2018 BMW X1 Top Complaints and Problems – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structure and visibility issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2018 BMW X1 is a luxury SAV designed to give drivers the feel of being in a sports car, despite the extra room that’s included. The automaker claims it is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” but most owners aren’t going to agree with that. For the money spent on this BMW vehicle, it shouldn’t face structure and visibility issues the way it does.

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Visibility/Wiper

When a driver thinks about visibility, they consider what it is like to look out the windshield and windows, but the sunroof is a valuable part of the equation as well. It lets the light in and adds a luxury feel to the X1. Sadly, it appears this piece of equipment is defective and causing numerous problems.

One NHTSA reviewer wrote, “On a sunny day, I drove with my family through the highway at approximately 45 miles per hour. Suddenly, a very strong noise was listed and many small glass pieces fell on us. I stopped as fast as possible to review that the sunroof was destroyed. I did not find any object that would have hit us, revising in detail note that the glass had been exploited inside out. The crystal was inflated out of the vehicle, fortunately nobody was hurt with the glass pieces and nobody was around the car at that moment.”

The company has nothing to say about this situation. In fact, they have issued very few service bulletins in general and want everything to appear good. Still, this SAV had four recalls, which proves it is not an exceptional vehicle. We have already covered one, but the other three relate to the engine, exterior lighting and steering. In the reports, it is shown that the crankshaft sensor may fail and cause a stall. In addition, the exterior lighting might loosen and detach. This doesn’t just create a road hazard, but reduces visibility and might lead to a crash. Finally, there’s a recall related to a tie rod for the steering linkage that might break, leading the vehicle to lose control. All things considered, it seems that the BMW X1 has more parts falling off and breaking then are staying in place, where they belong.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 BMW X1 Visibility Problems:

SUN VISORS ARE TOO SHORT / SMALL AND DON’T HELP ON A SUNNY DAY. MAY AS WELL NOT HAVE THEM AT ALL ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN AUTO-TINTED WINDSHIELD. WE FIND THIS TO BE A SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. ALSO, CAR HESITATES WHEN ACCELERATING AT TIMES AND ENGINE ALSO SOUNDS ROUGH AFTER DRIVING A FEW MINUTES.

Structure

A BMW vehicle costs more than most, so it’s expected that premium materials and construction would be used. Unfortunately, the structure doesn’t seem to have it all together, the way it should.

One Edmunds reviewer wrote about the problems by saying, “I came from being a Mercedes Benz owner to leasing a BMW. I never once had one issue with my MB. Since starting my lease with a brand new BMW X1 I have had issue after issue and the BMW Service department can never find anything wrong. However my trunk opens by itself all the time (just happened again yesterday). Also sometimes the car makes noises that aren’t normal. It seems to be falling apart at less than 9,000 miles. The BMW brand logo on the FRONT of the suv is also chipping away. Wow I am sooooo disappointed in this piece of junk. I have called the BMW service department and have been called back saying they would do something but then never heard anything else. Its been over a week and I called again and was taken to voicemail, left a message and …….still guess what …..never was called back. I think they are worried about letting me out of my lease BUT all I want is a car that works!”

It appears that this BMW has more significant issues than an opening trunk and noises. There was a structure-related recall issued labeled with NHTSA Campaign Number 19V349000. It seems that during a crash if an occupant’s head collides with the B-pillar they might be injured. That’s because this pillar doesn’t have the right amount of material to absorb the impact. In fact, it was constructed in a way that doesn’t comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) requirements. Despite paying a premium price for this vehicle, the automaker tried to cut corners and skimp on protection. Owners might consider saving their money and buying a bicycle instead – it might provide more safety.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 BMW X1 Structure Problems.

BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC (BMW) IS RECALLING CERTAIN  X1 SDRIVE28I AND X1 XDRIVE28I VEHICLES. IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH WHERE THE OCCUPANTS HEAD CONTACTS THE B-PILLAR, THE PILLAR MAY NOT ABSORB AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF THE IMPACT. AS SUCH, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD (FMVSS) NUMBER 201, “OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN INTERIOR IMPACT.” I HAVE CONTACTED MY DEALER AND THEY SAY THE “FIX” IS NOT AVAILABLE. SUPPOSEDLY OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED ON JULY 1, 2019 BUT I HAVE SEEN NO NOTICE AS JULY 26, 2019.

THE CAR HAS BEEN IN RECALL MODE SINCE APRIL WITH NO REMEDY! THIS IS CRAZY.

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