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2008 BMW 128i Convertible Review

The Ultimate City Cabriolet

A three-quarter rear view of a gray 2008 BMW 128i Convertible

In short: A perfect sporty city convertible.

With the option of the sky for a roof, this sporty cabriolet can crank up to 230 horsepower, and reach up to 130 mph on the open road. Along with its swift and stylish demeanor, the rear-wheel-powered convertible gets 28 mpg with extra-urban driving, and offers features including brake drying, brake fade compensation and an interlocking door anchoring system for better protection in side impacts.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile BMW Assist Safety Plan; 4-year/unlimited-mile free 24/7 roadside assistance.

Base Price: $33,100

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 3.0-liter DOHC inline 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 230 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 200 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3,494 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 171.7/68.8/55.6 in
Turning circle: n/a

Brakes: all-wheel ventilated disc with dynamic brake control, ABS, brake fade compensation, brake drying, brake stand-by
aluminum double-pivot in front, 5-link fully independent in rear, front and rear anti-roll bars

Traction: dynamic stability and traction control, start-off assistant

0-62 mph:
6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (governed)

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

Safety: fro
nt seat frontal dual-stage airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, interlocking door anchoring system to prevent door intrusion during side impacts, tire pressure monitor, programmable daytime running lights

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PSV052708 (Updated 06/23/10 NW)