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2011 BMW 1-Series Problems and Repair Histories

2011 BMW 1-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (1%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (33%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (26%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 86 repairs.
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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 335hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

23000 mi
vibration felt in brake pedal. new pads and rotors on all 4 corners. 
BMW 1-Series in Districto Federal, Mexico
Sep 2011 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

9300 mi
A fuel injector failed and was replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2013

15460 mi

$600
Fouled spark plugs. 
Jun 2014

17980 mi
Check engine came on, cylinder 6 misfire, rough engine running. Went away after turning the car off than back on. 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2015
Oct 2011

1000 mi
The air conditioning didn't work because an O-ring was chipped allowing the Freon-equivalent to escape. 
Dec 2013

29000 mi
high pressure fuel pump failed. Replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2014
Sep 2013

6000 mi
Wastegate rattle. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Jun 2011

2480 mi
rear seat tray rattle 
Dec 2012

6820 mi
rear seat tray rattle still present when sold 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - May 2013
Jan 2011

5580 mi
Satellite radio became inoperative, Car spent 2 days in shop for repair. Appears to have been a software issue, reprogrammed. Loaner car provided 
Aug 2011

10540 mi
Third brake light assembly, lense cracked then broke off. Repaired no cost . Informed "common problem" 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2012
Jul 2012

24700 mi
A/C was not cooling nor was drivers seat heater functioning to satisfaction of owner. 
Sep 2012

26000 mi
upgraded engine computer 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Jun 2010 - May 2013
Feb 2011

7000 mi
Fixed pass. side mirror squeak when using the power folding feature. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Aug 2010 - Jul 2013
Oct 2010

3000 mi
Reflashed, Oil Change CHMSL replaced Seat Back Remote Release Secured 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
Oct 2011

11000 mi
3rd brake light, common issue that dealer did acknowledge, even had it in stock it was so common. No questions asked, easy repair. Went in for the stereo amp going out and displaying "hi temp". This is while heater is on full blast when it is very cold out, after about 20 minutes of driving, that's when it happens. Dealer couldnt duplicate even though I had a picture. 
Mar 2012

15000 mi
Still having issue with head unit reporting "hi temp" and shutting off. Driver side heated seat randomly comes on, dealer could not replicate. 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Dec 2010 - Jul 2014
May 2011

14000 mi
Repaired radio. 
Feb 2014

49000 mi
A belt was squeaking. 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2010 - Dec 2015
Jan 2011

620 mi
Wind noise near B-pillar at about door handle level. Adjusted window to reduce wind noise (but not completely eliminate). 
Oct 2011

2480 mi
Wind noise again. Not willing to replace door seals, and no further adjustment of window pressure available. Will have to live with minor (or normal?) wind noise. Center console squeak / rattle. Dealer acknowledged problem, but didn't correct as I didn't want the console torn apart. Will consider at year-end oil change visit. 
Jan 2012

3100 mi
Replaced center armrest due to creaking diagnosed in Oct 2011. 
Apr 2012

3720 mi
Power steering hose failed, possibly damaged by dealer during performance suspension install. Replaced under warranty, but significant delay as part was ordered from Germany. 
Dec 2012

7440 mi

C $70
Creaking at base of windshield 
Feb 2013

7840 mi
Continuing rattles and creaks at base of windshield. 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2014
Aug 2010

2000 mi
Intake sensor 
Feb 2011

10000 mi
Trunk lid tail light cracked and popped out of trunk lid. Common problem on 128/135 BMWs. 
Sep 2011

20000 mi
Broken 3rd brake light. Replaced 
Mar 2013

33000 mi
3rd brake light broken again. This time, dealer said there was a TSB for this and replaced the light again 
Feb 2014

46000 mi
Third brakelight broken again. Light pops out of trunk lid and will eventually come out if not repaired. This is 3rd brake light they have replaced under warranty 
Jun 2014

51000 mi
Car died after coming home from routine air filter and brake fluid change. Died mid start, couldn't close door or turn on hazard lights because there was no battery at all after attempting start 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Sep 2015
Mar 2014

27000 mi
The air vents turned white very suddenly. I have never seen this happen in a car before. Dealer recommended I park it in the sun but the change was to sudden to be fading from the sun. Very weird. 
Jul 2014

30300 mi
My brakes are squeeking. Apparently this is normal for new german cars to have perfectly good brakes that don't need to be replaced for 10k miles to squeak!!! Dealer wouldn't do anything about it!!!! 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Jul 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

21300 mi
Raised carpet on passenger side door trim, aluminum trim on dash front loose, both repaired. 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

50220 mi

C $450
Cylinder 2 Coil was causing misfires. Replaced coil and all spark plugs. 
BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

44300 mi

US $200
hesitation upon acceleration, code thrown for cylinder 1 misfire. Replaced all spark plugs and switched coils in attempt to isolate any bad coils. Now runs fine. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Nov 2014

45700 mi
front center console losing color. Dealer replaced it 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Nov 2013
Jun 2012

29000 mi
"Passenger airbag off" warning light appeared while passenger was seated. The airbag software was reprogrammed. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2016
Sep 2010

2141 mi
Sunroof glass delaminating-Dealer replaced the glass. 
Feb 2011

4954 mi
Bug in the right rear tail light. 
Jul 2011

7933 mi
Rattle in passenger sie A Pillar. Fix was to replace missing felt pad at base of A Pillar. 
Aug 2011

8571 mi
A/C Intermittently failing. Fix was replacing A/C Expansion Valve. 
Jul 2012

15700 mi
With proximity key, doors should automatically relock if you walk away from the car, but don't. It would have taken the better half of the day to fix and I didn't have the time. 
Dec 2012

20000 mi

US $1548
Automatic doors did not automatically relock if not opened and told to open. Car computer systems given a manual reset by the technician. System now works. 
May 2013

24000 mi
Drivers side seat belt jammed. Entire assembly was replaced under warranty. Front pads were down to 4 mils. 
Jun 2013

25000 mi
Water splashed on my right foot while on the gas pedal during a right turn. 
Aug 2013

25700 mi
Rear brake pads were replaced under warranty 
Jan 2014

28700 mi
Cell shorted on battery Two days after battery replacement, ignition coils on cylinders 4 and 6 failed. Mechanic said two failures were not related, but I am not so sure about it. 
Jun 2014

31000 mi
Oil pump seal leaking. Car is part of recall, needs 4 vanos housing bolts replaced. No direction from BMW North America for dealer to perform recall yet. 
Aug 2014

32000 mi
Had schrader valves leaking. Valves were replaced and system recharged. 
Dec 2014

34000 mi
EXHAUST VANOS UNIT BOLT BROKEN, REPLACED EXHAUST VANOS UNIT AND REPLACED BOTH FOR INTAKE UNIT AS PER SIB 11 07 14 D.C 00 11 35 03 00 … NECESSARY TO REMOVE EXHAUST CAMSHAFT TO REMOVE BROKEN HEAD BOLT FROM ENGINE. 
Mar 2015

35000 mi

US $50
DTML Pump Failed 
Apr 2015

35500 mi

US $97
Evaporator had to be replaced 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2010 - Oct 2012
Jul 2010

1000 mi
Interference in all audio modes (Radio/Satt/CD) Took a while to reprogram. 
BMW 1-Series in Louisiana, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2015
Jul 2011

7700 mi
Vanos system came apart mechanically damaged exhaust cam timing sensor. Tail light unit failed Door speaker failed 
BMW 1-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2016
Jan 2012

9700 mi
Third trip to dealer to try to repair clunking noise at low speeds. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2016
Jul 2011

2000 mi
Sirius Radio function was lost from the OEM radio. After repeated attempts to reprogram radio/audio software failed BMW agreed to replace entire radio. Two days out of service. 
Sep 2012

8000 mi
Software update to correct erratic idle and failure to engage engine from standing start. Problem related to transmission software. 
May 2014

16000 mi
Remove and replace transmission to remove and replace O-Ring that was leaking. O-Ring is part of Wire harness that connects to top of transmission. Repair required overnight stay in dealership. Repair stopped leak. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2016
Aug 2011

2700 mi
Cracked 3rd tail light. 
Apr 2012

5000 mi
Dead battery, likely from infrequent usage. 
Sep 2012

8000 mi
Center tail light cracked 
Jul 2014

10000 mi
defroster 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Feb 2014 - Aug 2014
Apr 2014

35300 mi
VANOS bolts sheared off. Rear defroster broken, resulted in complete replacement of canvas soft top Button for passenger lumbar broke. 
BMW 1-Series in Washington, United States
Jul 2015 - May 2016
Apr 2016

40500 mi

US $23
I had a misfire. Mechanic thought it was a coil because they fail often. It turned out not to be a coil. He didn't know what it was so he changed the spark plug. He said I need to burn premium gas. The regular gas may be fouling this plug. 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2016
Oct 2012

20300 mi
One fog light was loose and there was a small rattle in the rear. Both fixed. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2016
Dec 2011

8000 mi
Brakes squealing - took off pads, chamfered and put back on car. Also flushed brake fluid. Fixed problems. 
Dec 2015

25000 mi

US $1000
Shifter shaft seal cracked and was leaking transmission fluid Windshield washer fluid pump failed 
BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

33000 mi
Convertible top liner connector broke off on front driver's side (near windshield) after regularly getting caught on side frame during top mechanised movement. Liner replaced under warranty by BMW. 
Mar 2016

45000 mi

US $100
Leaking valve cover gasket. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2013 - Apr 2014
Oct 2013

48700 mi
Rear defrost not functioning. 
Apr 2014

53000 mi
Defective driver head light. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2-door

Engine not specified

BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

4000 mi
Work stopped providing free charging, and repeated software issues with experimental electric powertrain. Transferred lease. 

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