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2011 BMW 1-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 141 repairs.
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2011 BMW 1-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (1%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (65%)

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Chart based on 85 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 BMW 1-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 1-Series in Ireland
Dec 2016 - Jul 2018
Jan 2017

123380 mi

€3500
turbo replaced 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 335hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

38000 mi

US $80
Window washer system lines clogged. 
BMW 1-Series in Districto Federal, Mexico
Sep 2011 - Mar 2017
Sep 2012

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

14960 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. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2015 - Oct 2016
Sep 2015

52080 mi
Charge induction pipe broken (feeds air to turbocharger) repaired under warranty 
Oct 2015

52580 mi

C $213
Water pump failed (pump repaired under warranty) Thermostat replaced at same time (thermostat not covered by warranty) 
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
Aug 2010 - Jul 2013
Oct 2010

3000 mi
Reflashed, Oil Change CHMSL replaced Seat Back Remote Release Secured 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Mar 2017 - Aug 2021
Jun 2017

53000 mi

US $1500
Oil filter gasket housing replaced Transmission pan replaced because it was leaking Transmission reprogrammed because the DCT transmission was jerky at low speeds or while coming to a stop. The revs would build up and fall down. Software was updated to fix the problem. Sway bar bushings needed to be replaced. The serpentine belt was replaced along with the idler pulley as it had oil on it due to a leaky oil filter gasket. Front sway bar links replaced 
Sep 2017

54000 mi
Code for a leak in turbo. Also slight smell of burning oil, which might explain why the car needed 2 qts of oil one fine day. Battery would not hold a charge despite being on a battery tender for a while. Was fine before it went into the dealership for the first set of repairs. Replaced with a new battery. FRM module needs to be replaced. Code thrown for passenger side window short. The window would forget the height it needs to be at and thus wouldn't drop a little bit when the door was opened. Aux fan not working. Aux fan pulling in more current than expected. 
Apr 2018

58000 mi

US $150
Got a "Engine Overheating: Drive Moderately" message while driving at 60mph with the A/C on. Pulled over, let the car cool for 15 minutes and message went away. Took to shop and got water pump, coolant hose and thermostat replaced. Water pump was covered under 3rd party warranty. 
Feb 2019

64000 mi
Oil seepage. Gaskets replaced Heater core replaced.  Car would take a long time to crank. Fuel pump found to be defective and replaced. Suspension replaced all arounmd Coolant tank cracked causing slow leakage of coolant. Replaced Blower motor making a loud noise. Replaced. 
Aug 2021

68000 mi

US $1100
Passenger side wheel speed sensor replaced Alternator replaced since it stopped working 
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
Sep 2010 - Oct 2012
Jul 2012

24300 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 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" Battery replaced and upgraded to 90AH. Bulletin641 81 11 0061380300. Software recoded Mirror and Nozzle heater full coding performed no apparent issue prior to visit 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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 
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). Unknown emissions system reprogramming. 
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 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. 
Sep 2013

47000 mi
Under warranty. An aluminum screw near the cams cracked and car went into limp mode. Took it to dealer and they fixed it up properly. 
Feb 2014

49000 mi
A belt was squeaking. 

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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
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 - Jun 2018
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

15300 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

23500 mi
Drivers side seat belt jammed. Entire assembly was replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2013

25000 mi
Water splashed on my right foot while on the gas pedal during a right turn. 
Jan 2014

21700 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
DMTL Pump Failed 
Apr 2015

35300 mi

US $97
Evaporator had to be replaced 
May 2016

42400 mi
#1 Ignition Coil Failed. 3rd Failed Coil in last 3 years. Dealer replaced all 6 ignition coils. 
Jun 2016

43000 mi

US $185
My key FOB went bad and would not let me unlock the car. Took 2 trips (1 to get new key and 1 to reprogram the car) 
Mar 2018

54000 mi
PCV Valve Heater replaced due to fire hazard Valve Cover Seals Leaking 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2016 - Jan 2018
Mar 2016

50220 mi

C $450
Cylinder 2 Coil was causing misfires. Replaced coil and all spark plugs. 
Jan 2018

72540 mi

C $1700
Engine was overheating. Replaced water pump, and thermostat. Replaced and programmed for new battery as it failed load test. Had oil changed. 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Jul 2013 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

21200 mi
Raised carpet on passenger side door trim, aluminum trim on dash front loose, both repaired. 
Oct 2016

34200 mi

US $50
A/c evaporator replaced, would have been 2500 but for cpo coverage. 
BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

44400 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. 
Oct 2016

53500 mi

US $180
Engine misfire in cylinder 3, replaced all coils and cylinder 3 spark plug (had replaced spark plugs previously) 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
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. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2014 - Jul 2018
Nov 2014

45900 mi
front center console losing color. Dealer replaced it 
Dec 2017

61000 mi

US $85
Both sensors broke 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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

6800 mi
Vanos system came apart mechanically damaged exhaust cam timing sensor. Tail light unit failed Door speaker failed 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2017 - Apr 2017
Feb 2017

42160 mi

C $400
coil pack blew 
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 Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2018
Jan 2012 Third trip to dealer to try to repair clunking noise at low speeds. 
Jan 2017

13500 mi

US $1200
Battery and Intelligent Battery Sensor (IBS) needed to be replaced. IBS was replaced 3 years ago under warranty. Per dealer due to car being driven infrequently, this puts stress on battery and IBS. Recommended use of battery charger. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2016

44000 mi
Intake plastic cracked, apparently a common problem on this vehicle 
BMW 1-Series in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

60000 mi

US $1100
Oil filter housing gasket leaking. 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 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

15900 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 York, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2018
Jul 2015

103900 mi

US $1093
Replaced water pump. Car started overheating while 600 miles from home. I was able to get back home with heater blasting in hot rainy weather and careful driving. 
Oct 2015

111000 mi

US $1156
Oil leak repair Replace expansion tank due to coolant leak. Straighten 2 rims bent by potholes. 
Sep 2016

134000 mi

US $120
Diagnosing aux headlight bulb out indicator. All bulbs appear to work but the computer claims a bulb is out. Replacing bulbs doesn't help. I gave up after shop spent an hour looking for the source without success. 
Dec 2016

137600 mi

US $220
Repair rim bent by pothole 
Feb 2017

137000 mi

US $3376
Clutch replacement. The OEM part was quite expensive. I obtained an aftermarket 5 series clutch that fits from ECS Tuning. Coolant feed tubes between engine and turbo were leaking. 
Aug 2017

153000 mi

US $300
Bought replacement rims for snow tires after 3 were bent by potholes. 
Sep 2017

149000 mi

US $337
Punctured rear tire on trip. Had to replace with wrong tires to get home same day. 
Jan 2018

156000 mi

US $3675
Reverse synchro broke. Parts aren't available to properly repair transmission - dealer expects you to buy a new one. But shop was able to open, remove the broken synchro, and reseal the transmission. 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

2600 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 
May 2018

20000 mi

US $50
Rear ABS sensors failed throwing codes. 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Mar 2017 - Jul 2018
Jul 2017

74000 mi

US $200
Replaced completely dead starter. 
Oct 2017

80000 mi

US $123
A/C would work intermittently, replaced Final Stage Resistor works perfect. 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2017 - Oct 2021
Sep 2020

78000 mi

US $2000
Replaced valve cover 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2020
Oct 2012

20200 mi
One fog light was loose and there was a small rattle in the rear. Both fixed. 
Jun 2018

67000 mi

US $1500
Wheel bearings replaced. When rear wheel bearings were replaced brake pads were noted to almost be worn out so changed them at same time. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Feb 2014 - Aug 2014
Apr 2014

35200 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 - Dec 2017
Apr 2016

39500 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. Update: When the car was at BMW in September, they said the ignition coils are all failing and wanted to replace them all. This is apparently as common as tire replacement on this vintage BMW. 
Sep 2016

42000 mi
The audio was making a feedback/ringing sound with the radio on or off and with the ignition key on or off. They said it was the radio and replaced it for a mere $1350! 
Jan 2017

38200 mi

US $250
One of the ignition coils went bad. I replaced them all along with the spark plugs. Only the cost of the coils is included in the cost here. One coil started failing about 35000 miles 

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2013 - Apr 2014
Oct 2013

48300 mi
Rear defrost not functioning. 
Apr 2014

53000 mi
Defective driver head light. 
BMW 1-Series in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2021
Dec 2015

25000 mi

US $1000
Shifter shaft seal cracked and was leaking transmission fluid Windshield washer fluid pump failed 
Jun 2016

25000 mi
Convertible top was leaking. Gasket starting to wear out so they inserted foam to fill the gap. Problem solved. 
BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2017
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. 
Apr 2017

50000 mi

US $300
Faulty Water Pump/Thermostat. Thermostat was stuck closed when replaced. Water pump was experiencing intermittent electrical / communication issues Code 2E84--cause was due to loose ground. 

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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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2010 BMW 1-Series 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 141hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Great Britain
Nov 2015 - Sep 2016
Jun 2016

37000 mi
turbo gearbox/clutch internal lighting, battery rear view mrror 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 4dr Hatch

168-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in New South Wales, Australia
Sep 2015 - Mar 2018
Oct 2016

37820 mi

A $950
Vacuum pump ~ oil o-ring leaking and cam-cover gasket. Sympton ~ Oil fume smell in cabin. This was repaired new oil o ring and gasket. 
Mar 2017

38440 mi

A $600
Repair of oil leak coming from cam cover///not successful. stil leaking slightly. There is an vacuum pump in the same area that was leaking. 
Aug 2017

418190 mi

A $1200
The above work included Pad replacement Front & Rear discs. Front & Rear sensors 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2013 - May 2016
Jul 2013

20740 mi
valve cover gasket leaking oil. Found Cylinder Head Cover cracked around the Oil Filled Neck. Replaced Valve Cover. 
Nov 2013

25420 mi
Car warned of exterior light failed intermittently. Brought car into shop to diagnose. Turning signal bulb was replaced. Issue returned immediately after retrieving car from service!  Return trip: Bulb and wiring replaced. 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Oregon, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2018
Apr 2014

69700 mi

US $1500
All 6 fuel injectors needed to be replaced 
Nov 2017

125000 mi

US $1100
Intake carbon build up required walnut-blasting. Had never been done in 125,000 miles After walnut blasting the tech test drove the car, parked it and the temp gauge began to go up: the water pump had failed. The water pump failure and replacement was not caused by the shop; the water pump had never failed prior to 125,000 miles so it was good it failed at the shop. Replaced it and the thermostat. After (a) the walnut blasting, and (b) the water pump and thermostat, then (c) the SES came on again. Kuni’s excellent service staff spent nearly 20 hours to diagnose the issue since there was not yet a code that pointed to the fuel injectors. Once a code finally popped, the fuel injectors were replaced and I asked them to replace the BMW Performance spark plugs which had not been replaced since 48,000 miles. The whole system holds together and so a cascade of events after 125,000 miles is not shock. Runs like it is brand new now..and I’m keeping it along with my new 2018 M2. 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2017
Mar 2015

24000 mi
fuel cap leak. replaced 
Mar 2016

27000 mi

US $50
belt tensioner 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

60760 mi

C $350
Sealed AC refrigerant leak and recharged 
Jan 2018

70060 mi

C $1200
Fuel tank leak. Both fuel senders replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Mar 2013 - Feb 2016
Aug 2013

28400 mi
Power windows on driver side would occasionally stop. Shop replaced the motor. 
Sep 2014

38000 mi

US $50
Window would not reliably go up each time I attempted to close it. Motor and switch were replaced. 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Maryland, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2018
Mar 2010

100 mi
Sirius radio would lose signal intermittently. Dealer reprogramed it (took 2 days). No other problems with the car in the two years since. 
Dec 2012

22300 mi
Not really a problem at this point but wondering if it might become one over time. Hot or cold, car used to start almost instantly. Recently, when cold, it takes 1-2 seconds. Dealer unable to duplicate cold start scenario. 
BMW 1-Series in Queensland, Australia
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

55180 mi

A $700
Replacement of battery after seven years 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in Delaware, United States
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015
May 2015

74000 mi

US $50
Right front indicator went out. Replacement of bulb and socket was unsuccessful. Diagnostic revealed bad circuit covered under warranty. All I had to cover was gas for the loaner vehicle. 
BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

47000 mi
Injector was bad. Bank of 3 replaced under cpo warranty. 
Apr 2016

69800 mi

US $50
Wheel bearing replacement CPO warranty. 

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2010 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

23000 mi

US $250
trunk mounted brake light bezel broke bad click - duplicate entry 
Dec 2017

25000 mi
replacement trunk mount brake light bezel broke - was replaced again under warranty 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2013 - Jan 2015
Dec 2013

34000 mi
The assembly with the buttons for the convertible top operation fell back into the dash, but the buttons still worked. Item was reattached. 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2013 - Oct 2013
Oct 2013

65000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat Check Engine Light, replaced thermostat, during that noticed the water pump had sedimentation, replaced that while engine was apart. 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Oct 2014
May 2013

29500 mi
Third brake light lens cracked 

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2009 BMW 1-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Jul 2011
Jul 2010

17360 mi
HPFP long crank, software update. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 141hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Belgium
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

81840 mi
fuel tank intake valve blocked 
Mar 2016

125240 mi
exhaust support broken 
Apr 2016

126040 mi
water pump broke down 
Aug 2016

130200 mi
hole in the exhaust pipe : had to replace the DPF 
Aug 2017

145080 mi
AC circuits empty due to leakage in diffusor behind the glove compartiment. No repairs made 
Feb 2018

148180 mi
rear shock absorbers replaced 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 114hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Spain
Dec 2013 - Apr 2014
Jan 2014 Chain substitution 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2013
Apr 2010

14500 mi
Tail light failure 
Jun 2011

30000 mi
Lens on 3rd brake light cracked. Known issue on this car 
Jul 2011

30700 mi
AC Evaporator leak and was replaced 
Feb 2013

52700 mi
Headlight switch broke. Would not change setting 
Jul 2013

57500 mi

US $700
Bad Fuel flow sensor 
BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2015
Jun 2010

15700 mi
High Pressure fuel pump failure, low pressure fuel pump sensor, engine controller 
Dec 2011

30000 mi
Driver's side LED tail light went out. LED bars are an integral part of tail light assembly. Driver's side tail light assembly replaced by dealership. Passenger LED tail light went out. Dealer graciously replaced the previously replaced driver's side as well as the passenger side tail light. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2018
May 2010

9800 mi
Ashtray lid closed and would not re-open. Dealer replaced ashtray.  Experienced two long cranks in quick succession after a road trip. Dealer said might be HPFP, had fault code 2FBF, "Reprogrammed the car per the test plan DIA code D1214-B000000-90-210." 
Oct 2010

14300 mi
Experienced loss of power at highway speeds Friday 10/8. On Mon, dealer reprogrammed, kept it overnight, had long cranks Tuesday morning, replaced the high-pressure fuel pump with the -933 version. 
Sep 2011

21000 mi
Third brake light cracked. Repaired under warranty by BMW dealership. 
BMW 1-Series in New South Wales, Australia
Jul 2014 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

34720 mi

A $1000
One of the six fuel injector misfire/faulty Wind screen washer pump failure 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Oct 2010

8000 mi
Car threw SES light, went into limp mode after turning car on and idling for 5 minutes. Turned off car, restarted two minutes later--no more SES light and car was running fine. But indicates failing HPFP so dealer replaced it. Noticed rear left parking tail light was out upon delivery of the car. Brought car to the dealer to replace. There was TSB to replace both of car's tail lights due to corrosion of the tail light seals. Parts not in stock and were ordered. 
Feb 2011

13400 mi
Installed new tail light assemblies. 
Jun 2011

17000 mi
Cracks in the trunk lid brake light lens; cracks present when I bought the car used, but number of cracks starting to increase. 
Dec 2012

39000 mi
Cracked brake light lens on trunk lid. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Oct 2021
Apr 2010

7300 mi
TPMS light stays on even though tire pressures are correct. Cannot reset TPMS. Right rear wheel electronics module was shorted. Replaced sensor, rebalanced tire, reset TPMS successfully. 
Jul 2010

9000 mi
Driver side tail light faulty. Dealer replaced both lamp assemblies due to recall. 
Sep 2010

10000 mi
Trim between driver side front and back windows catching on the window when opening door. Trim piece ordered and replaced 10 days later. Trim moulding was also damaged but not repaired - part on order. Trips to dealer=3, not repaired yet. 
Oct 2010

10700 mi
Rough idle and Service Engine Soon fault occurred. Dealer detected a misfire fault in cylinder #5. Recalibrated the injectors and tested OK. Loaner car provided for duration of repair. Trim moulding replaced. 
Apr 2011

16000 mi
Right front turn signal malfunction. Replaced light bulb and footwell module and programmed ECU. 
Sep 2011

18000 mi
Trunk lid stop light lens cracked. Lens was replaced. 
Jan 2012

15000 mi
SES light came on after starting with a rough idle. Car was drivable but very balky. No fault code stored, thus no repair completed. Similar to previous SES error earlier, plus warranty recall work was done to fix similar problem(s). 
Jul 2012

20000 mi
TPMS Inactive warning light occurred twice. Checked tire pressure and drove to dealer. No fault codes stored. Unable to duplicate problem. Prior repair had replaced one part of the tire pressure monitoring system. 
Aug 2012

21300 mi
SES Combustion misfire. Replaced 3 injectors, spark plugs and coils. 
Jun 2014

36000 mi

US $20
Missing jack pad replaced. 
Jul 2016

45200 mi

US $250
Replaced cracked rear third brake light (in trunk lid). Replaced wheel speed sensor which was causing ABS failure indication. 
Dec 2016

47000 mi
Got a SES light so I took it to a local independent shop who diagnosed it as a misfire in cylinder #1, and then cleared the fault code to reset the SES indicator. No charge for diagnosis and no repair attempted. 
Jan 2017

43800 mi

US $2900
SES light returned indicating combustion misfire in cylinders #1-3. Replaced all 6 fuel injectors, decouplers (gaskets for fuel injectors), and spark plugs, even though the plugs had less than 2,500 miles on them. 
Apr 2017

48000 mi
Takata driver's airbag was replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2019

58072 mi

US $1689
Replace wheel speed sensor Replace valve cover gasket 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2011
Feb 2010

10000 mi
Passenger side window would lower to halfway when attempt to fully raise. high pressure fuel pump was defective, leading to long crank times. 
Aug 2010

15200 mi
fuel pump replaced;  rear driver's side light bulb replaced. 
Sep 2010

16000 mi
driver side taillight assembly (part that holds the bulbs) had to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Virginia, United States
Jan 2008 - May 2014
Nov 2008

1000 mi
Clutch squeaked when depressed. Went to dealer for repair, discovered that the return spring needed to be greased. Completed and problem hasn't returned. 
Jun 2009

7000 mi
Dashboard showing indentation on the passenger side. Probably due to heat. SA looked at it and immediately said that he'll go ahead and order the parts for replacement. Follow up service was a drop-off; dealer provided loaner. Job done the next day. 
May 2011

19100 mi
Fuel pump recall campaign. Replaced pump and 4 injectors. Back in Oct 2010 I had asked them to investigate slightly longer start-up cranks, couldn't be replicated. Also replaced brake lamp seals and updated ECU firmware. 
Mar 2013

33000 mi

US $300
Brake light assembly driving lights failed (when headlight is on). Known issue but out of warranty. Requires full assembly to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2012
Mar 2011

14000 mi
Severe distortions in windshield. Tech says they all look that way. Was going to call BMW and get back to me...still waiting two weeks later for that call. 
Jul 2011

19000 mi
Driver's side tail light leds malfunctioned. No driving light or rear side marker. New lens ordered and installed because the leds are integrated into the lens housing. Center armrest is creaky. They all do that. ;( Windshield has multiple distortions and I've been trying to get it replaced for a year and 8 months. Will try a new BMW service center. Radio has stopped working twice now. Will not update radio software because they feel the reflash for the HPFP replacement would have covered the radio, too. 
Aug 2011

19500 mi

US $100
Windshield was finally replaced due to distortions. Center armrest creaking. Special lubricant ordered from Germany. Advisor indicated there might be a TSB that specifically indicates this new lube/fix. 
Oct 2011

20300 mi
Replaced replacement windshield due to manufacture distortions in the glass. This seems to be normal to have sub-normal glass quality for the BRAND. Finally replaced passenger side rear tail light after I pointed out there was evidence of condensation. Second dealership far more helpful than first dealership in resolving this concern. 
Mar 2012

23000 mi
Another distorted windshield 
Apr 2012

23000 mi
Yet another bad windshield 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2010 - Nov 2019
Nov 2010

22500 mi
tail lights completely out--both sides. took 22 days of constant hounding to have dealer find and replace part. national backorder. 
Sep 2011

33000 mi
replaced the third brake light (again) under warranty 
Apr 2012

42000 mi
replaced BOTH oxygen sensors 
Mar 2013

53000 mi

US $100
valve repair 
Jun 2013

56000 mi
small gas leak they couldn't detect. took 6 total trips to get the problem diagnosed. if you can believe the dealer, it was a loose nut on the High Pressure Fuel Pump (which had been replaced previously under warranty). 
Mar 2014

66000 mi

US $600
window regulator broke 
Jun 2015

84000 mi

US $600
window regulator broke 
Sep 2015

87000 mi

US $1350
pulley failed and destroyed compressor 
Nov 2015

89300 mi

US $1400
Thermostat and water pump 
Jan 2017

94700 mi

US $753
water pump failed. blew out radiator hose 
Sep 2017

120000 mi

US $2800
Had A/C problems. Suddenly died. Only a recharge. Oil leak. Oil pan seal. Discovered while performing A/C repair. Replace battery. Replace ignition coils (already known to be failing), which led to fuel injectors, spark plugs; had warning lights. Four trips total in September that included some separately reported repairs. 
Jun 2018

130000 mi

US $130
no refrigerant 
BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2018
Dec 2010

10000 mi
Defective taillight. Parts were out of stock nationwide. Dealers was unable to provide timeframe for when parts would be in stock. Was told part was "on order." The car was taking a long time to start. These "long cranks" lasted as long as 10 seconds. Software update seemed to marginally improve the time it takes to start car, but not back to the speed with which it originally started when new. 
Apr 2011

12500 mi
Tail light replacement part was in stock. Both tail lights were swapped out with new part that is supposed to be properly sealed and will not fail due to moisture. 
Apr 2013

21300 mi
The right side stereo channel of the amplifier failed and no sound was being produced by the right side speakers. The dealer ordered a new amp and replaced it to resolve the problem. 
Apr 2018

60000 mi

US $12
Front right turn signal bulb socket stopped working. A bulb replacement did not fix the issue. I had to replace the entire socket for that bulb and the light bulb before it would work again. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2016
Nov 2010

16000 mi
left window washer incorrectly installed in factory. still was functional, just loosely attached to hood. 
Nov 2016

51000 mi

US $900
fuel injector stuck open 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2013
Jan 2009

4500 mi
Passenger side window lost calibration; holding switch in "close" position resulted in window closing then immediately opening halfway. Repaired by re-initializing software. Warranty repair, 1 day in shop 
May 2011

36700 mi

US $267
HPFP and 3 injectors replaced; car reprogrammed per HPFP recall 
Oct 2011

45200 mi
"Severe electrical fault, car cannot be driven." iDrive, warning lights flashing chaotically, Comfort Access not working. Dealer: water leakage into modules; modules replaced. Rained before I picked up car, same problem, left at dealer. Previous electrical problem was finally completely corrected. 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2011
Sep 2010

6000 mi
Also rear LED tail light. Have been waiting over 2 months for the parts to get in at the dealer. There are 11 other folks awaiting the same tail light kit.  
Oct 2010

6000 mi
New tail light installed. 
BMW 1-Series in Maryland, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

8320 mi
Had the high pressure fuel pump replaced after it failed. Had the high pressure fuel pump replaced after it failed. 
BMW 1-Series in Hawaii, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

6000 mi
SES-HPFP failure, Stereo (dealer caused while in shop), Windows (dealer caused while in shop) 
BMW 1-Series in Idaho, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2015
Mar 2010

18000 mi
Faulty fuel pump. Had issues starting, was aware of potential issue from BMW forums. Replaced at no charge under warranty 
Apr 2011

20000 mi
Fuel pump replaced again. 
Oct 2011

26000 mi
tail light housing replacement on both tail lights 
Dec 2013

35000 mi

US $250
Brake pedal pressure unusually difficult after cold start. Had repair shop check brake fluids, brake booster valve. Nothing found, problem continues. 
Dec 2015

46000 mi
Car required all 6 fuel injectors to be replaced as there is a known issue with the year the car was manufactured. 3 days after having 6 fuel injectors were replaced, the car started having issues accelerating. Car was returned to dealership for a likely faulty coil(s) 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2018
Mar 2012

26000 mi
Wheel bearing worn out. Dealer claimed the problem on increased camber settings, but finally decided to replace under warranty "as a one time thing" 
May 2018

72000 mi

US $30
Front passenger ABS wheel speed sensor replaced 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2012
Aug 2009

22000 mi
HPFP Failure 
BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
- Dec 2009
Sep 2009

3050 mi
replace high pressure fuel pump 
Oct 2009

3100 mi
Replace dashboard, service clutch spring, replace MAF, reprogram software 
Dec 2009

3850 mi
replace high pressure fuel pump, replace low pressure fuel sensor, replace steering wheel cover, replace headlight washer 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2015 - Jul 2020
Jun 2017

76000 mi

US $480
Drivers side window regulator replaced with OEM part 
Jan 2018

80500 mi

US $1650
water pump replaced after catastrophic failure. Thermostat also was replaced on my request as a preventative measure. 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2017

50000 mi

US $300
AC recharge port replacement 
Mar 2018

56000 mi

US $1000
Battery and charge sensor 
May 2018

60000 mi

US $1000
Window regulator replacement 
BMW 1-Series in Oregon, United States
Apr 2015 - Sep 2016
Aug 2015

44300 mi

US $3000
Hpfp failed. Covered by BMW under extended warranty terms. Needed all six injectors replaced. Three were leaking. Had to replace all due to new part number. They don't mix and match. 
BMW 1-Series in New South Wales, Australia
Jan 2015 - Sep 2018
Jul 2016

26860 mi

A $3500
Turbos needed to be replaced 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
May 2015

49100 mi

US $2000
Clutch was clearly abused by previous owner before I purchased it, had to replace clutch and flywheel due to slippage in 6th gear. 
Sep 2015

52000 mi

US $40
Rear 3rd brakelight cover fell off. Replaced with improved part. 
Sep 2016

59000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear shocks, noticed a lot of rear end moment over bumps 
Jun 2017

63000 mi

US $50
Intermittent misfire on cylinder 5 and 6, fixed by replacing spark plugs. This was before scheduled maintenance. Front shocks were worn out, bouncy ride. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 201hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Belgium
Nov 2008 - May 2009
Dec 2008

4960 mi
Oil was leaking from gearbox into clutch. Gearbox, clutch, flywheel replaced. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2009 - Sep 2012
Sep 2009

10000 mi
The gearbox assembly malfunctioned causing the car to go into failsafe mode. Car was towed to the dealer and part was replaced. The gearshift assembly malfunctioned causing the car to go into failsafe mode. Car was towed to the dealer and part was replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Virginia, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2016
Mar 2011

25000 mi
Rear brake light needed to be replaced. 
Oct 2013

34200 mi

US $9
The rear brake lamp cracked and needed to be replaced. This item would have been covered under warranty. Its a common issue and in my opinion the result of a basic design flaw. 
BMW 1-Series in Indiana, United States
Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
Feb 2018

81000 mi

US $80
Misfire on cylinder 3. Changed 6 spark plugs and found some oil in spark plug wells on cylinder 3&4. 
BMW 1-Series in Illinois, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

78700 mi

US $700
replaced starter due to failure 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2020
Apr 2014

23200 mi
fuel pump failure 
Mar 2015

27000 mi

US $100
driver side window regulator broken - replaced 
Dec 2018

51000 mi

US $750
front pads and rotors 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
May 2011 - Aug 2016
Jul 2011

13200 mi
air conditioner not working for third time. Told repairmen that two previous repairs of o rings not successful. Under threat of lemon law suite finally tested evaporator which was leaking coolant 
BMW 1-Series in Alaska, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2016
Mar 2015

60000 mi
HVAC blower started squeaking again (I had replaced it last year and DIY'ed it, was working fine for a long time). Lubricated with some lithium grease and all is well again. Noise and vibration coming from alternator and belt tensioner. Tensioner, serpentine belt, and alternator replaced by indie mechanic (OEM parts). $1200 CDN. 
Nov 2015

73600 mi

US $30
Left headlight failed. Replaced in about 15-20 mins. Both bulbs replaced with Canadian Tire brand bulbs ($30). 
Dec 2015

76000 mi
Ventilation fan failed after spraying lubricant again. Bought aftermarket part which was cheaply made and noisy, bought original part from dealer and installed myself. $300 
Mar 2016

80000 mi

US $175
Driver's side heated mirror rusted. Replaced with aftermarket from ebay ($50 total for both sides) - this caused electrical problems. Then bought original part from BMW ($150 CDN + tax) and installed myself. No more issues. 
Apr 2016

80000 mi

US $200
Engine hood lever no longer working. Diagnosed as seized cable. Both cables within engine bay and hood lever replaced. $220 CDN at dealer. 
Jun 2016

80000 mi
Both read bearings noisy. Discovered that too rusty and could not be removed Suggested replacement of axle shafts.  Also gasoline smell suggesting gas tank leaking. Traded car in. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2015 - Nov 2021
Jan 2017

57040 mi

C $600
Driver side window failing to operate, replace motor. 
Jul 2017

58900 mi

C $300
Passenger Window motor failure, replaced motor 
BMW 1-Series in Washington, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

48000 mi

US $13
Oil filter o-ring failure. Replaced filter and seal, cleaned engine and have had no problems since. 
Apr 2018

59000 mi

US $50
Windshield washer no op attempted to replace pump but still non op 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

42000 mi
slight leak at main seal 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Apr 2015
Aug 2014

75000 mi

US $900
Bad coil in 6th cylinder and bad solenoid. 
Feb 2015

85000 mi

US $1100
Needed new coils and drive belt tensioner. 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

48980 mi
Replaced VANOS solenoids to fix fluctuating idle. 
BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2010

10540 mi
Low mileage oil change provided. New seals required on tail lights. Left tail light "welcome lights" out. Both rear tailights replaced pursuant to the TSB re: tailights being out. 
Sep 2010

12400 mi
Sunroof rattle going over bumps. No idea what they tried to fix it, but it didn't work. 
May 2011

17980 mi
Standard third brake light replacement under TSB. 
Sep 2012

33480 mi
Driver's seat cover replaced as the leatherette was cracking on the outside side bolster. Update: they didn't do it correctly. Fourth attempt on Tuesday, I believe that they are bringing in an upholstery expert. Updated: fixed. 
Dec 2012

35960 mi
Sunroof rattle...again! The problem has now been identified as the bracket that holds the rear dome light to the headliner. The bracket is missing the retaining tabs which were broken off. New part on order from Germany. 
Feb 2013

37060 mi
Dome light bracket replaced and sunroof rattle appears to finally be cured. 
Sep 2014

52700 mi

C $344
Driver's halo bulb burned out. 
BMW 1-Series in Utah, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

16000 mi
Middle Brake light lens fell out. Common problem. Seatbelts replaced per recall. 
BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Mar 2015 - May 2016
May 2015

64000 mi

US $900
Oil leaking from head gasket and oil filter cooler gasket. Both gaskets replaced. 
Dec 2015

73000 mi

US $750
Replaced worn oil pan gasket which was beginning to seep oil. 
Jan 2016

US $400
Check Engine Light error code indicated thermostat needed replacing. Thermostat was replaced and coolant was flushed and refilled. 
May 2016

76000 mi

US $300
Wheel speed sensor failure. The Shop diagnosed two warning lights that were lit on the dash and determined the left rear wheel speed sensor was defective and needed replacement. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in Lebanon
Sep 2009 - Jan 2015
Jun 2012

43400 mi
Gas leakage detected in the AC compressor 
Sep 2012

48360 mi

$1200
AC in the car failed to work again after replacing the Compressor month or 2 earlier. Dealer said it was the evaporator this time. so they get it changed. I think the evaporator was the problem, afraid compressor was replaced by mistake pilot window failed to operate 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in Missouri, United States
Mar 2013 - Feb 2015
Aug 2013

33700 mi
Convertible top replaced due to known issue. BMW had issued a tsb covering a defective part in the top mechanism that caused damage to the top. 
Nov 2013

36900 mi
Rough idle on cold engine on warm days. Replaced all 6 fuel injectors and 2 spark plugs under warranty. Driver side windshield washer jet leaking. Replaced parts. 
BMW 1-Series in Illinois, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009

1000 mi
Driver window has a mind of its own. Close it, and it sometimes goes 1/2 way back down on its own. New Software did not fix it. May be a Motor problem and it is affecting other ones. 
Mar 2010

5000 mi
Dealer cannot replicate problem with driver window. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

11000 mi
AC not blowing cold air 
BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2011 - Jun 2016
Feb 2011

5580 mi
Centre arm rest squeaking. Dealer removed and replaced, however squeaking returned a week later. 
May 2011

8060 mi
Driver side rear speaker stopped working, dealer replaced wiring. Passenger rear shotgun window exhibits a glass on glass clunk when closing only during convertible top down. Dealer found a similar sound when examining other models. Dealer decided best not to play with window alignment. 
Aug 2012

20940 mi
Soft top developed a wear mark and had to be replaced. 
Nov 2012

23420 mi
Buzzing noise coming for AC fan. Rear tail lights LED strip went out. Both sides had to be replaced. Cosmetic issues from soft top replacement. Clips not connected properly, metal shavings throughout the cabin. Rear headrest was scratched. 
Jan 2013

23960 mi
Dealer removed and re-installed door panels due to squeaking. 
Jun 2016

52700 mi

C $4000
Valve cover replaced & gaskets. Oil filter housing, oil cooler, turbo cooler, gaskets and seals. Replaced 3 injection coils. 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
Jun 2009

8680 mi
Warranty work - lens on center brake light split across the middle and fell out. Replaced. High beam passenger bulb failed and replaced. 
Oct 2009

10540 mi
Lens on center brake light failed for a second time in 4 months. 
Oct 2012

23560 mi
Rear brake light indicator lens cracked and broken. Third time it has happened. Low profile tires and Alberta roads can lead to jarring causing light lens to crack and break. They have replaced it every time at no cost to me. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2011
Aug 2010

3600 mi
Engine backfires when cold Rear defroster has one heating element not working. 
Dec 2010

5000 mi
High Pressure Fuel Pump faulty. Software update performed at same time fixed previously reported backfire. 
May 2011

6000 mi
Third brake light lens cracked from fatigue. Rear defroster never fixed. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
- Feb 2010
Feb 2010

11780 mi
Third brake light, fell out and replaced. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
May 2010

12000 mi
Light bulbs - headlight or took more than five minutes to change, repair 
Oct 2010

35000 mi
Driver tail light out and not indicating on dash, was told the tail light assembly had a short, therefore both entire tail light assemblies are on order. Should have been a recall, parts are back ordered now going on 2 months. 
BMW 1-Series in South Carolina, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2012

22500 mi
I had to have another (2nd) new top installed under warranty when it developed a hole. I found on-line a tsb that had not been performed which will, I hope, prevent another hole developing. 
Sep 2012

23000 mi
The third brake light, the one on the trunk, fell off. The dealer replaced it and washed the car in about an hour. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

3000 mi
1st horn was dead, the 2nd horn blew fuses. 
Jan 2009

5000 mi
Rear brake light fell off, entire center brake light had to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in South Africa
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

33480 mi
passenger window moving up and down randomly and to different levels when opening and closing door. replaced window footwell module. high feul consumption. replaced dirty air filter 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

11000 mi
third taillight on the trunk, fell in (as reported by many) 
BMW 1-Series in Germany
Jul 2015 - Apr 2016
Oct 2015

57340 mi
Had rust underneath, in the back. Got fixed for free by the dealer a few days ago. Once in a while I am hearing a banging noise when I drive slowly on brick pavement. The mechanic could not find the source and we left it at that. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

BMW 1-Series in Great Britain
Sep 2010 - Sep 2014
Nov 2010

15000 mi
bought 2.75yr old used car in october 14283 mileage replaced left rear light bulb it has 2.5 mnths warranty left think tyres will need replacing being rear wheel drive bad in snow present mileage 14870 bimmer forums not cover bmw 1 series  
Jun 2011

17000 mi
Rattle and squeaky noise from front dash board, they stick it with Double sided tape, made no difference and squeaky noise still evident. Sign for traction control faulty. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 4-door

4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

84200 mi

US $1700
Battery warning light on 
Aug 2013

85000 mi

US $1000
Alternator cable had slipped, needed to be replaced 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in Virginia, United States
Mar 2012 - Aug 2013
Jul 2013

88000 mi

US $1800
Engine overheating, vehicle disabled. Failed Water pump replaced.  Passenger side mirror dimming liquid leak, mirror replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2012 - Mar 2014
Oct 2012

41500 mi
Noisy differential. Replaced. 
May 2013

45600 mi

US $1000
broken water pump valve in the intake manifold 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2011 - May 2013
Jun 2012

50000 mi
Engine misfiring and going into limp mode. Dealer replaced spark plugs under warranty. Still experiencing limp mode problem. This time dealer replaced the fuel pump under warranty (the car's 2nd pump. each has lasted ~25k miles). Brake and Stability Control lights illuminated. Steering wheel crooked. Dealer reprogrammed steering angle sensor. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2012
Mar 2012

17000 mi
Passenger seat locked in folded position 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

4000 mi
Brake light sensor-driver side rear brake light remained dimly lit after powering vehicle down and removing key. First time vehicle was returned,service writer observed problem, but mechanic did not detect. Took extra day to be detected, 2 weeks 4 part 
Sep 2009

19000 mi
High pressure fuel pump replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Nov 2008 - Jul 2018
Jun 2009

6000 mi
Cracked middle brake light needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2009

10000 mi
Computer software displayed false codes. Had to be updated with reflash. 
Feb 2013

33500 mi
Passenger-window regulator failed. Couldn't operate passenger window; regulator replaced. 
Dec 2015

51000 mi
AC evaporator had to be replaced. faulty low pressure fuel sensor caused the engine to reduce power at random times at highway speeds. clock and trip odometer would reset after each startup. Intelligent battery sensor had to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2016
Feb 2009

9000 mi
Drivers side taillight assembly was out. Taillight assembly replaced. 
Jul 2009

16000 mi
Passenger tail light assembly replaced 
Oct 2009

22000 mi
Driver side tail light assembly replaced 
May 2010

31000 mi
Sunroof rattle. Sunroof sunshade was ordered and replaced but was/is wrong color. Correct color had to be ordered from Germany during volcano/plane issues in Europe. Awaiting delivery/install. 
Aug 2010

35700 mi
High pressure fuel pump replaced 
May 2013

75000 mi

US $1200
Water pump is electric, when it fails it stops, light comes on and car has to be and was towed. Thermostat, I just replaced (over $100) as a good sense measure since they have to take it out anyway to replace the pump. 
Oct 2013

79500 mi

US $825
Drivers side window regulator failed. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Sep 2008 - Feb 2011
Jan 2009

5000 mi
High pressure fuel pump was replaced due to a faulty factory part. Car was an April 2008 build which was the last month of the old model fuel pump. 
Nov 2010

29000 mi
Check engine line with reduced power symbol. Replaced all fuel injectors and reflashed the ECU. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2011
Jul 2008

1000 mi
Airbag light came on. Connector on wire under driver's seat was disconnected or came loose. Dealer/service reconnected; airbag light turned off. Outside mirrors creat a whistling noise at 45-70 mph. Whistling increases in volume with speed. Certain crosswind conditions increase noise. Design flaw root cause is the groove and pressure cavity aft/under the mirror cap. 
Aug 2008

1000 mi
The rear 3rd brake light cover (red plastic) on trunk is cracked. Part was ordered by BMW Service Center; a waiting part. Inside surface of driver's side window had 6 hair line scratches. Dealer service mgr. offered to 'good will' pay for the labor required to change out the window if I paid for the part. 
Sep 2008

2000 mi
It was the 3rd brake light plastic cover, not the actual light bulb, that was cracked. Direction given to technician NOT to over-torque new spring-loaded studs during installation of new part. 
Feb 2009

5000 mi
Throttle delay was noticeable since car was new. 0.5 sec. delay from idle. BMW Service reflashed SW with version 31.x. Still a slight delay but not as bad now.  
Aug 2009

12000 mi
The passenger-side window does not 'auto up' properly. After window rises 1/3rd way up, it goes back down. This happens 50% of the time. BMW attempted a few software re-programs; however, they were ALL unsuccessful in fixing my problem. Will try again. 
Sep 2009

13000 mi
This was a return trip which finally corrected the problem that was not fixed during my Aug. visit (several attempts at software reprogram). Window motor was replaced. 
Dec 2009

17000 mi
Coolant light came on when engine was cold. Eventually coolant light came on and stayed on. I added distilled water to top-off radiator. Coolant light went away, but I still took in car. They topped-off with more BMW coolant & pressure tested. 
Feb 2011

34000 mi
High pressure fuel pump starting to fail... long cranks at start-up. Also, brought in for seat belt component recall. When brought in, BMW service also identified SEVERAL recall notices. 5 of 6 injectors were replaced. 
Apr 2011

35000 mi
Engine light came on + 'SERVICE ENGINE SOON'; throttle response retarded/reduced power. Engine light went off next morning; power returned. 'SERVICE ENGINE SOON' light still on. Replaced DEFECTIVE INTAKE CAMSHAFT SENSOR, cleared fault  
BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2008 - Dec 2016
Sep 2010

19840 mi
Center mounted tail light lens was cracked. Parts were in stock so replaced under warranty same day. 
Jan 2011

22940 mi
Rough idle and misfires during cold starts. Dealer replaced HPFP and 4 injectors. 
May 2012

35840 mi
Temp gauge reported overheat during road trip and car went into limp mode. Got towed to nearest BMW dealership for diagnosis. Turns out coolant pump had failed. 
BMW 1-Series in Illinois, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

18000 mi
Wind noise on driver's side 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2014
Jul 2011

11000 mi
Broken 3rd brake light 
Aug 2014

32000 mi
Cylinder 6 came through the block 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Dec 2012
Jan 2011

14000 mi
Car started rough, revved, and then idled rough/sputtered/sounded awful. Service Engine Soon light came on. Dealer told me not to drive the car and have it towed in by Roadside. Their fix was to do "recall repair" and flash the ECU. Same problem: start rough, rev, idle rough/sputter, SES light. They replaced all 6 fuel injectors. 
Jun 2012

36000 mi

US $50
The window slipped off the cable and fell into the door. It was stuck open and could not be closed. 
Nov 2012

40000 mi

US $50
Engine was overheating as soon as the car was warmed up. Engine temperature light would come on and soon after engine would shut off. Dealer replaced water pump under extended warranty. 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Aug 2008 - Feb 2012
Sep 2008

105 mi

US $1500
Small piece of metal scrap in rode tore tore through under carriage cover with ease. Damaged power cables. $1500 repair 2 days after buying car. Car came with soft under carriage cover, hard plastic on replacement 
Sep 2009

9282 mi
Full housing and wiring of tail lights replaced. Work done on wiper nozzels 
Oct 2009

9855 mi
Full replacement of tail lights yet again. Center light fell off two weeks after last repair. Entire wiper fluid pump system replaced, required engine to be taken out of car to access. 
Aug 2010

18023 mi
Tail lights completely replaced for 4th time, recall was finally issued. Has worked since. Entire seat belt system was replaced for a recall 
Sep 2010

18023 mi

US $40
Nail in rear tire, called BMW's tire insurance company regarding replacement per tire warranty. Unable to reach anyone after repeated attempts and conversation w/ dealer. Feel ripped off on warranty. Paid patch repair  
Mar 2011

25585 mi
Engine misfiring, could barely drive. All injectors, coils, spark plugs replaced. Horrid service. Wonder what will happen in the next 25k miles. MPG is now 16.5 car does not run smooth. 
Dec 2011

35000 mi
3rd tail light replaced.  Front seat stitching repaired. Steering wheel plate was peeling and was replaced.  Side mirror mechanic fluid ruptured, mirror was replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Oklahoma, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Oct 2009

5000 mi
One of power folding side mirrors doesn't work properly. (replaced right front mirror motor) SZL (Steering Column Switch Sensor) fail. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Sep 2009

2000 mi
seat latch to pull seat rest forward did not work 
Oct 2013

30300 mi

US $90
3rd brake light broke 
Sep 2015

46000 mi

US $1000
replaced water pump 
Jan 2016

48000 mi

US $200
replace battery 
Sep 2017

53000 mi

US $500
rear brake pads replaced 
BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

55180 mi

C $200
cylinder 3's coil needed replacement. 
BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2011
Mar 2011

47000 mi
The check engine light has come on again. Taken back to deal for the fourth time. Problem began after high pressure fuel pump recall. Dealership attempting to fix it again. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2012
Feb 2012

28717 mi
DMTL pump on line B had fault. Charcoal canister had excessive fuel in it. Both were replaced 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2016 - Mar 2019
Dec 2016

66340 mi

C $1600
Failed coolant pump. 
Feb 2017

68200 mi

C $3550
Rear main seal popped out and was leaking. Replaced seal, oil pan gasket, and valve cover (with integral PCV valve, suspected to be cause of seal popping out). 
Oct 2017

74400 mi

C $135
Dash warning lights indicating trouble with ABS system. Diagnosed fault with ABS Hydro unit. Elected not to repair at this time as I wanted to explore reman options. After shop visit the lights went off, and have only come on a couple times since, briefly. Suspect may only be dirty electrical contacts. 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2012 - Mar 2018
Nov 2012

25620 mi
A pillar broke loose (internal tab), had new A pillar installed. Got an E90 335xi loaner. 
Apr 2013

27060 mi
Right window motor malfunctioning; would keep resetting to "roll back" mode and wouldn't cycle completely up. 
Apr 2014

33980 mi
Airbag malfunction. Dealer improperly diagnosed. They fixed the issue, but it has since reappeared and is awaiting another fix. 
Oct 2015

42860 mi
Driver window won't roll up. 
Feb 2016

46500 mi
Airbag error and seatbelt error in display upon startup. Took to independent (Frank Scaper Alberta Motorworks) to have ECU reset. Problem solved. He suspected it had to do with shoddy recall work at another BMW dealer. Drivers side power door lock pulley broke. Have to use key to enter car. Decided not to fix. 
Jun 2016

42160 mi

C $1800
Water pump and thermostat, left stranded. Expensive trip. Classic BMW. 
Sep 2017

53320 mi

C $1800
Water pump and thermostat broke, engine overheated. Needed a tow. 
Mar 2018

55800 mi

C $1400
Belts were sheered, lost steering and all other functions when on road. Mechanic/dealer said engine may be contaminated with fragments, estimated about 6000 to crack engine open and fix. Opted to replace belts and trade in car for a chevrolet cruze, 2017 premier hatch. 
BMW 1-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2018
Oct 2008

50 mi
First odometer entry. Purchased car on Friday. Saturday evening the center brake light over the trunk lid cracked and fell out of the trunk. BMW made repair at 0 cost. Claimed there was some kind of known problem for that part. 
Feb 2009

5500 mi
High pressure fuel pump failed. Engine only ran in limp home mode. BMW replaced the pump under warranty. 
Nov 2011

40000 mi
The rear wastegate had persistent rattle due to a vaccuum leak. The dealer replaced some vaccuum hoses and the problem was resolved. 
Apr 2013

55300 mi
Turbo wastegate rattle became excessive. Both turbos replaced under extended warranty. 
Aug 2013

57900 mi

US $150
water pump died and had to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
May 2009 - Feb 2012
Mar 2010

17000 mi
Experienced long start dropped it off at local dealership. Diagnostic called out HPFP, but had to be verified by BMW before replacement authorized. Instructed to load new software, repeat diagnostics, leak in fuel system called out, parts replaced. 
May 2010

18000 mi
Long cranks/starts returned made another service appointment. Dropped car off dealer called said newer software loaded, but wanted to keep it overnight to verify issue was fixed. SA stated if problem returns HPFP will be replaced. 
Jun 2010

19000 mi
Also inner part of steering wheel had to be replaced covering/paint was coming off. Audio control switch on steering wheel had to be replaced too. 
Sep 2010

24000 mi
Long cranks returned with service engine soon, low power and engine malfunction warnings. Took car to dealer who ran diagnostics called out HPFP part replaced. Long starts and all warning disappeared.  
Feb 2011

29000 mi
Heater box replaced. Parts had to be shipped from Germany. Also front brake pads replaced due to constant squeaking. 
Aug 2011

35000 mi
Navigation disc not being read. Dealer verified DVD drive was defective. Also found source of rattling noise from sunroof, replacement parts ordered. Leather on bottom of driver’s seat started to tear replacement ordered. 
Oct 2011

36000 mi
Nav DVD reader not replaced due to technician not entering failure code when ordering replacement part. New tech could not recreate problem. Replaced sunroof rain gutter thought to be source of constant rattling.  Seat cover replaced. 
Feb 2012

38000 mi
Nav issues never resolved. Rattling from sunroof area. 
BMW 1-Series in South Carolina, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2011
Apr 2010

12000 mi
center brake light fell out. Dealer replaced per TSB. 
BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

16000 mi
Wheel Speed Sensor failed on left front wheel. Caused ABS/DTC error message and chatter in brake pedal. left rear tail light failed. Dealer replaced both complete assemblies since the tail lights are LED. 
Jul 2010

16000 mi
Dealership replaced the wheel speed sensor once the part came in. No problems since repair. 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2008 - Sep 2008
Jan 2008

3720 mi
Noticed clutch rattle/vibration. Noted on file, deemed to be normal by BMW. 
Jul 2008

1860 mi
Faulty high pressure fuel pump. Ordered, but placed on back-order. 
Aug 2008

3100 mi
High pressure fuel pump successfully replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Wisconsin, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

2000 mi
The leather around the side airbag on the driver's seat was trimmed so the seat stuffing was visible. It was about a 2mm gap. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

11000 mi
High pressure fuel pump - replaced under warranty. 
BMW 1-Series in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

15000 mi
High Pressure Fuel Pump failure. Forced update, no hardware replaced.  
Apr 2009

16000 mi
Cruise Control Stalk button was loose and rattling. Ordered new stalk.  
Jun 2010

37000 mi
driver airbag switch failure fuel system fault, updated DME. Fault symptoms were accel shutter and reduced power...no lights 
BMW 1-Series in Sweden
Mar 2008 - Jun 2018
Sep 2008

7440 mi
Update engine software to fix problem with low-end acceleration (turbo lag). Successful. Update iDrive software in failed attempt to make voice control work. 
Oct 2009

20760 mi
The chrome strip on the top of the passenger door was loose. They looked at it, ordered the part, I went back and they put it on while I waited. 
Nov 2009

21560 mi
Chrome strip replaced. When bringing car in to replace chrome strip, remarked on excess wind noise at high speeds. Dealer determined weather stripping was defective and ordered new weather stripping. Weather stripping replaced. Excess wind noise reduced. NOTE: Problem had existed from day one, but I finally got around to complaining and dealer fixed it immediately. Fantastic dealer, BTW. 
Mar 2010

24180 mi
The voice control has never worked very well. Warranty about to expire, asked them one more time to fix it, but they said nothing more they can do. 
Apr 2010

24800 mi
Brought the car in because the driver door doesn't close properly. We then noticed that the problem was due to incorrect repair of weatherstripping. So my dealer is going to replace the weatherstrippping on both doors again on May 11. Parts ordered. 
May 2010

25500 mi
Replaced the weatherstripping (for the second time). That seems to have helped the wind noise problem, but the door is still a little too hard to close on the driver's side. No one seems to know how to fix it. 
Mar 2012

41540 mi

$300
There isn't really a category for the catastrophic failure of a glass sunroof. But that's what happened. In the middle of an open motorway, at speed, not trailing any other car, the sunroof spontaneously shattered. 
Nov 2012

47680 mi
Water got into a circuit box through the right rear tail light and filled it up. The problem was discovered following some body work when the key would not unlock the door. The circuit board had to be replaced and the whole car reprogramed. 
Jan 2014

51180 mi
Got "reduced power" alert on starting. Took car for check of high-pressure fuel pump. Fault found and repaired on BMW insurance for EUR550 deductible. Followed up with BMW insurance and customer service, which paid deductible. Happy, happy! 
Jul 2016

76040 mi
Water pump failed, car went into limp mode. Water pump replaced, engine checked for damage from overheating (tests negative). Front daytime running lights went out on the left side. 
Mar 2018

88040 mi
Engine light, it turned out that the number five cylinder misfired one time. Nothing needed to be done. 
BMW 1-Series in Indiana, United States
Jun 2008 - Dec 2011
Nov 2009

7000 mi
Replaced a failed high pressure fuel pump (HPFP) which is a known issue affecting the N54 twin turbo engine. 
Jul 2010

10000 mi
Cracked third brake light was replaced with the proper braces and torsion. 
Sep 2010

13000 mi
Right front passenger window would intermittently fail to close completely when the auto-up switch was activated. Malfunctioning motor was replaced. 
Feb 2011

16000 mi
High pressure fuel pump failure (this is the second unit). 
Jul 2011

19000 mi
Center brake light had a crack. Dealer ordered the part and brought the car in for the replacement which took less than an hour. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

10000 mi
Rattles 
Apr 2010

18200 mi
Loose wires for left headlight 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

38000 mi
Went in for Fuel Pump, was having long starts for the past few months and squeaky brakes. HPFP was done the following day but the car had to wait for new rotors and pads to come in which took a few days. 
Sep 2010

41000 mi
iPod cable replaced. The sound wasn't coming out of both R and L channels at all times. 
Apr 2011

47000 mi
replaced steering wheel cover (plastic plate around the buttons).  
BMW 1-Series in Illinois, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2018
Oct 2014

35200 mi
Shop detected a likely issue with the AC evaporator and estimates a $1800 repair. He recharged the AC and told me to drive it for a while to see if it goes out before committing to a lengthy repair. 
Jul 2015

38200 mi

US $1800
A/C condenser sprang a leak and leaked fluid, so it needed to be replaced. This required removal of the entire dash to access the condenser. 
Aug 2017

52000 mi

US $1300
Water pump had to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

52000 mi

US $1000
Electric water pump failed, had it replaced by an Indy shop. It's a known problem for any modern BMW, these electric pumps just don't last as long as mechanical ones. 
Jul 2015

56700 mi

US $200
Replaced boost solenoids, they we're faulty and throwing the underboost code. Also adjusted wastegate actuator 
Dec 2015

64000 mi

US $1000
Had two leaking fuel injectors, I replaced all six though to make sure I had the latest BMW indexed injectors 
Apr 2017

77000 mi

US $140
Had misfires on multiple cylinders, replaced all 6 coil packs 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2018
Dec 2009

10000 mi

US $178
The 3rd brake light was cracked and became loose. It was replaced. I do not know the cause. 
Jul 2010

13200 mi
Driver's side vent had no cold air. Recharged A/C system with dye to correct level. 
Jan 2011

11000 mi
Service campaign to adjust software level of engine 
Jul 2011

17000 mi
A/C not cold - charged system 
Aug 2011

17300 mi
Bank Pop off valve on engine not connected. No idea how it happened, just heard strange sound. 
May 2012

20600 mi
Leaking evaporator causing low suction in system - replaced. 
May 2014

30600 mi

US $264
Center brake light was cracked. Replaced brake lamp assembly with updated unit. 
Nov 2014

32300 mi

US $50
Front drive's window would not roll up. Regulator replaced. 
Aug 2015

35300 mi

US $610
Replaced water pump and thermostat after both failed. 
May 2017

41000 mi

US $747
Passenger side window regulator defective; repaired under warranty purchased through dealership. 
BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
Nov 2008 - May 2011
Apr 2011

19000 mi
Service engine soon light 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2018
Jun 2009

4000 mi
Seatbelt light in dash. A pyrotechnic device in the seatbelt needed replaced. 
Dec 2009

5000 mi
Third brake light fell off. Install new third brake lens. 
Jul 2010

11000 mi
Fuel pump expired 
Nov 2016

136000 mi

US $750
AC compressor.  This was a mistake by me. this was meant to be for another vehicle. Please delete this repair. Water pump failed. Towed to shop, Replaced, 
Mar 2018

145000 mi

US $700
After ten years the battery finally went. Battery replaced. Vehicle went into limp mode for twenty miles then totally shut down. Towed to repair shop. Diagnosed failed water pump. Replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in New Hampshire, United States
Nov 2009 - Jul 2011
Jan 2010

16000 mi
cracked 3rd brake lens; scheduled maintenance: oil change, filters, wipers scheduled Maintenance including replacement of cracked third brake light lens 
BMW 1-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2015
Mar 2014

85000 mi

US $600
Serpentine belt failure due to oil leak from oil cooler housing.Belt wrapped around crank pulley and destroyed front seal. Replaced oil cooler housing gaskets front crank seal and serpentine belt myself.Oil leak caused the entire problem. 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - May 2014
Apr 2014

72000 mi

US $180
Ignition coil 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

30000 mi
3rd Brake Light cracked apart from the trunk, needed replacement. 
BMW 1-Series in Netherlands
Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

29020 mi
Fuel Sensor was not working properly. Engine occasionally stalled and did not start for couple of minutes. When I brought the car to the shop, coincidentally it did not fire-up and they had to push it in. 
Dec 2012

31620 mi
Check engine light was coming on once in two days, I brought the car to the shop and it turned out Intake Cam Sensor was malfunctioning. After the repairs I felt little amount of low-end torque increase. 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - May 2014
Sep 2010

31000 mi
Suspected fuel pump issue, as it's a known problem with the N54 engine. Had a couple long crank starts and a slightly unstable idle. Dealer reflashed engine software believing this would resolve the issue, but the issue has since worsened. 2 rattles in dash. One behind nav screen, one in right corner below A pillar. Problems were claimed to have been fixed, but persist exactly as originally described to dealer. 
Nov 2010

33000 mi
Car went into limp mode twice after severe stuttering upon application of more than 20% throttle. Scanned myself that night codes indicated multiple misfires and fuel-pump related issues. Took car to dealer and fuel pump was replaced 
Jul 2011

39000 mi
rough, stuttery idle. dealer claimed they couldn't replicate, but several other independent people verified. after a second visit, dealer admitted they could see/feel it. checked coils/plugs, ended up seeing 2 fouled plugs, replaced all 6 mounting clip broken on both headlights (same clip location on each: top of light, inboard side). caused headlight to droop slightly. 2 entire new headlights ordered without issue or dispute, will be installed next week (august). 
Aug 2011

41000 mi
3rd brake light lens cracked and fell out. had already been replaced 2x. forum research discovered a TSB detailing some metal grinding as part of lens replacement. discussed with dealer. work performed including grinding. 
May 2014

58000 mi
Rattles in dash never fixed. Pulling that giant 1 piece dash out of my daily driver was a risky prospect. I figured I'd end up not being able to find the source, or break something else in the attempt. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 1-Series in New Hampshire, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2014
Dec 2012

40000 mi

US $700
tie-rods seized on both wheels , the shop had to replace them in order to do alignment 
BMW 1-Series in North Carolina, United States
May 2012 - Apr 2013
Sep 2012

37000 mi
Evaporator needed to be replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2008 - May 2011
May 2009

12000 mi
air mass sensor failure after routine maintenance. 
May 2010

20200 mi
check engine light came on, was erroneous 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

57000 mi

US $150
Dimming driver's side mirror failure. Mirror replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Washington, United States
Dec 2011 - Aug 2014
Oct 2012

26300 mi

US $757
Third brake light fell out for the 4th time since purchase. Had to inform dealer of their own TSB to correct the issue and pay out of pocket since warranty was up and they failed to fix it the other three times. 
Aug 2013

35000 mi

US $100
ABS Light came on. Took to dealer. Informed it needs a new DSC Hydraulic Unit, costing $3700. Seems a bit extreme at 34.5K miles. Car had been in for maintenance and full inspection one week earlier. Considering options. Driver's side window malfunction; window would not close all the way at times. Dealer reprogrammed, failing to fix the issue. Window still malfunctioning. 
Sep 2013

36000 mi
DSC Hydraulic unit previously mentioned was replaced by BMW. 
Aug 2014

45000 mi
Driver side window never fixed. It really only acts up when it's particularly hot outside, prior to the AC running for a bit and cooling things off. 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Mar 2008 - Apr 2009
Sep 2008

5000 mi
Cloth top warp. 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

56000 mi

US $250
Rear tail light red lens cracked and fell out 
Apr 2018

68000 mi

US $490
Changed an ignition coil,  valve cover gasket, valvetronic gasket, eccentric shaft sensor gasket, oil filter housing gasket 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2008 - Jan 2010
Jul 2008

5000 mi
TPS was sensing a flat tire. wasn't the case. 
Sep 2008

6000 mi
TPS went over, there was no leak. 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2008 - Aug 2011
Jul 2008

3000 mi
The SOS System (for BMW Assist) was not working. The computer also kept dropping my Bluetooth connectivity. 
Aug 2009

21000 mi
Laminate on steering wheel was replaced due to peeling off. 
Oct 2009

24000 mi
Sunroof would not open. Repair included software update with reflash 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Maryland, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2016
Feb 2012

43700 mi
Replaced satellite tuner 
Feb 2013

80400 mi

US $21
Emissions system leak High beam bulbs 
Nov 2013

107500 mi

US $427
Replaced Mass Air Sensor 
Apr 2014

122500 mi

US $369
Frozen right front brake caliper 
Jul 2014

135000 mi

US $1075
Replace original front struts, front control arms, rear dampers 
May 2015

161000 mi

US $375
replaced front struts and springs 
Jul 2015

163000 mi

US $1125
Replaced oil pan and oil filter housing gaskets 
Aug 2015

165200 mi

US $275
Oxygen sensor (Pre cat Bank 2) replaced 
Sep 2015

171000 mi

US $58
Replaced left rear ABS sensor. 
BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

48000 mi

US $400
replaced rotors and pads. ATE fluid flush 
BMW 1-Series in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2018
Feb 2012

42100 mi
slight oil leak from valve cover 
Feb 2014

59500 mi

US $250
replace ignitor cylinder 5 
Jan 2018

87000 mi

US $1500
coolant leaking into motor oil replace oil filter housing gasket. Valve cover gasket. 
BMW 1-Series in Ohio, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2014
May 2014

84900 mi

US $600
Pulley tensioner started to bend and the belt was slowly walking off the pulley. 
Sep 2014

92000 mi

US $1084
Valve cover gasket leaking oil. 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2014
May 2010

45666 mi

US $15
replaced sticking tank vent valve, R=R air box and throttle (covered under warranty) shop charges for repairs 
Jul 2010

47999 mi
Service engine lamp failure- found integrated fault error, could not clear- kept car 2 days determined to be software issue- reprogrammed computer (warranty covered) 
Aug 2010

50019 mi
service engine light diagnosis- (software previously reprogrammed)- found integrated fault memory- reprogrammed software again (covered under service warranty) Identified software issue- BMW is working on a permanent fix- meanwhile, instructed to clear codes and release car-subject to recall (covered under warranty) Replaced left high beam bulb (covered under warranty) 
Sep 2010

51534 mi
replace defective headlight bulb (was replaced on 8/30/10- determined to be under parts warranty) 
Nov 2010

57036 mi

US $106
High beam and marker light malfunction- replaced High Beam bulb shop charge to repair bulb 
Sep 2011

69859 mi

US $424
labor to determine why windshield nozzles not working- found voltage/ground error in pump- ordered pump to replace next day- charged for labor key fob not auto opening trunk, reprogram valet switch (covered under extended warranty) Shop charge for washer pump repair Windshield washer pump ground failure- required replacing wash pump 
Nov 2011

74014 mi

US $404
Faulty taillight assembly- replaced both rear tail light assemblies shop charge for repair order (replace tail lights) 
Jun 2012

99674 mi

US $355
sensor software failure- reprogrammed DME 
Jul 2012

99674 mi

US $694
PremAir sensor failure- required replacing radiator (sensor built into radiator) 
Dec 2012

119199 mi

US $162
Replaced h7 low beam bulb 
Mar 2013

124 mi

US $828
Replaced oil filter gasket, filled and bled coolant, set oil level, de-greased engine 
Apr 2013

21224 mi

US $1244
Hi Temp and radiator warning light coolant leaking, towed to dealer determined radiator cracked replaced radiator 
BMW 1-Series in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2018
Dec 2010

26000 mi
Driver side tail light replaced, known issue. Replaced driver side tail lamp. Known issue. 
Jun 2016

109000 mi

US $1500
Replaced spark plugs and ignitions coils due to misfiring on cylinders 2 and 4 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Jun 2011 - Feb 2016
Aug 2011

32000 mi
When I had my state inspection I had the cracked high mounted middle brake light assembly replaced. A known design fault and a service bulletin, so was done for free. 2nd time it has been replaced on the car. First owner also. 
Sep 2011

33000 mi
Also had some vibrations taken care of around rear parcel shelf, as well as a clutch inspection. 
Apr 2012

41000 mi
High mounted rear brake light replaced for the 3rd time due to manufacturers defect in cracks forming at edge. 
May 2012

41300 mi

US $500
Driver's side window regulator collapsed when window was wound down when getting in car after it sitting outside in a hot Texas day. 
Oct 2012

43800 mi

US $200
Passenger door lock actuator broke, would lock, but would not unlock. Had to replace. 
Jan 2013

48000 mi
Power steering pump began to fail. Sunroof switch failed. 
Sep 2013

52000 mi

US $450
Driver side door lock actuator broke. 
Jun 2015

70000 mi

US $600
Timing chain tensioner went bad, causing massive issues to rails etc, basically all timing chain elements had to be replaced, car out for 2 weeks ($5500, R66 warranty covered 4900). 
Jul 2015

70000 mi
AC compressor went out, warranty covered $900. 
Aug 2015

70700 mi

US $260
Resistor blew on blower motor, warranty covered $690 of $950. 
Jan 2016

75000 mi

US $1500
eccentric shaft sensor had to be replaced 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2015 - Apr 2017
Jun 2016

36000 mi

US $400
Hood latch cable broke, and hood refused to open. Mechanic replaced latch and cable. 
BMW 1-Series in Colorado, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Oct 2008

2000 mi
Tire Pressure Monitoring System fault. Found wiring for sensor in LF wheel well damaged. Repaired under warranty. Tire Pressure Monitoring System fault. Found wiring for sensor in LF wheel well damaged. Repaired under warranty. 
Feb 2009

6000 mi

US $260
Speakers intermittently emit loud feedback for the duration of a trip. Engine oil level indicator inactive. Found wiring for sensor damaged by rodent. Billed 2.0 labor hours, ~$20 for parts. Speakers intermittently emit loud feedback for the duration of a trip. Unable to reproduce in shop. 
Jul 2009

11000 mi
Refrigerant expansion valve found leaking. Expansion valve replaced.  refrigerant recharged. Air conditioning unable to keep cabin cool. Refrigerant expansion valve found leaking. Expansion valve replaced, refrigerant recharged. Repaired under warranty. 
Sep 2009

13000 mi
Center brake light lens cracked and fell out of housing. Replaced under warranty. Air conditioning unable to keep cabin cool. HVAC system diagnosed on cold day; no fault found. Rear main crankshaft seal leaked oil, replaced Air conditioning unable to keep cabin cool. HVAC system diagnosed on cold day; no fault found. Center brake light lens cracked and fell out of housing. Replaced under warranty. Rear main crankshaft seal leaked oil, replaced 
Jan 2010

19000 mi
Rear main crankshaft seal leaked oil, replaced Rear main crankshaft seal leaks oil. Seal replaced under warranty 
Jun 2010

23000 mi
Air conditioning unable to maintain cool cabin temperature due to refrigerant leak. Expansion valve ordered and replaced. Refrigerant recharged. Air conditioning unable to maintain cool cabin temperature due to refrigerant leak. Expansion valve ordered and replaced. Refrigerant recharged. 
Sep 2010

26000 mi
Air cleaner box loose, detached from grill intake flex tubing. Found missing lower mount. Parts ordered. Air cleaner box loose, detached from grill intake flex tubing. Found missing lower mount. Parts ordered. Tail lamp seal recall. Tail lamp seal removed and replaced. 
Oct 2010

27000 mi
Lower air box mount installed. Air box reattached to grill intake flex tubing. Tail lamp assemblies improperly aligned when reinstalled after recall performed at previous trip. Tail lamps realigned correctly. Air conditioner does not blow cold, cannot maintain selected cabin temperature. System found low on refrigerant. Refrigerant recharged with dye introduced to assist with further diagnosis. Air conditioner does not blow cold, cannot maintain selected cabin temperature. System found low on refrigerant. Refrigerant recharged with dye introduced to assist with further diagnosis. Tail lamp assemblys improperly aligned when reinstalled after recall performed at previous trip. Tail lamps realigned correctly. Lower air box mount installed. Air box reattached to grill intake flex tubing. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 1-Series in Utah, United States
Jul 2015 - Feb 2017
Sep 2015

69000 mi
Both turbo's replaced under BMW warranty for turbo replacement on N54 engine. Dealer broke spring clip in steering wheel for steering wheel controls while replacing turbo's. 
Nov 2015

71000 mi

US $1915
Engine misfiring on cold start, all fuel injectors replaced. 
Jun 2016

78000 mi

US $500
Drivers side window motor failed. 
BMW 1-Series in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2009 - Sep 2011
Jan 2010

22000 mi
3rd brake light, replaced because the plastic broke in two. 
May 2010

29300 mi
3rd brake light assembly fell out again, this time just stuck it back on. 
Jul 2010

32300 mi
Tail lights seal worn, recall. 
Sep 2010

36000 mi
Right adaptive control unit replaced 
Oct 2010

39000 mi
3rd brake light 
Dec 2010

44000 mi
Bad HPFP and injectors 
Jan 2011

46000 mi
Replaced HPFP, 2 injectors, spark plugs 
BMW 1-Series in Georgia, United States
Aug 2013 - Nov 2021
Dec 2014

57000 mi
Symptom was engine light and loss of power. Replaced a solenoid and a gasket. rn$1800 charge was covered by third-party extended warranty 
Sep 2016

85000 mi

US $1000
had to replace both turbochargers ($6500 charge mostly covered by aftermarket extended warranty) replaced intake solenoid suspected cause for periodic engine light over the entire 3 yr's I've had the car. Cause may have been the turbo's that also needed to be replaced. 
Jan 2017

88000 mi
Replace brake pads and rotors I had not noticed any symptoms but the dealership said during the maintenance check that the pump was not functioning right and needed to be replaced. They convinced the warranty company to cover it. 
Oct 2017

97000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket leak 
Nov 2021

132000 mi

US $247
replaced battery 
BMW 1-Series in New York, United States
Sep 2016 - Dec 2017
Feb 2017

49000 mi

US $2000
The dealer replaced the front disc brakes, changed oil and did the general 50K maintenance. 
BMW 1-Series in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012 Replace coil on one cylinder 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2009

620 mi
Microphone for bluetooth phone use was picking up sound too well. At barely more than a whisper I was screaming at people. 
BMW 1-Series in Michigan, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2013
Jun 2011

22000 mi

US $150
AM radio crashed. Oil change. Car seems slower since eprom flash. 
Sep 2011

24000 mi
Replaced Antenna base 
Apr 2012

30000 mi
Right rear convertible top rattle 
Jun 2012

33000 mi
Convertible top rattle. Radio graphics, shorted out speaker connection. 
BMW 1-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2008 - Jun 2011
Dec 2008

5580 mi
One of the rear defrost lines on my rear window was broken. They had to replace the entire convertible top in order to fix it. All under warranty. 
Jun 2009

10540 mi
Check engine light came on 3 times. No performance degradation though. Dealer changed the gas tank vent valve. 
Jul 2009

11160 mi
Convertible top was rubbing on a gasket under the tonneau cover when going up and down. Needed to replace gasket and the fabric top needed to be re-stitched tighter so that it didn't rub. 
Mar 2010

17980 mi
Had a reduced engine power warning light. Ended up being the HPFP needed replacement and updated software. 
Apr 2010

18600 mi
The lock that keeps the passenger side seat upright (keeps it from flopping forward) was not working. Found a broken cable that was replaced. Convertible top was misaligned which caused wear on the passenger side near the C-pillar when the top was raised or lowered as it rubbed a rubber gasket. Was re-aligned and does not rub now. 
Jul 2010

20460 mi
Driver side left bolster leather was wearing too quickly. The dealer replaced the leather on the seat with a new leather cover. TSB for rear light cover failures. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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

19000 mi
Air pressure sensor giving false positive alerts 
BMW 1-Series in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jul 2017
Sep 2008

3000 mi
Passenger side mirror kept falling out. Turned out the plastic holder on the back of the mirror was not formed correctly (poor quality control by the parts supplier). A new mirror and backing was installed to fix the problem. 
Aug 2010

10000 mi
replaced air intake cracked during previous service 
Nov 2010

12000 mi
Brought it in for long cranks when starting the car. Originally they only updated the software and said all was well. I told them I would not accept the car without a new high pressure fuel pump (HPFP) so replaced that the following day. 
Feb 2012

17000 mi
new convertible top. The original developed a hole in the C-pillar on the driver's side. Apparently the original guide can rub and eventually cause a hole a small dime-sized hole in the top. The is a new guide that solves the problem. trim around steering wheel had rubber coating beginning to peel. Part replaced with newer part model. 
Jun 2014

23000 mi
Hood release would not work. Pulling on the release handle would not pop the hood. There was too much slack in the front cable. I removed the front grills and tugged hard on the cable to effectively lengthen the tubing of the cable. 
BMW 1-Series in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Jun 2009

10000 mi
HPFP failed during drive, had to be flat bedded to dealer. Took a couple of days and replaced under warranty 
Aug 2009

13000 mi
3rd Brake Light fell off the car and into pieces. Repaired by dealer under warranty 
Feb 2010

20000 mi
Had a few bad rattles. Left at dealer for a couple of days and fixed correctly.  
Apr 2010

23000 mi
Major failure of Turbocharger #2. At dealer for one week and Turbo #2 has been replaced. Major failure of Turbocharger #2. At dealer for one week and Turbo #2 has been replaced. Good so far. Just noticed 3rd brake light is coming off again. 
May 2010

23000 mi
3rd brake light cracked and fell off 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2008 - Oct 2011
Oct 2009

16000 mi
Convertible top - mechanism wearing through fabric of top. 
Mar 2011

28000 mi
clips that hold the inner liner of the convertible top, told due to botched replacement of top 
Oct 2011

34000 mi
clips that hold the inner liner of the convertible top 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
May 2009 - Dec 2019
Jan 2010

10000 mi
Convertible top had a wear mark from getting pinched when it was put down. Convertible top was replaced. Leather driver's seat showing scuff/wear marks where person entering car rubs against seat. Replacement leather on backorder. 
Mar 2010

12000 mi
Backordered part arrived for repair of seat leather. 
BMW 1-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2010 - Dec 2014
Dec 2010

19000 mi
Tail lights keep burning out. This is third time replaced, all under warranty. 
Dec 2011

25000 mi
Leaking oil. Replaced oil filter housing gasket. Done under warrenty. 
BMW 1-Series in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2014
May 2011

30000 mi
Extra screw in convertible top header. Rolling around and rattling. 
Sep 2011

33000 mi
Convertible headliner pulled loose. Headliner is stretched in place using plastic clips at convertible top header. Plastic clips broke. Inner headliner (convertible liner) securing clips had broken. BMW apparently created a repair kit just for this problem. So the liner was not replaced, only repaired 
Apr 2012

37300 mi
Lifter noise. Exhaust lifters were replaced to resolve 'ticking' noise. Apparently fairly common issue. 
Mar 2013

44000 mi

US $70
3rd brake light fell apart...a common occurrence on a 128i. TSB Number: SIB-63-10-08. Dealer refused to replace. 3rd brake light failure. Failure mode is for red lens to crack and eventually fall off. TSB Number: SIB-63-10-08 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2015
Feb 2014

26600 mi

US $400
windshield washer fluid pump leaked. Replaced pump. 
May 2015

30000 mi

US $2700
window became detached from convertible top. Replaced top 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2011 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

48980 mi
Check engine light, new software 
BMW 1-Series in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2009 - May 2012
Jan 2012

23800 mi
Right side power window was going all the way down 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2011 - May 2013
Jan 2012

20300 mi
Convertible top wear Third brake light Some lifters replaced 
BMW 1-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2008 - Oct 2014
Sep 2011

18600 mi
Third brake light cracked and fell off - a common problem with early 1 series. The brake light cover is too large for opening and eventually the brake light cracks or falls off. The replacement light cover is slightly smaller. 
Feb 2012

20460 mi
The windows are supposed to automatically come down a bit when the door is opened and pop back up when closed. This mechanism failed to work properly. 
May 2014

31620 mi

C $55
Drivers window bounced 1/2 way down everytime I tried to close it. This happened repeatedly over several days. Dealer had to reset a program or reprogram to resolve problem, Window working fine now 
BMW 1-Series in Florida, United States
Nov 2008 - Nov 2011
Dec 2008 Brakelight lens on trunk lid was lying on floor in several pieces day after we took delivery of new car. Nothing had hit it. It just fell out. Was told it wasn't properly glued in at factory and that I wasn't the 1st to experience this issue. 
Mar 2009

3000 mi
Car stopped recognizing remote key to lock and unlock doors and said unrecognized key when key fob was inserted into recharging port in dash. Dealer updated software. 
Sep 2009

8000 mi
No tail lights discovered at 1 AM on Interstate returning from MLB game. All left side LEDs out. Entire assembly had to be replaced. Right lights then came back on. 2nd time 3rd brakelight lens in trunk deck lid has been replaced. Not sure why they crack. 
Feb 2010

10000 mi
Tail lights out for 2nd time just 3000 miles after 1st failure. Fixed under wtty, but very unsafe trying to drive home at 9 PM at night with 4 ways on in order to take to dealer next day. Advised they have a new light source. 
Jan 2011

21000 mi
High pitched noise (like a rattle snake) coming from rear speakers while car was parked and locked with radio off. Went away after 20 minutes of driving. Dealer could not replicate next day. 
BMW 1-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2010 - Jan 2011
Jun 2010

11280 mi
Replaced steering wheel as plastic finish near horn buttons was pealing off the under material. 

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2008 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 1-Series in Maine, United States
Jun 2008 - Apr 2010
Aug 2008

4000 mi
 
Sep 2008

5000 mi
Fuel tank and fuel sending unit replaced. 
BMW 1-Series in Oregon, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

52000 mi
Rear window defroster inoperable upon purchase. Took it back in and eventually problem was traced back to electronic control unit. Replaced under warranty due to recent purchase of car - cost to repair if not under warranty would have been ~$1400. 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

4960 mi
Had to reset the window electronics on passanger side as window stopped working. 
May 2009

6820 mi
Had to repaint hood as paint had bubbled off. 

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