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BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 8486 repairs.
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BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (24%)

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Chart based on 3858 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

BMW 3-Series problems by year

before 2001 (14%)

2002 - 2005 (27%)

2006 - 2006 (11%)

2007 - 2008 (24%)

2009 - 2011 (17%)

2012 - 2015 (7%)

2016 - present (1%)

Chart based on 8580 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the BMW 3-Series

BMW 3-Series Personal Experiences: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Owned 3 series for 10 years before this purchase - loved my E46 full 2010 BMW 3-Series review
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
This is my second BMW and a thrill and pleasure to drive. The car fits me like a glove and is not too large or too small for my everyday driving needs. full 2009 BMW 3-Series review
2009 2dr Coupe turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lont term body integrity full 2009 BMW 3-Series review
2009 4dr Sedan 414-horsepower 4.0L V8
6-speed manual RWD
I enjoyed owning my previous 330. full 2009 BMW 3-Series review
2008 2dr Coupe 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Excellent reliability of 2008 535xi wagon, wonderful car to drive. full 2008 BMW 3-Series review
2008 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
Owned a previous 3 series, starting looking at the competition however I felt I would not be as happy full 2008 BMW 3-Series review
2008 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
This is our 4th 3 series car. They have been reliable and all have given us fine driving experiences. full 2008 BMW 3-Series review
2007 4dr Sedan 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Owned older version 3 series and really liked the car. full 2007 BMW 3-Series review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed manual RWD
This is my 5th BMW. Each one gets better. Nothing handles like a BMW. Hold their value very well. Available as a manual shift full 2007 BMW 3-Series review
2007 2dr Coupe 230-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Dealer and service excellent. full 2007 BMW 3-Series review
BMW 3-Series Personal Experiences: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I've loved my 3-Series BMWs, but they can be very expensive to repair. full 2006 BMW 3-Series review
 

BMW 3-Series Problems and Repair Histories

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