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2009 BMW 1-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (12%)

Chart based on 188 repairs.
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2009 BMW 1-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (16%)

< $100 (62%)

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Chart based on 117 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

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 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 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 Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2018
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. 
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 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. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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 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 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 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. 
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 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 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
Jan 2010 - Jun 2018
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 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 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 New Jersey, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2012
Aug 2009

22000 mi
HPFP Failure 

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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 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

US $700
replaced starter due to failure 
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. 
BMW 1-Series in Arizona, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2014

23200 mi
fuel pump failure 
Mar 2015

27000 mi

US $100
driver side window regulator broken - 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 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 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. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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. 
BMW 1-Series in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
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 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 Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

42000 mi
slight leak at main seal 
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 

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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 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. 
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. 

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2009 BMW 1-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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 New York, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

11000 mi
AC not blowing cold air 
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. 
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. 

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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 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. 
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. 

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