2008 BMW 135

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12 reviews
Available Price Range $10,028-$19,640 Trims2 Combined MPG 21 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2008 BMW 135

Our Take

BMW's small 1 Series debuts in the U.S. for 2008 as a coupe and a convertible. The uplevel 135i is powered by a twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels. A less expens... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Hard on the eyes
  • Navigation requires iDrive

Notable Features

  • Coupe or convertible
  • Twin-turbo inline-six
  • Six airbags in coupe
  • Available Active Steering


Our Expert Reviews

NEW YORK -- The new face of fast got slapped hard here. It turned the other cheek and got slapped again. It got slapped every time it ventured forth in this city of hard knocks. That's New York for you. It has no respect for German engineering, finely tuned sports cars or automobiles other than those yellow crater crawlers with "TAXI" signs up top. Anything else gets trashed. Thus was the ... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

The True "Ultimate Driving machine"

by BMW enthusiast from Lake Sherwood, Calif. on July 29, 2008

Took delivery in Munich. Drove 2,100 miles though six countries, including exhilerating 140 mph cruise along the autobahn. Great car! Precise handling, powerful engine with smooth transmission and com... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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