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  • jrynnjrynn Posts: 162
    Perhaps other people know this about convertibles, but I didn't before I bought one. In COLD weather, you can put the top down, crank the heater, and still be warm. (And by cold, I mean almost down to freezing if you can pull off the British touring look (or the skate punk look) and wear a hat.) In HOT weather, if you put the top down, the air conditioner won't make any difference. Even 75 on a sunny summer day can be uncomfortable, esp. if you're in a suit.)

    With my 318iC, I had more fun with the top down the year I lived in Maine than the year I lived in Florida.

    The other thing I didn't know about convertibles until I was an owner was that when people break into them, they cut the roof rather than break windows. And even in 1992, a BMW roof cost $2,500 to replace.

    The 1 series convertible is a gorgeous car.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    How true!! I've been driving a convertible for decades now (yikes!), and there are many times I'd rather turn on the heater to warm things up, then to turn on the AC, which is close to pointless, to cool things off.

    Some convertibles are better with the wind and air then others. The Porsche is one of the best you can imagine... it can be freezing out, and when the heater is on, it's nice and toasty inside the cabin without too much air blowing in, due to the terrific airrflow. I've read that the 1er isn't too bad, but can get a bit windy, and that the windscreen will help out a lot. If there are rear passengers in the 1er 'vert, there is a special heater vent for rear passengers to help them out. I think that is a VERY cool feature.

    The 1er really makes for one great-looking convertible. There's just something special about it! :shades:

  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,524
    I had a good laugh at your post, then I saw where you live... Driving a convertable in the summer time wtih the A/C... Try that in Phoenix AZ when its 118 outside... NO A/C is going to cool you off... Now driving when its cold, turn the seat heater on and set the heater on, and its a nice and toasty fun..
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    ...when its 118 outside... NO A/C is going to cool you off... Now driving when its cold, turn the seat heater on and set the heater on, and its a nice and toasty fun.


    It's definately easier to warm up than to cool off.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Convertible all the way. Bring shades. :shades:

    Caveat - make sure the top folds OK when it's extremely cold. See what BMW says about that.

    I've found in my Miata (vinyl top) that it folds easily up to about 40 degrees F, any colder and it can potentially damage the top.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,898
    I don't think that's a problem with a BMW soft top.. I put ours down the day we got it.. at the balmy temperature of 24 degrees..

    Cloth, not vinyl, though...

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, cloth is better about that.

    Still, 24 degrees!? :surprise:

    That's pushing it even for die-hard like me.

    The Miata has a great heater, it will bake your feet actually, but I wish I had heated seats.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,207
    Yeah, but you can fit a tonneau cover, which I don't believe is a possibility for any of the Bimmers. With only the driver's side of the tonneau open, it can be quite comfortable down to very low temps in a roadster. In a convertible, not so much.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Congratulations on your excellent decision! You are going to love that car as much or more than any car you've ever owned... that's my prediction.

    Goodness, is it really that bad out there?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Go for it.

    What good is a cool car if noone can see you? ;)
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,898
    Today, on the way to work..

    Some dark gray/black color... Not sure if it was 128i or 135i, as it was going the other way, and I didn't realize it was a 1-series until it was past me...

    Still had temporary tags..

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  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    These posts have been moved to the BMW 1-Series Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion. Please continue over there.



  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Hey Bruski,

    I look forward to talking more about your car on this forum. Just as long as we don't discuss the price, let's continue to discuss the car itself here... otherwise our discussions will get all fragmented and end up a dead thread. ;)

    I did read about your comments regarding the sports suspension, and I completely understand. If you really intend on driving in a casual touring style, then that "softer" ride will be a genuine pleasure as opposed to the firmer ride.

  • bruski2bruski2 Posts: 11
    Thanks for the reply tag.
    Yeah, you know as I do a bimmer drive is a bimmer drive no matter what package you get.
    Guess Ill worry about the firm drive when I get MY porsche.
    Give ya a shout after I take delivery (this friday) tentitive....yeahhhhh!
  • Test drove a 135 coupe. What a blast, it seems like a great car, very fast and very nimble feeling. What's not great is a specced example without premium package or even leather and a manual transmission is $38K before tax and fees. If the car was about $4-5K less it would be a no brainer to me, but it's quite ridiculously expensive IMO.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Name one car with the same degree of performance and refinement that costs less...
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    The solution for you is to get the 128i, which achieves your price objective.

    Otherwise, if you want that twin-turbo, it seems you ought to recognize that it comes with a price tag attached... and no competition at that price.

    If anything, it's a steal! A rare bargain, if there ever was one!

  • gplayerjrgplayerjr Posts: 10

    Need to blame a weak American Dollar vs. the Euro for the pricing....BMW had to adjust!
  • bruski2bruski2 Posts: 11
    wanna play? gotta pay!
  • I'm going to have to drive a lightly used Corvette and see what it drives like compared to the 1, as they're about the same price.
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