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The BMW X1 is one of the most popular options for people in search of luxury SUVs. This is the case because it’s a well-rounded vehicle and because the BMW X1 price is comparable to many non-luxury models. However, regarding used BMW X1 models, there are some that people will need to think twice about acquiring. Luckily, most BMW X1 model years are pretty great, but here are three that could cause headaches due to mechanical issues. 

The 2016 BMW has notable issues

2016 BMW X1 in white
2016 BMW X1 | BMW

The 2016 BMW X1 has above-average reliability scores but is still among the worst models in the lineup. For one, there is considerable concern about the structural integrity of the BMW SUV, particularly in instances of crashes. The B Pillar cannot absorb enough impact during collisions, leaving drivers and passengers vulnerable. BMW issued a recall for this issue, but it’s still concerning.

Another problem with this model BMW X1 is with the gearbox. The gearbox has been known to malfunction and could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. While these significant issues were handled through recalls, the 2016 BMW X1 has other problems. There are reports of a rattling noise coming from the engine, fuel economy is not as advertised, and this model does not have comfortable seats. Overall, it’s not the worst option, but it’s still not a safe bet regarding used BMW X1 models.The 2015 model is another one that’s not up to par.

The 2014 model

2014 BMW X1 in black
2014 BMW X1 | BMW

The 2014 BMW X1 is another model with some pretty serious issues. In fact, some even call it the worst from the lineup due to the severity of its problems. It has 73 complaints, two investigations, and five recalls. The most widespread issues with this BMW SUV are with the airbag system. The airbags have a malfunction that causes the inflator to explode when the airbags are deployed. In addition, there is at least one report of the airbags not deploying when needed. There was a recall for this issue, but it wasn’t easy for owners to get it repaired due to the lack of availability of the parts.

This used BMW X1 model year also has problems with sudden engine failure. Typically, this means the engine stalls or loses power unexpectedly. However, there have been worse cases where owners experienced all-out premature engine failure. Unfortunately, there is still no known cause for the 2014 BMW X1’s engine problems. In addition, there are reports of brake system failure, which has caused car accidents despite the driver flooring the brakes. The 2013 model also isn’t the greatest.

2012 BMW X1

BMW X1 in orange
BMW X1 | Mauricio Santana/ via Getty Images

The 2012 BMW X1 is another model that buyers are better without. According to Vehicle History, one of the main problems with this SUV is the cooling system. In particular, the water pump tends to fail before most assume it should. This is a fairly expensive fix for people looking for used BMW X1 models. 

This SUV also has electrical problems that can lead to it stalling while driving. The electrical problems are said to start around 40,000 miles, but they can be ongoing issues. Beyond these, there are also problems with the seats’ restraint system but recalls should have addressed these. 

The BMW X1 is a great choice for people who want a used luxury SUV. It’s a vehicle with solid performance, has a great exterior look, and the BMW X1 price is pretty fair. However, these models are not great choices for the vehicle. 

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