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BMW 3-Series Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 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 58
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 3-Series / M3s, 3.2 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 3100 miles
2015 BMW 3-Series / M3 26
43.1677018634% 43.1677018634% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  83 3-Series / M3s, 8.3 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 8900 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2014 BMW 3-Series 28
42.5714285714% 42.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  97 3-Series, 10.1 months of data per 3-Series, average 19400 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 3-Series 2drs, 9.2 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 22400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 43
63.3004926108% 63.3004926108% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 3-Series 4drs, 8.1 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 30500 miles
2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr and wagon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 3-Series 2dr and wagons, 9.0 months of data per 3-Series 2dr and wagon, average 38200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 57
80.3571428571% 80.3571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 3-Series sedans, 7.5 months of data per 3-Series sedan, average 39000 miles

First year for F30 3-Series sedan.
2011 BMW 328 50
60.2040816327% 60.2040816327% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  114 328s, 9.4 months of data per 328, average 48100 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 BMW 335 77
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 335s, 8.6 months of data per 335, average 49800 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
  20 M3s, 9.9 months of data per M3, average 47000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 BMW 328 64
72.3443223443% 72.3443223443% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 328s, 9.0 months of data per 328, average 58700 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
  15 335s, 9.3 months of data per 335, average 57200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2009 BMW 328 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 328s, 9.6 months of data per 328, average 72700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW 335 47
30.2197802198% 30.2197802198% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 335s, 9.7 months of data per 335, average 68400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 M3s, 9.7 months of data per M3, average 41700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 BMW 328 82
68.6813186813% 68.6813186813% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 328s, 9.0 months of data per 328, average 79800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW 335 90
77.4725274725% 77.4725274725% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 335s, 9.4 months of data per 335, average 75000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW M3 29
10.4395604396% 10.4395604396% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 M3s, 10.0 months of data per M3, average 51700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2007 BMW 328 94
76.2337662338% 76.2337662338% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 328s, 9.3 months of data per 328, average 88200 miles
2007 BMW 335 78
59.6103896104% 59.6103896104% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 335s, 9.1 months of data per 335, average 82400 miles
2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 3-Series 2drs, 10.0 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 76600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 90
68.7969924812% 68.7969924812% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  67 3-Series 4drs, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 101100 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.
2005 BMW 3-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 3-Series, 10.7 months of data per 3-Series, average 105100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 M3s, 9.8 months of data per M3, average 78600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 BMW 3-Series 109
71.5351812367% 71.5351812367% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 118100 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2004 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 M3s, 8.6 months of data per M3, average 100200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 BMW 3-Series 83
39.3772893773% 39.3772893773% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 3-Series, 8.9 months of data per 3-Series, average 120800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2003 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 M3s, 10.6 months of data per M3, average 94400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2002 BMW 3-Series 109
59.4619666048% 59.4619666048% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 3-Series, 8.5 months of data per 3-Series, average 124900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2002 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 M3s, 9.4 months of data per M3, average 85700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 BMW 3-Series 94
47.4358974359% 47.4358974359% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 3-Series, 10.0 months of data per 3-Series, average 140900 miles
2000 BMW 3-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 3-Series, 2.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 142400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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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