About BMW X1
As BMW's entry-level model, BMW X1 has been built by a famous German manufacturing company, Bayerische Motren Werke AG, more known under its abbreviation BMW, since 2009 as a compact luxury crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Originally introduced to satisfy drivers' need in small crossover SUV, X1 now is among the first in its segment in BMW X Series. Competing against the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, Infiniti QX30 and Audi Q3, X1 now is in its second generation.
The first-generation BMW X1 (E84) was produced from 2009 through 2015 based on the BMW 3 Series and made its debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show as a concept model. Built based on the BMW 3-Series, X1 was offered in only one body style, 5-door SUV but came in xDrive28i, sDrive18d, xDrive18d, sDrive20d, and xDrive23d, where sDrive means rear-wheel drive and xDrive means all-wheel drive. During this generation, BMW X1 was powered by 2.0 L I4 rated at 148 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, 2.0 L I4 turbo producing 181 hp and 199 pound-feet of torque, 3.0 L I6 generating 215-254 horsepower and 207-229 lb-ft of torque, 3.0 L I6 turbo making 242 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and 2.0 L diesel I4. And these engines sent power through 6-speed, 8-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions to rear wheels or four wheels. The current X1 (F48) comes in sDrive28i, xDrice28i and xDrive35i trim levels and was introduced at the 2015 International Frankfurt Motor Show. It went on sale in U.S. in fall 2015 as a 2016 model. Now, X1 gets power from a 2.0 L turbocharged I4 rated at 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0 L turbocharged I6 with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque and engines are coupled with 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmission.
BMW X1 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Enjoying nimble handling and quick acceleration, BMW X1 is a perfect choice for those crossover fans who disagree that bigger is better. But as an item made out of steel, you have to consider that these common problems will finally find your X1:
First, as a whole, BMW X1 is a perfect SUV but engine problem is an issue that you should attach enough importance to since once it fails, the vehicle will be near to breaking down. In case the worst situation appears on your X1, you might as well learn about these typical symptoms of engine failure provided by professional car repairmen. It often manifests as strange sounds including rattling, squealing or whining from the engine; if left unattended, the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues like hard starting and inability to start. Gradually, not only there is a big decrease in engine performance, the vehicle will also have a reduction in power when acceleration and in fuel economy. The suggestion for you is to inspect the X1 spark plug, oxygen sensor, fuel pump, air filter, oil filter, engine mount and throttle body gasket once the Check Engine Light comes on.
Second, as an SUV, the suspension system is a very vulnerable since BMW X1 has to cross over all kinds of harsh road conditions. And suspension failure could not only bring uncomfortable driving experience but also dangerous ride, you have to attach enough importance to it and keep these typical symptoms and solutions provided by experienced X1 owners in your mind. Normally, this issue could lead to clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, which is often misunderstood as the friction between rocks and tires. After a while, you will find hard to control the vehicle as the uneven tire wear causing tilting vehicle, intense car vibration, and loose steering wheel. All these symptoms could be solved by replacing the X1 wheel bearing, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, shock absorber, steering knuckle, drive shaft and coil springs.
For your BMW X1's good, you are supposed to maintain the X1 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter routinely since they all play important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they all work under harsh conditions.
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