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BMW 3-Series Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 BMW 3-Series / M3 46
98.0519480519% 98.0519480519% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 3-Series / M3s, 5.1 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 3700 miles

Refresh. Most of the reported repairs are minor creaks and rattles, plus some minor electrical problems.
2015 BMW 3-Series / M3 22
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  84 3-Series / M3s, 9.0 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 10500 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2014 BMW 3-Series 28
42.5714285714% 42.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  94 3-Series, 10.4 months of data per 3-Series, average 22000 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 3-Series 2drs, 9.4 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 23900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 45
67.2413793103% 67.2413793103% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  80 3-Series 4drs, 8.1 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 33400 miles
2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr and wagon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 3-Series 2dr and wagons, 9.6 months of data per 3-Series 2dr and wagon, average 40500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 63
94.7004608295% 94.7004608295% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 3-Series sedans, 7.0 months of data per 3-Series sedan, average 42000 miles

First year for F30 3-Series sedan.
2011 BMW 328 56
67.4603174603% 67.4603174603% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  113 328s, 9.2 months of data per 328, average 49900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 BMW 335 73
94.4444444444% 94.4444444444% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 335s, 9.3 months of data per 335, average 51500 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 M3s, 9.7 months of data per M3, average 47500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 BMW 328 62
69.4139194139% 69.4139194139% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 328s, 8.6 months of data per 328, average 63100 miles

Small sample size for the 335i could at least partly explain very high reported repair frequency.
2010 BMW 335   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 335s, 10.5 months of data per 335, average 53800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2009 BMW 328 62
48.0392156863% 48.0392156863% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 328s, 9.5 months of data per 328, average 77600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW 335 56
41.3165266106% 41.3165266106% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 335s, 9.2 months of data per 335, average 71100 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 M3s, 9.1 months of data per M3, average 41100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 BMW 328 69
54.3956043956% 54.3956043956% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 328s, 8.1 months of data per 328, average 82000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW 335 100
88.4615384615% 88.4615384615% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 335s, 9.1 months of data per 335, average 74800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW M3 30
11.5384615385% 11.5384615385% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 M3s, 9.4 months of data per M3, average 53100 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2007 BMW 328 96
71.5496368039% 71.5496368039% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 328s, 9.0 months of data per 328, average 91200 miles
2007 BMW 335 78
54.1162227603% 54.1162227603% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 335s, 9.0 months of data per 335, average 84600 miles
2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 3-Series 2drs, 9.3 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 79900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 89
71.038961039% 71.038961039% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  60 3-Series 4drs, 9.2 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 102200 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.
2005 BMW 3-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 3-Series, 10.0 months of data per 3-Series, average 108600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 M3s, 10.2 months of data per M3, average 87100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 BMW 3-Series 102
66.8831168831% 66.8831168831% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 122600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2004 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 M3s, 9.0 months of data per M3, average 97400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 BMW 3-Series 89
42.9475587703% 42.9475587703% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 3-Series, 8.5 months of data per 3-Series, average 122600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2003 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 M3s, 10.4 months of data per M3, average 96900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 BMW 3-Series 122
63.5888501742% 63.5888501742% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 3-Series, 8.5 months of data per 3-Series, average 126800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2002 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 M3s, 9.3 months of data per M3, average 81000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 BMW 3-Series 99
54% 54% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 3-Series, 9.4 months of data per 3-Series, average 145600 miles

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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