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2008 BMW 3-Series Problems and Repair Histories

411 TrueDelta members own a 2008 BMW 3-Series. 180 of these members (43.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 503 repairs to 2008 BMW 3-Series--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2008 BMW 3-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2008 BMW 3-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2008 BMW 3-Series problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2008 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

42% of the 2008 BMW 3-Series repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 5% to the suspension, 27% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 503 repairs.

2008 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

Of the 2008 BMW 3-Series repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 34% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, 21% between $1000 and $2499, and 6% more than $2500.

Chart based on 122 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2008 BMW 3-Series problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 0    
0 Failure of a fuel injector 
0 Failure of additional two fuel injectors 
 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 4000    
4000 0 High pressure fuel pump failure while driving. Also fuel hose became disconnected resulting in large (2-3 gallon) gasoline leak. Car died in the middle of the road and was towed. Fixed under warranty. Car had been in a week earlier for long cranks. 
 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in North Dakota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 3000    
9000 0 High Pressure Fuel Pump went out on me and the car was undriveable. Had to have it towed to Motorwerks BMW in MSP 5 hours away, where they took 4 days to complete the repair before it was returned to me.  
17000 0 Speaker on driver side rear door was rattling. Took it in, they replaced it, noticed the noise 2 days later that came up again. (Later went away on its own. Always in and out, possibly just type of music being listened to.) 
26000 0 Check Engine Light came on twice, but after an engine restart, it went away. Then, cold starts started taking longer and longer to turn over. High Pressure Fuel Pump was replaced for a second time. 
35000 0 High Pressure Fuel Sensor had to be replaced in late July and after getting the car back and not being driven for a week, the car takes longer than normal start ups and white smoke is pouring out of the mufflers. Cause still to be determined 
36500 0 Entire Fuel system was replaced. Fuel injectors, low pressure fuel sensor, high pressure fuel pump and valves were cleaned. 
 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 4000    
16000 0 Window sun shade replaced. 
28000 0 Replaced rear side window sun screen. 
33000 0 Replaced driver door mid-range speaker. 
71000 1200 New TCU module installed. New battery installed. 
 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 0    
1000 0 Delay in throttle response when accelerating from a complete stop; while driving under 30 mph, stepped on the gas but the car didn't accelerate even though the engine revved all the way up. Warning light came on; happened twice within 20 minutes. 
3700 0 down shift not in sync with throttle response; car does not glide smoothly to a complete stop 
 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 0    
620 0 License plates brackets vibrates annoyingly. Engine is slightly lumpy at idle, but the engine runs fine while cruising or accelerating. Drive by wire throttle input requires slightly heavy foot to get the car moving off the line. When the car does decide to move forward, it pulls a bit hard. Smooth start off the line is impossible to achieve. No problems while cruising though. 
1860 0 Noticed valve-ticking noise for a few weeks and then disappeared. Didn't bother going to dealer since according to BMW service advisers, this is "normal"... this according to experiences of others in BMW forums. 
3100 0 Problem originally occurred 3 mos. after possession but gradually getting worse, albeit very slowly. Very slight steering wheel play and a mild noticeable "thud" felt on the steering wheel when turning. 
3100 0 Same problem last month - Problem originally occurred 3 mos. after possession but gradually getting worse, albeit very slowly. Very slight steering wheel play and a mild noticeable "thud" felt on the steering wheel when turning. 
4960 0 - annual maintenance - steering "knock"; could not replicate; no repair done 
9300 0 same minor issue with steering. feels like something is loose when turning the wheel esp. on cold starts. dealer says within tolerance. 
 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 0    
7000 0 Gaskets between each of two turbos and catalytic converters required replacement as they allowed exhaust gasses to escape (made a lot of noise). When engine is cold and outside temperature is 50 deg F or below; automatic transmission will engage at rest with a pronounced jerk while foot is still moving from brake to accelerator.  
10000 0 Two trunk sensors became damaged through normal use and required replacement (sense when trunk is almost closed and allow trunk to self lock). Alarm did not chirp when locked and nav did not have required screen available to change setting so alarm software was reflashed/reinstalled. 
11000 0 High pressure fuel pump failed - car would not operate. 
16000 0 Transmission software update for cold engine "jerk" and engine software update to fix problem with accelerator tip-in lag. Replacement of left side DRL/side marker bulbs and housing due to failure. 
17000 0 Replacement of right side DRL/side marker bulbs and housing due to failure. RHS muffler rattles during turns, loose structure inside muffler and will be replaced under warranty - part ordered. 
19000 0 One of two mufflers was replaced under mfg warranty 
31000 0 Replaced high pressure fuel pump; second replacement under warranty. Warranty from Mfg for 10 years. 
35500 0 Replacement of steering rack on car. 
37000 0 Nylon cable which holds headliner in place when hard top stows or is closed was wearing through outer sheathing. Replacement kit ordered. 
38000 0 Repaired - no other problems 
54000  
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 1000    
2000 0 Hard brake pedal on starting the car. Replaced booster control valve and pipe. Hard brake pedal before starting. Dealer replaced entire brake booster & master cylinder; bled the brakes. No other instances of hard brake pedal before starting after this repair. 
2000 0 Leak at convertible roof seal where roof meets a-pillar/windshield frame. Leaks presented themselves on both driver and passenger side. 
2000 0 Unresolved water leaks at A-pillar/Windshield frame junction with Convertible roof. Water drip trails occure on both driver and passenger windows. 
2000 0 Continuing unresolved water leak where convertible roof meets A-Pillar/Windshield frame. 
 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 1860    
2480 0 Compass showed wrong direction. Adaptive lighting on Driver's side did not move with Steering. Rear seat did not latch back properly/easily after dropping down. 
13020 100 Seat Heating leaving marks on inside sides of seat. Resting points of Hardtop creating marks on plastic trim at the back of the car, above the trunk. 
19840 0 Seat Heating leaving marks on inside sides of leather seat. 
44640 0 Check engine light on. Car running jerky. Engine was cold. The problem took 20-25 of warming up for the engine to run smooth. Keyfob reported mis-firing injectors to the dealer. 
45840 0 Engine jerky and misfiring again. 
47300 0 Engine still misfiring ocassionally. Check engine light would go on and and then later would be off, especially after engine warmed up. USB Audio stopped working 
47940 0 Buffeting sound at 60-65 km/h & 90-95 km/hr 
48360 500 Wheels balanced and aligned to fix buffeting sound. Sound still there, and now the dealer says its because of feathering and uneven wear on tires. Had to pay for the above USB Audio highlighted for repair again 
62000 5000 Turbo Actuators were acting up. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder manual AWD

BMW in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 0    
0 abs brake sensor problem. driver assist not functioning.drive traction control not functioning. all are controled by the same sensor 
 

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