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2008 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Chart based on 669 repairs.

2008 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

Chart based on 138 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

300 mi
Failure of a fuel injector 
Jul 2008

500 mi
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
Aug 2008 - Oct 2008
Sep 2008

4000 mi
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
Jun 2008 - Mar 2011
Oct 2008

9000 mi
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.  
Mar 2009

17000 mi
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.) 
Sep 2009

26000 mi
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. 
Jul 2010

35000 mi
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 
Aug 2010

36500 mi
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
Dec 2007 - Jun 2011
Jul 2008

16000 mi
Window sun shade replaced. 
Dec 2008

28000 mi
Replaced rear side window sun screen. 
Mar 2009

33000 mi
Replaced driver door mid-range speaker. 
Sep 2010

71000 mi

US $1200
New TCU module installed. New battery installed. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

1000 mi
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. 
Aug 2008

5000 mi
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
Jun 2008 - Mar 2013
Jul 2008

620 mi
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. 
Oct 2008

1860 mi
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. 
Feb 2009

3100 mi
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. 
Mar 2009

3100 mi
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. 
Aug 2009

4960 mi
- annual maintenance - steering "knock"; could not replicate; no repair done 
Jul 2010

9300 mi
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
Mar 2008 - Jun 2015
Sep 2008

7000 mi
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.  
Dec 2008

10000 mi
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. 
Feb 2009

11000 mi
High pressure fuel pump failed - car would not operate. 
Jun 2009

16000 mi
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. 
Jul 2009

17000 mi
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. 
Aug 2009

19000 mi
One of two mufflers was replaced under mfg warranty 
Oct 2010

31000 mi
Replaced high pressure fuel pump; second replacement under warranty. Warranty from Mfg for 10 years. 
May 2011

35500 mi
Replacement of steering rack on car. 
Jul 2011

37000 mi
Nylon cable which holds headliner in place when hard top stows or is closed was wearing through outer sheathing. Replacement kit ordered. 
Aug 2011

38000 mi
Repaired - no other problems 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jan 2009
Sep 2008

2000 mi
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. 
Oct 2008

2000 mi
Leak at convertible roof seal where roof meets a-pillar/windshield frame. Leaks presented themselves on both driver and passenger side. 
Nov 2008

2000 mi
Unresolved water leaks at A-pillar/Windshield frame junction with Convertible roof. Water drip trails occure on both driver and passenger windows. 
Dec 2008

2000 mi
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
Aug 2008 - Mar 2015
Sep 2008

2480 mi
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. 
Jun 2009

13020 mi

C $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. 
Dec 2009

19840 mi
Seat Heating leaving marks on inside sides of leather seat. 
Dec 2011

44640 mi
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. 
Feb 2012

45840 mi
Engine jerky and misfiring again. 
May 2012

47300 mi
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 
Jul 2012

47940 mi
Buffeting sound at 60-65 km/h & 90-95 km/hr 
Sep 2012

48360 mi

C $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 
Jul 2013

62000 mi

C $5000
Turbo Actuators were acting up. 
Nov 2014

81240 mi

C $1000
Ignition coil replaced Injector replaced 
Mar 2015

86180 mi

C $4000
Turbocharger replaced. Injectors replaced. Engine still misses occasionally. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder manual AWD

BMW in Oregon, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Nov 2007 abs brake sensor problem. driver assist not functioning.drive traction control not functioning. all are controled by the same sensor 

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2008 BMW 3-Series Repair Histories

464 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 BMW 3-Series. 207 of these members (44.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 669 repairs to 2008 BMW 3-Series--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

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