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2012 BMW 1-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (0%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (45%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 33 repairs.
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2012 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

41000 mi
Front pads and rotors were worn, replaced under free maintenance. RPMs would drop below acceptable levels with A/C on during normal driving as car approached idle. Engine would almost stall, but ECU would blip throttle and eventually stabilize RPMs. Small section of rear bumper paint cracked (no impact, scratch, etc...). 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

39000 mi

US $600
Have had to take car in about 3 times now for transmission issues 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

41000 mi
Replace water pump 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
Feb 2016

60700 mi

US $50
Draw on the starter system caused car to not start. Dealer misdiagnosed as battery, car wouldn't start after battery was replaced. Covered under CPO. Dealer took slightly over 3 days to remedy. First and last service with Weatherford BMW. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2013
Dec 2012

20000 mi
Headlights 

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2012 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

43300 mi

US $2000
Oil leak, oil pan replaced 
BMW 1-Series in Illinois, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2014
Nov 2011

3000 mi
Tail light had an electrical problem, needed to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Washington, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2016
May 2014

31000 mi
Passenger seat switches broken; would not return to center position so seat would keep moving. Had to order part. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) "Inactive" warning light comes on intermittently while driving. Dealer confirmed fault code 6059, cleared the code, checked tire pressures, and reset the system. 
Jun 2014

35000 mi
TPMS "Inactive" warning comes on intermittently while driving. Dealer confirmed fault code 6059 and found both rear TPM sensors are not reading. Replaced both rear TPM sensors. Passenger seat switches broken; dealer replaced seat controls. 
Feb 2016

59300 mi
Engine overheating. Replaced water pump. Stalling while coasting in neutral at low speed with A/C on. Software update performed (SIB 12 09 12). 
BMW 1-Series in Washington, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2014
Apr 2012

2300 mi
combox was replaced 
May 2013

16000 mi
Replace idrive computer display 

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2012 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2014
Nov 2012

12700 mi
Very rough intermittant idle at start up and occasionally at stop lights/signs. 
Sep 2013

25000 mi
Faulty electronic thermostat set off CEL. 
BMW 1-Series in Washington, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
Sep 2013

10000 mi
reset auto detect wipers. Also did first oil change and annual inspection. No other issues in first 10K miles. 
Dec 2014

27000 mi
Brake wear indicator on dash showed service about due. Brakes were fine so computer reset. Oil change completed as well. 
Mar 2016

38000 mi

US $571
Replaced one elec coil 
BMW 1-Series in Vermont, United States
Dec 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

23000 mi
My engine was self destroying itself, lower end bearings are shot. Few months out of warranty and BMW would not cover anything, I'm gonna need a a whole new engine at 20k. 

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2012 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2011 - Nov 2015
Mar 2013

15000 mi
Engine was misfiring under acceleration when extremely cold (8deg. F) a few months ago. Replaced VANOS solenoid(s) under warranty. 
Sep 2014

31000 mi

US $750
Replaced cracked horizontal tail light, covered by per service bulletin. 
Jun 2015

36000 mi
Radio channel selector knob had broken. Entire radio was replaced. Battery was reading low occasionally. Dealer verified that the battery was too old (at almost 4 years) and replaced it. 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Dec 2012 - Feb 2014
Jun 2013

11000 mi
driver side window operated erratically. motor replaced. rear speakers had periods of intense static. replaced radio. 

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2012 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Jan 2014

33300 mi
Hesitation. Missing. Chronic problem 

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2012 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

32000 mi

US $900
Valve gasket cover breached 

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2011.5 BMW 1-Series 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 134hp 1.6L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in Finland
Dec 2012 - Oct 2014
May 2014

26620 mi

€170
Clog in the system, no parts needed. Cleaning and warning light and TSB reset. 
Oct 2014

32240 mi

€250
Cooling liquid leak. 

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