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BMW 128i Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A groaning type noise may be noted from the front suspension when driving over speed bumps or pot holes. Our technicians tell us that revised sway bar bushings are available which should correct this concern.

BMW 128i Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 16, 2009

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An incorrect crimp connector may have been installed on the side air bag and belt tensioner wiring. There may be insufficient contact in the wiring, creating high resistance. This condition may cause the side air bag and/or safety belt tensioner not to deploy if needed in a crash, which increases the risk of injury. Dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall began September 16, 2009.

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Electrical & Lights, February 7, 2013

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The vehicle battery is connected to the fuse box via a heavy duty cable. It has been determined that the cable connection at the fuse box can degrade over time, resulting in increased electrical resistance. This increased resistance can cause the connection point to overheat and break, resulting in a loss of electrical power and causing the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method to correct this concern.

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Engine, August 23, 2010

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The seat belt pretensioner explosion that occurs during a collision may ignite the sound insulation around the buckles. Dealers will modify the sound insulation on all vehicles, and relplace the seat belt on some models. This recall began on August 23, 2010.

 

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BMW 128i Questions and Answers

starofphoenix, 2008 BMW 128i, Oceanside, CA

I have a 1972 BMW model 2002, not the tii,your system didn't have my year and make. Compression 140 on all 4, there is white residue on spark plugs. Mechanic says I need to replace head gasket...

Bentwater, 2009 BMW 128i, Montgomery, TX

after 50 miles

evans4848, 2011 BMW 128i, West Palm Beach, FL

She has brought to the dealership and number of times and they have put on new tires and rotation, but nothing seems to fix the problem Any ideas???? Thank you

sharonrandle66, 2009 BMW 128i, Clinton, NC

white smoke sometimes come from tailpipe and car shakes and knock when i turn off engine

Wackywilly, 2009 BMW 128i, Springfield, MA

Took door panel off today 2/1/2014 tested power to motor apon pressing up/down switch the power would come on 1/2 a second and off. I could hear and clicking from under the dash pulled lower panel ...

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BMW 128i Reviews

PROS: Unlike the 3-series, this model is not typically seen at every stoplight. Normally-aspirated inline six cylinder engine provides exhilarating acceleration. Steering is precise, responsive, and well-weighted. Brakes are powerful and confidence-inspiring. Most materials are of high quality and fit/finish is very good. Squeaks/rattles are relatively rare.

CONS: Standard bucket seats are too flat (insufficient lateral support) and the bottoms are too narrow, short, and firm. Dead pedal (driver's footrest) is too far to the left. Audio system sound quality is not befitting of a car of this caliber. Automatic climate control system has a mind of its own and does not effectively maintain desired temperature; results are better when the A/C is used in manual mode. Standard run-flat tires diminish ride comfort and generate excessive noise on some road types at highway speeds.

i had no problems with car except rear brakelight on trunk broke because screw in middle of light was to short and fell out. there were 2 recalls that were insignificant that were just rutine.

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