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Used BMW 1-Series Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common BMW 1-Series faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our BMW 1-Series fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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BMW 1-Series (2004 - 2012 Fault Guide


BMW 1-Series (2004 - 2012 Fault Guide

View BMW 1-Series (2004 - 2012 Fault Guide

We know of 23 BMW 1-Series (2004 - 2012 faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 5 engine faults
  • 4 suspension wear items or faults
  • 6 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 6 recalls

Here's an example fault on the BMW 1-Series (2004 - 2012

What to look for:

Test drive the car – check for a whistling from the sound from the engine under power, a flat feeing engine with a corresponding loss of power and black smoke from the exhaust.

What it means:

If you find these faults it is likely that the turbo is blown

What to do

If you find this fault and the car is under warranty (3 years or 60,000 miles) BMW may carry out the repair for free. Otherwise, if you suspect a blown turbo it is advised to have the car inspected by a fully qualified mechanic.


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