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2012 BMW 3-Series Problems and Repair Histories

67 TrueDelta members own a 2012 BMW 3-Series. 24 of these members (35.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 38 repairs to 2012 BMW 3-Series--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2012 BMW 3-Series problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2012 BMW 3-Series problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2012 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 2012 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

21% of the 2012 BMW 3-Series repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 13% to the suspension, 47% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 11% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 38 repairs.
Non-members can see only ten 2012 BMW 3-Series problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2012 BMW 3-Series

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BMW 3-Series in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2012 2000    
3000 0 Distortion from speaker -replaced 
9000 0 "No Signal" on information display 
10000  

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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
Feb 2012 0    
2500 0 Noisy heater fan. Replaced. 
15000  

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 0    
3000 0 Squeaking noise from steering 
4700 0 Squeaking noise from steering 
7700 0 BLUETOOTH WAS NOT CONNECTING THE IPHONE 
8000  
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 0    
6700 0 Bluetooth sync was intermittent and after they tried to sell me on the phone as the problem, I proved them wrong and they replaced it. 
18000 0 Bluetooth again, they replaced the CPU, and it was fine. Still have problems with moisture entering the electrical system and preventing the car from going into ECO mode on rare occasions. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 0    
0 low coolant light came on - found loose expansion tank cap, system filled and bled. 
 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2011 0    
3000 0 Defective ping detector 
3000 0 replace batery 
4000  

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 0    
15000 0 loose nut in door 
25000 0 Injectors replaced 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 0    
5000 0 I purchased an iPhone 4S cradle to use my phone's apps through the iDrive system. When it was installed, it worked intermittently. 
45500 0 I had my electrical system randomly go haywire while driving. Gauges droppe to zero and then back up to speed (care performance was not affected). Then passive restraint error was displayed. Replaced CANBUS. 
48000 0 The was a light thumping noise when the engine was idle, as if there was an issue with the serpentine belt. The dealer did a software update and replaced the HVAC blower motor.. 
48000 0 Engine starting making a loud tapping noise while driving. I called the dealer immediately and headed to bring it in. While driving, there was a loud bang, metal sound, smoke and engine stopped. It threw a rod. Engine needs to be replaced. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2012 0    
3300 0 Accelerator pedal issue. There was a one half second lag before engine response. They reprogrammed the computer to remap the engine to the pedal. 
4000  

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 3000    
14000 65 Front wheels shimmy at high speeds - took for a rebalance, no improvement 
19000  

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