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BMW 1-Series

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    We usually use channel locks and a small rag so as not to scratch the caliper finish. Do each piston individually, usually go through them about 4 times to get them all compressed. I'm sure there is a better method though.

    -mike
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I guess channel locks are big enough because the fixed calipers and pistons are lower profile? Do they push more fluid because there are more pistons? Do you have to watch for spilling from the reservoir cap?

    Thanks for the replies and the education guys. I'm glad the brakes are one thing I don't have to complain about on the new BMW's.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    If you haven't added any fluid from when the pads were initially installed you shouldn't have to worry about overflowing the resivoir.

    On the Fixed pistons, the channel locks work cause you are only compressing one side and each side is lower profile than a floating one.

    There may be more fluid overall but really the pistons are just smaller than say 1 large one. Heck F1 uses (or used at one time) single piston calipers.

    -mike
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I remove the reservoir cap and wrap a shop rag around the opening just in case. I've never had a spill though - just a precaution.

    Thanks for the info.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689
    If you remove the caliper from its mounting bracket you can leave the pads in and use the c-clamp or channel locks directly against the pad...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    ...how come every time my "Watched Items" list is empty, this discussion shows up and then when clicked on, it takes me to page 44, post 1074????

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,294
    I've had similar random issues with a few of the boards I visit over the past week, more or less. I posted it as a squawk on the "Forums Software, Your Questions Answered" board, but haven't heard anything back yet. This has happened a few times over the past couple of years, comes on unexpectedly & leaves just as mysteriously.

    Strange.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    It is a bug that is affecting some of us (me included). The engineers are working on it. Annoying, yes. :)
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    I think it may be correlated with the "Mark As Read" Legend appearing unexpectedly.

    Regards,
    Jose
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The twin piston calipers I've worked on are only slightly more work than single piston calipers. I got a tool that is purpose built to push the pistons back in.

    No big deal, really.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 337
    Of course a hatch has a smaller "trunk space" if you're just talking about the space between the rear seat and the hatch, but when you fold down the seats you have a large space that is very usable since you have the full hatch opening to slide a large box in or whatever. On a sedan (any sedan), even with the seats down it can be difficult to load something large because the trunk opening is often too small.

    I have a 325i sedan and my wife has a Mazda3 5-door. The Mazda is a smaller car overall, but a lot more practical if I have to haul something back from the store (such as a TV or other bulky item). I can fold the seats on my 325i down and manage to load my bicycle in there, but again it's a lot easier to do the same in the hatchback.

    If they were bringing the 1-series hatch over here, we might have waited for it instead of buying the Mazda.
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    Of course a hatch has a smaller "trunk space" if you're just talking about the space between the rear seat and the hatch, but when you fold down the seats you have a large space...

    Right so: I couldn't agree more with you. I was just speaking about "trunk space" whithout folding down the seats.

    Regards,
    Jose
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,782
    The 1 series got a great review in this month's ROUNDEL (BMWCCA's Monthly Magazine).

    I also really dig the 1 series "tii" concept. If that doesn't make it to production, I hope they offer some of the bits as accessories. The black wheels, the black honeycomb grill, & the rear diffuser would be a nice add on to the Alpine White 128i & 135i that I've been building over and over again on BMWs website.

    The longer I wait, the higher probability I'll convince myself to go with the Turbos!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,389
    nyc, I just read that article on the oner. But I am torn between it and the 335d!

    What is a man to do? My lease runs out in December. HELP!

    Regards,
    OW
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    The more I read about the 135i (I also just read the latest Roundel), the more I wonder just how random car pricing is. You know, the 135i and 335i should basically cost the same amount of money, but because the 1-series is smaller and labeled "entry-level", BMW simply hacked $4000 off the price.

    Good for us since the 1-series is what the 3-series should have been all along. The 1-series is almost right, but now I'm more certain than ever that I will wait for a lightweight version (Tii?) to come.

    BTW, there's a picture of my E30 in the new Roundel. Page 103... :shades:
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,389
    Fed, Your story was outstanding! It shows the experience and detail regarding process steps you need to follow to be a first rate mechanic. I feel for you that it took some time to figure out the issue and fix it. It's cool to know the oil pressure particularly since you track your car often.

    BTW, how does the OPG work?

    It's amazing that the oil fouled that plug in such a short period of time.

    Your picture is good but I just do not understand why they cut your head off!

    Regards,
    OW
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    No, no, I'm not nearly as knowledgeable as Mark Jon - I would have simply towed my car to my mechanic.

    He just happened to pose for that picture in front of my car at TechFest last year, that's all...
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,907

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,688
    Thanks Kristie, the Oner Cabrio sounds like a tasty morsel indeed. The reviewer mentioned a "wide assortment " of colors available. I don't think so, at least not yet in the USA. The color chart accompanying the article shows white, two shades of black
    and red + two or three of silver and blue. The metallic green shown will not be offered in the US AFAIK.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,648
    Interesting article, I was at the Detriot autoshow and was able to sit in a 1 series convertable, I have to say, I was very impressed with the over all feel and comfort of the car, the rear seats well hold 2 adults, tho not as comfortable as the 3 series Convertable.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Really? Wow, in DC they only had one coupe and it was up on a pedestal, locked up.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,907
    Excellent! Well, it seems like there's a lot of interest in this vehicle, so hopefully it'll live up to expectations.

    BTW, we've moved and expanded :) If you look at the top of this discussion where it says "you are here," you'll see we're in Coupes & Convertibles and the 1-Series has its own folder with a couple of discussions. If you add the whole folder to your Watched Items, new discussions will be added to your list when they're created - most notably, prices paid & leasing discussions when they hit the showrooms.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    this 218-hp six feels a little overtaxed

    Wonder if 230hp will feel any better?

    it has built in more understeer in the front-drive style, and you'll notice it.

    Bah. Even with the Sport package?

    Wonder how my 2 kids would fit in that back seat. Probably OK right now, but they'd be squeezed as they grew up.

    $33.8k - how much would that translate to with Euro Delivery?

    I'll eventually need a Miata replacement.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Wider front tires (+skinnier rear tires?) and a beefier rear sway bar should take care of any understeer.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    Bah. Even with the Sport package?

    Apparently, yes. It has been a common complaint on the new 3-series, too.

    As fedlawman said, however, that's easy enough to fix. :)

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    True but you spend over $30 grand only to have to invest more right off the bat.

    I may drive it to see if it's still entertaining.

    Actually, they've tamed the newer Miatas, too. I have a 93 that will spin if you lift the throttle in the middle of a turn. The 06+ models won't do that, and are probably more prone to understeer as well.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    well... yes.

    I'm not sure how many cars there are that I wouldn't invest money in off the bat. Maybe not in the same way. But, in any case, if I bought one with sport package (which I would), I'd need a whole 2nd set of rims with winter tires. An antiroll bar is peanuts compared to that.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    These days, the BMW sport package gets you a firmer suspension and staggered wheels (plus the seats and steering wheel). But I think the aftermarket has a better solution for ride/handling compromise.

    I'd pass on the SP and spend the money saved on Bilstein shocks/H&R springs and swaybars. You can get all of it for about $1200. And since the non-SP car comes "unstaggered," it's easier to upgrade. I would ditch the stock RFT tires (205/55-16) and get a set of 225/50-16 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3's. $600 for the tires and you're done.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    but you still don't get the seats.

    Not to mention... and I realize this doesn't matter for alot of folks here ... but I am getting an automatic next time around. To get the paddle shifters, I have to get the SP. :(

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689
    If they were bringing the 1-series hatch over here, we might have waited for it instead of buying the Mazda.

    That's why I wound up buying a Mazdaspeed3. Well, that and the fact that you can't get a limited slip on the 1er. I have to say that the Mazda has proven to be an absolute blast, even if it is Wrong Wheel Drive. I especially love the sleeper aspect. Now I'll probably take the money I saved and buy something British or Italian- with either two or four wheels...
    What can I say? I'm an automotive/motorcycling masochist.
    :cry: :P :cry:

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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