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      06-17-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Thumbs down 135i: the car with the most faults...

...that I ever owned. And I have owned a few cars.

So far the car is only 6 months old and has had the following issues:

1. Rear trunk brake light casing cracked. Off to dealer to replace.
2. Rear tailight faulty. Off to dealer again.
3. Jacking block fell off. Another trip.
4. Creaking dash around A-pillar. Unresolved.
5. Vibrating rear-vision mirror housing (at high speed) due to poor fit. Resolved with tape.
6. Steering wheel roundel that looks worse than the 'cold' badge on my 15 year old bathroom tap due to corrosion. Unresolved.

Sure the car has brought a lot of enjoyment and that helps to offset the bad things. And it isnt the most expensive either. But, as I said above this car has more issues than any other I have owned and definitely the one that has spent the most time at the dealer too! Pick up your game BMW!
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      06-17-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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Wow, that sucks.. I'm sorry your 1er experience isn't the greatest. Maybe you got a lemon though? I've had zero problems that I personally haven't caused, other than the longer crank times leading to the eventual HPFP failure I forsee in the future. But most people have had that problem..
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      06-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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I am not sure you can lemon a car because of some nusiance interior and exterior build quality issues. My most unreliable car was a V8 Mustang. After 5000 miles, the transmission quitted and car would stall during quick turns or even on the highway. The 2nd most unrealiable car was a VW Jetta. After 70k miles, car would not start or overheat and everything in the interior just fell apart. I learned my lessons and went with a Toyota Camry. With 160k miles on the car when I finally sold it , not a single problem. My husband's BMW Z3 has also been great, with 170k miles and still running strong.

I hope this 135i will not give me too many problems. I already went to the dealer once at 1000 miles due to the SES light and a fuel vent valve was replaced. I read about the HPFP problems and I am just crossing my fingers.
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steering roundel and third brake light for me and and some vibration in the dash somewhere.
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      06-17-2009, 09:17 PM   #5
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Rattle Noise from the Center Vent on the Instrument Panel


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E82, E88 (1 Series) produced up to 3/2009


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Intermittently, when driving over rough roads, a creaking or rattling noise can be heard from the area of the center vent on the instrument panel.

CAUSE
The center vent opening in the instrument panel is slightly oversized to allow for proper fitting of the vent. When the body, and thus the instrument panel flexes, the vent moves in relation to the opening in the instrument panel, creating the noise.


WARRANTY INFORMATION
Covered under the terms of the BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
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      06-17-2009, 09:17 PM   #6
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A rattling noise may be heard from the glove box area when driving over rough surfaces.

CAUSE
This may be caused by:

The glove box shock absorber

The glove box cover making contact with the inner shell of the glove box


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      06-17-2009, 09:18 PM   #7
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A creaking or squeaking noise can be heard from the center armrest when loads are applied to it, such as when the customer moves his or her arm on the armrest.

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Relative movement between the armrest cover and the console housing

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      06-17-2009, 09:22 PM   #8
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Jacking block "fell" off? More likely you hit something on the road and it got torn off. The design isn't great but I'd tried to pull them off and it's not easy. It's hard to imagine a molded piece like that that was so far out of wack it fell off the car.

The rattles, annoying, but still pretty minor.

The HPFP situation bothers me much more than any of that would.

In any case, I'm betting BMW takes a pretty serious hit in quality ratings over the next 3-5 years because of stuff like this. They still build great driving cars, but they need to get their act together when it comes to stuff like this. Letting penny pinching accountants run the business is what put the Big 3 in the situation they're in.
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      06-17-2009, 10:31 PM   #9
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Jacking block "fell" off? More likely you hit something on the road and it got torn off. The design isn't great but I'd tried to pull them off and it's not easy. It's hard to imagine a molded piece like that that was so far out of wack it fell off the car.

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Why put fault on the driver? The whole point of the thread is to highlight poor fit and finish. Meaning these things DO happen. By your reasoning there it means that they are put so well together that things dont fall off. As we have all atested to - product failures DO happen, cars are not perfect.
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      06-17-2009, 10:36 PM   #10
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And dont get me started Alex..
# Interior trim replaced
# ECU upgrade
# HPFP replaced
# Rear quarter window not aligned
# ECU upgrade..AGAIN
# Tear apperaing in Soft top.

All this in Just eight months and like you Alex I have owned new BMW's for the past 20 odd years and I would have to say this is by far the worst BMW I have had for faults..
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      06-17-2009, 10:37 PM   #11
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remember what they say about first year productions???
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      06-17-2009, 10:59 PM   #12
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Why put fault on the driver? The whole point of the thread is to highlight poor fit and finish. Meaning these things DO happen. By your reasoning there it means that they are put so well together that things dont fall off. As we have all atested to - product failures DO happen, cars are not perfect.


Have you ever tried to take one of the jack pads off? They don't fall off. They are easy to tear off if you hit something on the road though. The whole point of this thread is to bitch about things that BMW has done wrong. I'm fine with that, because they do make mistakes, but lets blame them for things that aren't really their issue. The jack pads don't just fall off.
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      06-17-2009, 11:06 PM   #13
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It is the worst BMW I ever own. It kept sucking my mod money:-(:-(:-(
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      06-17-2009, 11:11 PM   #14
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remember what they say about first year productions???
1 series isn't a first year production.
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      06-18-2009, 12:41 AM   #15
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I just want to clarify that I definitely did NOT hit anything with the vehicle. I am very careful about the way I drive over rough/uneven surfaces and steep inclines (having owned rather low ground clearance vehicles). I also felt that to knock that thing off would have taken some force and I would have most certainly known about it! No damage around or to the holder either. All I remember was when I was driving once I heard a loud clunk in the rear wheel well, so that might have been it falling off then. Definitely were no obstacles on the road large enough to make that sound.

My dealer actually told me that he had seen a few cars that were missing their blocks.

Zuzu: not good huh. I hope I dont get the HPFP failure! Lucky we have a warranty.
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      06-18-2009, 01:22 AM   #16
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It looks like you have early 2008 production. My car manufactured in Apr of 2008 and solid rock. Rear brake light didn't fall even at rear ending. I never owned so good car, no any one visit to a dealer even for some small problem.
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      06-18-2009, 01:33 AM   #17
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Mine is a July 2008 production actually haha.
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      06-18-2009, 01:51 AM   #18
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Mine is April 08 production...So there goes your theory..
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      06-18-2009, 02:24 AM   #19
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i think it is a hit or miss type deal from what it seems. It seems like there are more things wrong with the 135i than the 128i, however, due to the fact there are more people on this site with 128i that it might be another factor.
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      06-18-2009, 02:42 AM   #20
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Have you ever tried to take one of the jack pads off? They don't fall off. They are easy to tear off if you hit something on the road though. The whole point of this thread is to bitch about things that BMW has done wrong. I'm fine with that, because they do make mistakes, but lets blame them for things that aren't really their issue. The jack pads don't just fall off.
I understand your point of view and where your coming from but who would have thought a rear brake light can come off? It has certainly been a complaint - and yes a well put together one would be extremely difficult to yank off. Does it mean that that person would have HAD to hit something or be rear ended?

Also on my 2008 X5 I had a solid metal rear latch that holds the rear seats upright come apart and snap in the first week. Logic would say impossible to break within normal usage - but indeed it happened. So, have an open mind until proven otherwise.
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      06-18-2009, 05:28 AM   #21
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The worst car I ever owned was a Mercedes SLK. Had the car for almost three years and had numerous problems;
  • Computer had to be reset 3 times (3 seperate visits)
  • Gear box had an oil leak
  • Plastic part of the folding roof was warped and had to be replaced
  • Seat beat sensor failed twice (2 seperate visits)
  • Air conditioner kompressor failed and needed to be replaced
  • plus one or two other things that I can't remeber of the top of my head.
So far the 135 had been faultless but I've only had it for 2 weeks
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      06-18-2009, 06:25 AM   #22
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I bought a new BMW 318is in 1991 and that car had I think 4 recalls while I owned it and two after trade in. It was a great car nonetheless. This 135i has so far got 13,000 trouble free miles. The fit and finish are outstanding. I think it's just the individual vehicle. Some are just cursed from day 1. If others are having lots of problems, BMW does need to address these quality control issues.
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