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    buying a BMW 1 series advice

    Hi all,

    Been looking around for a BMW 1 Series, seen a few for around £6000 to £6500 however they have high mileage, 90,000 to 125,000. Most are ex lease and im waiting to findout if they have full service history, some do.

    Any reasons to stay away from these? Im guessing BMW engines are pretty good. My last one only has 40,000 on the clock so i dont know too much about them with high mileage.

    Thanks hey...

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    Man, forget about those, and get yourself an audi rs6. Oh yeah...

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    PraxxtorCruel;7573942

    Man, forget about those, and get yourself an audi rs6. Oh yeah...



    wish i could afford one...dont really want to spend more then 6k and would like something 2004 onwards ideally

    Cue BG coming in and saying you should buy a £66k one.

    Am looking at a 3 series myself, a lot more choice with 3's though!!

    Banned

    In b4 BG1

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    sancho1983;7574051

    Cue BG coming in and saying you should buy a £66k one.Am looking at a 3 … Cue BG coming in and saying you should buy a £66k one.Am looking at a 3 series myself, a lot more choice with 3's though!!



    yeah your right, dont mind a 3 series either. thats what i had before someone wrote it off and moved over to the astra as a run around...

    Why....? the 1 series only has one good model in looks AFAIAC not even seen the performance/economy of it...

    What are the other choices?

    vmessy;7574080

    yeah your right, dont mind a 3 series either. thats what i had before … yeah your right, dont mind a 3 series either. thats what i had before someone wrote it off and moved over to the astra as a run around...



    Anything you can share about the 3 series? Like, "don't buy one because they are crazy expensive to run"

    dcx_badass;7574210

    The current one sucks.



    Current? You must think i'm made of money!!!!

    I'm looking at about £3-4k, probably 2002 ish. They seem to have 90k miles, pretty sure, as long as it's been serviced, the engine should do double that right?

    I only do 3-4k per year

    which BMW 1er?

    petrol or diesel?

    BTW I work for BMW - engineer not in the dealer network but in manufacturing

    EliTom

    lottysdad08;7574058

    In b4 BG1



    Thats the only reason i looked at this thread, to see if BG1 would mention the 66k BMW.

    why not get a 00/01 330 coupe?

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    elitom;7574262

    which BMW 1er?petrol or diesel?BTW I work for BMW - engineer not in the … which BMW 1er?petrol or diesel?BTW I work for BMW - engineer not in the dealer network but in manufacturing :)EliTom



    Either a 120d SE or have seen a few 116i Petrols...around 2004/2005.

    Anything to look out for? Any common problems?

    Thanks

    Retro89;7574493

    Thats the only reason i looked at this thread, to see if BG1 would … Thats the only reason i looked at this thread, to see if BG1 would mention the 66k BMW.



    +1 LOL :whistling:

    I would, if at all possible, forget about the petrol models when buying a BMW, the 1.6 is very underpowered for the size of the car, and very heavy on fuel.

    When I had mine a couple of years ago, it only had about 30K on the clock and already the clutch was showing serious signs of wear, and BMW clutches are not cheap to replace main dealer!!

    When you drive the diesel, the rev range makes clutch usage a lot lighter, this is another factor in why I prefer diesel. Also make sure the drive belt has been replaced on the higher mileage models!! Check rear seat belts to make sure they retract fully and make sure there are no airbag lights on the dashboard (small faults but annoying)

    Other than that, these are great cars with a fantastic responsive drive, make sure you look for one which feels 'tight' when driving (gearstick, throttle, steering) And I would expect a diesel model to go forever as long as its looked after.

    Also bear in mind most 1 series BMW have run flat tyres, which make the ride harder and replacing them is also expensive. Dont worry about going for smaller wheels because this will make the ride better in the long run (they have stiff suspension anyway!)

    I just bought a 3 Series Coupe, 2007 - Loving it! The run flat tires don't affect the handling at all, they do affect the ride however, and it is a little bumpy, but coming from a sports suspension setup on a Renault, it's a major improvement. The 3 Series is the best all rounder in my opinion, but it depends what engine you go for also - if you're looking at high mileage, look at the diesals, and ideally one of the 3 litres for the mix of performance and economy.

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    aircanman;7575566

    I would, if at all possible, forget about the petrol models when buying a … I would, if at all possible, forget about the petrol models when buying a BMW, the 1.6 is very underpowered for the size of the car, and very heavy on fuel. When I had mine a couple of years ago, it only had about 30K on the clock and already the clutch was showing serious signs of wear, and BMW clutches are not cheap to replace main dealer!! When you drive the diesel, the rev range makes clutch usage a lot lighter, this is another factor in why I prefer diesel. Also make sure the drive belt has been replaced on the higher mileage models!! Check rear seat belts to make sure they retract fully and make sure there are no airbag lights on the dashboard (small faults but annoying)Other than that, these are great cars with a fantastic responsive drive, make sure you look for one which feels 'tight' when driving (gearstick, throttle, steering) And I would expect a diesel model to go forever as long as its looked after. Also bear in mind most 1 series BMW have run flat tyres, which make the ride harder and replacing them is also expensive. Dont worry about going for smaller wheels because this will make the ride better in the long run (they have stiff suspension anyway!)



    cheers aircanman, thats superb advice and will be useful. I will try and get a 118d or 120d.

    thanks again :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    I'm looking at a BMW 1 series that has 177k on the clock, 59 plate. Motorway miles. One owner, full service history.
    But I'm concerned about the mileage. Any advice?
    Thanks

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    Smithy2296

    I'm looking at a BMW 1 series that has 177k on the clock, 59 plate. … I'm looking at a BMW 1 series that has 177k on the clock, 59 plate. Motorway miles. One owner, full service history. But I'm concerned about the mileage. Any advice? Thanks


    I would say forget it unless the price is too good. I had quite a few problems in the end like ABS module unit which was common, DPF etc but all depends how it drives and full service history from a main dealers means its been looked after. PM if you need help.
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