Cnet Reviews the 135i

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  • Dave Z

    I can’t stand that guy. He might just be the most annoying critic ever.

  • Ed Jung

    That’s what happens when a “techno geek” (is that still a functional descriptor?) tries to review a Bimmer. First of all he blows it with the turbos being sequential and then carries on right through to the paddle shifters being $100…sure if you get the Sport Package for $1275 bucks. What a diptstick.

    I think CNET should stick to their expertise which is definitely not cars.

    Bimmernet

  • Chris B.

    It wasn’t that bad guys. Really.

    Notice he used ’09 pricing when he said “thirteen-hundred for the auto transmission”. I like what he said about the car bringing BMW down a notch in terms of price and accessibility but not in the sense that it’s cheapening the brand. You’re still getting a through and through BMW product.

    The 135i is as of right now, my dream Bimmer. Too bad a car loan, student loans, and a year away bachelors, and several years of being in the work-force are in the way. In due time.

  • Dylan Bland

    I thought that the reviewer got it right? I thought the turbochargers on the 135 WERE sequential? i.e. one comes in at lower RPM, and another one picks it up later in the rev range.

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    blockquote>Dylan Bland : I thought that the reviewer got it right? I thought the turbochargers on the 135 WERE sequential? i.e. one comes in at lower RPM, and another one picks it up later in the rev range./blockquote> That is incorrect the N54 I6 utilize twin turbos. One for every three cylinders; 1,3,5 & 2,4,6. They are not sequential they spin up immediately due to the small size and inertia required. If they were sequential they would kick in at different RPMs, this does not occur in the N54. The sequential setup is left for the diesels. Boost from each is immediately available.

  • Dylan Bland

    Thanks for clearing that up Michael; it’s true you learn a new thing every day!

  • drutx

    @Dave Z: I knew I couldn’t have been the only one with that opinion.

  • hectorc2

    I agree, he’s got the personality and grace of a constipated armadillo! I saw the car (face 2 face) and it’s deceptively big inside the cabin. Loved it!

  • Surely the question everyone wants answered when reading/watching a review of a 135i is how the thing handles. Is it a go kart? Or is it a bit of a barge? If the c|net guy was just going to tell us the 1 series coupe is a proper BMW he could have done that in a 128i, or a convertible. In the 135i he needed to give it some stick and tell us how good, or bad, it is when driven with purpose and aggression. The 135i is the “it” car of the moment and I think the IT guy missed the point.

  • Joe

    defenitly an amazing car. Looks, speed, and great size… what else could you want…