2011 BMW 135i Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2011 BMW 135i based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
Late model BMW 135i turbo engines suffer from waste gate issues which become progressively worse with normal driving and especially with harsh driving conditions.
The turbocharger uses exhaust gas to create air pressure which is then forced into the engine. When there is no demand for power, the exhaust gases are released into the exhaust through a waste gate to prevent the turbo from speeding up.
“Waste gate rattle” or “Turbo rattle” is a result of excessive movement between the waste gate and the waste gate seat. This is a progressive issue with the following symptoms:
- Rattling at cold start
- Rattling upon deceleration
- Loss of power
- Check Engine Light Illumination
- Manufacturer Specific OBD trouble code P30FF
- Very poor engine performance and MPG
Adjustment of the waste gate actuator can solve the issue, but the issue will return. If adjustment does not correct the issue, the turbocharger waste gate must be rebuilt with new bushings, or the turbocharger must be replaced. BMW has replaced many turbocharger assemblies under warranty to correct this issue.
A droning type noise may be noted when the air conditioning system is operating. Additionally, a vibration may be felt in the steering wheel. If these issues are no longer present when the AC system is turned off, the problem may be low refrigerant charge in the system. Our technicians remind us that if the refrigerant charge is found to be low, proper leak diagnoses should be performed in addition to recharging the AC system.
One vehicles equipped with power folding mirrors, the mirror may fold out past the standard position. Our technicians tell us that if this occurs a special procedure must be followed to relearn the correct mirror home position.