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BMW Z3 vs. Audi A5 / S5 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. 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    
2015 Audi A5 / S5 23
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 A5 / S5s, 8.0 months of data per A5 / S5, average 7600 miles

 

2014 Audi A5 / S5 19
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 A5 / S5s, 9.4 months of data per A5 / S5, average 14800 miles

 

2013 Audi A5 / S5 32
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  112 A5 / S5s, 9.7 months of data per A5 / S5, average 28400 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2012 Audi A5 33
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 A5s, 9.9 months of data per A5, average 43500 miles
2012 Audi S5 41
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  56 S5s, 9.5 months of data per S5, average 38700 miles

 

2011 Audi A5 35
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 A5s, 9.3 months of data per A5, average 57200 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.
2011 Audi S5 46
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 S5s, 9.7 months of data per S5, average 52500 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.

 

2010 Audi A5 3.2 / S5 57
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 A5 3.2 / S5s, 8.9 months of data per A5 3.2 / S5, average 56400 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.
2010 Audi A5 2.0T 58
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 A5 2.0Ts, 9.2 months of data per A5 2.0T, average 64500 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.

 

2009 Audi A5 / S5 50
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 A5 / S5s, 9.1 months of data per A5 / S5, average 66400 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s. Multiple reports of excessive oil consumption for the 2.0T engine. Some engines rebuilt with updated piston rings.

 

2001 BMW Z3 48
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Z3s, 9.9 months of data per Z3, average 82900 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.

 

2000 BMW Z3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Z3s, 6.2 months of data per Z3, average 90900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW Z3

BMW Z3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2000 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.5L I6
4-speed automatic RWD
Car of the year in 2000. Best Consumer Reports value for 5 years in a row for its class. Model Rating - Overall 4 stars Trim Rating - Overall 5 stars Appearance 5 stars Comfort 5 stars Performance 5 stars Reliability 5 stars
2000 2dr Convertible 193-horsepower 2.8L I6
4-speed automatic RWD
I got over a 150K miles and only minor items less then $500 dollars on repairs other then tires and brakes
BMW Z3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2000 2dr Convertible 193-horsepower 2.8L I6
5-speed manual RWD
I experienced continued problems with the A/C system and the engine cooling system. Also, the rag top did not hold up well and developed a leak.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Audi A5 / S5

Audi A5 / S5 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 2dr Coupe turbocharged 211hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual AWD
Questionable Audi reliability.
2009 2dr Coupe turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
Reliability is questionable. Engine has already stopped on idle rpm once right after a start-up, oil level was temporarily unavailable on display, one of the headlights is no longer waterproof (moist inside). Odometer is currently only 4000 miles.
2008 2dr Coupe 354-horsepower 4.2L V8
6-speed manual AWD
I have had this car repaired over 10 times. Clutch (multiple times), door electronics, dealer incompetence, Catalytic converter, misfires, power window issues, A/C freezing issues all before 45k miles.