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2011 BMW 1-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (1%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (28%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 80 repairs.
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2011 BMW 1-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 1-Series in Louisiana, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2015
Jul 2011

7700 mi
Vanos system came apart mechanically damaged exhaust cam timing sensor. Tail light unit failed Door speaker failed 

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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 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 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
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 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 - Sep 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 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. 

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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 - Sep 2015
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 Repair Histories

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