fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,520 miles

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2011 BMW 128 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 302014


  • 43,000 miles


Sometimes, the car from a stand still or low speed (below 10-15 mph) has a delay between throttle input and actual acceleration. This delay of acceleration has caused many close calls for accidents and/or sudden braking needed because of over acceleration. Between my research on this issue and experiences with this, I can reliably reproduce this issue. But due to the nature of this issue, without proper documentation equipment, I cannot provide any concrete data (besides other data provided by various source with professional equipment.)

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #3

Feb 202014

128 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 BMW 128I. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle accelerated when the brake was applied. The consumer stated the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed. As he applied more pressure to the brake pedal, the vehicle traveled an additional three feet, leaving him to take defensive measures, such as placing the gear shift into neutral mode. At that time, the engine dropped back to its normal status. After keeping the vehicle for three and a half days, they determined the high idling of the engine was caused by the floor mat jamming the gas pedal. The vehicle was returned to the consumer.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Jul 032010


  • 80 miles
The contact test drove a 2011 BMW 135I. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The throttle was open after driving four miles and the speed increased up to 80 mph. He was able to drive onto the emergency lane and have the vehicle towed back to the dealer. The dealer stated that they would not discuss the failure or repairs with him. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 80.

- Newbury Port, MA, USA

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