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Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 BMW 3-Series / M3 26
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  67 3-Series / M3s, 6.3 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 6300 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2014 BMW 3-Series 37
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  94 3-Series, 9.3 months of data per 3-Series, average 13800 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr   Join or sign in to vie  
  12 3-Series 2drs, 10.5 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 17400 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  75 3-Series 4drs, 8.5 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 24100 miles
2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr and wagon   Join or sign in to vie  
  20 3-Series 2dr and wagons, 9.2 months of data per 3-Series 2dr and wagon, average 32800 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 39
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 3-Series sedans, 8.4 months of data per 3-Series sedan, average 32000 miles

First year for F30 3-Series sedan.
2011 BMW 328 53
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  108 328s, 9.7 months of data per 328, average 44400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 BMW 335 68
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  37 335s, 9.1 months of data per 335, average 43900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 BMW M3   Join or sign in to vie  
  23 M3s, 10.0 months of data per M3, average 42900 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2010 BMW 328 51
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  32 328s, 8.2 months of data per 328, average 54600 miles

Small sample size for the 335i could at least partly explain very high reported repair frequency.
2010 BMW 335   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 335s, 10.0 months of data per 335, average 54300 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2009 BMW 328 61
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  47 328s, 9.2 months of data per 328, average 62400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW 335 41
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 335s, 10.4 months of data per 335, average 57500 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW M3   Join or sign in to vie  
  10 M3s, 9.4 months of data per M3, average 39200 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2008 BMW 328 79
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  31 328s, 8.8 months of data per 328, average 75300 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW 335 71
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  39 335s, 9.1 months of data per 335, average 70500 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW M3 65
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  30 M3s, 9.2 months of data per M3, average 49300 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2007 BMW 328 86
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  60 328s, 9.0 months of data per 328, average 84300 miles
2007 BMW 335 95
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  46 335s, 9.8 months of data per 335, average 79600 miles
2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   Join or sign in to vie  
  22 3-Series 2drs, 9.6 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 72000 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 66
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  67 3-Series 4drs, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 96500 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.
2005 BMW 3-Series 85
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 3-Series, 8.4 months of data per 3-Series, average 95500 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2005 BMW M3   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 M3s, 9.6 months of data per M3, average 72700 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2004 BMW 3-Series 108
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  58 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 110400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2004 BMW M3   Join or sign in to vie  
  16 M3s, 7.8 months of data per M3, average 97900 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2003 BMW 3-Series 84
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  39 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 113700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2003 BMW M3   Join or sign in to vie  
  14 M3s, 9.3 months of data per M3, average 91800 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2002 BMW 3-Series 100
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  38 3-Series, 8.2 months of data per 3-Series, average 121700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2002 BMW M3   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 M3s, 9.3 months of data per M3, average 99300 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2001 BMW 3-Series 104
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  37 3-Series, 8.4 months of data per 3-Series, average 145800 miles
2000 BMW 3-Series 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  25 3-Series, 6.9 months of data per 3-Series, average 136300 miles

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BMW 3-Series Reliability

You won't find BMW 3-Series reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the BMW 3-Series truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track BMW 3-Series reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the BMW 3-Series was a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the BMW 3-Series has been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the BMW 3-Series

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

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.
2011 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
All things aside it boils down to reliability. I previously owned a 2009 335 (same color combo and options) and didnt have one issue. This one however: the water pump went last month @ under 50k miles, the fuel pump also went approx 2 months earlier, the VANOS bolts needed to be replaced, an oil leak after the dealer serviced the vehicle (and no they still charged me) and there was one more episode of limp at home mode which I don't recall. The plus side it's a cpo so the bulk cost nothing. The last few trips cost $50 plus tax a pop. I would not ever recommend anyone purchasing this car without the CPO warranty. example the water pump and labor hovers around a grand to replace. Wheels And Tires - the summer tires are especially prone to road damage. I replaced all 4 tires not due to wear but due to potholes and other hazards... To which any other normal car wouldnt have an issue...
2009 0 My car has been very reliable. I got a cerfited pre owned so all things a free at dealer. If you are buying one, then get a cpo one. well worth it.
2009 0 My car has been very reliable. I got a cerfited pre owned so all things a free at dealer. If you are buying one, then get a cpo one. well worth it.
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Historically, reliable
2008 2dr Hardtop conv. turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Have owned this car for 5 years; have had two replacement high pressure fuel pumps; replaced steering rack; new turbo gaskets (both turbos); replaced articulating hard top cables - all in the first 3 years and all under warranty! Nothing has gone wrong in the past two years so perhaps this was relatively new model growing pains.
2008 2dr Hardtop conv. turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Have owned this car for 5 years; have had two replacement high pressure fuel pumps; replaced steering rack; new turbo gaskets (both turbos); replaced articulating hard top cables - all in the first 3 years and all under warranty! Nothing has gone wrong in the past two years so perhaps this was relatively new model growing pains.
2008 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
The car has a BETTER THAN AVERAGE frequency of repair record with Consumer Reports.
2008 2dr Coupe 414-horsepower 4.0L V8
7-speed automated manual RWD
Not yet tested to a full extent on my M3 under review, bust as previous BMW owner I enjoyed minimal component failures after many years of ownership.
2008 2dr Coupe 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
History is promising.
BMW 3-Series Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hardtop conv. 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Glovebox won't open.
2010 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I'm a little nervous about repair costs and frequency. I keep reading about 4-figure repair bills, but there are others who say they've done well with just normal maintenance. Consumer Reports gives the 2010 328i a lot of red dots which is a goo
2010 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Small things keep breaking or failing. The engine and drivetrain are solid though.
2009 4dr Sedan 414-horsepower 4.0L V8
6-speed manual RWD
More prone to breakdowns than the Japanese competition.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 265hp 3.0L I6 Diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Always a glitch or two.
2009 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Fuel pump, oil cooler, and run flat tire issues on the 335i turned me off. Will likely be covered by warranty, but met multiple people who had week long+ repairs for these issues. After warranty, 1,200+ for each of these issues is apparently common.
2008 2dr Coupe 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Historically, these cars have had their share of electronic gremlins.
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
not as reliable
2008 4dr Wagon 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Poorer reputation than Lexus based on internet research. Stock run flat tires have short life and rough ride. Lack of spare limits options
2008 2dr Coupe 414-horsepower 4.0L V8
6-speed manual RWD
I have never had major problems with my BMW's, but I have never kept them out of warranty either. M cars are ridiculously expensive to repair. The only car company where the coolant is designed to outlast the radiator. When they break, they brea