In fact, I used to own one. I might have also slightly influenced my dad to get one. Unfortunately, my 128i was let down by one thing:

Today in unnecessary car shopping with E90M3, we find this wonderful blue water metallic 128i that has rectified the problem of the transmission.

That’s right, coupled to the N52 is this:

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Proper row your own in a naturally aspirated BMW with hydraulic power steering. What a wonderful thing. Not that I regret buying my 328i, but where was this when I was looking for a second car. Manual 128i’s aren’t plentiful, so this one probably won’t last long.