Love this car
It has the best navigation system I have ever used in a car. It has all the functionality that a new car has - the automatic features like lights, windows, windscreens, voice control, electric seats, sensors and rear cameras. Would not go to another car brand since hopping on the BMW wagon.
The 125i has about 160kw and handles like a go kart. Great fun to drive and can be pushed Sadly RWD is being replaced with FWD and I don't think they will be the same. Leather interior is well finished, outside trim is a step up from the 120i and looks really smart. The car is a pleasure to drive short and longer distances. Road and wind noise well within reasonable limits. Suspension handles the car will.
The not so good..nothing! We really enjoy the car. It's fun, looks great, and is well put together (so far anyway).
Great handling, otherwise rubbish. Dont buy the hype about German Engineering...get a Toyota or Mazd
Great audio. Seriously even the professional package has superb sound.
Great seats. Front seats are very support, very comfortable and very adjustable. So you'll have no issues finding the right seating position.
Nice touches like holding down the lock button on the remote closes the windows remotely. Or on a hot day holding down the open button opens the windows and sunroof to get hot air out of the car before you get in.
If you like to really drive a car you'll appreciate the balance on the limit, directional stability and feedba...
An exceptionally accomplished car. Best in class.
I used to work as a driver at Avis, so I have driven nearly every single car model in the world, including the original BMW 1-series. The original 1-series was ugly and very 80's in its interior. BMW has certainly fixed that with the F20 where the interior was the main reason I bought the car. Granted, there are a few areas of hard plastic (The glove box in particular along with a panel under the middle console and the 1-8 radio buttons) but the overall feel inside the cockpit is really, really impressive and well beyond my earlier favourite wh...ich was the Audi A3. Black leather and black, soft plastic along with a string red Sport line, red stitching on the wheel and silver trimmings make the interior reminiscent of high end Bang & Olufsen designer audio - and that is exactly what I look for. It really is a work of art and getting into the car is like putting on a snug tuxedo. My car has the sport package and the fantastic 8 speed auto which I can wholeheartedly recommend, although I usually prefer manuals. The engine is cracking and has 220nm of torque. 0-100 in 8.5 seconds is ok, but the car is no sprinter. Instead, the torque allows your to overtake uphill effortlessly and at 0-60 the car is actually really fast if it is in Sport mode. ECO Plus is a fuel saving mode which I never use - the gas response is simply too slow to be of any use. I leave the car in comfort mode and switch into Sport when I get on a windy country road. I should note that the engine sound is pretty average, but the turbo can be easily heard in Sport mode - which helps. The biggest drawback is the limited space in the rear seats, but I don't care as I usually drive the car by myself only. I did have to pick up my folks form the airport with my wife and with their luggage the car was completely full. I have owned the car for more than a year now and couldn't be happier. As I mentioned in the beginning; I have tried almost every car out there and I can comfortably say that a BMW 1-series is the very best in its class. No doubt about it. Go for the 116i - Yes, the 118, 120 and 125 of course the M135 are all faster, but diminishing returns say that the best buy is a 116i with automatic transmission. Get one with leather interior as it really lifts the whole quality of the car.
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.
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 the...
Get one now!
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!!
Questions & Answers
Hi my 2005 120i with 140k on clock has started to blow blue smoke on acceleration once car is warm. Car has been regularly serviced and does not seem to be using oil. Any ideas?
Sorry Dee, I'm not an expert but if it's blowing smoke it usually Indicates some cylinder wear but my understanding it is usually associated with oil usage as well...have a mechanic look at it before it gets worse.
We have a 120i 2009 m sport (purchased new). The drivers side seat heater has stopped working. I pulled out seat and dismantled, but the pad looks fine and buzzes out (back and seat) on an ohm meter. Replaced, but led's turn on then go off after about 6 or 7 seconds. Swapped connector block from passenger side (which works), but same issue. Checked and only #3 and 10 fuses are in the fuse box. According to the fuse chart the others, (45/46 & 68) are missing and I have never taken them out. Would just 3 and 10 be enough to power up both seats? or should I put in relevant fuses to locations indicated on fuse chart?
Sorry Rod, mine never had seat warmers and I not much on electrical
Does anyone know if the 56 plate bmw 1 series 2.0l msport is the N47 or M57 engine ?
|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Transmission||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Semi-Automatic||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Fuel Type||Petrol||Petrol||Diesel and Petrol|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||19" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||5.9 L/100km||7.5 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.5L||4 Cylinder 2L|
|Max Power||103kW @ 4200-6500rpm||225kW @ 4500-6250rpm|
|Max Torque||220Nm @ 1480-4600rpm||450Nm @ 1750-5000|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany||Germany|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Sept 2019||Sept 2019||May 2008||Oct 2004|
|Discontinuation date||Aug 2013||Sept 2011|
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