Can a small lady drive a BMW Series 1 M Sport?

Can a small lady drive a BMW Series 1 M Sport?

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paula92

Original Poster:

16 posts

26 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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I have always had small cars. I currently drive a KA but upgrading to a bigger car due to a family. I’m only 5ft so I am petrified of transitioning to a bigger car from 1.3L to a 2L engine. Do the seats go up and down? My KA doesn’t, that’s why I’m worried if it doesn’t then I’m buggered. Tried sitting in a Mercedes C class and I couldn’t reach over the wheel or the pedals despite moving the seat forward as far as it would go frown

helix402

5,479 posts

136 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Yes, seat height is adjustable.

iSore

4,011 posts

98 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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They're fine for you size wise, but don't - under any circumstances - buy a petrol 4 cylinder (118i, 120i).

They are a reliability disaster. The 118d/120d are far better.

PTF

3,593 posts

178 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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iSore said:
They're fine for you size wise, but don't - under any circumstances - buy a petrol 4 cylinder (118i, 120i).

They are a reliability disaster. The 118d/120d are far better.
That's like saying that being hit with a hammer is preferable to being hit with a brick

Edited by PTF on Friday 11th January 17:57

Earthdweller

4,904 posts

80 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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iSore said:
They're fine for you size wise, but don't - under any circumstances - buy a petrol 4 cylinder (118i, 120i).

They are a reliability disaster. The 118d/120d are far better.
Most of the small petrol ones are now 1.5. 3 cylinder

cerb4.5lee

14,846 posts

134 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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PTF said:
iSore said:
They're fine for you size wise, but don't - under any circumstances - buy a petrol 4 cylinder (118i, 120i).

They are a reliability disaster. The 118d/120d are far better.
That's like saying that being hit with a hammer is preferable to being hit with a brick

Edited by PTF on Friday 11th January 17:57
hehe

55palfers

4,509 posts

118 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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My wife is 5 feet nothing and drives my 25 year old G Wagen just fine. Don't worry.

Schmoopy

188 posts

182 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Im 5ft 2 and struggle, i can't push the clutch down enough to get it to start without having to slide out the seat slightly. Sorry. But go to a dealer and have a look and see, when i took one in for a recall recently the short service assistant says she can't either.
It doesn't completely stop me being able to drive a manual BMW , but its not as comfortable or as easy as other manufacturers.


Schmoopy

188 posts

182 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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I find VW group stuff really good for seating position as well as Jap stuff. As long as you can get the seat right you'll feel comfortable driving any size vehicle. The BMW i end up with my nose practically on the steering wheel which doesn't help the situation! SUV types might help you as well as you start from a higher visibility point.

Pothole

29,733 posts

236 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Schmoopy said:
I find VW group stuff really good for seating position as well as Jap stuff. As long as you can get the seat right you'll feel comfortable driving any size vehicle. The BMW i end up with my nose practically on the steering wheel which doesn't help the situation! SUV types might help you as well as you start from a higher visibility point.
Not good to have your face that close to the airbag, either!

4rephill

4,266 posts

132 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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iSore said:
They're fine for you size wise, but don't - under any circumstances - buy a petrol 4 cylinder (118i, 120i).

They are a reliability disaster. The 118d/120d are far better.
Apart from the DPF issues caused by short journeys/round town driving only, with no proper DPF re-gen carried out!

hyphen

14,701 posts

44 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Troll thread?

paula92

Original Poster:

16 posts

26 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Thank you for your replies. The car I am looking at is a diesel so it’s all good lol smile

And no - I am not a troll.

Dave.

5,949 posts

207 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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hyphen said:
Troll thread?
hehe

My dwarf woman drove my Disco3 on occasion just fine, and didn't even have her chin resting on the steering wheel.

My mother in her i20 though... Jesus!

Mr Tidy

11,106 posts

81 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Mrs Tidy is only 5'3" and had no problems getting the seat high enough to drive (or do I mean thrash) my 123d! laugh

Good luck. thumbup

Schmoopy

188 posts

182 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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Pothole said:
Not good to have your face that close to the airbag, either!
No, although now I’m realising why my partner keeps buying the bd things, he’s trying to kill me. laugh

I can literally drive anything else, the land rovers mentioned (I used to have a defender Id off-road), great big pick ups, lwb vans, and it’s absolutely fine. But a bloody bmw, I just cant get it right. My slightly taller sister is the same in them.
Its when your manovering it becomes really apparent.

gizlaroc

14,689 posts

178 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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My wife is 5'4" and she couldn't operate the clutch on our 1 Series, couldn't get it to go down properly without sliding to the front of the seat, so you definitely need to try one.

The auto 1 series was her favourite car we have owned however.


mike9009

4,599 posts

197 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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hyphen said:
Troll thread?
rofl No trolls are generally shorter than 5 foot.... As mentioned above go and try some at a dealership.

aka_kerrly

11,253 posts

164 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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paula92 said:
I’m only 5ft so I am petrified of transitioning to a bigger car from 1.3L to a 2L engine frown
laugh

Funnily enough cars are not designed in such a way that small engines are for short people and big engines are fall tall people.

If anything the larger the car usually means more luxury like the ability to move the height/tilt of a seat as well as the height/depth/angle of the steering wheel which REALLY helps!!!

Do not drive like this, and you should be fine!



helix402

5,479 posts

136 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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mike9009 said:
rofl No trolls are generally shorter than 5 foot.... As mentioned above go and try some at a dealership.
Where are these troll dealers? I’d love to try some.