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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 07-14-2014, 11:22 AM
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2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i - Review Blog

Because Bimmerfest is such a resourceful site for many, including myself, I decided to join and create a three year blog highlighting my wife's new 2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i. My intention is to detail our impression(s) of the vehicle throughout our lease - this way many of you can read/review our experience, and I can use this thread as a historical journal.

I'm not an expert when it comes to reviewing cars, but please feel free to ask questions and share ideas. By the way, I do not work for any automotive company, including sales or mechanics. My profession is very distant from the automotive industry, so I hope to present an unbiased review.

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Day 1 Impressions:

Exterior: Love it, or hate it. I tried to convince my wife to get a 3 series instead (perhaps the wagon), but she insisted on a SUV. She was shattered when I told her she's essentially driving a peculiar station wagon/SUV hybrid. We specifically did not want the Lighting Package. The projector lamps do an excellent job illuminating the road ahead, and if we do decide to purchase later on down the road, we'll have one less maintenance cost to worry about - although we've got a long time to even begin considering that proposition.

Interior: Typically BMW. We do prefer in in-dash navigation system over the newer "tablet" like screens in other models. The seats feel relatively nice and the cockpit has plenty of room for each of us. The view through the windshield is very nice, and no major blind spots. The passenger side cup holder is are very basic, (arguably cheap), but if you're one of BMW's cheapest models, and expecting top-line luxury, then your preconceptions are entirely messed up. I consider this a "brand" car, where it is priced just above domestic models that are entirely loaded. So, would you rather drive a loaded Ford Fusion, or a base model BMW? That being said, the driver side cup holder, and respective "storage" underneath the armrest is pretty basic for some, however I find it to be just the right size. We tend to keep the interior of our vehicles very empty, basic, and clean. Only disappointment? The mats seem very cheap, even for an entry BMW. Lastly, Max AC is wicked loud relative to past cars we've owned. It does get the job done, especially in 100 degree Texas. Thankfully, the vehicle is garage kept and is rarely in direct UV exposure. When we do park outside, we always use a sun visor to protect the dash and limit heat transfer.

Electronics: First, pairing the Bluetooth was slightly annoying. Once we paired it up, we had to go out of our way to select "audio" for Bluetooth audio streaming. This seems a bit redundant since most people pair their phone to talk or stream audio anyways, right? Why did I need to find this "hidden" option? Oh well - it works great now. Second, we love the gear shift. Some people find it odd, but it seems pretty intuitive, and its identical to our X5. Third, the navigation screen is excellent. We really enjoy the newer iDrive interface.

Ride/Drive: Many of you may disagree/agree, but the ride is not like the 3 series feel we tend to think of. Perhaps it is because we got the Servotronic steering assist package, although my wife loves this feature? We definitely feel connected to the road, body roll is very minimal, even for this "SAV" model, and it is a blast to drive on curvy roads. The suspension feels great too, granted the X1 doesn't hide the road bumps that's for sure. I've read online it may soften up with age, but I'm not buying into that. Tires? I'm not a huge fan of run-flat tires, but I'm sure the ride would improve significantly with some Michelin Pilot Super Sports instead.

Engine: We specifically wanted the N20 engine paired up with the RWD. Here in Texas, we rarely need AWD. Plus, I'm a firm believer in keeping it simple. The more complicated the drive train, the more likely things are to fail and/or need maintenance. If you didn't know otherwise, some people might be fooled into thinking it has a larger engine underneath the hood. For our needs, the engine has plenty of pep for merging, passing, and accelerating off the line. Now . . . if the car is in EcoPro, everything I just said is a lie.

Maintenance: None thus far, obviously. Although I'm going to personally change the oil once we hit 5,000 miles. I know today's oil technology is significantly advanced compared to years past, but I refuse to wait for BMW to cover the tab for the first oil change. The intervals seems ridiculous. Personally, I think BMW should schedule the first oil change after 6,000 miles, and then perhaps extend it out to 12,000 mile intervals. Regardless, since we may or may not keep this vehicle for years my intentions are to treat it as my own until the day comes. Matter of fact, I refuse to let anyone detail/clean any of our vehicles besides myself. As of now, my wife's X1 has already been hand waxed and sealed, including the rims (makes it significantly easier to clean brake dust off).

Gas mileage: As expected, or better. We're averaging 24 m.p.g. in the city and 33 m.p.g. on the highway. I have an extremely light foot, and always fill up with 100% ethanol free gas where I can. Nevertheless, I keep every gas receipt in the glove box verifying 91 octane or better. Since we live directly across the street from our employer, we average an unheard 400 miles a month here in the Dallas-FW metroplex.

Ignore the typos and errors, but if you have any questions please let me know! Otherwise, I'll check back in a month or so.

Thanks!

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Old 07-14-2014, 05:02 PM
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Nice choice. Are those leather or vinyl seats? I assume leather since that color was only available in leather, I believe. They look less grainy than my Oyster seats. Did you have to order that color combo? what color are your mats and seats trimmed in? looks like you have backup sensor, where are they placed on the rear bumber? do you have the pano roof? why no paddles? Based on your MPG, I guess your driving style doesn't justify them.

To me the ride is much like the E90 3-Series Sport, and thankfully unlike the F30.

Driving in EcoPro does not decrease power, it only makes the engine less responsive to minor inputs of the accelertor. It is just as powerful if you lay your foot down all the way.

Agreed, the fan excessively loud on the highest setting. I'll have to compare it to an E90 with which it shares much of its parts.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:27 PM
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Love your choice. I love my X1 and it handles great for an SAV. I completely agree that it handles a lot like the E90. You sit a smidge higher but like a good BMW it still drives like its on rails.

Hate Eco Pro but I understand it's purpose. I drive mine like a bat outta hell because I can't stand going less than 60mph zipping around town. But it's not so bad on longer trips where you know you'll be cruising around for hours and could use the economy.

Enjoy the X1! It's everything that you would want in the "tweener" class! Good room, small enough to zip around traffic, great tech, and of course, it's a BMW!


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Old 07-14-2014, 08:52 PM
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Good review!

I got the base halogen headlights also, and they work very good.

The cats eye lights look cooler, but I buy basic function mostly (only add on was M Sport)

I changed my oil at 5K miles so I could sample.

Sent it off to Blackstone labs, and my opinion as a former oil distributor was that the oil is very good.

It had no wear in metal like some cars get or even excess molybdenum which some manufacturers use in assemble grease.

I needed to sample to know, but from what I saw, I would have just left in until they wanted to change it.

After I get my free changes, and run my Mobil 1 0w40 for 10k miles, I'll change and test to know exactly what works.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:00 PM
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I agree in keeping cars as simple as possible if you plan on keeping them for a while. I had the adaptive xenons in my 2008 328xi coupe. They both failed after a year and a half and were both replaced under warranty. My SA said they would have been $1200 each! Ouch!!! I skipped the lighting package. The angel eyes do look cool but the standard lights work just fine.


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Old 07-14-2014, 09:07 PM
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Less is more and I don't miss anything.

The base radio is a dream already.

I can use ipod that's hard to sort, but I have some cd's with about 100 mp3 songs each that make it real easy.

I only listen when waiting in car so I can enjoy car sound while driving or lack thereof.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:22 AM
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Less is more and I don't miss anything.

The base radio is a dream already.

I can use ipod that's hard to sort, but I have some cd's with about 100 mp3 songs each that make it real easy.

I only listen when waiting in car so I can enjoy car sound while driving or lack thereof.
The USB feature of the base radio is great. Try it! Just load up a thumb drive with your favorite albums and plug it in. Sound quality is better than FM and close to CD.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:03 AM
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The USB feature of the base radio is great. Try it! Just load up a thumb drive with your favorite albums and plug it in. Sound quality is better than FM and close to CD.
I know what you mean, but I'd just load some of the approximate 10 CD's in the drive.

It's too much work to even load them for how little I use the player, but it's really great that we have so many ways to use it.

The bass speakers are under the seats, and is so good I seem to like the bass turned down.

Just don't let anyone get in the back seat with a Big Gulp or you could ruin a speaker really quick.

For that matter never spill water in the trunk or some electronics near the battery can short.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:23 AM
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Like to Color, I wish I could have gotten that brown, mocha color in our 35i, but Msport doesn't let you order it...
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:04 PM
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Day 5:

Complaint: Gas tank "thumping" noise when the fuel gauge reads below 3/4 of a tank.

You can hear the fuel inside the tank slush, bang, or thump - you pick the best word - while driving in city traffic. Thinking we may be hyper sensitive, we can still hear it over the AC on low and XM radio up a little bit.

This is the first car where I can hear the fuel physically moving around in the tank. . .

What should I do, call the dealer and have them investigate it? Is this an isolated issue, or has anyone else on here noticed this as well? For full disclosure, we're not that family that calls to complain about loud neighbors or barking dogs. . . It's pretty noticeable.

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Old 07-19-2014, 12:05 PM
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Like to Color, I wish I could have gotten that brown, mocha color in our 35i, but Msport doesn't let you order it...
That stinks. I find it hard to understand why BMW limits specific color combinations, especially when the buyer is willing to pay more for a specific leather color.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:24 AM
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Day 39:

Wife mentioned an unusual noise coming from the driver side door. Figuring she was being dramatic, thinking she bought into the "my new car should never make a single noise" mentality, I let it slide for a week or so. Decided to take it out this afternoon. Sure enough, what a horrible noise. . . You cannot hear it when you go over any "rough" road, but it seems to annoy you the most on "normal" roads. I inspected the lock mechanism/door area, windows/glass, and mirrors with no luck. I'm sure it is something simple, but it is very annoying.

Honestly, part of me thinks the door is resting too much on the metal hinge protruding out from the frame, and it rattles over certain terrain? My father told me to ditch the run-flat tires because those surely do not help absorb any stress from the road.

Interesting. . . after a quick forum search, do you think the increase in rattle noises is correlated with the use of run-flat tires? When did BMW introduce run-flat tires as OEM? I couldn't find anything definitive.

P.S. The dealership is giving my wife a loaner. Although we're in no position to bargain over a loaner, do they traditionally let you pick from an available inventory of loaner vehicles? If so, my wife wants to get behind a 528i.

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Old 08-22-2014, 01:35 PM
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they will give it to you if it is in the inventory. I go about 15 minutes before they open so I have first choice of the loaner cars.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:42 PM
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It depends on the dealer and the time of day. I've read a few posts on here from some east coast guys who get crappy Sonics and Corollas as loaners.
Thankfully, my local dealer has TONS of loaner cars available. If you get there early enough, they will usually let you pick from what they have. But if you go late in the day, you're kinda stuck with what they got (which is usually some kind of 3 series).


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Old 08-23-2014, 07:38 AM
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Subscribed! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful X1 too.
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