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S-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent car (116d) overall, definatelly delivers on the purpose it was purchased for; fuel economy and decent performance. Overtaking on country roads is not the best,. but in the 0-60 mph speed spectrum it takes over faster than an average 1.6lt petrol car. At speeds over 60 mph the limiting 116hp factor begins to come into play. However, fuel economy is very good, as the average consumption indicated on the onboard computer shows 53.3mpg, which is pretty close to my own fuel economy spreadsheed register (after every topup I record miles driven, litres pumped and price paid, to calculate mpg and other figures) which currenlty shows 49.8mpg after having driven 7,200 miles in the last 7 months.

Cost: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It starts first time every time, gets me where I want to go without fuss and costs me little to run it. It is very economical all round. I regulary get 44mpg around town on short commuter journeys and on the motorway at a leisurely pace of 55-60 mph I get 65ish and at 70 around 60mpg. its now done 216000 miles and the outer edgrs or the front tyres are wearing, a common trait apparently so the cost of two runflat tyres will soon be upon me. prices vary quite a lot but I expect to pay about ł150 - ł170 a tyre. so two years motoring for that sort of money aint bad.

Cost: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A good solid build with never a rattle or squeak anywhere, bought when a year old with 5000 miles covered. Well polished when I picked it up from Halliwell jones bmw and £6000 cheaper than buying a new one. I found the sales and service team much better than my previous experiences at vw garages. Only needs servicing at 19000 mile intervals or two years. I haven't had a car this good since my mk2 golf gti back in the mid eighties.

Cost: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Having taken delivery of the vehicle on 17-dec-2012 the vehicle was found to have picked up a stowaway a nail had punctured one of the rear tyres at ł180.00 each not a great start.with the vehicle being rear wheel drive a new set of winter tyres another ł540.00 later.as for the support from bmw and the 3rd party supplier not impressed they washed there hands of the vehicle it was allright when it left the dealership and supplier.

Cost: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I would regard myself as being a bit of an enthusiast when it comes to looking after my car I.e. I will personally change the oil & air filters in between services.other than general wear this car has had no major issues. When I drive the car aggressively it will get approx 19 mpg & when I take it easy it will sometimes get 30 mpg. I've no problem with either as I fully appreciate the value of driving an inline 6 engine.

Cost: 3/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I rate the car but economy is 30% less than the published figures & I don't drive hard or particularly short distances. There has been one recall relating to the exhaust emissions sensor and a recurring fayult with the 'Staop start' sytem which the dealer says cannot be fixed but relates to the battery. the stop tart system comes on automatically when staionary and is really annoying.

Cost: 2/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

It's proven to be exactly what we expected. It's economical, the performance is as expected although a bit more poke would be nice and the sports pack make the seats & suspension firmer so can make your bum numb after a few hours at the wheel. The standard accessories are excellent as is the comfort pack (tho' a tad expensive!)

Overall an excellent car & BMW have been very helpful

Cost: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

BMW 123d M Sport a 201 bhp engine in a 1 Series Hatch Body with all that torque and road holding on a good day Beautifull and adgile to drive so what can be wrong, No grip from the rear wheel drive on a slipery surface. Once out of warrenty any repairs would too expensive. I'm only getting 43mpg not the 56 mpg BMW say I should get

Cost: 4/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The 1 Series proved to be economical, refined, a pleasure to drive and the running costs were exceptionally low. It far exceeded my expectations and I would heartily recommend it to anyone. All worries about it being too small proved not to be the case and it was perfectly practical for a family of four.

Cost: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Car has been faultess so far in the 18 months I have had it. Runnging costs are good considering I live in the high peak having to travel uop and down hills a lot. on an average run when not in the high peak, I can achieve upto 55 mpg with mixed driving.

Cost: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Lovely to drive. Nice and economical too. Would have preferred the bigger engine but budget is everything. I know that the Golf is suppoed to be better but for what I need a car for I prefer the BMW (though I readily admit the Golf is good).

Cost: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent car, fun to drive , great for 1-2 people. Good fuel economy and great performance. Engine is smooth.
Not so good for a family and boot space whilst ok can't fit in all the kids stuff you apparently need.
Run flat tyres expensive

Cost: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have never owned a BMW before this but when BMW brought out the 1 series coupe I fell in love with it- don't really like the 1 series saloon.
Handles like a dream, accelerates realy well & dead economical to run.

Cost: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have the BMW 123d SE coupe and it is utterly brilliant. There is no other car on the UK market (other than the the 123d hatchback) that will accelerate 0-62 mph in 7 seconds AND have an overall mpg of 54.1.

Cost: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Brake caliper has recently seized, requiring new discs also. earlier in year brake accumulator failed. Heavy on fuel compared with book figures. tyres wear out far too quickly/uneven wear and are expensive.

Cost: 3/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great fun to drive with good handling. Fairly practical for a family of four with the cabin not being overly spacious. Decent boot space. Build quality good, economy not great. Like the car a lot.

Cost: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very good economical car. A pity about the run flat tyres, don't like them. Wear very quickly and expensive to change if you have a puncture. The car is a little cramped on the inside.

Cost: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

So far it has never needed anythng more than routine servicing and consumables like tyres. Only downside is that some parts are expensive, I.e. battery was ł250, tyres are ł300 a pair.

Cost: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues at all since I bought this vehicle. very happy with it so far. Nothing to say really - ł60 fuel every 2 weeks and 1 service at a bmw specialist (not dealer) at ł165.

Cost: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Only had the car around 4 months but no issues at all solid build, no warning lights nothing. Servicing expensive at a bmw dealer and run flat tyres are expensive to replace.

Cost: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Flawless reliability. The 141bhp car gets 55mpg although driven quite hard, so fuel costs are reasonable. I have the service package, so no service costs for 60k miles.

Cost: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall very good, but a surprising turbo actuator failure at 38k and replacement front washer pump at 43k. Happy with mpgmain dealer servicing and parts are too dear.

Cost: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car - not so sure about BMW themselves though. I have had computer changes foisted on me that aren't explained and that I don't want but have to have

Cost: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

To date and having covered 35,000 miles the car has been great and not missed a beat. Genrally good but mpg dropped off with winter spec diesel.

Cost: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Only covered 1800 miles, but so far so good. 30mpg isn't great, but for a 1.5 tonne car with a 306 bhp 3 litre turbo engine its pretty good.

Cost: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Clutch problemswater leak through passenger door skin - off the road for 3 days. Run flat tyres very expensivefuel economy and tax cheap.

Cost: 2/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had to replace entire clutch kit after about 65k miles (3yrs old), at cost of ł1200. Good on fuel, cheap road tax (ł20 12 months).

Cost: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great car. a few niggles but nothing major. Mpg could be better but ultimately it's a quick car. rear tyres only lat 12000 miles.

Cost: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing has gone wrong at all. We pruchased the 5yr service pack,car tax is good at ł270,for the performance 25mpg is great.

Cost: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It`s a great little `sporty` car with very good performance but great economy too. Plus it`s a BMW, that says for everything.

Cost: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A reliable and sensible car for anyone who likes a prestigious make without paying the earth with expensive running costs.

Cost: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Not had it long so time will tell. no problems so far. Excellent 52 mpg and ł30 road tax, tyres will be expensive though.

Cost: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Exactly as I expected, very low emmissions & high MPG, solid and well sound proofed, brilliant to drive except in snow!

Cost: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It has never let me down. Mpg as expected, although a newer car could be better. bmw servicing is pretty expensive.

Cost: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Total reliability and an ideal balance between performance and economy. The perfect car for this economic climate.

Cost: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Minor prob. with personal profile settings on external mirrors. Good mpg, service package included in cost price.

Cost: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never let's me down...first class. Would like to improve on 40mpg overall. runing costs very decent otherwise.

Cost: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Can't fault it. Parts can be expensive but needing anything is infrequent enough to make that seem worthwhile.

Cost: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Top quality, a bit expensive but you get what you pay for.It has spoiled me for driving ordinary cars again.

Cost: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing has gone wrong. Servicing costs are reasonable, intervals are good, fuel consumption is very good.

Cost: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No one thing has gone wrong. Fuel good at between 40-55mpg, servicing can be pricey but bmw main dealer.

Cost: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Not let me down - but a few niggly faults. Bmw dealer extremely expensive, round town abotu 15mpg.

Cost: 2/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

The car hasn't missed a bear since new. no issues what so ever. Low car tax, high fuel economy.

Cost: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nothing has gone wrong! Servicing and parts are expensive but offset by good fuel economy.

Cost: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues so far. Not as good as expect re fuel, road tax a bonus, ł30 for 12 months.

Cost: 3/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

very good so far, but dont go to the main dealer for a service, eye watering prices

Cost: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent. Low emmissions result in low car tax so cheap to run as a company car.

Cost: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

back wheel drive not good in snow conditions!! otherwise generally sturdy wee car

Cost: 1/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No failures in 8k miles. Only 22mpg but if u r going to play uv got to pay !

Cost: 2/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had a problem. Good on fuel parts are ever cheap particularly tyres.

Cost: 3/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Good all rounder, small rear cabin, economy not as good as hoped.

Cost: 3/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It has been a pleasure to drive, and lived up to my expectations

Cost: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No faults during the first 11 months. Mpg is consistently good.

Cost: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nice car but much cheaper when I bought it that it would be now

Cost: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

So far totally problem free. It's a bmw, so will be expensive.

Cost: 3/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No issues. Expensive parts and servicing at francise dealer.

Cost: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Lovely, cheap to run... decent performance and lots of grip

Cost: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent, reliable and a good economic travel companion.

Cost: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Good car spoilt by some cheap bits and run flat tyres

Cost: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great to drive, reliable and very cheap running costs

Cost: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very good performance, very good economy, looks good

Cost: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Fan for climate needed replacing. Good fuel economy.

Cost: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Car has been 100% reliable. Tyres are expensive.

Cost: 3/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Love the drive, sometimes wish I was higher up

Cost: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

the best one series bmw make ( 120 msport )

Cost: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Starts on the button and returns a good mpg

Cost: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Nothing has gone wrong. No nasty surprises.

Cost: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

tailgate a little bit small but car is good

Cost: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No issues as of yet. Could be better mpg.

Cost: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No issues. Good mpg; expensive servicing.

Cost: 3/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Most pleasureable car I have ever owned

Cost: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

I thoght the fuel mpg would be better!

Cost: 3/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very relible. Cheap insurance and tax.

Cost: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A TRULY EXCELLENT DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Cost: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

the best 3 litre ive had

Cost: 1/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Best car I've ever had.

Cost: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Excellent. Economical.

Cost: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

extremely quick diesel

Cost: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for

bestI I ever owned

Cost: 3/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

a great little car

Cost: 3/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Quite delicious!

Cost: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues so far

Cost: 3/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

excellent!

Cost: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Brilliant!

Cost: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant

Cost: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Excellent

Cost: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Joy

Cost: 5/5