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

22 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

5,286 posts

132 months

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

iSore

4,011 posts

94 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

3,551 posts

174 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

3,968 posts

76 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

13,755 posts

130 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

4,235 posts

114 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

177 posts

178 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

177 posts

178 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

28,275 posts

232 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

4,053 posts

128 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

12,154 posts

40 months

Friday 11th January 2019
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Troll thread?

paula92

Original Poster:

16 posts

22 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.

5,857 posts

203 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

10,424 posts

77 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

177 posts

178 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

13,678 posts

174 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

4,458 posts

193 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

11,096 posts

160 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

5,286 posts

132 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.