BMW 1 Series convertible owner reviews

"The convertible BMW 1 Series is stylish and well made, while it handles as well as the rest of the range."

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

67%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Electrics (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

51

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
Have only covered 16000 miles. Only warranty claim has been for sticking window switch. Has only been serviced once!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

See previous answer

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41.5
Review
pleasant to drive on ong journeys
Running Cost

4 out of 5

bit expensive on tyres and servicing

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

M135i

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
I swapped my unreliable boring Audi TT roadster for the BMW M135i. At the time I thought the TT was a quick car. No no no! The Beemer was an absolute beast. A 3 litre twin turbo 306 bhp engine in a car the size of a small shoe. This thing was crazy fast! As my brother once said as I scared the poop out of him coming off a roundabout. "There's no need for a car to be able to go this quickly" The convertible is a little slower than the coupe. But 5 and a half seconds to 60mph is still no slouch in anyone's book. This car also handled well and it sounded the business. Popping and crackling every time you gave it the beans. The roof was superb. If you wanted to be a real poser you could fold it down as you unlocked the car and walked over to it. However there was some wind noise from it especially on motorways. Fuel economy could be on the good side of 30mpg if you drove it steady. However if you're going to moan about fuel economy don't buy a petrol car with 300 plus bhp. Build quality was good and so was reliability. It did have squeaky brakes which BMW replaced under warranty. I miss this car because it had real character and it looked understated. Until you left all the boy races staring at your tail lights with the sound of the growling exhaust pipes ringing in their ears. One friend of mine once joked it was a hairdressers car. To which I just smiled. Those hairdressers sure do get around quickly then I thought to myself. The only reason I swapped it was it needed new rear tyres a major service and an MOT all at once. The BMW salesman easily convinced me to put the large chunk of money needed to carry out the work into a new vehicle instead. I would recommend this car if you are considering a fast four seater convertible. Prices now should be good value as the new 2 series has arrived. Just make sure it's got plenty of rubber on the wheels and all expensive services are up to date. You'll have a blast!
Reliability
Very good reliability as you'd expect from a premium brand. Brakes squeaked when warm but BMW replaced the front discs under warranty.
Performance

5 out of 5

Absolutely blistering performance. The 3 litre twin turbo engine is an absolute peach. Smooth and refined when cruising and then it becomes a growling monster when you step on it. Very torquey perfect for overtaking. Sublime handling considering the roof has been chopped off. Very little flex in the chassis. Best to leave traction control on for your safety and your wallet. Those rear tyres aren't cheap.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Could be a little thirsty when driven hard but at the end of the day it is a performance car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
It's new and driven 1,400 so i'd expect it to be reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Early days. Insurance a bit cheaper than previous car but no other benchmarks available.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Review
Very good - only one minor problem, replacement of the rear high level brake light due to cracking of the plastic.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

For a relatively high powered petrol engine the consumption is below average.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
Some very minor faults but never broke down
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Expensive on petrol, tyres also costly but neither unexpected Fuel economy is a little worse than I expected

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
Bullet-proof build quality, solid vehicle, runs extremely well with no issues to date
Running Cost
Economy is not quite as high as I had hoped given BMW's efficient dynamics selling point - however given i have not yet had the first oil change and the car is still running in combined with a lot of short journeys its acceptable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
No problems since new
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Much cheaper to run that my old 2.2 petrol and free servicing for 5 years.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
Had the car 11 mths, not one problem

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

M Sport

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Review
A well built a totally reliable car, managing to deliver as a "fun open top" and a useable day to day commuter. Weekly mileage has been nearly 700 miles in all weathers. Enjoyed this car so much I have now purchased a 125i Sport Plus Edition as they have now ceased production.

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