Second generation X1

Second generation X1

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stevesuk

Original Poster:

1,360 posts

185 months

Friday 21st June
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Hi all,

We've had a succession of BMWs over the years, culminating with our current E91 325i touring - which we love dearly, having owned it for the past 14+ years.

However, at 20 years old next year, and with 140,000 miles covered - lots of niggly things are beginning to fail, and we're looking at perhaps changing it..

My wife (who uses the car more than me) also wants something that sits up a bit higher, so we've been looking at the X1.

Our budget is going to secure us an early one - probably 2016.

My only general concern (not having actually looked at one in the flesh) is that I've heard lots of stories about both the diesel and petrol engines - problems related to the timing chain or guides/tensioners - which is an "engine-out" job to fix. Just wondered if 2016/17 models, especially the 18d or 20d, are considered at risk from engine problems like this?

Any other advice on what to look for would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Steve.

hilly10

7,229 posts

231 months

Saturday 22nd June
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The 2.0 d is less prone to timing chain issues after 2014 but to help I change the oil on all my N47 engines every 12 months. The X1 is a noisy car on motorways as I had one for month in 2021 after they cocked up my X3 order

Edited by hilly10 on Saturday 22 June 14:55

Earthdweller

13,752 posts

129 months

Saturday 22nd June
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We had a first generation X1 which we replaced with an X3 .. massive step up really

When it came to replace our F31 320d we looked at the 2nd generation X1 and found it a bit uninspiring

We did then look at the Mini Countryman which is essentially the same car underneath and it won us over, better spec, nicer drive and it had character which the X1 seemed to lack

Anyway we bought the Mini and no regrets at all it’s a cracking car it really is

DJMC

3,466 posts

106 months

Saturday 22nd June
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We had 2016 X1 2.0d xLine xDrive for 7yrs/102k miles.
Diesel sensor leak £10,000+ covered by warranty.
Great car, bigger interior that the X3 (due to transverse engine). Fab in snow!

Just bought another X1 2021 facelift 2.0i xLine xDrive. Great too.
It replaced a 2019 Macan S we briefly bought, stupidly. The X1 is a better car all round. Porsche more comfy, luxury, handling.

Make SURE you get X1 Sports seats, not standard ones!!!!

stevesuk

Original Poster:

1,360 posts

185 months

Sunday 30th June
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Thanks all - we've seen a 2016 XLine with the Technology Plus pack (I think its called) which has the bigger navigation screen, with heads-up display (not sure what else it adds). Also has the pan-roof, leather sports seats, adaptive dampers etc. Anything to worry about with that sort of spec? It's only the 18d - but 0-60 in 9 seconds is quick enough for us these days, with the bonus of cheaper insurance and tax.

DJMC said:
Diesel sensor leak £10,000+ covered by warranty.
That sounds painful - and just the sort of thing I'm worried about with buying a newer car (our current E91 costs next to nothing to run). Was it an expensive part, or did it require a lot of work to diagnose/fit?

DJMC

3,466 posts

106 months

Monday 1st July
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stevesuk said:
Thanks all - we've seen a 2016 XLine with the Technology Plus pack (I think its called) which has the bigger navigation screen, with heads-up display (not sure what else it adds). Also has the pan-roof, leather sports seats, adaptive dampers etc. Anything to worry about with that sort of spec? It's only the 18d - but 0-60 in 9 seconds is quick enough for us these days, with the bonus of cheaper insurance and tax.

DJMC said:
Diesel sensor leak £10,000+ covered by warranty.
That sounds painful - and just the sort of thing I'm worried about with buying a newer car (our current E91 costs next to nothing to run). Was it an expensive part, or did it require a lot of work to diagnose/fit?
You can still put a comprehensive BMW extended warranty on any BMW up to ten years/100k miles. Just go online and set it up. There's a 30 day exclusion period to sift out known issues. Might give you some peace of mind.

Our diesel sensor leak sent diesel into every orifice, ECU, even the wiring loom, hence the expense of replacing all those.
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