When you buy a used bmw 1 series car

Published: 03rd November 2009
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Buying a used car can have potential pitfalls - but it needn't be a painful experience if you follow a simple set of rules and checks. My article provide you a used car buying guide, which aims to provide all the advice and information to make the right choices when buying a used BMW 1 Series car .

Before you start shopping for a car, you'll need to do some homework. Spending time now may save you serious money later. Think about your driving habits, your needs, and your budget. You can learn about car models, options, and prices by reading newspaper ads, both display and classified. There is a wealth of information about used cars on the Internet: enter "used car" as the key words and you'll find additional information on how to buy a used car, detailed instructions for conducting a pre-purchase inspection, and ads for cars available for sale, among other information.

Check the BMW 1 Series detail below to arm yourself with all the information you need to make the successful purchase of your dream car.

BMW 1 Series Car Background

The BMW 1-Series is the entry-level model offered by one of the world's most revered car manufacturers. Innovatively styled and beautifully built, the 1-Series sits between BMW's Mini and BMW 3 Series , while the model is unique in its class in having rear-wheel drive. All rivals feature front-wheel drive as it's cheaper to build and easier to package, but BMW has long put driving pleasure first, which is why it has stuck to its tried and tested formula of directing the power to the back.

  • Manufacturer: BMW

  • Production: Regensburg, Leipzig (both in Germany)

  • Predecessor: 3-Series Compact

  • Successor: Still current

  • Class: Executive hatch

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The 1 Series was BMW's first foray into the scarily competitive hatchback market and went up against the likes of the VW Golf and The 1 Series was BMW's first foray into the scarily competitive hatchback market and went up against the likes of the VW Golf and Ford Focus , but at a premium.

Design-wise, BMWs aren't everyone's cup of tea but the 1 Series is a bit more sober looking, while still adopting the unmistakeable face of the Munich car maker's range.

As with the exterior, the BMW 1 Series interior is plain, but classy looking. It's full of dark plastics with a quality feel.

A good hatchback needs to be compact in overall size but spacious at the same time. Up front there's plenty of space for driver and passenger but if the driver is tall then those in the back may suffer as it's a bit cramped.

It's the ride and handling where the 1 Series really needs to score well to offset the interior space penalty of rear-wheel drive. As with all BMWs, the 1 Series has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution with the rear wheels driving and the front wheels steering. And it handles excellently, right on a par with the Focus and Golf.

BMW applies its Efficient Dynamics to all models now so the 1 Series gets auto stop-start so the engine effectively shuts down when stationary while high precision fuel injection results in impressive claimed fuel economy. The 118d we tested boasts a claimed average fuel consumption of 62.9mpg but after test-driving it for a week on London roads and the motorway we were just under 45mpg. The fuel economy for the range goes from 64.2mpg for the 116d to 54.3mpg for the 123d. The 116d and 118d cost just £35 to tax while the 120d and 123d are both £120.


  • Key 1-Series rivals include the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf as well as the Mercedes A-Class.

  • The BMW 118d was named Green Car of the Year at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. It won because of its innovative 'Efficient Dynamics' technologies that help reduce CO2 emissions to just 119g/km.

  • When launched, the 123d featured the world's most powerful production four-cylinder diesel engine, while the 118d was BMW's most economical four-cylinder diesel engine ever.

  • BMW has said that it will not build an M1 (or any M edition of the 1-Series), but at the March 2008 Geneva motor show the company did unveil a 1-Series Tii concept. This revived a 1970s badge in the process, as the 2002Tii was one of the best driver's cars of the Seventies.

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