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Nissan 350Z / 370Z vs. BMW 5-Series 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    
2014 BMW 5-Series 11
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 5-Series, 10.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 13000 miles

 

2013 BMW 5-Series 51
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 28200 miles

 

2012 BMW 5-Series 37
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 5-Series, 8.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 39400 miles

 

2011 BMW 5-Series 36
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 53700 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.

 

2010 BMW 5-Series 65
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 71400 miles

 

2009 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 5-Series, 9.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 76100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2009 Nissan 370Z   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 370Zs, 9.3 months of data per 370Z, average 52100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 90
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 528 / 550 / M5s, 9.0 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 90700 miles

Refreshed. First year for the turbocharged six in the 535i. Common turbo failures.
2008 BMW 535   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 535s, 8.9 months of data per 535, average 90800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Nissan 350Z   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 350Zs, 8.4 months of data per 350Z, average 54700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 BMW 5-Series 82
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 101300 miles
2007 Nissan 350Z   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 350Zs, 11.2 months of data per 350Z, average 47700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 BMW 5-Series 68
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 98200 miles
2006 Nissan 350Z   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 350Zs, 11.0 months of data per 350Z, average 69700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 5-Series, 7.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 119700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Nissan 350Z   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 350Zs, 7.6 months of data per 350Z, average 61500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 5-Series, 8.9 months of data per 5-Series, average 99600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Nissan 350Z 42
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 350Zs, 8.7 months of data per 350Z, average 76900 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.

 

2003 BMW 5-Series 98
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 5-Series, 7.1 months of data per 5-Series, average 112500 miles
2003 Nissan 350Z 82
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 350Zs, 7.6 months of data per 350Z, average 103800 miles

First model year.

 

2002 BMW 5-Series 79
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 5-Series, 7.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 122700 miles

 

2001 BMW 5-Series   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 5-Series, 8.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 131400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Nissan 350Z / 370Z vs. BMW 5-Series Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan 350Z / 370Z

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan 350Z / 370Z

Nissan 350Z / 370Z Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 2dr Hatch 332-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed manual RWD
My last two Nissans have each gone over 150,000 miles. Both were easy keepers, reliable, and inexpensive to service. I expect the same from this one. Servicing costs on the Cayman are a nightmare by comparison, despite long recommended service interval
2008 2dr Hatch 306-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Very reliable, have not had long enough to evaluate durability.
2007 2dr Convertible 306-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I drove this car in 15 degree weather, It cranked up the same as 80-90 degree days
2006 2dr Convertible 300-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual RWD
So far no problems.
2005 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
nissans have always been know to be well built and reliable.
2004 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual RWD
Strong, durable engine and drivetrain. Have only had standard maintenance - no repairs. This includes taking the car to the track and autocross on occasion.
2004 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual RWD
I bought mine with about 160,000 miles on it kind of as a toy as I didn't anticipate having a 400 mile a week commute. Through all that though it has been dead reliable. Here are the only issues I've had with it: - Clutch needed to be bled as pedal would sink to floor in hot weather (still operable though) - Replaced/upgraded brakes - Alignment was way out of whack and feathering front tires (common problem) - Driver's side window motor failed the day I bought it (fixed obviously, common problem, no issues since with OEM Nissan replacement) - Trunk latch and dampers were shot and needed to be replaced It starts up and runs like clockwork. I could see this car going another 100K miles in the hands of the right owner.
2004 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
never had to do any major repairs on my Z
2004 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Relatively cheap to maintan for a sportscar. Nissan engines can run pretty high in mileage and be just fine.
2003 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual RWD
Nissan has a decent reputation for quality. After doing copious research I found the 350Z to have pretty darn good reliability for a sports car.
Nissan 350Z / 370Z Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hatch 332-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed manual RWD
Engine is a hit or miss with oil consumption.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Tremendous warranty which includes annual oil change and inspection paid for by dealer. ANY problems are fixed at no charge to customer.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Full service for first 4 years.
2007 4dr Sedan 360-horsepower 4.8L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
No problems in 15,000 miles
2007 4dr Sedan 215-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Very good reputation.
2005 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Tried and true inline 6 cylinder engine.
2002 4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Very little rust after 8+ years coupled with top notch materials lasting quite a long time. Replacement parts were very costly but performed for long periods. Current owners offer great advice on what and when to perform preventative maintenance.
BMW 5-Series Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
- accelerator response (hesitation) - engine issues (check engine light requiring three service visits in two months) - engine malfunction light (part of turbo came disconnected) - faulty fuel sensor (recall first three months of new model year)
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Terrible reputation for poor reliability and absurdly high repair costs as early as 50,000 miles.
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Unbelievable maintenance after 50K miles, cost and effort.
2005 4dr Sedan 325-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Over 80K many systems were beginning to break down
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Had several repairs the first month of ownership that were covered by CPO warranty...love that BMW CPO
2002 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
This car is known to have a plethora of problems. I have yet to see if it will hold up well for me.
2002 4dr Sedan 290-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I picked the above "reason" because it's the worst feature of an otherwise perfect vehicle. The durability of the interior is quite frankly an embarassment. I've lost the buttons for max for the heater, up for the driver side temerature, and the top button for the airflow direction .... don't ask me where they went, they just disappeared! I've broken the drivers side cup holder (and come on ... how pathetic are those cup holders!), and once it breaks, it no longer clicks back into the closed position so now I have a half a cup holder sticking out. One other grievance relating to interior durability ... the plastic footrest (left foot) down below the hood lever also fell apart. The plastic just broke away in
2001 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
dealer ship as a mess