Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW X1 estate?
Some owners have complained of failures that involve non-engine electrics, including the DAB radio, the sat-nav and the entire infotainment system. Many have had to wait a long time for replacement parts and had to pay quite a lot of money in the process.
There aren’t really any common issues with the X1. That said, we would suggest you check for diesel particulate filter (DPF) issues on diesel cars that haven’t ventured onto the motorway very often. The DPF needs to have been brought up to temperature before it can regenerate, and this process is best triggered at a constant, higher speed. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure.
What are the most common problems with a used BMW X1 estate?
A small number of X1s made on 2 April 2019 have an issue where the tie rods on the front suspension were not assembled correctly. If your car is affected it will need to checked by a BMW dealer and have the fault rectified.
There have been two recalls relating to airbags so far. The first is for examples made between 8 August 2016 and 14 November 2016, with which the igniter in certain airbag modules might prevent the bag from deploying correctly. The second is to attend to a problem with the machining of the front passenger recess, in which the airbag is mounted in the dashboard. The recess may not split apart as intended in a collision and allow the bag to inflate. This recall applies to cars built from 11 June 2016 and 10 January 2017, so check both of these out with a BMW dealer.
A manufacturing flaw with the swivel bearings on the front suspension could lead to fractures in the part over time. This affects vehicles made between 24 April 2018 and 1 May 2018, and you can find out if your car is affected by contacting your BMW dealer.
The wrong securing nuts might have been used to hold the rear lights in place at the factory on some X1s manufactured between 5 October 2018 and 18 January 2019. Find out from a BMW dealer if your car is affected by this.
A problem with the crankshaft sensor of some examples built from 16 May 2018 and 8 June 2018 could lead to the engine going into an emergency reduced power mode and limit performance. A BMW dealer will be able to confirm if your X1 is affected by this and arrange to have the sensor replaced.
Is a used BMW X1 estate reliable?
The X1 has a good reputation for reliability, finishing in first place out of 21 cars in the family SUV category in our most recent reliability survey. It's worth noting that BMW as a brand disappointed in our recent reliability survey, finishing in 21st place out of 31 manufacturers.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
What went wrong? Non-engine electrics 5%, air-con 3%, exhaust 3%, interior trim 3%
If you want a dependable X1, pick a petrol model. Just 8% of petrol-engined X1s suffered a fault, compared with 25% of diesels. All of the cars we were told about remained driveable and were fixed in less than a week, and all work was done for free.
Owner’s view “After two years, my car still looks and feels like new. It’s been 100% reliable and the build quality is excellent”
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