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Nissan LEAF vs. BMW 3-Series Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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    
2016 BMW 3-Series / M3 27
48.7012987013% 48.7012987013% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  51 3-Series / M3s, 6.1 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 4400 miles

Refresh. Most of the reported repairs are minor creaks and rattles, plus some minor electrical problems.

 

2015 BMW 3-Series / M3 22
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  82 3-Series / M3s, 9.3 months of data per 3-Series / M3, average 12600 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2015 Nissan LEAF 10
2.38095238095% 2.38095238095% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  39 LEAFs, 9.5 months of data per LEAF, average 12700 miles

 

2014 BMW 3-Series 24
31.3186813187% 31.3186813187% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  100 3-Series, 9.9 months of data per 3-Series, average 24400 miles

Includes 4-Series.
2014 Nissan LEAF   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 LEAFs, 7.6 months of data per LEAF, average 18800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr 41
59.3596059113% 59.3596059113% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  76 3-Series 4drs, 8.0 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 35800 miles
2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 3-Series 2drs, 9.3 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 25800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Nissan LEAF 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  45 LEAFs, 8.6 months of data per LEAF, average 26200 miles

Some owners, especially those living in hot climates, report decreasing range. Unless this leads to a battery pack replacement it's not reflected in the stats.

 

2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr and wagon   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 3-Series 2dr and wagons, 9.4 months of data per 3-Series 2dr and wagon, average 42500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 65
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 3-Series sedans, 7.0 months of data per 3-Series sedan, average 44400 miles

First year for F30 3-Series sedan.
2012 Nissan LEAF 11
0.246305418719% 0.246305418719% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  39 LEAFs, 8.7 months of data per LEAF, average 33100 miles

Some owners, especially those living in hot climates, report decreasing range. Unless this leads to a battery pack replacement it's not reflected in the stats.

 

2011 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 M3s, 9.4 months of data per M3, average 48600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 BMW 328 57
62.0879120879% 62.0879120879% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  104 328s, 9.3 months of data per 328, average 51900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 BMW 335 66
75.2747252747% 75.2747252747% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  39 335s, 8.9 months of data per 335, average 52600 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Common problem with the water pump in the 335i.
2011 Nissan LEAF 34
28.3882783883% 28.3882783883% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  42 LEAFs, 10.1 months of data per LEAF, average 48100 miles

Some owners, especially those living in hot climates, report decreasing range. Unless this leads to a battery pack replacement it's not reflected in the stats.

 

2010 BMW 335   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 335s, 10.1 months of data per 335, average 53800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 BMW 328 58
63.5531135531% 63.5531135531% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 328s, 7.2 months of data per 328, average 64200 miles

Small sample size for the 335i could at least partly explain very high reported repair frequency.

 

2009 BMW 328 59
47.3760932945% 47.3760932945% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  36 328s, 9.0 months of data per 328, average 80700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2009 BMW 335 64
53.2069970845% 53.2069970845% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 335s, 8.7 months of data per 335, average 73000 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.

 

2008 BMW M3 21
1.64835164835% 1.64835164835% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 M3s, 10.0 months of data per M3, average 56800 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW 328 37
19.2307692308% 19.2307692308% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 328s, 8.7 months of data per 328, average 81200 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.
2008 BMW 335 83
69.7802197802% 69.7802197802% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  41 335s, 8.8 months of data per 335, average 76100 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3. Non-M repair frequency spiking, possibly because CPO warranty ending.

 

2007 BMW 335 77
54.4334975369% 54.4334975369% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  37 335s, 9.3 months of data per 335, average 86200 miles
2007 BMW 328 85
62.315270936% 62.315270936% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  51 328s, 8.9 months of data per 328, average 91600 miles

 

2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 3-Series 2drs, 9.7 months of data per 3-Series 2dr, average 81000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr 98
84.2318059299% 84.2318059299% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  62 3-Series 4drs, 9.6 months of data per 3-Series 4dr, average 103900 miles

First year for the E90 4-door.

 

2005 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 M3s, 10.8 months of data per M3, average 85600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 BMW 3-Series 108
70.6823027719% 70.6823027719% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 3-Series, 9.0 months of data per 3-Series, average 109700 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.

 

2004 BMW 3-Series 98
63.4199134199% 63.4199134199% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  49 3-Series, 8.3 months of data per 3-Series, average 123100 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.
2004 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 M3s, 8.3 months of data per M3, average 101300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 M3s, 8.7 months of data per M3, average 98100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 BMW 3-Series 92
48.6666666667% 48.6666666667% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  38 3-Series, 8.6 months of data per 3-Series, average 123900 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.

 

2002 BMW M3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 M3s, 7.5 months of data per M3, average 77400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 BMW 3-Series 120
72.5048923679% 72.5048923679% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  34 3-Series, 9.1 months of data per 3-Series, average 129200 miles

Average odometer reading much lower for the M3.

 

2001 BMW 3-Series 78
38.8030888031% 38.8030888031% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 3-Series, 7.4 months of data per 3-Series, average 146400 miles

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 BMW 3-Series

2015 BMW 3-Series Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearComment
2016 For anyone planning to keep the car well beyond the warranty period, "reliability" might also constitute a "why not." The tweaks made for 2016 appear to have introduced some rattles and minor electrical issues. I wouldn't worry too much about these. BMWs tend to be about average for the first four years, and reasonably reliable for up to six. Longer than that, though, and expensive repairs can happen. (Our latest reliability stats for the 3 Series.) This noted, the same can be said about every competitor save the Lexus IS and perhaps the Infiniti Q50 (which doesn't yet have much of a track record, and which initially suffered from software issues). We don't have data on the XE, but Jaguars aren't renowned for their reliability. With this, I'm out of "why nots." A champion in the premium compact sedan all-around, the 3 Series lacks glaring weaknesses. full 2016 BMW 3-Series review
 

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2015 BMW 3-Series Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4
8-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I traded in a 2005 BMW with 92,000 miles on it, if the realiability of the old one is any indication to the experience I hope to have with the 2012, then I have little to nothing to worry about. full 2012 BMW 3-Series review