Most of my regular readers know how I feel about BMWs. (If you don't, read the beginning of my 2008 BMW M3 test drive.) It's not the cars I have a problem with -- it's the image. And the people who own them. Not so much the people themselves, but the way they... (Stop, Aaron. Breathe. In through the nose, out through the mouth. That's it. Calm.)
So, anyway, yeah, it's tough for me to get excited about a BMW. But I loved this little 1-series. Just loved it. It wasn't like the M3, a car whose utter brilliance simply can't be ignored. No, this car just felt right to me. It reminded me of the Volkswagen Jetta SE I reviewed a few months back -- it was as if BMW knew about all my objections and designed the 128i convertible with the specific intent of winning me over.
Now, I've heard some complaints about the price of the 1-series, specifically that it's a smaller car than the 3-series, yet it costs (and weighs) almost as much. To which I say -- so what? When it comes to cars, bigger is not necessarily better. And in the case of the 1-series, smaller is just awesome. Get the full story in my 2008 BMW 128i Convertible test drive. -- Aaron Gold
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