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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,643 miles

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2011 BMW 128 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2011 BMW 128 Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012017


  • miles


My car headlights and all inside panel lights went out on the car. I need help because no one seems to can tell me what is wrong and how to get it fixed. I do know that a recall on electric systems happened in October but my car was never fixed. I live in laurel Ms. My two front windows stopped working the same time that all lights went out.

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #6

Mar 212016


  • 45,000 miles
I was accelerating into heavy traffic and my door flew open as I hit 45 mph. I immediately pulled over when safe, and found my door would not latch. I drove home slowly holding onto the door. After some playing with the buttons, it finally caught. I called the dealer and they repaired it on 3/25/16 for >$500. Again 6/14/16, I went to get in my car to go to work and the door would not latch. No injuries occurred but a serious safety hazard. I took the car back in 6/17/16 and they still have it. Told me there was "water in the actuator". very worried about this fix.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 262015

128 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Led running lights in passenger side tail lights have failed. Further inspection shows that the circuit board that houses the led tube lights has a malfunction due to poorly soldered circuit board. Left tail lights running light function fails completely (blinker, and brakes are still retained). Led tubes do not light up at all making the car less visible at night.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 042013


  • 10,000 miles


This car has some serious electrical defects. It's left me stranded at least 4 times just dying. Once when it was 14 below zero. The car will just die when it's driving. Each time BMW has a different reason for the electrical failures but I believe there is an underlying design defect that is very dangerous leaving people in a car without power no matter where they are, even in the middle of a busy highway. Once the car dies, it has this big exclamation point in the instrument controls inside a triangle and it will not move. It's very hard to even get it off to the side of the road in order to get out of traffic. This is a very dangerous situation. There has already been one recall on the electrical system of the car, but I think it did not correct the design defects. I have now given the car back to the dealer as I did not feel safe driving it. It left me stranded too many times.

- Wareham, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 212013


  • 14,500 miles
BMW "third stop lamp" (the break light) does not fit the 1series correctly. They fall off, crack, and disappear frequently. This is a common problem with all 1 series BMW's. as this is a brake light, it is concerning. I believe the part number for this item is (63 25 7164978). Here is a link to the part with a picture {} thousands of individuals are complaining of this problem.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #2

May 242013


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 BMW 128I. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph and entering a highway, the vehicle stalled and failed to turn. The contact received assistance from the fire department who advised him that the battery was dead. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but a diagnostic was not performed. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 29,000.

- West Lake Village , CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052012


  • 15,000 miles
I own a 2011 BMW 128I. On 7/5, my wife was driving the vehicle when it suffered a total electronic failure. She was unable to see how fast she was traveling due to the fact, the speedometer failed. When she returned home, all of the warning lights were on. The car would rev without touching the gas. I spoke to D-[xxx] the BMW dealer. They had me tow the car into their shop. 7/9, I received a call from [xxx] at BMW dealer. He advised me that some water from a jug I carry in case of an emergency leaked and got onto the electronics in the trunk and it would cost me $531. He told me to contact my insurance to have them pay. I called BMW corporate because this sounded a little strange. BMW told me they do not recommend putting groceries in the trunk because it could cause a dangerous effect. I was not told of this when I bought my car. BMW (another dealer) advised my father that this is a common problem and affects all models. They will not fix it and want everyone to use their insurance to pay for it. BMW is too lazy to pay to correct the issue. My wife or someone on the road could have been involved in a traffic accident due to the fact her speedometer went out. This is a dangerous car. My car is still in the shop as of 7/10. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Henderson, KY, USA

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