The perfect small, "family" sports car
The 135i is possibly the perfect small, "family" sports car. The straight 6 3 litre twin turbo engine pulls smoothly and extremely powerfully all the way through the rev range. I drove the 2008 V8 M3 recently, and 135 pocket rocket felt at least it's equal, particularly at lower revs.
Handling is very precise, and as with the performance, very impressive. The brakes, albeit with a bit of squeaking, and also very capable. With a manual gear box it a very quick, capable drivers car.
The interior is BMW bland, high quality and functional. ...
Worst car ever!!!
We bought this car in 2007. It started leacking engine oil from the very begining but we were told the truth (by BMW) in 2010 just after its warrenty was expired. Then the gearbox sterted leaking a couple of years later. BMW charged us $2500 to fix both leakings. Few months later the engine started leacking again but this time from the bottom. I was given a quote for $1100 to get the second leackage fixed. I waited for a while and went back to get the job done. The quote went up to $4000. when i asked why, they said the engine is leaking from e...verywhere now. What? Am I driving a BMW or a crappy low rating car? we bought it new and paid a bit mor than $50K for it. BMW blames the driver but I blame BMW and its poor quality. This car is 10 years old but it has only done about 100K. it is mostly driven by my wife (50+) who is a very good driver and never had any traffic offences. This is the worst car we have ever had! Based on this experience we will never ever buy a BMW again and I don't recommend it to anyone... even to my enemies!
Great N55 3 litre six in a bad chassis that creaks and moans, very patchy build quality, very un-cohesive to drive, DCT twin clutch is horrid, it's a very heavy and complex system and it clunked on downshifts, BMW have lost their way on this one, current products aren't much better.
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125i M Sport 5 Door Hatch - Brilliant to drive
The rear wheel drive gives the 125i a really balanced feel. It is a drivers car and even with the 8 speed automatic there is the capacity to move to a manual mode via paddles. The car is comfortable for four adults and the five door hatch offers versatility and the capacity to carry larger loads. The interior is really classic BMW and it feels and looks high quality.
On the road the car has lived up to expectation. It handles well, very responsive, beautifully quiet, smooth and a seamless driving experience. Practical and really fun to drive....
Very good car for one or two people
Handles exceptionally well - I test drove the a-class and the A3 before deciding on the 1 series. A3 had better interior but the front wheel drive skidded out during the wet and didn't feel as planted or safe on the roads. A-class felt cramped and the interior was a bit crap. 1 series felt much safer in the same conditions (tested back to back) and cornered a lot better. Standard equipment is poor against rivals, must be heavily optioned to get a decent level of spec. Residual value takes a hard hit because of this. Back seat is really only for short journeys with the poor leg room and tiny windows. Servicing costs are average. Seems to get a lot of brake dust. Styling is kinda ugly.
My perfect car
I had 9 cars in my life and I feel this car fits me perfectly . A great 3 litre 6 cylinder car for a single, good grunt and power. Very sturdy sporty look without the over show off looks of other try hard attention seekers
Pick up is true to the point 6.8 seconds to 100 kmh,high torque sounds and feels great . Nifty ,not overbearing , yet plenty of room at the back for 2 adults , and surprisingly large booth
Sticks well to the road and smooth handling ,
regardless of how wet the road is .Petrol consumption fantastic 10.3 km per 1 litre premium.
Paint work is excellent, still new after 4 years .
They don't make the same shape anymore , just the hatchback look which spoils the good name of the originals 125i coupe .how silly of BMW
I have the 2007 120i e87 auto. issue i've had blown bulbs. its like every few months front bulbs would blow whether it was the parkers or the h7 bulbs but one at the time, That was annoying!
oil would be burning - seems a common problem. later found out i have a leak. No puddles but that means you get to put in new oil every month :)
Horn is now NOT working??? no fuses blown, took the front bumper off all connected. Brought $10 ebay horn wired them in and it works. Took it to BMW quoted $500 to repair!!!
I now have a baby, so it very tig...ht for us. Bugaboo Pram just fits and baby seat, the only luggage space i have is the front seats (wife sits with the bub at the back). This car is really for couples, handles great and firm so you dont feel like your in a boat. love the auto lock and remote open and close window features and the sunroof. Feels solid and it is a status car. Car is now a write off upgrading to family friendly vehicle.
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
Very good for some
I bought a F20 116i in September 2012 and have done about 26,000km in it now. If you can't tell if a car is being driven by the front wheels or the back wheels then you're probably better off buying something like a Golf or Focus. The car's strengths are the way it drives. Beautiful steering, a great motor and excellent handling and ride compromise. It's not perfect, the pedals are too close together, I can't see all of the instrument cluster through the steering wheel and I think the conditioned based servicing under services th...
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What a rocket. And steering precision akin only to a formula 1 car (I think as I've never driven one). As soon as you sit into the leather sports fully electric adjustable bolster seats (in the comfort package) you know that this thing is going to scare and exhilarate you. With four driving modes starting at Eco Pro which dials down the throttle response, climate control and allows the car to "coast" to save fuel, then to comfort (the default mode) which has plenty of punch but softens the low end acceleration to ensure you don't have a permane...nt face lift from your drive to work. Then to the 2 sport modes, sport and sport plus. Sport sharpens the acceleration to scalpel and sport plus does the same but sort of kind of turns the traction control off. The sort of kind of is due to it really still being on but it will let you hang the tail out a little before ensuring you don't end up in the wall. The 8speed auto more than handles the power and has a few tricks of its own with a full Auto mode, a Sports auto mode and a "manual" mode where you can choose to change gears either with the lever on the floor or on the flappy paddles. In sports mode the gears hold to red line and there's a really satisfying thud each gear change. The audio system is great in premium spec with digital radio, DVDs and sat Nav with the only draw back being real time traffic info being an optional extra with the connected drive packages. If you don't purchase at the time from the dealer the package are currently not available outside of that although BMW says the online store will be available sometime in 2015. Be prepared to part with cash at the bowser if you intend on going everywhere in sport mode however with the stop/start system on and in comfort or Eco pro mode the car is surprisingly efficient. Overall a great car which could be improved upon with only a few minor changes such as distance control cruise control ( which is now standard on the 2016 model). Highly recommend!!!
M135i - Best car I have driven
I'm very lucky to have purchased a low km F20 BMW M135i in 6 speed manual. Purchased April 2014. It's the best thing I've ever bought. 16 months after buying and I still get a smile every time I drive, I love driving to work, I love driving home, every time I'm in the car is a joy to me.
I previously had a gutless BMW E87 118i (non-turbo in E87 hence gutless) which was flawless mechanically and handled very well so was very happy with another from BMW. I chose this hatch shape again as the car is so practical, rear seats folded flat I can fi...t in 4x road bicycles, I can fit in enough scuba gear for 4 including 8 tanks and have used it to move house (fits a full sized diswasher with ease) and amazingly fits a 9'6" full sized malibu surfboard inside the car. I've driven and owned my share of cars over the last 18 years including a 911 pre-991 and modified bridgeport RX7, bang-for-your-buck this car easily is the best of the lot. For a track car, the 911 may be better choice but I'm not sure I could live with the constant attention and shopping centre carpark fear plus its suspension to me was a harsher. Highlights about the M135i: power delivery, gearbox, handling. The power delivery makes the car feel quick from a standstill, it easily pulls away from any non-GTS Holden (never been able to compare to a GTS), matches most modified Ford F6 turbos (pulls away from non-modified), never had an F6 pull away. I accept that the auto is slightly faster to 100, however I've sorted that out with a RaceChip Ultimate that boosts my power to ~280kW taking me to 100 well under 5 seconds. Once off standstill, my car with a RaceChip is faster than a Porsche 911 s-pack (traction is the barrier for speed from standstill). Once hitting 40km/hour you can plonk it in 6th gear and treat it as a two gear car, there's so much torque at 1200rpm that you really only need 2 gears 1st and 6th. Suspension is firm to bumps but pleasant enough to live with as a daily driver, and there is a mild amount of roll when pushing to the limits. If you were very keen, you could improve the roll with after market mods. If you were very keen, you'd easily out modify an F6 Falcon with increased boost and methanol and you'd have a car that didn't make you look like your knuckles dragged on the ground behind you. To the naive the engine note sounds marvelous, although you need to accept that in cabin noise is partially manufactured by the speaker system. Externally I think it sounds great but to be honest I couldn't really care what people outside the car think of how it looks or sounds, I bought the car for my pleasure not theirs. I don't want a head turner or something that attracts attention. I don't really understand people that spend $1000s on rims, spoilers, body kits, in my opinion, throw the money on your interior and engine where you get to enjoy those dollars. Mine is still under BMW warranty, so upgraded turbos, LSD, suspension, remapping chips, and increased intercooler size will wait another 12-18 months.
Best Car I have ever driven
The BMW series 1 M had a very short production run 2011 to 2012 and around 4,000 or so were produced with Australia being allocated around 200 cars only.
I absolutely LOVE this vehicle, as they are not making any more I would definitely recommend you pick up a well looked after/ low mileage second hand one, The car looks amazing without being over the top and the Performance is exceptional.
A lot of car for the money, handling of the road is the best I have experienced for any car by far.
The GPS navigation system takes a while to load when first turning the thing on.
F20 116i good prestige car but with flaws
I enjoyed the first 500 kms until the issues surfaced: rattles, AC noise, creaks all round when driving over uneven roads. Requires premium 98 for optimal performance otherwise lags. Poor standard equipment: no PDC, no auto lights nor climate control - all cost extra. Fuel economy is average 8 litres/100 km on 95 RON. Still waiting for first service to have my complaints fixed. Otherwise comfort is great and no fatigue or backaches in the drivers seat. The automatic has four modes to select from: eco, comfort, sport and manual.
Atypical look, comfortable seats, great auto transmission, long service intervals.
Very little standard features, some noise inside cabin, requires 98 octane petrol.
Grips the Corners
I can't really fault the current model (from late 2011). With just 100kw the base model shouldn't perform as well as it does but a flat torque curve and great transmission deliver the goods. Economy is very good for the performance and considering this is a real BMW with RWD.
Brilliant handling, performance, sufficient space and functionality.
Needs better speakers and iPod connectivity on the base model. Run flats instead of a spare.
Ok for city living
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
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:
- cruise control
- cupholders :-) (yes, this is an option for BMW!)
Too expensive in Australia!!
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.
Don't get the "$2000 car wash" option (fill in random product name of supposed super-shine-polish here) from the dealer, it's a very high margin option that will look good for a month.
After 3 months owning a 125i I wish I'd traded my 325 earlier - I had no idea I was missing out on something this much better!
Absolutely everything. The best car I've ever owned. I've never been particularly attached to the cars I've owned, but this one's special. Ride quality, responsiveness, the interior, the appearance. It's my second BMW, the last being a...
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.
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
Questions & Answers
Does anyone know if the 56 plate bmw 1 series 2.0l msport is the N47 or M57 engine ?
Hi fellow BMW drivers, I have a 2008 120i 5dr hatch and it has only done 71,000km. I have had it for a year now and recently I noticed it has a blue-ish smoke from the exhaust upon take off only. Do you know what this could be? I'm really concerned as it has low km's. I love the car and am very happy with it. Thanks, Michael.
I have an 2005 e87 120i with 140k on the clock. Just started blowing smoke in a big way after sitting at traffic lights for a bit. That's usually Valve Stem seals. PCV valve is another potential failure point. Google 120i problems you'll be horrified with the problems these things have. Seriously these things are rubbish, had to replace my differential at 85k. It leaks oil from the sump gasket, from the o rings on the solenoids in the front of the head, and water from the back of the engine. They're a fantastic thing to drive...but like most Bimmers once out of warranty they're a disaster.
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?
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.
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
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