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2008 BMW 128i Convertible

Rafay Ansar

As-tested price: $41,950
Drivetrain: 3.0-liter i6; RWD, six-speed manual
Output: 230 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 200 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Curb weight: 3,494 lb
Fuel economy (EPA/AW): 21/22.0 mpg
Options: Premium package including universal garage door opener, digital compass mirror, auto-dimming mirror, auto-dimming rearview, power front seats, lumbar support, BMW assist ($3,600); Sport package including 17” wheels, sport seats, sport suspension, shadowline trim ($1,200); xenon headlights ($800); cold weather package including through loading system, heated front seats, headlight washers ($750); comfort access system ($500); titanium silver metallic ($475); iPod and USB adapter ($400); HD radio ($350)

OUR TAKE: The convertible version of the BMW 1-series isn’t our favorite, but that’s all relative when you consider that the 1-series ranks near the top of our short list of recommended cars on the market right now.

Because the hardtop coupe is so rigid, performing like a slightly heavy shifter kart when it comes to handling and braking, it’s particularly noticeable when you chop the top off. Cowl shake is accompanied by a loss of steering and handling precision that make the coupe such a winner.

The good news is that when you put the top down, it’s hard to really notice any of the shortcomings. It’s also likely that buyers who want the most out of their 1-series will opt for the hardtop, so none of this will matter to them.
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