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2015 BMW 3-Series Overview

BMW 3-Series Reliability

Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 BMW 3-Series / M3 22
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  82 3-Series / M3s, 9.3 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 12600 miles

Includes 4-Series.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearComment
2016 For anyone planning to keep the car well beyond the warranty period, "reliability" might also constitute a "why not." The tweaks made for 2016 appear to have introduced some rattles and minor electrical issues. I wouldn't worry too much about these. BMWs tend to be about average for the first four years, and reasonably reliable for up to six. Longer than that, though, and expensive repairs can happen. (Our latest reliability stats for the 3 Series.) This noted, the same can be said about every competitor save the Lexus IS and perhaps the Infiniti Q50 (which doesn't yet have much of a track record, and which initially suffered from software issues). We don't have data on the XE, but Jaguars aren't renowned for their reliability. With this, I'm out of "why nots." A champion in the premium compact sedan all-around, the 3 Series lacks glaring weaknesses. full 2016 BMW 3-Series review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I traded in a 2005 BMW with 92,000 miles on it, if the realiability of the old one is any indication to the experience I hope to have with the 2012, then I have little to nothing to worry about. full 2012 BMW 3-Series review
 

BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (0%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (60%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 30 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the BMW 3-Series.

TrueDelta Reviews the Gas Mileage of the 2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2014 Both the tested BMW 328d and the tested Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC were fitted with optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems. This cost them an mpg or two, but kept the playing field level. The more compact BMW weighs much less, 3,620 vs. 4,409 pounds, and has an engine tuned to produce considerably less peak torque (280 vs. 369 lb-ft) and a bit less peak horsepower (180 vs. 195), so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that it earns a significantly higher EPA city rating, 31 vs. 27 mpg. But on the highway the Benz nearly bridges the gap, 43 vs. 42 mpg. (All figures here with AWD. With rear-wheel-drive the cars rate 32/45 and 28/45.) Diesel enthusiasts argue that the EPA's testing regimen penalizes the compression-ignition engines, and that real world figures tend to be higher. Unfortunately, I drove the two cars on much different roads under much different conditions. In straight 65-mph highway driving in balmy temps, the Mercedes-Benz's trip computer reported averages in the low 40s, very close to the EPA rating. On a fairly aggressive drive in the hills south of San Francisco, this average dropped to 28, which is still better than the EPA city rating. And on a cruise along one of the less curvy portions of the California coastal highway it managed a two-way average around 39. Not too shabby for such a heavy car. I drove the BMW 328d in suburban Detroit during some especially cold weather (thank you, polar vertex), which harms fuel economy. Even so, with a fairly heavy foot and a cold start it managed 33 mpg while driving my son the eight miles to his school. On the way back, with a lighter right foot and a warm engine, it managed 44. The highest observed average was 49. At a steady 65 miles-per-hour on the highway the trip computer reported just under 40 mpg. Correct for the much colder temperature, and this is at least as good as the Mercedes, but a much tighter race than in around-town driving. My initial impression was that the 328d's trip computer reports weren't much better than the gas-powered 328i's surprisingly good numbers. Then I checked my review. Even though the 328i wasn't penalized by all-wheel-drive, and the ambient temperature wasn't quite as low, its averages were between two-thirds (moderately heavy foot) and four-fifths (ultra-light foot) as high as the 328d's. Overall, figure three-quarters as efficient, at best. Impressive for a quick, gas-powered car, but no match for the diesel, even considering that diesel tends to cost more than premium gasoline (this varies by local area). full 2014 BMW 3-Series review
2016 A number of BMW 3 Series variants offer better fuel economy than the tested 340i xDrive. You can get a conventional four-cylinder (with EPA ratings of 23 city, 35 highway), a diesel (32/42), or even a plug-in hybrid (28/34). But for a 320-horsepower all-wheel-drive sedan, the 340i xDrive rates quite well: 21/31 with an automatic, 19/29 with a manual. Some six-cylinder competitors score nearly as well, but none quite match the BMW. For example, the tested Jaguar XE with all-wheel-drive and its mandatory automatic rates 20/29. The real-world averages reported by the BMW's trip computer were even more impressive. In light-footed suburban driving it reported 32 mpg, and on a 70-mph highway it reported 37 mpg in one direction and 34 mpg in the other. full 2016 BMW 3-Series review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Gas Mileage of the 2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The new twin turbo I4 produces great fuel economy and performance. Estimated 36 highway is great for a performance car, I'll report my mpg after I've had it awhile. 3 different drive modes, (economy, comfort, sport) depending on your mood. full 2012 BMW 3-Series review
 
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Questions about the BMW 3-Series

  6 responses   Certified Used or Used?
2012 - 2017 BMW 3-Series
Member2890

I am looking to put myself into another car soon. I want an AWD car with a diesel and BMW seems to have the only one on the market aside from the VW group. I cannot justify nearly $50K for a new car but I found several in the $30K...
  6 responses   Reliability
2012 - 2017 BMW 3-Series
Member6466

How reliable is this car after 50,000 miles?

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