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BMW Z3 vs. Audi A5 / S5 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find BMW Z3 or Audi A5 / S5 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the BMW Z3 and the Audi A5 / S5 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track BMW Z3 and Audi A5 / S5 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the BMW Z3 and the Audi A5 / S5 were 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 Z3 and the Audi A5 / S5 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Audi A5 / S5   16 A5 / S5s, 3.8 months of data per A5 / S5, average 4100 miles

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2013 Audi A5 / S5 98 A5 / S5s, 9.3 months of data per A5 / S5, average 9500 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi A5 31 A5s, 9.7 months of data per A5, average 23200 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi S5 49 S5s, 8.0 months of data per S5, average 22000 miles40
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi S5 52 S5s, 10.0 months of data per S5, average 31900 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s.
39
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi A5 38 A5s, 10.1 months of data per A5, average 33200 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi A5 3.2 / S5 66 A5 3.2 / S5s, 9.4 months of data per A5 3.2 / S5, average 42300 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 valves and piston rings.
43
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi A5 2.0T 32 A5 2.0Ts, 9.8 months of data per A5 2.0T, average 49900 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 valves and piston rings.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Audi A5 / S5 40 A5 / S5s, 10.5 months of data per A5 / S5, average 48800 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 valves and piston rings.
49
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW Z3 26 Z3s, 11.3 months of data per Z3, average 78700 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
57
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 BMW Z3 28 Z3s, 9.4 months of data per Z3, average 85400 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 BMW Z3   13 Z3s, 10.8 months of data per Z3, average 99900 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the BMW Z3

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What Our Members Are Saying about BMW Z3 Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the BMW Z3: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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
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
Reliability and Durability of the BMW Z3: 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.

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