What should I look for in a used BMW 1 Series hatchback?
Our most recent reliability surveys have consistently placed the 1 Series in the middle of the table, with an average number of problems reported. These centred on wear to the windscreen wipers and the tyres, and also the seat adjusters. Rather oddly, BMW as a brand often features in the bottom half of these surveys, with a larger than average number of electrical faults associated with its cars.
There have also been a number of recalls for the second-generation 1 Series, with issues covering potential clutch, fuel pump and power steering rack failures. It’s worth asking for evidence that these updates have been carried out.
From new, the 1 Series comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty.