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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 BMW 3-Series / M3 48 3-Series / M3s, 5.4 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 4600 miles

Includes 4-Series.
28
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 BMW 3-Series 89 3-Series, 9.1 months of data per 3-Series, average 11300 miles

Includes 4-Series.
34
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr   12 3-Series 2drs, 10.3 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 15400 miles

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 73 3-Series 4drs, 9.2 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 21600 miles23
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr and wagon   21 3-Series 2dr and wagons, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series 2dr and wagon, average 30200 miles

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2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 27 3-Series sedans, 8.6 months of data per 3-Series sedan, average 29100 miles

First year for F30 3-Series sedan.
47
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW 328 106 328s, 8.8 months of data per 328, average 41600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
59
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW 335 45 335s, 8.1 months of data per 335, average 41600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
60
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW M3   23 M3s, 10.2 months of data per M3, average 40100 miles

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2010 BMW 328 28 328s, 8.5 months of data per 328, average 53200 miles60
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 335   14 335s, 9.4 months of data per 335, average 53000 miles

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2009 BMW 328 52 328s, 8.9 months of data per 328, average 59200 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
44
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 335 25 335s, 10.4 months of data per 335, average 53700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
51
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW M3   12 M3s, 8.3 months of data per M3, average 38200 miles

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2008 BMW 328 36 328s, 8.0 months of data per 328, average 72000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
84
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 335 46 335s, 8.5 months of data per 335, average 68000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
61
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW M3 30 M3s, 9.2 months of data per M3, average 48400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
69
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 328 63 328s, 8.6 months of data per 328, average 81800 miles73
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 335 51 335s, 9.2 months of data per 335, average 78900 miles103
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   21 3-Series 2drs, 10.6 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 71000 miles

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 68 3-Series 4drs, 8.5 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 95000 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.
68
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 BMW 3-Series 28 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 94400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
68
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 BMW M3   15 M3s, 9.6 months of data per M3, average 69800 miles

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2004 BMW 3-Series 61 3-Series, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series, average 109800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
90
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 BMW M3   14 M3s, 9.5 months of data per M3, average 97300 miles

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2003 BMW 3-Series 35 3-Series, 9.5 months of data per 3-Series, average 109900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
90
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 BMW M3   11 M3s, 10.1 months of data per M3, average 96500 miles

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2002 BMW 3-Series 41 3-Series, 7.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 124000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
108
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 BMW M3   11 M3s, 10.3 months of data per M3, average 106300 miles

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2001 BMW 3-Series 39 3-Series, 8.2 months of data per 3-Series, average 141500 miles102
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 BMW 3-Series 28 3-Series, 8.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 136900 miles88
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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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.
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 4dr Sedan turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
The car has a BETTER THAN AVERAGE frequency of repair record with Consumer Reports.
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 425hp 3.0L I6
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 turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
History is promising.
2008 2dr Hardtop conv. turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
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
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Historically, reliable
2008 2dr Hardtop conv. turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
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.
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The car is now one year old with 12,000 miles and there have been no issues what so ever - whether mechanical or interior/exterior. Never any issue with things working as they should.
BMW 3-Series Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hardtop conv. turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Glovebox won't open.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Small things keep breaking or failing. The engine and drivetrain are solid though.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
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 425hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
More prone to breakdowns than the Japanese competition.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 255hp 3.0L I6 Diesel
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Always a glitch or two.
2009 2dr Coupe turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
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 4dr Sedan turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Does not require explanation.
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Average is not good enough for a $40K+ car.
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
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