really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,909 miles

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problem #8

Jun 082019


  • 75,758 miles
Purchased this car yesterday (06/08/2019), and after buying it noticed that the prometer was disconnected and the wipers, which they said would be fixed, had been disconnected. The car died on me when we were driving at around 35 mph and all lights came on on the dash board. I went back to the dealer and he said I bought the car as is and did not let me even tell him about the odometer. He promised to fix the wipers on Thursday, though.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 082019


  • 78,758 miles
When we saw the car we noticed the wipers were on and would not quit. The manager of the dealer told us he would get it fixed, that this was no problem. When we came back, the wipers were off and we did not check them. After we left, the car died on us and all the lights came on on the dash. We drove back to the dealer and told them we wanted our money back, but he said that we had bought the car "as is" and that meant that we had no recourse. I told them that if I buy a car for the sake to be good the car must be able to be driven, but he said that he would fix the wipers on Thursday, but that's all he'd do for us.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #6

May 162019


  • 108,657 miles
The contact owns a 2009 BMW 1 series. While driving 25 mph, the contact activated the air conditioner, but no air flowed into the vehicle. The contact smelled an electronic burning odor and turned off the air conditioner. The vehicle was taken to BMW of bayside (located at 266 E shore rd, great neck, NY 11023, (516) 304-3700) where the contact was informed to call the manufacturer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 108,657.

- Saint Albans, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 302017


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 BMW 128I. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 17V683000 (engine and engine cooling) months ago. The dealer (BMW of fort walton beach, 1000 N. beal parkway, fort walton beach, fl 32547, (850) 863-2167) was unable to determine when the part would be supplied from the manufacturer. The contact experienced several failures that progressed while waiting to receive the recall remedy, such as an abnormal burning odor. The air bag warning indicator illuminated after the dealer completed an air bag recall repair and the dealer was servicing the computer to determine if a sensor or the computer needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 102018


  • 122,000 miles
I was driving 40mph and then suddenly all light controls lit up on my dashboard after I noticed I was not able to accelerate, then my windshield wipers came on slowly without myself operating them, as my car came to a complete stop/engine off. After calling road side assistance and waiting 10 mins, the vehicle restarted. Recently repaired pvc recall and uncertain if PCV was detrimental to other components that were not replaced due to the PCV. Battery read as good per mechanic.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 022015

128 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 BMW 128I. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The contact also noticed that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle drastically reduced speed as if it might stall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V044000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 04/13/16 the blower motor was replaced. Updated 04/20/16.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 142015


  • miles
Car was purchased with an extended warranty for up to 100,000.I kept experiencing the car vibrating as well as the low oil light appearing within weeks of servicing the car was taken back numerous times and was told they could not find anything while car was under warranty. In July aprrox at 106,000 my check engine light appeared was taken only to BMW for solve the issue have paid over $3800 for repair and light is still on. Was taken on Friday Sept 18 and on Sunday Sept 20 the light is on again. Spark plugs have been changed twice with 2 months this cannot be right. The car apparently has electrical problems and is unsafe.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 022015

128 6-cyl

  • 46,100 miles
On November 28, 2014, my wife and I purchased a 2009 BMW 1-series convertible from a local Chrysler dealer. We also purchased an extended warranty contract through the dealer. A few weeks later, my wife noticed the air bag icon on the dashboard was lit and a air bag "off " light located above the rear view mirror stayed on. We contacted the dealer to have it checked but the dealer could not diagnose the problem since they did have the diagnostic equipment to do so.they suggested that we take to a repair shop that had the equipment to test it. After the repair shop tested the system it was determined that air bag sensor located in the passenger seat was defective. The dealer's warranty company was then contacted by the repair shop to notified them about the failure and the cost to repair is estimated at approximately $1,800. We were then notified that the repair was not covered by the warranty. We then re-contacted the dealer to authorize the repair by the repair shop and they refused, saying that the repair was not covered by the type of warranty that we had purchased. Our concern is that because the air bag system is not operating correctly, there may be a chance of an accidental activation and deployment of the air bags and possibly injury. I read on the NHTSA's website that there is an investigation concerning the air bag systems on BMW's, id # 10052013 and think that this should be looked into further.

- Carneys Point, NJ, USA