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Nissan LEAF vs. BMW 3-Series Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan LEAF or BMW 3-Series reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan LEAF and the BMW 3-Series truly differ in reliability.

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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 BMW 3-Series   21 3-Series, 4.3 months of data per 3-Series, average 4500 miles

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 68 3-Series 4drs, 9.1 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 9300 miles17
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Nissan LEAF 36 LEAFs, 6.3 months of data per LEAF, average 5700 miles

Repairs far more common than for earlier model years. Common problem with battery charging systrem.
42
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr   18 3-Series 2drs, 9.6 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 14700 miles

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr 26 3-Series 4drs, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 16300 miles

First year for F30 3-Series sedan.
48
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Nissan LEAF 43 LEAFs, 9.4 months of data per LEAF, average 14000 miles12
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW M3   20 M3s, 9.6 months of data per M3, average 27100 miles

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2011 BMW 335 35 335s, 7.5 months of data per 335, average 28800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
27
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW 328 103 328s, 8.4 months of data per 328, average 30200 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Nissan LEAF 66 LEAFs, 10.0 months of data per LEAF, average 25000 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW 335   11 335s, 8.3 months of data per 335, average 35800 miles

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2010 BMW 328 32 328s, 7.6 months of data per 328, average 43700 miles69
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW M3   17 M3s, 8.9 months of data per M3, average 33700 miles

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2009 BMW 335 28 335s, 9.0 months of data per 335, average 46000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. 335i might have a common problem with the fuel injectors.
33
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 BMW 328 50 328s, 9.5 months of data per 328, average 45700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. 335i might have a common problem with the fuel injectors.
48
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW M3 27 M3s, 9.7 months of data per M3, average 37200 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
27
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 335 51 335s, 8.6 months of data per 335, average 55600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
77
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 BMW 328 45 328s, 8.6 months of data per 328, average 63700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 335 55 335s, 8.7 months of data per 335, average 68600 miles60
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 BMW 328 62 328s, 9.0 months of data per 328, average 69100 miles84
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   18 3-Series 2drs, 10.7 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 65200 miles

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 79 3-Series 4drs, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 86000 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 BMW M3   11 M3s, 10.6 months of data per M3, average 65700 miles

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2005 BMW 3-Series 34 3-Series, 8.7 months of data per 3-Series, average 91700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
81
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 BMW M3   15 M3s, 10.6 months of data per M3, average 85900 miles

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2004 BMW 3-Series 57 3-Series, 9.2 months of data per 3-Series, average 102600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
119
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 BMW 3-Series 35 3-Series, 9.7 months of data per 3-Series, average 99700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
138
100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 BMW M3   11 M3s, 9.9 months of data per M3, average 81700 miles

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2002 BMW 3-Series 35 3-Series, 9.8 months of data per 3-Series, average 113400 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
112
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 BMW 3-Series 45 3-Series, 9.2 months of data per 3-Series, average 132600 miles73
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 BMW 3-Series 32 3-Series, 7.6 months of data per 3-Series, average 141300 miles93
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 BMW 3-Series - E46   10 3-Series - E46s, 10.1 months of data per 3-Series - E46, average 164000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan LEAF

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What Our Members Are Saying about Nissan LEAF Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Nissan LEAF: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Hatch 107-horsepower Electric
1-speed automatic FWD
One of the advantages I was looking forward to, owning a Leaf, was the fact that the power train is so much simpler than a gas powered car. These are some of the parts in a gas powered car that can't go wrong with my all electric Leaf: 1) No gears/transmission to ever slip or go out, just a gearshift knob that is really just an electric switch, with no moving parts other than the switch itself. 2) No fuel pump/filter to need maintenance on. 3) No fuel injection or carborator to go out or have problems. 4) No air filters for the motor to replace. 5) No oil to change or oil filter to replace. 6) No radiator to repair. No coolant level to check. 7) No spark plugs, cap, rotor or points to replace or maintain 8) No belts, pullies or chains to break, wear or replace. 9) No engine overheating possible. 10) No catalytic converter to replace. 11) No muffler or exhaust system to replace/maintain. 12) The electric motor acts as a generator that slows the car down when I take my foot off the accelerator and it charges the battery as I coast to a stop. Also, the regenerative breaking means that the Leaf has a generator attached to one of the rear wheels that also slows the car down as I apply the breaks and that also charges the battery as I break to a stop. This regenerative breaking and electric motor generation means that I use less of the actual breaks on the car and this improves the lifespan of my break pads. I will change the break pads and rotors a lot less often than a normal gas powered car or even a hybrid.
Reliability and Durability of the Nissan LEAF: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Hatch 107-horsepower Electric
1-speed automatic FWD
The build quality was in line. HOWEVER, what destroys this car as a purchase choice is one thing: The cutting corners and bad engineering decisions (political or otherwise) to make the car battery air cooled. This simply doesn't work very well in warmer climates. The folks up in Seattle don't see this but where it gets above 95 degrees such as CALIF, TX, ARIZONA are the folks are starting to seeing this battery fade rapidly with pernament heat damage. Read about how to care for a LI-ON. We baby'ed this car battery for all the things we could, but the heat is getting it. This vehicle is edging toward being the orphaned 3rd car because it won't be long before it cannot do our simple 35 mile roundtrip commute. A very expensive loss for us. Learn from this and DON"T BUY THIS CAR MODEL. Buy a Chevy Volt instead. We have that car too....and we fight over who drives it. It has a conservative approach...liquid battery management to keep the battery at its favorite temperature day and night, 24/7. That temperature is 70 degrees.

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What Our Members Are Saying about BMW 3-Series Reliability and Durability

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