2011 BMW 1 Series M  -  $47,010

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $47,010
Base Invoice: $43,520
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr Cpe
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 21 | City: 19 | Hwy: 26
Body Style: 1 Series M Coupe
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission with cooling circuit and heavy-duty dual-disc clutch
Engine: 3.0-liter all-aluminum 335-hp inline-6 engine with Double-VANOS "steplessly" variable valve timing


Performance; responsive DCT gearbox; excellent steering and handling; affordability; convertible's well-designed soft-top

Model News

BMW's compact 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models carry into 2011 mostly unchanged, but the 135i models get two important upgrades that bring better performance. A new single-turbo setup replaces the former twin-turbo arrangement in the 135i, and while it has identical power and torque ratings it brings better response and improved acceleration. Also, the 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT), which combines very quick automated shifts with the control of a manual transmission, is available on the 135i models for the first time.

For 2011, BMW added an M version of the 1-Series. It got a more powerful version of the 135i's 6-cylinder engine as well as a number of other performance enhancements.

Value Writeup

The 135i Coupe and Convertible might be among the more affordable BMW models, but they now come with one of BMW's best gearboxes--the available 7-speed dual-clutch DCT. The 1-Series' unencumbered driving feel is certainly a selling point for those who enjoy a curvy road. Like much of BMW's lineup, the 1-Series is among the best-steering vehicles in its class with excellent handling and poise to boot. The convertible setup is also a good selling point; next to many of the newer retractable hardtop designs, the 1-Series soft-top arrangement proves itself a good way to enjoy the sunshine without sacrificing a lot of trunk space.

Model Highlights

The 1-Series is offered in two different two-door body styles: a coupe or soft-top-equipped convertible. Both of these body styles can be specified in 128i or 135i form. The 128i comes with a 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder engine, while the 135i models get a 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six.

Both of these rear-wheel drive models come with a standard 6-speed manual transmission that, in BMW tradition, provides great car control as well as a satisfying, tactile experience. Newly available on the 135i is a 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) gearbox that enables very quick automated shifts along with improved acceleration and fuel economy. With the DCT, the 135i can now get to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds and brings a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city, 25 highway--the same as the standard manual transmission.

The turbocharged, direct-injected engine in the 135i has also been significantly changed for 2010. It trades the former twin-turbo setup for a single twin-scroll turbo that improves low-rev response and enables its peak torque rating of 300 lb-ft at as low as 1,200 rpm.

The 1-Series has a responsive but not overly firm ride, with a double-pivot spring and strut front suspension and rear control arms. A variable-ratio Active Steering system, which varies both the ratio and level of assist for quicker response, is optional on the 135i.

In Convertible models, the top can be raised and lowered even when moving slowly (up to 25 mph), and can go from up to fully down in just 22 seconds, and the arrangement doesn't inhibit trunk space as some retractable hard-top systems do. In either model, there's also an opening with expandable bag that allows long items like a snowboard or golf bag to fit through. The silhouette of the 1-Series convertible is much like that of the coupe when it's up. A slightly different trunklid design in convertibles helps accent the design and improve visibility. Convertible models also include a special climate-control mode that reacts to the level of sunlight, and optional Boston leather has a sun-reflective treatment that helps reduce temps on hot days. An available wind deflector helps bring a quieter, less turbulent interior at highway speeds. Whether in the coupe or convertible, there's plenty of space to sprawl in the front seats, though the back seat is quite tight.

The BMW's Dynamic Stability Control is designed to allow a little more dynamic flexibility when driving the 1-Series quickly; the higher threshold helps not only in track driving but also in snow. A special rear-brake management mode helps simulate a rear differential and get a stronger grip either out of a fast corner or in slippery conditions.

A much more aggressive look--almost like that of the larger M3--as well as a little more performance can be achieved with the M Sport Package. It brings aero upgrades, flashier wheels, sport seats, special M-branded trim pieces, and an exclusive LeMans Blue Metallic paint color, plus functional improvements that include a higher top speed, better brake cooling, a Sports Suspension, and performance tires. With the 135i, brakes are upgraded to a strong 6-piston setup in front (2-piston in back).

Entertainment options include a harman/kardon surround-sound system, HD radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, USB/iPod controls, while a Bluetooth hands-free interface is available. Meanwhile, a heated steering wheel is available on both models as part of a Cold Weather Package, and heated seats are available. A hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic info is also available.

Adaptive xenon headlamps, which help improve vision in dark corners, are standard on the 135i and optional on the 128i. Also, LED Adaptive Brake Lights grow brighter depending on the brake force. That's in addition to plenty of standard safety equipment, including stability control, side airbags, and brake-drying and brake stand-by functions.

The M badge has always signified true performance design. For 2011, BMW finally sees fit to apply the M badge to a 1-Series model. It features an even more powerful version of the 135's 3.0L engine where it makes 335 horsepower and 332 lb-feet of torque. There's only one transmission available, a 6-speed manual. The drivetrain gets an M-exclusive variable differential lock, and there's lots more performance technology exclusive to the M. It gets its own high-performance suspension, 19-inch wheels and special computerized performance throttle mapping. The rear of the M shows off quad polished exhaust and a rear apron. Xenon headlights are standard, as are rain-sensing wipers, a 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control.

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
26 (Est) MPG

Cruising Range - City
266.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 (Est) MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
21 (Est) MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
364.00 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I6


Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
335 @ 5800

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
370 @ 1500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Front Head Room
37.9 in

Front Leg Room
41.5 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.0 in

Second Head Room
37.1 in

Second Leg Room
32.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.4 in

104.7 in

Length, Overall
172.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
71.0 in

Height, Overall
55.9 in

Track Width, Front
60.7 in

Track Width, Rear
60.7 in

Trunk Volume
10.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3296 lbs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
19 x 9.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
19 x 10.0 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
37.7 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
14.2 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.8 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.0 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Basic Note
4 Years/50,000 Maintenance Program

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Note
4 Years/Unlimited Mileage BMW Assist Safety Plan

Maintenance Years

Maintenance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
FEB 05, 2016


Potential Number of Units Affected

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


Mfg's Report Date
AUG 09, 2012


Potential Number of Units Affected

Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.

This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.

Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

3.0-liter all-aluminum 335-hp inline-6 engine with Double-VANOS "steplessly" variable valve timing

BMW TwinPower turbo technology combining high pressure direct fuel injection with twin low-mass turbochargers

Distributorless electronic ignition system

3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensor

Engine start/stop button

6-speed manual transmission with cooling circuit and heavy-duty dual-disc clutch

Variable M differential lock

Rear wheel drive

Oil and coolant heat exchangers

Gas-pressurized front struts and rear shock absorbers

M suspension with twin-joint spring-strut front axle, subframe, front axle tie-rod and stiffening plate in aluminum, rear axle subframe in steel, track control arm and spring strut in aluminum and lightweight steel construction

Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering (M Servotronic)

4-wheel BMW M vacuum-assisted ventilated, cross-drilled compound disc brakes with floating brake rotors

M quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips

Y-Spoke (Style 359M) Silver finish M light alloy wheels, 19 x 9 front, 19 x 10 rear 245/35 front and 265/35 rear high-performance tires

M mobility system (includes lifetime BMW Roadside Assistance for tire assistance)

Air curtain drag-reduction system

Rear lip spoiler

Flared front and rear fenders including wheel arches, vent gills in front fenders with integrated indicator and M logo

M rear apron

Shadowline trim

Xenon Adaptive low- and high-beam headlights with auto-leveling

Fixed headlight washers

Adaptive brake lights

Pwr M exterior side-view mirrors in body color with double bridge in black

Heated side-view mirrors and windshield washer jets

Rain-sensing windshield wipers with automatic headlight control

AM/FM HiFi stereo/CD audio system with radio data system (RDS), auto-store, MP3 capability and 3-channel FM diversity antenna system

HD Radio with "multicast" FM station reception

Multi-adjustable manual front sport seats with manually adjustable thigh support and electrically-adjustable side bolster support

Rear-seat headrests

Rear bench seat

Black Boston leather upholstery with contrasting orange stitching

Front center armrest

Floor Mats

Console valet and cupholders

Door sills with BMW M logo

3-spoke, leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel with audio and (accessory) phone controls, M color stitching and tilt/telescopic adjustment

M-design instrument cluster with white backlit instrument dials and red needles

On-board computer with detailed vehicle information, including travel range on remaining fuel, average/specific efficiency, external temperature (including freezing temperature warning), and instant velocity

Service interval indicator with miles-to-service display

BMW digital motor electronics (DME) with on-board diagnostics

Tachometer with oil temperature display

Check control vehicle monitoring system

Cruise control with column-mounted stalk, 1- and 5-mph stalk detents

Power front windows with "one-touch" up/down operation

Electric interior trunk release

Remote keyless entry

Central locking system and double-lock feature

Vehicle & key memory

Coded driveaway protection (prevents engine start when your key, with constantly changing electronic code, is not used)

M Drive button to select from two M-tuned throttle response maps

Automatic climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left/right temperature control, windshield misting sensor, MAX button, ALL button, and recall of individual user settings

Rear window defogger

Titanium shadow interior trim

Anthracite headliner

Courtesy lights include fade in/fade out, actuation from remote, automatic switch-on when engine is turned off, separately controlled left/right low-glare front reading lights, front footwell lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors

Fully finished trunk

High-performance M-tuned anti-lock braking system (ABS) with dynamic brake control

Dynamic stability control (DSC) with M dynamic mode (MDM)

Bumper system with aluminum impact absorbers at the front, steel impact absorbers at the rear, and front-compressible elements

Interlocking door anchoring system to help protect against door intrusion in side impacts

Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology, dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment, and front-passenger seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment

Head protection system (HPS), front and rear

Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Crash sensor that activates battery safety terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery, automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights

BMW's advanced safety system for integrated deployment of passive and active safety features

Automatic front safety-belt pretensioners

Child-seat automatic safety-belt locking device in rear seats

Emergency trunk release

Tire pressure monitor
















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