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

You won't find Nissan 350Z / 370Z or BMW 5-Series reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan 350Z / 370Z and the BMW 5-Series truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Nissan 350Z / 370Z and BMW 5-Series reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Nissan 350Z / 370Z and the BMW 5-Series 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 Nissan 350Z / 370Z and the BMW 5-Series 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  
2013 BMW 5-Series 26 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 10500 miles26
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 9.8 months of data per 5-Series, average 19900 miles

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2011 BMW 5-Series 44 5-Series, 8.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 31400 miles

First year for F10 5-Series.
43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 5-Series 32 5-Series, 9.0 months of data per 5-Series, average 49700 miles63
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 5-Series   18 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 56700 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z   18 370Zs, 9.9 months of data per 370Z, average 28000 miles

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2008 BMW 528 / 550 / M5 48 528 / 550 / M5s, 7.7 months of data per 528 / 550 / M5, average 67300 miles

Refreshed.
85
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 535 25 535s, 10.0 months of data per 535, average 71400 miles

Refreshed.
115
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan 350Z   12 350Zs, 7.3 months of data per 350Z, average 37200 miles

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2007 BMW 5-Series 29 5-Series, 7.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 79700 miles57
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Nissan 350Z   11 350Zs, 7.9 months of data per 350Z, average 39800 miles

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2006 BMW 5-Series 38 5-Series, 9.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 84900 miles100
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan 350Z   15 350Zs, 8.1 months of data per 350Z, average 68800 miles

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2005 Nissan 350Z   14 350Zs, 6.6 months of data per 350Z, average 76500 miles

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2004 BMW 5-Series   21 5-Series, 9.3 months of data per 5-Series, average 92900 miles

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2004 Nissan 350Z   20 350Zs, 7.2 months of data per 350Z, average 70200 miles

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2003 BMW 5-Series   24 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 101000 miles

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2003 Nissan 350Z 25 350Zs, 9.8 months of data per 350Z, average 89300 miles59
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 BMW 5-Series 38 5-Series, 8.7 months of data per 5-Series, average 113400 miles87
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW 5-Series   18 5-Series, 9.6 months of data per 5-Series, average 127200 miles

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2000 BMW 5-Series   12 5-Series, 10.5 months of data per 5-Series, average 135500 miles

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1999 BMW 5-Series   10 5-Series, 8.4 months of data per 5-Series, average 152600 miles

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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 Nissan 350Z / 370Z Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Nissan 350Z / 370Z: 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
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Relatively cheap to maintan for a sportscar. Nissan engines can run pretty high in mileage and be just fine.
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
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
never had to do any major repairs on my Z
2003 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual RWD
Its engineered to last and the parts are reasonable, not cheap, but reasonable
2003 2dr Hatch 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual RWD
My car has 50k on it and it was heavily track used by the previous owner. Basically no problems or major repairs. Pwr steering pump went out, given it was a first year model, notorious for bugs. After that, only needed new tires.
Reliability and Durability of the Nissan 350Z / 370Z: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hatch 332-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed manual RWD
Engine is a hit or miss with oil consumption.

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