Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW X1 estate?
When testdriving an X1, keep an eye out for any sort of smoke from the tailpipe. A small black puff under heavy acceleration is acceptable; any other sort of smoke, however, should be considered a sign of deeper problems with the engine.
Also listen out for any unusual ticking, knocking or rattling from the engine. Diesel models exhibiting this symptom could be about to experience timing chain failure, as detailed below.