Are Bmw 1 series cheap to run Watch

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I like how most of these people are saying something along the lines of, BMW = massively expensive.

Not really true. A crappy little ford fiesta is also expensive if you floor it everywhere and like to drift around corners a little too much.
Get one with a decent engine that isn't falling apart, and there won't be much difference. And like people have already said, servicing and maintaining a car yourself is pretty easy if you know what to do, and the interweb can tell you all that.
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(Original post by Maccees)
I like how most of these people are saying something along the lines of, BMW = massively expensive.

Not really true. A crappy little ford fiesta is also expensive if you floor it everywhere and like to drift around corners a little too much.
Get one with a decent engine that isn't falling apart, and there won't be much difference. And like people have already said, servicing and maintaining a car yourself is pretty easy if you know what to do, and the interweb can tell you all that.
The running costs on a BMW compared with a similar sized Fiesta, will be higher, even if you're driving both in the same way.

The BMW is a different market of car to the Fiesta, with different costs associated, regardless of how you drive them.
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(Original post by Dan1909)
The running costs on a BMW compared with a similar sized Fiesta, will be higher, even if you're driving both in the same way.

The BMW is a different market of car to the Fiesta, with different costs associated, regardless of how you drive them.
A 1 series averages about 50mpg. A similar fiesta averages 60mpg. I didn't say they were exactly the same, but some were making it sound like it drinks it up.
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(Original post by Maccees)
A 1 series averages about 50mpg. A similar fiesta averages 60mpg. I didn't say they were exactly the same, but some were making it sound like it drinks it up.
I'm not referring to MPG, but general running costs. Services, tyres, etc will all be more expensive on the BMW.

I'm ignoring MPG as it'll depend entirely what engine you get, and in general a 1 series will have a larger engine than a Fiesta, so there's no point comparing it.
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They are cheaper to finance than an equivelent vauxhall, though.
Most people aren't aware of that.
How so? Generally speaking whoever you get a loan from, a car is a car, the rates will be the same.

Unless you're talking about taking out a dealership finance deal, in which case you're insane.
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How so? Generally speaking whoever you get a loan from, a car is a car, the rates will be the same.

Unless you're talking about taking out a dealership finance deal, in which case you're insane.
He's talking about insurance.
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(Original post by Noble.)
He's talking about insurance.
He specifically said finance though, not insure.
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He specifically said finance though, not insure.
I'm sure he's talking about insurance, considering it costs less for me to insure a 3.0L twin-turbo BMW than it does a Corsa
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In case y'all haven't picked this up yet, markread45 is just a troll. He doesn't post serious threads in this forum. I'm amazed he hasn't been banned yet and that people are still taking him seriously.
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(Original post by Megaross)
How so? Generally speaking whoever you get a loan from, a car is a car, the rates will be the same.

Unless you're talking about taking out a dealership finance deal, in which case you're insane.
If you believe that you're deluded.

Finance on a 20 grand vauxhall is much higher per month than a 20 grand BMW because at the end of the term the vauxhall will be worth a damn sight less. The finance co weight the payments depending on the residual value of the vehicle at the end of the term.
Doesn't matter if it's new or used.

What do I know? I just sell cars for a living...
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mini for girls, toyota for old people. Bmw series is a classycar
and another one is created

poor misguided fool!
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(Original post by JC.)
If you believe that you're deluded.

Finance on a 20 grand vauxhall is much higher per month than a 20 grand BMW because at the end of the term the vauxhall will be worth a damn sight less. The finance co weight the payments depending on the residual value of the vehicle at the end of the term.
Doesn't matter if it's new or used.

What do I know? I just sell cars for a living...
So do you know stuff about financing cars then? Have a question if you do .
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So your saying old people drive this?...s]




Not with the bodykit on it!!

The MR2 is a lovely car without being dressed up like a chav mobile.
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Are bmw cheap to run , what are the average car cost. Would it be expensive for 21 year old?
does the vehicle fit into your budget?

insurance is high.

fuel costs depend on the engine. avoid the 1.6 and 1.8 quite sluggish. aim for the 120d minimum.

intial outlay can prove more expensive for equivilent car in another manufacturer.
most extras are optional on them and add to intial cost, unless buying second hand when the options are hopefully already added.

At 21, unless buying brand new with a deep pocket for insurance, servicing and intial buying. avoid.

the servicing costs are higher than equivalent ford, fiat, peugeot etc. these are just as reliable and nice to drive. the fixing costs at a dealer are high, however many specialists exist but if things do go wrong parts are expensive.

So basically if you dont have a larger budget than normal avoid, unless you are very badge conscience. then buy an equivilant car, which for the same money buys a very much higher specced vehicle with probably a more powerful lump under the bonnet.
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OP,

The 1 series is a great car, its well built, quick and reliable and does look really nice like the one below (not my car btw). Ignore these people who say its expensive to insure. Like you I'm 21, I have had my 120d 1 series for 3 months now, not one problem so far and insurance was £1400, (my own comprehensive policy, I have 0 no claims, but live in a very low risk area).

I would look at the diesels, either the 118d or 120d. They are the most popular diesel engines. The petrol engine 116i will be gutless for such a heavy car.
Although the 1 series is a bit basic on standard equipment, there is room to retrofit a lot of options; such as m-sport bumpers, puddle lights, cruise control, depo angel eyes, alpine stereo upgrade.

I also have read on MSN cars and auto trader that the 1 series is the least depreciating car!

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Thanks for the advice mate how much did you pay for your bmw 1series i looking at 5grand
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OP,

The 1 series is a great car, its well built, quick and reliable and does look really nice like the one below (not my car btw). Ignore these people who say its expensive to insure. Like you I'm 21, I have had my 120d 1 series for 3 months now, not one problem so far and insurance was £1400, (my own comprehensive policy, I have 0 no claims, but live in a very low risk area).

I would look at the diesels, either the 118d or 120d. They are the most popular diesel engines. The petrol engine 116i will be gutless for such a heavy car.
Although the 1 series is a bit basic on standard equipment, there is room to retrofit a lot of options; such as m-sport bumpers, puddle lights, cruise control, depo angel eyes, alpine stereo upgrade.

I also have read on MSN cars and auto trader that the 1 series is the least depreciating car!

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Yeah, they're nice cars, if that's the type of car you want, but that's not what the OP's question asked.

He asked if they're cheap to run, which they're not, compared to the equivalent alternatives.
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(Original post by Dan1909)
Yeah, they're nice cars, if that's the type of car you want, but that's not what the OP's question asked.

He asked if they're cheap to run, which they're not, compared to the equivalent alternatives.
How do you define cheap to run ?? My car can easily do 50MPG motorway driving, better than equivalent petrol cars. As for services and replacement parts yes taking it to any BMW garage your going to pay through the nose. However being 8+ years old now, parts are easy to come buy second hand. The build quality is better than a lot of cars so you would expect less problems, no ?

Obviously if a major problem were to arise then its going to be expensive, BMW or not.
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Thanks for the advice mate how much did you pay for your bmw 1series i looking at 5grand
Np, mine was actually a 21st Birthday present. I think my dad paid 7k however I don't know for sure. For 5k you could get a nicer petrol than a diesel, if you go the diesel route then your looking at getting a very high millage.
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I'll try and break things down a little.

I would personally try and aim for a diesel model, either a 118d or 120d. Purchase price will be a little higher than the equivalent petrol car but an increased mpg figure and better residuals come resale will make up for that.

Both the 118d and 120d should average at least 45mpg on the combined cycle. Assuming you will cover 10,000 miles PA, this will equate to around £1500 a year at todays fuel prices.

Insurance? Couldn't really say to be honest. You will need to run a quote yourself using your details.

Servicing - BMW Inspection I & Inspection II depending on the mileage of the car and the previous service history. On a mileage of 10,000 PA, without any repair work being carried out, expect a bill of around £400 per year. This will obviously increase if the car needs items replacing.

Tyres - For a 1 Series on 17 inch wheels, expect to pay around £100 per corner for a decent tyre. Tyres will last around 15,000 miles before requiring replacement (obviously dependant upon how you drive).

To summarise, a base model 1 Series i.e a 118d and not a 130i will not cost much more to run than any other equivalent car.

Parts on a BMW will typically cost a little more than a Ford for comparisons sake, but nothing that will break the bank.

The crux lies in whether you buy a decent car to begin with or one with many problems.
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