this is a driver's car, and there is nothing else like it. it's quicker and handles better than almost any other sports car on the street, but you can still get in & out easily as well as load up the...
this is a driver's car, and there is nothing else like it. it's quicker and handles better than almost any other sports car on the street, but you can still get in & out easily as well as load up the trunk with groceries. for some reason people compare it to a nissan 350z or 370z, but i don't. the nissan is too small and cramped inside and is hard to get in or out. the bmw has plenty of room (at least in the front seats) and will destroy a Z off the line AND in turns.
people who do not know about this car will just think you couldn't afford a more expensive BMW. but pull up next to another 135 owner and you can just smile & nod at each other. screw the rest of the drivers if they don't understand...you can just leave them staring at your taillights wondering what happened.
a friend of mine has a porsche cayman s. he did not know anything about the 135, so i let him drive it. all he said was "wow". i'll take the 135 all day.
granted, this car will beat you up after driving on rough roads all day. it is bouncier than a bounce house, but you'll have just as much fun as a 6 year old doing flips in said bounce house.
my 135 is not my daily driver so i really turn it loose when i drive it, although i end up driving it 2-3 days a week because it's just so much fun. i love to look back at it and smile when i park it.
mileage is around 20mpg. i have a 135 coupe with the 6 speed manual and it shifts almost as smooth as this silky 6cyl twin turbo engine.
on the highway or a smooth road it is great. on the curvy roads outside of the city is is AMAZING! i used to have a tricked out BMW M roadster and this 135 is more fun than that car.
i can't say enough good things about it. if you can only afford 1 car, and don't need to carry people in the back, there is nothing more fun yet still practical than the 135. i still don't understand how the trunk is so big. it seems bigger than the dimensions of the car, like some kind of magical black hole that holds golf clubs. if you have the good fortune to be able to buy a 2nd "fun" car, you will simply not find a better one.
the interior is quite nice without being overly complicated. i don't have the idrive (on purpose). inside is very comfortable with plenty of leg, hip, shoulder, and head room, even if it is a bit "bare bones". this is not a "luxury" vehicle - it is a deceptive rocket ship.
stop reading and go buy one already. you can find them under $18k with low miles as of 2016.