2008 BMW 1 Series 128i convertible 6 cylinder

Summary:

Cute with a ton of headaches and unexpected out of pocket expenses

Faults:

Since year one, many electronic issues have gone wrong. More than in all the cars combined that I have owned since 1989.

Mechanically the car seems fine, but the electronics and warning lamps and sensors have caused non stop headaches for years now, and it's only getting worse.

Specifically this year (2014), the passenger window collapsed because a clamp failed, which caused an over 1k fix to replace the clamp and reprogram the window system/car. While this happened, I got my car back from a BMW dealer and service center, which fixed the original problem for a ton of $, but returned my car to me with new issues that did not exist when I gave my car to them. They won't take responsibility for what happened on their watch on their property, and my electronic BMW woes go on and on, worse and worse and worse. It's a never ending cycle of headaches and expense, which makes me never want to get a BMW again. It's a shame because I have owned BMW's since 1996. Because I feel ignored and not taken care of, I am abandoning BMW, which I never thought I would.

General Comments:

The car looks good. It's a tight inside with a small trunk. Small gas tank. Overall it is a fun car, mainly in the warm weather. It does not handle bumps well, especially on turns and ramps. I just would not recommend it unless you are petite with petite passengers, and don't have much need for a trunk. For me, a 6 foot male adult, this car was a bad idea.

Bang for the buck? Probably a yes for a German topless car. If comparing to all cars, this car should not make the list for the 40k range.

The run flat system failed me, with no warning that the tire had been flat for over 50 miles, and it nearly caused a terrible accident.

If you buy this car, definitely get the tire insurance and extend your warranty. You will need every bit of it. Without it (like me), you may wind up spending way more than you ever thought, keeping up with the nonsense electronic issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th November, 2014

5th Nov 2014, 18:30

Clearly your dealer is not one to trust. As many BMW owners do, go find an independent mechanic. If fixing the window added far more problems, clearly they don't know what they're doing. If you still have the car, just find an independent - ask BMW owners (of cars which are not so late-model - they're the ones who find independents more often, when well out of warranty).

5th Nov 2014, 20:40

Don't worry, it's normal. It's part of that German engineering myth.

2009 BMW 1 Series 135i 3.0 gasoline

Summary:

Too much power for a crappy frame

Faults:

Cold start problems, faulty injector, body flex rattles over bumps.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails.

However the cabin is very gloomy and the seats are uncomfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2014

2011 BMW 1 Series 128i SULEV 3.0

Summary:

Fast golf cart with leather

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Big mistake getting the automatic. Happiest day will be when it's gone from my driveway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2011

20th Oct 2011, 16:41

There is some coded logic in your review, but it is hard to find. No faults? Fast go cart with leather that you want gone ? I have the same 3.0 litre automatic, and think it is wonderful. I prefer autos to manuals, even though there is a slight lag in the auto. Power is terrific and handling like a BMW sports car can. Time will show it as a classic.

2006 BMW 1 Series 135i

Summary:

Love the car, hate the burnt piece of machinery sitting in front of my home!!!

Faults:

At 90,000 miles, my car had an electrical fire. It just happened last night, so I don't have all the specifics yet, but the fire investigator said it was clearly a manufacturer defect. The car was parked and hadn't been driving in more than 3 hours.

A quick search on Google demonstrates that this is a common occurrence with some BMW models. I am hoping that after this is all said and done, I am still a fan of BMW's customer service.

Until now I my only issue with my car was the run flat tires, they are the worst. I have replaced the full set twice in 90,000 miles. And not because of balding, but because the tires have had holes in them. Run flat tires are not cheap!

General Comments:

I loved my car and thought it was worth the price. Now I am scared to own a BMW. My car was parked; what if it had of caught fire when I was driving it.

In the end, I hope that this goes over seamlessly. I don't know where to begin with BMW. Do I go to the dealership where I bought the car, or do I go to the corporate headquarters? I welcome advice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th March, 2010

25th Mar 2010, 20:44

I also have an E82 and I am interested to know more about your car's spontaneous fire. Did you have insurance? How did the fire investigator know it was a manufacturing defect? Have you shown the issue to BMW? Was the car made in USA or Germany? I would be surprised if BMW factory showed no interest. Your detailed comments would be appreciated.

31st Mar 2010, 18:53

I also found comments about engine fires in BMW cars. In this case it was an old (1992) 530.

..."the most likely cause of an engine fire is a leaking fuel line. It is possible that whoever did the repairs left a fuel line loose or damaged a fuel line in the process of making repairs. Proving this will be difficult, what you can do is hire an accident investigator who specializes in the automotive sector to look at the car and determine where the fire started. It may look like a total mess under the hood, but a good investigator will be able to determine the cause and document it for you. If you have comprehensive insurance, your insurance company's investigator will be able to do this for you. A fuel leak is the most likely possibility of an engine fire. Another possibility is engine oil leaking onto the exhaust manifold from a leaking valve cover gasket. Another possibility, but far less likely, is an electrical fire."

My question to you is... who did your last service? Freds Garage or BMW???

2009 BMW 1 Series 128

Summary:

Nice but not as nice as I thought it would be

Faults:

The warning lights seem to be a problem. The engine light goes on. When I called my sales person he said to open the gas cap and replace it tightly. Turn the car off and on again... the light went off. This has now happened 3 times.

Also my drivers side window leaks when I wash the car.

Front lighter never worked.

General Comments:

The cup holders are odd and don't hold average cups and then the armrest comes down on them.

The back seat windows don't have controls?

No cup holders in the back?

The car is still a BMW and therefore drives wonderfully and corners better than any other car.

I traded my Z4 for the new 1 series and now wish I had just bought another Z4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2008

27th Sep 2008, 15:38

Damn those cup holders!

6th Jul 2009, 16:52

Granted the Z4 is a beautiful car, but it has a smaller cabin than the 128 (BMW call it a 125 in Australia... the 135 is the twin turbo with 50% more power than the 125) and size seems to matter to you.

17th Oct 2009, 00:54

I wonder if this car was assembled in South Carolina or Germany. If it was made in the Carolinas then that is your first problem. If I buy a German car, I want it to be genuine German.