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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iSore

4,011 posts

95 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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gizlaroc said:
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.
I was going to suggest a 120d auto - really suits the 6 speed ZF.

dxg

5,577 posts

211 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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In all seriousness, can you not get pedal extensions - blocks that attach to them - from a mobility place?


I'm sure I've heard of such a thing...

dxg

5,577 posts

211 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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paula92

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16 posts

23 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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I’ve just test drive one and I was fine! I did have to move seat forward and tilt the seat right up at a height but I managed! Will take time getting used to. I’m scared lol! My confidence isn’t great. Picking it up next week.

Mr Tidy

10,618 posts

78 months

Saturday 12th January 2019
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Great news Paula - congratulations. thumbup

Don't stress over it - it'll be fine!

paula92

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16 posts

23 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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Thank you!

paula92

Original Poster:

16 posts

23 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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Sorry this is totally unrelated but do any of you know whether the parking sensor on the BMW I’ve purchased are loud beeping? Or is it high frequency? Thanks

Pica-Pica

6,818 posts

35 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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paula92 said:
Sorry this is totally unrelated but do any of you know whether the parking sensor on the BMW I’ve purchased are loud beeping? Or is it high frequency? Thanks
With my 3 series F30 335d) the parking distance control (PDC) warnings are a different pitch between front and rear, if I recall, deeper to the rear. Further the sound will come from the front or rear speakers depending on front or rear, also the sound will come from a left or right side speaker, if the obstacle is to that side. The sound is only inside the vehicle? There are some adjustments that can be made to the sound settings via iDrive, my Vehicle, iDrive settings, sound, volume settings, PDC. Check hard copy handbook or in vehicle ‘handbook’ in the iDrive menu. You can also download a digital handbook for your vehicle.

4rephill

4,100 posts

129 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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paula92 said:
I’ve just test drive one and I was fine! I did have to move seat forward and tilt the seat right up at a height but I managed! Will take time getting used to. I’m scared lol! My confidence isn’t great. Picking it up next week.
Relax Paula, and enjoy your new car! smile

Pica-Pica

6,818 posts

35 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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Paula, get to know where the wheels are in relation to the kerb, to avoid damaging the alloys. Park comfortably clear from the kerb, and see where a point on the dash ( I use the navigation screen, which sticks up on mine) aligns with the kerb.

paula92

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16 posts

23 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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Thank you so much everyone! Really feel more relaxed on this forum after many reassurances smile and I just googled iDrive and this car does not have it? I don’t have a navigation screen so I guess I’ll need to be extra careful about kerbing the wheel as I do need to park on quite a lot of roads.

Monkeylegend

17,778 posts

182 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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Pica-Pica said:
paula92 said:
Sorry this is totally unrelated but do any of you know whether the parking sensor on the BMW I’ve purchased are loud beeping? Or is it high frequency? Thanks
With my 3 series F30 335d) the parking distance control (PDC) warnings are a different pitch between front and rear, if I recall, deeper to the rear. Further the sound will come from the front or rear speakers depending on front or rear, also the sound will come from a left or right side speaker, if the obstacle is to that side. The sound is only inside the vehicle? There are some adjustments that can be made to the sound settings via iDrive, my Vehicle, iDrive settings, sound, volume settings, PDC. Check hard copy handbook or in vehicle ‘handbook’ in the iDrive menu. You can also download a digital handbook for your vehicle.
Just guessing here but the fact that you will be either moving forwards or backwards, but not both at the same time, should give you a bit of a clue.

Pica-Pica

6,818 posts

35 months

Sunday 13th January 2019
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Monkeylegend said:
Pica-Pica said:
paula92 said:
Sorry this is totally unrelated but do any of you know whether the parking sensor on the BMW I’ve purchased are loud beeping? Or is it high frequency? Thanks
With my 3 series F30 335d) the parking distance control (PDC) warnings are a different pitch between front and rear, if I recall, deeper to the rear. Further the sound will come from the front or rear speakers depending on front or rear, also the sound will come from a left or right side speaker, if the obstacle is to that side. The sound is only inside the vehicle? There are some adjustments that can be made to the sound settings via iDrive, my Vehicle, iDrive settings, sound, volume settings, PDC. Check hard copy handbook or in vehicle ‘handbook’ in the iDrive menu. You can also download a digital handbook for your vehicle.
Just guessing here but the fact that you will be either moving forwards or backwards, but not both at the same time, should give you a bit of a clue.
No. You may have an obstacle to the left front (say a bollard) as you swing the front round towards it, and also a car behind, or vice-versa. (You have neither thought that through, nor experienced it, have you?)

Triumph Man

6,276 posts

119 months

Monday 14th January 2019
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You could have also bought a Jaguar XJ as they have electrically adjustable pedals /soundinglike300bhp/ton

4rephill

4,100 posts

129 months

Monday 14th January 2019
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Triumph Man said:
You could have also bought a Jaguar XJ as they have electrically adjustable pedals /soundinglike300bhp/ton
And she could have bought a pissy little hatchback, such as a Honda Jazz or a Vauxhall Corsa, but she obviously didn't want to!

Mr Tidy

10,618 posts

78 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Triumph Man said:
You could have also bought a Jaguar XJ as they have electrically adjustable pedals /soundinglike300bhp/ton
I'm sure electrically adjustable pedals may be wonderful, but I'd rather have 300 bhp/ton than a soundtrack of something that does! (Which is unlikely to be a Jaguar)! laugh

Mr Tidy

10,618 posts

78 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Triumph Man said:
You could have also bought a Jaguar XJ as they have electrically adjustable pedals /soundinglike300bhp/ton
I'm sure electrically adjustable pedals may be wonderful, but I'd rather have 300 bhp/ton than a soundtrack of something that does! (Which is unlikely to be a Jaguar)! laugh

wolfie1978

359 posts

115 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Schmoopy said:
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.
^^^This, i have a 3 year old 2 series and my wife refuses to drive it because the clutch is too stiff for her. We've had to get her a Golf

Triumph Man

6,276 posts

119 months

Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Mr Tidy said:
Triumph Man said:
You could have also bought a Jaguar XJ as they have electrically adjustable pedals /soundinglike300bhp/ton
I'm sure electrically adjustable pedals may be wonderful, but I'd rather have 300 bhp/ton than a soundtrack of something that does! (Which is unlikely to be a Jaguar)! laugh
It was tongue in cheek - the 300bhp/tonne bit was in reference to our beloved American car enthusiast who would probably recommend a corvette or a Dodge Ram or something completely random

paula92

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16 posts

23 months

Wednesday 16th January 2019
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Triumph Man said:
You could have also bought a Jaguar XJ as they have electrically adjustable pedals /soundinglike300bhp/ton
I think I will pass on that thanks lol