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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.

BMW 3-Series Reliability:
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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 65 3-Series 4drs, 8.6 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 7800 miles21
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr   17 3-Series 2drs, 9.8 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 12200 miles

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr   24 3-Series 4drs, 9.4 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 14500 miles

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2011 BMW 328 92 328s, 8.8 months of data per 328, average 27700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
33
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW 335 33 335s, 8.4 months of data per 335, average 26400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
30
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW M3   18 M3s, 9.6 months of data per M3, average 23900 miles

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2010 BMW 328 33 328s, 8.2 months of data per 328, average 41800 miles57
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 335   11 335s, 8.3 months of data per 335, average 33500 miles

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2009 BMW 328 49 328s, 9.8 months of data per 328, average 42900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. 335i might have a common problem with the fuel injectors.
55
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 335 27 335s, 9.7 months of data per 335, average 45200 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. 335i might have a common problem with the fuel injectors.
64
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW M3   15 M3s, 10.3 months of data per M3, average 32600 miles

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2008 BMW 328 48 328s, 8.9 months of data per 328, average 58900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
71
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 335 53 335s, 9.0 months of data per 335, average 53900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
66
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW M3 29 M3s, 9.4 months of data per M3, average 34600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
31
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 328 61 328s, 9.6 months of data per 328, average 67900 miles78
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 335 60 335s, 9.0 months of data per 335, average 65200 miles67
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   19 3-Series 2drs, 9.6 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 62500 miles

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 88 3-Series 4drs, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 82200 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.
57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 BMW 3-Series 36 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 91800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
87
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 BMW M3   13 M3s, 10.0 months of data per M3, average 65400 miles

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2004 BMW 3-Series 55 3-Series, 9.5 months of data per 3-Series, average 101600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
108
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 BMW M3   16 M3s, 10.6 months of data per M3, average 81700 miles

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2003 BMW 3-Series 36 3-Series, 9.3 months of data per 3-Series, average 98300 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
108
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 BMW M3   13 M3s, 7.3 months of data per M3, average 75600 miles

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2002 BMW 3-Series 39 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 113900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
133
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 BMW M3   11 M3s, 9.7 months of data per M3, average 79200 miles

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2001 BMW 3-Series 44 3-Series, 9.5 months of data per 3-Series, average 128100 miles95
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 BMW 3-Series 34 3-Series, 7.6 months of data per 3-Series, average 140500 miles102
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 BMW 3-Series - E46   10 3-Series - E46s, 11.2 months of data per 3-Series - E46, average 162000 miles

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1998 BMW 3-Series / M3   12 3-Series / M3s, 5.4 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 136900 miles

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

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

Reliability and Durability of the BMW 3-Series: 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.
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 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 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
History is promising.
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 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Historically, reliable
2007 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
No problems after 3 years
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Been superb to date
2007 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
This vehicle has a great performance record.
Reliability and Durability of the BMW 3-Series: 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
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 265hp 3.0L I6 Diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Always a glitch or two.
2009 4dr Sedan 414-horsepower 4.0L V8
6-speed manual RWD
More prone to breakdowns than the Japanese competition.
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 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 Hardtop conv. turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Possibly expensive repair track record when 4-year warranty end
2008 4dr Wagon 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Average is not good enough for a $40K+ car.
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
not as reliable

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