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BMW 1 Series E81

BMW 1 Series E81 (2007-2011)

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    Kia Alinejad

    Kia AlinejadSydney, NSW

    • 2 reviews
    • 1 like

    Worst car ever!!!

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    BodyHatch
    Badge120i
    LineSport
    TransmissionAutomatic
    Date PurchasedMar 2007
    Engine Size2.0
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    Manny

    Manny

    • 3 reviews
    • 5 likes

    annoyed

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    BodyHatch
    Badge120i
    Line(No Line)
    TransmissionAutomatic
    Engine Size2.0
    Date PurchasedNov 2014
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    Luv it

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    Best handling ever for such amount of money. Very economy and cheap spare parts. You need a runway to enjoy it, only thing to have don't start race everyone as it will attract u to. Just need to have w speed tyres to be in safe
    God bless
    BMW ALWAYS

    BodyHatch
    Badge116i
    LineM Sport
    TransmissionAutomatic
    Engine Size1.6
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    justice14

    justice14AU

    • 2 reviews
    • 7 likes

    Ok for city living

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    We have had this car for 3 years now and don't really like it, but it does the job. You feel all the bumps in the road with this car. It's a bit pokey (the Hyundai which looks like it is much more roomier). Every time some red warning light is flashing in the car that is another $1000-$2000 we got to pay to get it fixed!! Not cheap. We appreciate the car much more when we can squeeze into a tight car spot!
    Small, strong car (in accidents), easy to park
    Hard suspension, expensive servicing

    Engine Size2.0
    BodyHatch
    Badge118i
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    Stephanie C

    Stephanie CSydney

    • 7 reviews
    • 2 likes

    Lovely car!

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    I owned a BMW Series 118d Sports hatch when I lived in Europe and loved it. It's a really great car, which makes you enjoy driving to work. The start-stop system works great, and will automatically switch off the engine when you're in traffic. As soon as you touch the clutch the engine turns on automatically again. Really regret I didn't ship this car over when we moved to Australia, as they are way too expensive here!! :-(

    Some options I really enjoyed:
    - sunroof
    - cruise control
    - cupholders :-) (yes, this is an option for BMW!)

    Too expensive in Australia!!

    BodyHatch
    Badge118d
    LineSport
    Engine Size2.0
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    Terrible

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    Shocking value, poorly put together. Service costs are high - $160 for windscreen wiper blades as an example. Dealers don't care as they are more interested in the top end of town. Buy an AUDI or the like.
    The concept of a BMW in a hatch. Bluetooth, etc.
    Overpriced with poor resale value. The reliability is shocking. For the first 6 months BMW had the car for longer than I did - windscreen leaks, window issues, road noise.

    BodyHatch
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    leahcim_01

    leahcim_01South East Queensland, QLD

    • 4 reviews

    Excellent

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    Had 2005 model for over a year, no problems. The servicing I have had has not been near as expensive as I expected (though I didn't go to a BMW dealership). Not very powerful in automatic but is more than adequate for your every day driving. Nice and quiet on the highway.
    Nice, quiet and refined. Excellent handling.
    Ride is a little firm on some crappy roads but that is a trade off with the good handling.

    BodyHatch
    TransmissionAutomatic
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    Good

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    Excellent. Have had mine for six months now, very reliable, great fuel consumption, looks great, has a great ride. Got it through broker for $5k less than caryards so shop around to get a good deal. BMW for entry-level price and low kms is difficult to find, the BMW 1 series offers this. Fun to drive!
    Full leather interior, electric sunroof, great turning circle, acceleration, looks
    Windscreen breaks if you let the windscreen wiper drop onto the screen, 2nd cup holder covered by arm rest

    BodyHatch
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    Excellent

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    A fantastic small car with just the right amount of bells and whistles. Overall I've had no problems with it after 5000km and I could be happier with my investment.
    Pleasure to drive, good fuel economy, great turning circle
    Minor body creaks when panels are heating and cooling down

    BodyHatch
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    Hart

    Hart

    • 2 reviews
    • 3 likes

    Tires

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    The tire size of the back and front are different. They are run flat tires and no spare is required. Due to the soft compound used you require new tires every 20000 km. One set $1600. Not cheap.
    Reliable and safe. Good design.
    Cost of service and repair.

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    Questions & Answers

    natural

    naturalasked

    1 Series E81 (2007-2011)

    I'm considering a 2006 model 130i but am concerned about some road tests suggesting the ride is really harsh. I don't know whether this depends on the car having the M sport suspension package (can you get a 130i without that?) but not so long ago I sold a 325ti simply because the ride was uncomfortable (and it did have M sport suspension). Anyone care to offer an opinion on ride quality?

    4 answers
    Rich
    Rich

    We bought a 325i in 2007 and the suspension was standard with run on flats - terribly crashy initially. Eventually the run on flats improved and now the ride in the 325i is excellent.
    I was worried with the 125i with sports suspension combined with run on flats would be harsh too, but not so - really firm but supple too.
    Would suggest the tyres are key.

    Steve K
    Steve K

    Hi Natural most sports suspension have a harder ride softer rides usually confined to normal luxury models . if u like soft rides best to go Japanese or the larger BMW merecedes models .You can get the 130i standard non sports model but then you sacrifice handling and the ride is no different from a equivalent Japanese Honda .Hope this helps

    Rich
    Rich

    The run on flats we now have on our 2007 325i are Continentals. They are provide a much better ride quality than the original tyres. On the new 125i we have Pirelli run on flats - also provide a good ride quality.

    Chris

    Chrisasked

    1 Series E81 (2007-2011)

    Can you advise on oil smoke coming from my 2004 I20 exhaust on trailing throttle and long idle. The car has been doing this from say 70k .There is no loss of power. Any suggestions?
    Thanks Chris

    2 answers
    Manny
    Manny

    Hi Chris, my car doesn't blow smoke. it just leaks slowly (gasket/seal needs replacing) , however yours seems to be an issue within the engine and require a mechanic to troubleshoot.

    Chris
    Chris

    Thanks Manny. I found through my research that BM's appear to be big oil users

    Jenny Spencer

    Jenny Spencerasked

    1 Series E81 (2007-2011)

    We have a series 1 2009 E88 convertible with M3 sports kit that has 500000 Km. We have an issue with the radio that has just stop working, has come back on once and gone off again. BMW have reprogrammed radio with no fault found (radio was working at the time. Maybe fault within unit?). Carried out diagnosis test again when radio has gone off and no fault code shows up? The seat belt gong, reversing sensor, manual boot opening and radio is not working. Is this a software upgrade problem or something else?

    1 answer
    AM
    AM

    Sounds like it could be simply a blown fuse, your model may have 3 separate fuse box locations. On the fuse box in boot under carpet may have cardboard diagram of which fuse does what. Mine is F20 1 series so my instructions may not help with regard to fuse box location. I would suggest google search for e88 fuse diagram
    Hope this helps

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    BMW 1 Series E81 (2007-2011)

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    CategoryCars and Hatchbacks
    Release dateJuly 2007
    Discontinuation dateDec 2011
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