fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,880 miles

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2011 BMW 128 engine problems

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2011 BMW 128 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182015


  • 31,679 miles


The vehicle is a 2011 BMW 1M coupe. While passing another vehicle on a rural 2 lane country road outside of houston, tx, engine completely lost power in the middle of the pass, almost causing what would have been a major accident. It took almost two hours for a tow truck to pickup the car and temperatures were in the mid 90's with heat index of over 100 degrees, and I had no water or access to water or shade resulting in a very dangerous situation. The preliminary indication from the dealership is that this was a failure of the charge pipe, and this is the third time this component has failed in less than 32K miles. This is an ongoing issue and failure suffered by most if not all owners of this particular model, and is most likely to occur during periods of hard acceleration, such as when passing another vehicle, and as such result in a potentially dangerous situation for the driver and other vehicles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 012011


  • 80 miles
The car has stalled over 600 times in 4 years. The car has failed to start 4 times. BMW failed to replace the battery cable for 2 years -- even after the battery caught on fire at a gas station pump. The car can only be moved with wheel trollies, since you cannot put the car in neutral or even open the trunk (battery in trunk) due to no manually key override tumble for either. BMW has charged me for labor and two batteries, even though they admit to failing to honor the recall and performing said repairs. The car is dangerous, and my wife is afraid to drive the car. The car chugges between 4,000 to 6,000 RPM, and bolt forward uncontrollably if the engine stall does not occur upon pressing the accelator. I have almost hit several pedestrian, and have been sworn at and honked at due to crazy behavior of the accelator. BMW 2011 135I M sport is a dangerous car. I am a senior mechanical engineer and work at spacex on the raptor rocket engine for mars. I am designing the valves that throttle the rocket engine, and in the past I consulted at the steering gear division at another automotive manufacturer in Tennessee. I am not interested in money; I want them to be held accountable to the law and fix the problem before more people get hurt. I am researching this matter, and I've found incident where people have been hurt. I am putting together a video of the stalls, and the BMW repair invoices showing the failed and absent repairs over 4 years. Thank you... sincerely, jeff reiner

- Torrance, CA, USA

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