A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 1-Series

The 2012 BMW 1-Series, which includes both the 128i and the 135i in both a coupe and convertible options, provides the perfect combination of power, performance and luxury. Designed with a focus on thrilling acceleration and a smooth, elegant ride, the 1-series offers everything you want without adding too much bloat.

Key Features

With a powerful six-cylinder engine or the turbocharged V6, the 2012 BMW 1-Series delivers a powerful punch that makes acceleration quick, responsive and smooth. With a choice of either an automatic or manual six-speed transmission to meet your unique driving needs, this small size car offers plenty of performance. The available sport suspension also adds to the overall feel, offering a firm yet comfortable driving experience.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 BMW 1-Series sees only minor tweaks, with the exception of the discontinuation of the M-Series Coupe, which was a limited production model.

What We Like

The available options on the 1-Series makes sure you can create the car that best suits your tastes. Choose the performance exhaust and sport steering wheel for a sportier sound and ride, or opt for the leather interior with wood trim for increased luxury.

What Concerns Us

The 2012 BMW 1-Series, even with its available features, is a bit on the slimmed down side compared to some of the options available in its class. If you’re looking for performance and little else, this is the car for – providing the price tag doesn’t scare you off.

Available Models

The 2012 BMW 1-Series is available in four different models:

128i Coupe and Convertible

  • 3.0-Liter Inline 6
  • 230 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
  • 200 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg, 18/27 mpg (automatic convertible)

135i Coupe and Convertible

  • 3.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline 6
  • 300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
  • 300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-5,000 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (automatic), 19/28 mpg (manual convertible), 20/28 (manual coupe)

Major Recalls

There are a total of three recalls that have been issued for the 2012 BMW 1-Series; two for the 135i and one for the 128i. The recall for the 128i is due to a battery connector that could degrade, which could cause a loss of power.

The first recall for the 135i are due to housing bolts on the VANOS unit that may loosen or break, causing the engine to stall. The second is for the same battery connector as that issued for the 128i.

Common Issues

The most common complaints for the 2012 BMW 1-Series concerns the vehicle displaying a sudden increase in engine speed that causes it to rocket forward.

BMW 1-Series 2012 Interior


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