds-feet of torque in the 128i. It works through a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with optional steering wheel paddle shifters . The automaker says a stick-shift 128i coupe can hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, with the automatic making the sprint in 6.7 seconds. The M Sport Package adds a sport-tuned suspension.

If that isn’t enough, consider stepping up to the 300-hp, turbocharged 135i, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. It trims the zero-to-60 mph sprint down to about 5 seconds, BMW says.
Safety
Active head restraints, two-row side curtain airbags, front airbags and side-impact airbags for the front seats are all standard. So is an electronic stability system, antilock brakes and traction control. Like most convertibles, the 128i convertible does not have the curtain airbags; it does have pop-up roll bars behind the rear seats that deploy in the event of a rollover.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Hot Car! Fun and Reliable

This car has been a ton of fun to own. I searched far and wide to find a 128i couple in dark gray, with navigation. Patience paid off and I found the one I currently own several months later, and it has been an absolute showstopper. I am constantly getting compliments on this car, even though it is now seven years old. It is aging very gracefully and has not been hard to maintain. Highly recommend.

5.0

Love the car

This car is very amazing and so in love to drive it! Still learning some features of my new BMW X3 2017. I would recomend the BMW car to my daugjter.

4.4

The Naples Auto Group was very professional five *

The vehicle was advertised accurately. Naples Auto Group was easy and honest to deal with. Most of the dialogue was over the phone...and the purchase was smooth. five stars to the dealer and I would definitely recommend anyone to purchase a car with this dealer.

See all 29 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
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
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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