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BMW 1-Series vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2018. 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 and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI
52.2857142857% Best 129% Worst
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2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
43.7142857143% Best 114% Worst
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2008 - 2011 BMW 1-Series Reliability by Generation2008 - 2011 BMW 1-Series
32.2857142857% Best 94% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
63.7142857143% Best 149% Worst
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2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
48.2857142857% Best 122% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW 1-Series

BMW 1-Series Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Soild, no rattles, squeaks. full 2008 BMW 1-Series review
BMW 1-Series Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Had minimal problems in 2 years. A failed window lift was all full 2012 BMW 1-Series review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the BMW 1-Series

BMW 1-Series Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Soild, no rattles, squeaks. full 2008 BMW 1-Series review
BMW 1-Series Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Had minimal problems in 2 years. A failed window lift was all full 2012 BMW 1-Series review