When fully compressed at the corner apex, there's a feeling of massive tire grip at all four wheels -- a wonderful sensation when these corners pile up one after the other as they do out here. As we showed in our tech test, you can choose music off an iPod by album, artist, genre, and playlist. But it didn't pinch pennies -- this much is clear from the moment you sit inside the all-new entry-level , the 128i Coupe. For cabin tech, the navigation system mostly impresses with its live traffic feature. Leather seats are optional, and the sport buckets provide comfortable cushioning and have side bolsters that grip the sides of your torso, which is appreciated when cornering quickly. Mobility This section helps you maintain your car's mobility by supplying important information on vital topics including fuels and lubricants, wheels and tires.
When you're the driver, the car feels cozy and involving. When properly used, these tires meet the high- est standards in terms of safety and handling characteristics. A flat tire will seriously impair your vehicle's handling and braking response. Do not use any gasoline below the speci- fied minimum fuel grade. Mobility 205Reference At a glance Controls Driving tips Communications Navigation Entertainment Tire identification marks Knowledge of the labeling on the side of the tire makes it easier to identify and choose the right tires. Using voice command, Wayne Cunningham can't get further than the points-of-interest categories. Uniform Tire Quality Grading Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section width.
And the seats are leatherette, not the real deal. The 128i and 135i go on sale March 22nd, with convertible models arriving by May 1st. It offers a robust engine, engaging rear-wheel-drive dynamics and communicative steering. When it set out to build the 1 Series, it had a clean slate. Wind noise is very tolerable at 80 mph with the top and the windows down — nice! For information on continuing to drive with a flat tire, refer to Indication of a flat tire on page84.
Send Mike an Hide full review. It also comports itself well as a convertible a coupe version of the 1 Series is also offered. The phone part of this system works very well, immediately downloading a compatible phone's contact list and making it available through the iDrive interface. We have tried to make all information, find specific topics is to refer detailed, index at the back of the manual, gain an initial overview of your vehicle, you will. And it certainly feels plenty powerful, with 0-to-60-mph acceleration happening in 5. But while the 135i is the focal point of the 1 Series offerings in the U.
Snow chains must be mounted in pairs and on the rear wheels only. Do not exceed the maximum tire inflation pres- sure indicated on the sidewall of the tire. Overall, I much prefer a lightly optioned 128i coupe. In spirited driving over mountain roads, we felt some lean as the inside shocks extended, very unlike the more planted feel of the 135i. Contributing to the sporty driving experience is the steering system, which offers good and requires a little muscle to steer the car.
The closest alternative to the 128i Convertible is the , but that's a more expensive car with inferior tech. Make sure that the new wheels are bal- anced. After a few more attempts, he gave up, as the voice command system doesn't let you go deeper than the points-of-interest category list. Many made complaints about the pricing of the 128i, though after comparison it appears that this compact is in a class of its own, factually and figuratively. The console-mounted shifter for the six-speed automatic is complemented by paddle shifters on the wheel. Our second task involved playing an album called Under the Black Light from the iPod we had plugged into the car. Not finding the points-of-interest database, listed under the Information heading, he backed out and looked at the settings area.
The search fairly quickly came up with the restaurant, which he selected, completing the task in 2 minutes and 18 seconds. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either sep- arately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. These have better winter properties than sum- mer tires. And it could have done it on the cheap -- after all, the opportunity to break new ground is not only rare, it's risky and expensive. We're all clamoring about the 135i, but can you blame us? Throws of the six-speed manual transmission are longish, but precise. A sixspeed manumatic is optional.
Standard safety features include , side-impact airbags for the front seats, an and pop-up roll bars behind the rear seats. The materials and the fit and finish make it feel every bit as expensive inside as a 3; the only exception is the hard plastic on top of the gauge pod. Do not exceed this speed, otherwise tire damage and accidents could occur. Unusual vibrations encountered during normal vehicle operation can indicate tire failure or some other vehicle defect. Should you encounter driveability problems which you suspect could be related to the fuel you are using, we recommend that you respond by switching to a recognized high-quality brand such as gasoline that is advertised as Top Tier Detergent Gasoline. As a convertible, we would expect the 128i's driving performance to be a bit compromised, but the body didn't feel like it lost any stiffness. For the record, many of us feel the same way about the 328i versus the 335i.
The Bad The iDrive interface is not well-designed, and the voice command has some definite limitations. Passengers, especially those in the rear, may feel cramped. Goodwin went into the communications menu, found the dialing screen, and twisted and pushed the iDrive knob around until he had entered the complete phone number, taking only 25 seconds. To maintain good handling and vehicle response, use only tires of a single brand and tread configuration. I recall that it was red, an early-1970s model and that, despite it being seven or eight years old at the time, it was still tightly put together and very responsive.