BMW-1-Series_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at fleet favourite Vauxhall Insignia and turn our attention to the BMW 1 Series. Now in its second generation, this car remains a firm favourite with those wanting an entry-level BMW.

In this issue we are focusing on the first generation 1 Series, BMW’s attempt to break into the hatchback market, and it was up against some stiff competition with the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Audi A3 among others all competing for a piece of the pie.

Unveiled in 2004 as the first rear-wheel drive medium hatchback, the 1 Series was an instant hit with drivers, before a small facelift in 2007 and eventual release of coupé and convertible versions.

The baby Beemer was launched with a good range of powerplants. Motorists could choose from 1.6-, 1.8-, 2.0- and 3.0-litre petrol engines and 1.6-, 1.8-, 2.0-, 2.3-litre diesel options. This wide variety of engine options and rear wheel drive construction have provided technicians with additional challenges.

Remember, too, that the information here is extracted from generous submissions from the market, so head onto to see the full details for each issue. You can use the QR code above to get straight to the material.

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Click below to see technical contributions on the BMW 1 Series from:

Autoelectro – explains about the heavy duty starters on the 1 Series

Cambiare – covers a number of issues with the BMW

Castrol – recapping why oil plays such an important part in the BMW’s engine

CES – covers a number of issues with the 1 Series

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Euro Car Parts – looks at the braking system on the 1 Series

Fahren – comments on a whole host of VOSA issues with the 1 Series

MOOG – advises on the multi-link suspensions

Meyle – common issues on the BMW 1 Series solved

RMI – outlines a menagerie of 1 Series problems

Suplex – explains the suspension modifications made on the 5-door 1 Series

TecRMI – give us an insight into a few technical problems with the 1 Series

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