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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 38 A5 / S5s, 5.9 months of data per A5 / S5, average 5500 miles5
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Audi A5 / S5 100 A5 / S5s, 9.6 months of data per A5 / S5, average 13100 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi A5 31 A5s, 9.0 months of data per A5, average 29600 miles26
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Audi S5 45 S5s, 9.3 months of data per S5, average 26700 miles46
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi S5 50 S5s, 9.4 months of data per S5, average 38200 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi A5 38 A5s, 9.6 months of data per A5, average 39300 miles

Most of the cars in this sample are A4s or S4s.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi A5 2.0T 32 A5 2.0Ts, 9.0 months of data per A5 2.0T, average 54100 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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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi A5 3.2 / S5 58 A5 3.2 / S5s, 9.4 months of data per A5 3.2 / S5, average 49700 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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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Audi A5 / S5 38 A5 / S5s, 9.0 months of data per A5 / S5, average 54400 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.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW Z3 27 Z3s, 10.7 months of data per Z3, average 81800 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 BMW Z3 27 Z3s, 8.2 months of data per Z3, average 83100 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 BMW Z3   12 Z3s, 8.1 months of data per Z3, average 106100 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 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.