Pros

  • All the Euro image for not too much money
  • 6-cylinder models offer great performance ad driving dynamics
  • Interiors are shoeing good wear and tear

Cons

  • A worrying list of potential issues
  • Parts and labour cost more than other brands
  • 4-cyl models definitely lack performance appeal

Verdict

Ok, it depends on your intentions and needs. If you’re on a really tight budget and want a BMW 1 series because for less than 10 or 15 thousand dollars you can have a “BMW”, no, you should not buy one of these.

The potential mechanical issues are extensive, especially...

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The BMW 1 Series, produced from 2004 to 2013, is a compact luxury car that was designed to provide a smaller and more affordable entry point into BMW’s lineup. It served as the successor to the BMW 3 Series Compact and offered a range of body styles including a three-door hatchback (E81/E82), a five-door hatchback (E87), and a two-door convertible (E88).

The 1 Series featured a sleek and sporty design, incorporating BMW’s signature kidney grille, distinctive headlights, and a low, aggressive stance. It offered a premium interior with high-quality materials and a driver-focused layout, ensuring a comfortable and engaging driving experience.

Three years after its launch, the 1 Series received several improvements. The 5-door hatchback underwent a facelift including revised headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a restyled interior. The hydraulic power steering was also replaced by electric power steering.

Under the bonnet, the 1 Series offered a variety of engine options, including petrol and diesel variants (see below for full details). The engine lineup ranged from small four-cylinder engines to powerful six-cylinder options. BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology was also incorporated to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The 1 Series showcased BMW’s commitment to delivering a thrilling driving experience. It featured rear-wheel drive, which provided excellent handling dynamics and balanced weight distribution. Additionally, it offered precise steering and a well-tuned suspension, ensuring agile and responsive driving characteristics.

In terms of technology and features, the 1 Series offered a range of options, including advanced safety systems, infotainment systems,

The BMW 1 Series, produced from 2004 to 2013, is a compact luxury car that was designed to provide a smaller and more affordable entry point into BMW’s lineup. It served as the successor to the BMW 3 Series Compact and offered a range of body styles including a three-door hatchback (E81/E82), a five-door hatchback (E87), and a two-door convertible (E88).

The 1 Series featured a sleek and sporty design, incorporating BMW’s signature kidney grille, distinctive headlights, and a low, aggressive stance. It offered a premium interior with high-quality materials and a driver-focused layout, ensuring a comfortable and engaging driving experience.

Three years after its launch, the 1 Series received several improvements. The 5-door hatchback underwent a facelift including revised headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a restyled interior. The hydraulic power steering was also replaced by electric power steering.

Under the bonnet, the 1 Series offered a variety of engine options, including petrol and diesel variants (see below for full details). The engine lineup ranged from small four-cylinder engines to powerful six-cylinder options. BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology was also incorporated to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The 1 Series showcased BMW’s commitment to delivering a thrilling driving experience. It featured rear-wheel drive, which provided excellent handling dynamics and balanced weight distribution. Additionally, it offered precise steering and a well-tuned suspension, ensuring agile and responsive driving characteristics.

In terms of technology and features, the 1 Series offered a range of options, including advanced safety systems, infotainment systems, and connectivity features. Depending on the trim level and optional packages, buyers could enjoy amenities such as leather upholstery, navigation systems, premium sound systems, and automatic climate control.

Overall, the BMW 1 Series from 2004 to 2013 served as an entry point into BMW’s luxury and performance-oriented lineup, providing a compact and sporty driving experience combined with the brand’s distinctive design and high-quality craftsmanship.

The BMW 1 Series, produced from 2004 to 2013, is a compact luxury car that was designed to provide a smaller and more affordable entry point into BMW’s lineup. It served as the successor to the BMW 3 Series Compact and offered a range of body styles including a three-door hatchback (E81/E82), a five-door hatchback (E87), and a two-door convertible (E88).

The 1 Series featured a sleek and sporty design, incorporating BMW’s signature kidney grille, distinctive headlights, and a low, aggressive stance. It offered a premium interior with high-quality materials and a driver-focused layout, ensuring a comfortable and engaging driving experience.

Three years after its launch, the 1 Series received several improvements. The 5-door hatchback underwent a facelift including revised headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a restyled interior. The hydraulic power steering was also replaced by electric power steering.

Under the bonnet, the 1 Series offered a variety of engine options, including petrol and diesel variants (see below for full details). The engine lineup ranged from small four-cylinder engines to powerful six-cylinder options. BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology was also incorporated to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The 1 Series showcased BMW’s commitment to delivering a thrilling driving experience. It featured rear-wheel drive, which provided excellent handling dynamics and balanced weight distribution. Additionally, it offered precise steering and a well-tuned suspension, ensuring agile and responsive driving characteristics.

In terms of technology and features, the 1 Series offered a range of options, including advanced safety systems, infotainment systems, and connectivity features. Depending on the trim level and optional packages, buyers could enjoy amenities such as leather upholstery, navigation systems, premium sound systems, and automatic climate control.

Overall, the BMW 1 Series from 2004 to 2013 served as an entry point into BMW’s luxury and performance-oriented lineup, providing a compact and sporty driving experience combined with the brand’s distinctive design and high-quality craftsmanship.

Exterior:

  • There are reports of the fuel filler caps coming off.
  • The windows have a habit of sticking shut.
  • The electronics in the mirrors are known to fail.
  • On hatch models, the rear windscreen wiper water jets can get blocked, which can fill up and freak out the mechanism and can lead to water buildup and corrosion in the boot.

 

Interior:

  • If your car has a Parking Distance Control unit in the boot and it becomes wet, the result may play havoc with your dash, knocking every instrument out.
  • Moisture can come up through seat belt bolts. And sometimes it’s down to someone at BMW fitting a part in the wheel arches upside down.
  • Warning lights being illuminated for the airbags and ESC are pretty common, but airbag/seatbelt lights could just be the plug under the seat having come adrift.
  • If you have a Bluetooth-equipped 1 Series, don’t leave it unlocked as it can continue to actively search for any linked mobile phones while you’re gone, which drains the battery.
  • If the clock or mileage indicator reset without your permission, it could be a flattening AGM battery.
  • you may notice a noise coming from just above the air vents but the good news is that could be nothing more serious than air pollen filter cover not being replaced properly after a service.

 

Mechanically:

  • At around 150,000kms you should expect to replace most of the suspension and engine/transmission bushings, as well as the dampers for good measure.
  • 1 Series are known to use their brakes harder than the average family hatchback and there are reports that the stock wheels can be surprisingly bend-prone.
  • There are reports of oil leaks from valve cover gaskets and the oil filter housing. There are plenty of reports of water pump and thermostat failures. We also see the occasional ignition misfire.
  • Expansion tanks splitting, and feeble engine bay plastics tend to be a problem. Far less common four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions have a similar type of problem.

Exterior:

  • There are reports of the fuel filler caps coming off.
  • The windows have a habit of sticking shut.
  • The electronics in the mirrors are known to fail.
  • On hatch models, the rear windscreen wiper water jets can get blocked, which can fill up and freak out the mechanism and can lead to water buildup and corrosion in the boot.

 

Interior:

  • If your car has a Parking Distance Control unit in the boot and it becomes wet, the result may play havoc with your dash, knocking every instrument out.
  • Moisture can come up through seat belt bolts. And sometimes it’s down to someone at BMW fitting a part in the wheel arches upside down.
  • Warning lights being illuminated for the airbags and ESC are pretty common, but airbag/seatbelt lights could just be the plug under the seat having come adrift.
  • If you have a Bluetooth-equipped 1 Series, don’t leave it unlocked as it can continue to actively search for any linked mobile phones while you’re gone, which drains the battery.
  • If the clock or mileage indicator reset without your permission, it could be a flattening AGM battery.
  • you may notice a noise coming from just above the air vents but the good news is that could be nothing more serious than air pollen filter cover not being replaced properly after a service.

 

Mechanically:

  • At around 150,000kms you should expect to replace most of the suspension and engine/transmission bushings, as well as the dampers for good measure.
  • 1 Series are known to use their brakes harder than the average family hatchback and there are reports that the stock wheels can be surprisingly bend-prone.
  • There are reports of oil leaks from valve cover gaskets and the oil filter housing. There are plenty of reports of water pump and thermostat failures. We also see the occasional ignition misfire.
  • Expansion tanks splitting, and feeble engine bay plastics tend to be a problem. Far less common four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions have a similar type of problem.

Exterior:

  • There are reports of the fuel filler caps coming off.
  • The windows have a habit of sticking shut.
  • The electronics in the mirrors are known to fail.
  • On hatch models, the rear windscreen wiper water jets can get blocked, which can fill up and freak out the mechanism and can lead to water buildup and corrosion in the boot.

 

Interior:

  • If your car has a Parking Distance Control unit in the boot and it becomes wet, the result may play havoc with your dash, knocking every instrument out.
  • Moisture can come up through seat belt bolts. And sometimes it’s down to someone at BMW fitting a part in the wheel arches upside down.
  • Warning lights being illuminated for the airbags and ESC are pretty common, but airbag/seatbelt lights could just be the plug under the seat having come adrift.
  • If you have a Bluetooth-equipped 1 Series, don’t leave it unlocked as it can continue to actively search for any linked mobile phones while you’re gone, which drains the battery.
  • If the clock or mileage indicator reset without your permission, it could be a flattening AGM battery.
  • you may notice a noise coming from just above the air vents but the good news is that could be nothing more serious than air pollen filter cover not being replaced properly after a service.

 

Mechanically:

  • At around 150,000kms you should expect to replace most of the suspension and engine/transmission bushings, as well as the dampers for good measure.
  • 1 Series are known to use their brakes harder than the average family hatchback and there are reports that the stock wheels can be surprisingly bend-prone.
  • There are reports of oil leaks from valve cover gaskets and the oil filter housing. There are plenty of reports of water pump and thermostat failures. We also see the occasional ignition misfire.
  • Expansion tanks splitting, and feeble engine bay plastics tend to be a problem. Far less common four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions have a similar type of problem.

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

2 door Coupe

2 door Convertible

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i, 120i)

1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport, 125i)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d, 118d)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Power

95kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

85kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

195kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport)

115kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

100kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

125kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

115kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

160kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (125i)

225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

105kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (118d)

150kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Torque

180Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

200Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

150Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

315Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport)

330Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

270Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

2 door Coupe

2 door Convertible

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i, 120i)

1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport, 125i)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d, 118d)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Power

95kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

85kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

195kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport)

115kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

100kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

125kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

115kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

160kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (125i)

225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

105kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (118d)

150kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Torque

180Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

200Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

150Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

315Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport)

330Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

270Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (125i)

400Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

300Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (118d)

340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

400Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

Transmissions

5-speed Manual (118i, 116i)

6-speed Automatic (118i, 120i, 130i Sport, 125i, 135i, 120d)

6-speed Manual

6-speed Sports Automatic (120d, 135i Sport, 135i, 118d, 123d, 120i, 125i)

7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Fuel Consumption

4.5 – 9.8L / 100km

Length

4227 – 4360mm (5 door Hatchback)

4360mm (2 door Coupe)

4360mm (2 door Convertible)

Width

1748 – 1751mm (5 door Hatchback)

1748mm (2 door Coupe)

1748mm (2 door Convertible)

Height

1421 – 1430mm (5 door Hatchback)

1408 – 1423mm (2 door Coupe)

1392 – 1411mm (2 door Convertible)

Wheelbase

2660mm (5 door Hatchback)

2660mm (2 door Coupe)

2660mm (2 door Convertible)

Kerb Weight

1215 – 1420kg (5 door Hatchback)

1405 – 1420kg (2 door Coupe)

1430 – 1610kg (2 door Convertible)

Towing

635kg – 740kg (unbraked), 1200kg (braked) – depending on variant

ANCAP Ratings

Not available

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

2 door Coupe

2 door Convertible

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i, 120i)

1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport, 125i)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d, 118d)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Power

95kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

85kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

195kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport)

115kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

100kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

125kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

115kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

160kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (125i)

225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

105kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (118d)

150kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

225kW – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Torque

180Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (118i)

200Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (120i)

150Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (116i)

315Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (130i Sport)

330Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (120d)

270Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder aspirated petrol (125i)

400Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder twin turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i)

300Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo intercooled diesel (118d)

340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

400Nm – 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbo intercooled petrol (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

400Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder twin turbo intercooled diesel (123d)

Transmissions

5-speed Manual (118i, 116i)

6-speed Automatic (118i, 120i, 130i Sport, 125i, 135i, 120d)

6-speed Manual

6-speed Sports Automatic (120d, 135i Sport, 135i, 118d, 123d, 120i, 125i)

7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (135i Sport, 135i, 135i M Sport)

Fuel Consumption

4.5 – 9.8L / 100km

Length

4227 – 4360mm (5 door Hatchback)

4360mm (2 door Coupe)

4360mm (2 door Convertible)

Width

1748 – 1751mm (5 door Hatchback)

1748mm (2 door Coupe)

1748mm (2 door Convertible)

Height

1421 – 1430mm (5 door Hatchback)

1408 – 1423mm (2 door Coupe)

1392 – 1411mm (2 door Convertible)

Wheelbase

2660mm (5 door Hatchback)

2660mm (2 door Coupe)

2660mm (2 door Convertible)

Kerb Weight

1215 – 1420kg (5 door Hatchback)

1405 – 1420kg (2 door Coupe)

1430 – 1610kg (2 door Convertible)

Towing

635kg – 740kg (unbraked), 1200kg (braked) – depending on variant

ANCAP Ratings

Not available

Warranty

2 or  years / unlimited km – depending on variant

They’re all out of warranty anyway…

Model range, pricing & features

BMW M135i-1

116i

Price when new: $34,900

Price used: $1,300 - $7,100

Equipment:

6 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Conditioning
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Armrests – Front (Driver & Passenger)
Body Colour – Bumpers
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Brake Assist
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
CD Player
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Chrome Grille Surround
Clear Side Indicator Lenses
Control – Corner Braking
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Traction
Data Dots – Part Identifiers
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Fog Lamps – Front
Headlamps – Clear Lenses
Independent Front Suspension
Independent Rear Suspension
Leather Steering Wheel
Metallic Finish Centre Console
Metallic Finish Dash Board
Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
On-board Computer
Power Steering
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 2nd Row(Rear Outer seats)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 2nd Row (Rear Centre)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 2nd Row(Rear Outer seats)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Starter Button
Steering Wheel – Sports
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Trim – Cloth
Tyre Pressure Sensor
Tyres – Runflat
12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Side Mouldings
Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
Cargo Tie-down Rails
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Door Pockets – 2nd row (rear)
Engine Immobiliser
First Aid Kit
Headlamps – See me home
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Heat Insulated – Side Windows
Heat Insulated – Windscreen
Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
Intermittent Wipers
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Phone Preparation
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seat – Height Adjustable Passenger
Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
Storage Area – Under Dash
Tacho
Wheel Covers – Full

118i

Price when new: $37,900 - $41,200

Price used: $1,500 - $10,000

Adds:

16″ Alloy Wheels
Air Cond. – Climate Control
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Body Side Mouldings – Colour Coded
Control – Park Distance Rear

120i

Price when new: $41,900 - $56,080

Price used: $2,000 - $19,000

Adds:

17″ Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
Seatbelt – Load Limiter Rear Centre
Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Ambient Lighting – Interior
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Footwell Lamps – Front
Lighting – Exterior Side
Map/Reading Lamps – for 2nd Row
Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – Input for iPod
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Bluetooth System
Fog Lamp/s – Rear
Gloss Finish Inserts
Headrests-Adjustable 3rd Row x2
Leather Trim (Incl. Seats, inserts)
Power Door Mirrors
Power Windows – Front only
Power Windows – Remote Control Open/Close
Seat – Rear Opening for Skis/boot access
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x2
Lock Nuts
Air Conditioning – Sensor for Solar/Sun
Daytime Running Lamps
Floor Mats
Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Heated Washer Jets
Power Roof – Remote Control Open/Close
Power Roof – Soft
Roll Bar
Storage Compartment – in Dash
Tail Lamps – LED
Scuff Plates (on door sills)
Speed Dependant Volume Stereo
Wind Deflector

118d

Price when new: $42,170 - $56,000

Price used: $5,000 - $18,900

Adds:

Driving Lamps
Rollover Protection – Active

120d

Price when new: $46,790 - $48,990

Price used: $2,700 - $9,600

Adds:

Brakes – Regenerative
Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
Engine – Stop Start System (When at idle)

123d

Price when new: $50,790 - $70,380

Price used: $6,200 - $22,000

Adds:

Gloss Finish Window Surrounds – Exterior
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Exhaust – Stainless Steel Single System

125i

Price when new: $54,401 - $68,145

Price used: $6,700 - $23,400

Adds:

Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
Air Cond. – Climate Control with Memory
Air Conditioning – Sensor for Humidity
Exhaust – Stainless Steel Dual System
Gloss Finish Inserts in Centre Console
Gloss Finish Inserts in Dash Board
Gloss Finish Inserts in Doors
Memory Pack – Driver (most vehicle electrics)
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Power Door Mirrors – with Memory
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 2nd Row
Trip Computer
Chrome Exterior Highlights
Electronic Differential Lock
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Chrome Window Surrounds – Exterior
Heated Seats – 1st Row
Exhaust System – Dual

130i Sport

Price when new: $58,988 - $66,500

Price used: $5,700 - $13,000

Adds:

18″ Alloy Wheels
Body Kit – Lower (skirts, F & R Aprons)
Chrome Grille
Headlining Trimmed
Hill Holder
Leather Gear Boot/ Gaiter
Leather Gear Knob
Leather Steering Wheel – Custom
Suspension – Lowered
Suspension – Sports
CD Stacker – 6 disc
Chrome Interior highlights
Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Front
Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
Headlamp Washers
Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
Voice Recognition
Electric Seats – 1st Row (Front)

135i Sport

Price when new: $72,230 - $77,964

Price used: $8,500 - $18,700

Adds:

Calipers – Front 6 Spot
Calipers – Rear 2 Spot
Electric Seat – Drivers
Electric Seat – Passenger
Metallic Finish Door Inserts
Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
Seat – Passenger with Electric Lumbar
Sports Instruments

135i M Sport

Price when new: $74,745 - $87,300

Price used: $13,300 - $26,800

Adds:

Performance Brakes
Scuff Plates – Embossed or personalised
Electric Seats:- 1st Row (Front) with Memories
Diffuser – Rear

135i

Price when new: $79,644 - $85,464

Price used: $9,500 - $24,300

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Body Kit – F&R Spoilers, Skirts, Rear Apron

Ok, it depends on your intentions and needs. If you’re on a really tight budget and want a BMW 1 series because for less than 10 or 15 thousand dollars you can have a “BMW”, no, you should not buy one of these.

The potential mechanical issues are extensive, especially on cheaper and lower-spec 4-cylinder 1 series and the cost to repair these issues can verge on the ridiculous.

For 10 or 15,000 dollars, there are so many more financially intelligent alternatives, like say a Mazda 3, ok it hasn’t got that European image but they still look great, they’re arguably more fun to drive than lower spec 1 series and when you’re on a budget, they’re just a smarter decision.

But, what about when it comes to any of the 6-cylinder 1 series. Well, that’s a different story.

As long as you’re aware that even the 6-cylinder variants aren’t without their gremlins, and if you’re genuinely financially, mentally, and emotionally prepared for what may be some very expensive repair bills, the 6 cylinders 1 series, especially the 135i, offers a hell of a driving experience. Plus with a few intelligent modifications, these things can be genuine giant killers.

So it’s a tentative yes. If you’re in the market, try to find the lowest mileage, most fastidiously cared for example, and it’s absolutely critical that it has a full and thorough service history, and make sure you have it inspected by a mechanic before you hand over your cash.

Ok, it depends on your intentions and needs. If you’re on a really tight budget and want a BMW 1 series because for less than 10 or 15 thousand dollars you can have a “BMW”, no, you should not buy one of these.

The potential mechanical issues are extensive, especially on cheaper and lower-spec 4-cylinder 1 series and the cost to repair these issues can verge on the ridiculous.

For 10 or 15,000 dollars, there are so many more financially intelligent alternatives, like say a Mazda 3, ok it hasn’t got that European image but they still look great, they’re arguably more fun to drive than lower spec 1 series and when you’re on a budget, they’re just a smarter decision.

But, what about when it comes to any of the 6-cylinder 1 series. Well, that’s a different story.

As long as you’re aware that even the 6-cylinder variants aren’t without their gremlins, and if you’re genuinely financially, mentally, and emotionally prepared for what may be some very expensive repair bills, the 6 cylinders 1 series, especially the 135i, offers a hell of a driving experience. Plus with a few intelligent modifications, these things can be genuine giant killers.

So it’s a tentative yes. If you’re in the market, try to find the lowest mileage, most fastidiously cared for example, and it’s absolutely critical that it has a full and thorough service history, and make sure you have it inspected by a mechanic before you hand over your cash.

Ok, it depends on your intentions and needs. If you’re on a really tight budget and want a BMW 1 series because for less than 10 or 15 thousand dollars you can have a “BMW”, no, you should not buy one of these.

The potential mechanical issues are extensive, especially on cheaper and lower-spec 4-cylinder 1 series and the cost to repair these issues can verge on the ridiculous.

For 10 or 15,000 dollars, there are so many more financially intelligent alternatives, like say a Mazda 3, ok it hasn’t got that European image but they still look great, they’re arguably more fun to drive than lower spec 1 series and when you’re on a budget, they’re just a smarter decision.

But, what about when it comes to any of the 6-cylinder 1 series. Well, that’s a different story.

As long as you’re aware that even the 6-cylinder variants aren’t without their gremlins, and if you’re genuinely financially, mentally, and emotionally prepared for what may be some very expensive repair bills, the 6 cylinders 1 series, especially the 135i, offers a hell of a driving experience. Plus with a few intelligent modifications, these things can be genuine giant killers.

So it’s a tentative yes. If you’re in the market, try to find the lowest mileage, most fastidiously cared for example, and it’s absolutely critical that it has a full and thorough service history, and make sure you have it inspected by a mechanic before you hand over your cash.

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