Well the last thing I want to do is spend more money on it. Amazingly the warranty runs out in June, after just 2 years!! To extend it is going to cost almost $1000... So maybe I'll be tempted to get the new and recently facelifted 3-door 'coupe' 1 series, or maybe water torture... I just don't know, I shouldn't spend so much time worrying about it, but it is actually driving me insane. No car should cause this, particularly a new BMW. Well at least I'm not alone with these woes, I thought it might be BMW trying to punish me for buying the base model... now I'm glad I didn't spend more!
The new face-lifted model sounds.. er well, interesting. With the manual model shutting off the engine when in neutral and standstill... judging by how long it takes my car to turn over this is bound to cause accidents/head aches. The interior looks better quality, especially the door trims, but I have my reservations about the exterior particularly the front end.
It will be interesting to see how they price the new 3-door, in theory you are getting an even less practical car than the already impractical 5-door, with the option of two rear seats over three! (?) It will be interesting to see how they market this, as a sporting 'coupe' no doubt. Why would choose this over a MINI is beyond me.. Its still a hatch. But I might still be seduced by the quirkiness (and badge) of it all. Shame on me.
See my reivew about 130. I had so much problem that I rather drive a Toyota. The worse car I ever had!
I purchased my 2008 116i ES model in October 2008 and since then have had no problems at all with it. I love the handling, love the way it responds and love the way it looks.
I traded a 2008 Toyota Auris for my BMW as I was completely bored by the driveability of the Auris. I may trade to a 3 series next time, but at the moment I am very pleased with my 1 series.
I bought a second hand 2005 120i about 6 months ago. After driving most of the other 4cyl hatches around, this car was much quieter and more solid feeling which was what I was after. The ride is a bit firm, but that's what you get if you want good responsive handling. Had no problems with it. Nice, smooth and quiet on the highway (compared to other small hatches).