(4.8) 19 reviews
MSRP: $7,760$19,060
Body Style: Coupe
Combined MPG: 21
Engine: 300-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2008 BMW 135

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 expensive 128i is also offered. The 135i competes with other performance cars like the Nissan 350Z and Vol... 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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

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Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 19 reviews

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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 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 7 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

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

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

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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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