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2013 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (35%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 234 repairs.
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2013 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (9%)

< $100 (75%)

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Chart based on 104 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Jul 2016

40000 mi
Ac line hose not working 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Victoria, Australia
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

17600 mi
Complete engine failure and starter motor burnt out 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 335hp 3.0L I6 Hybrid 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Aug 2015 - Aug 2016
Oct 2015

51000 mi
Electric motor replacement after a hiccup was detected at low rpm shifting between 5th and 6th. 
Aug 2016

56000 mi
High voltage battery replaced. $9000 cost for p&L. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2012 - May 2016
Jul 2013

6800 mi
An A/C hose was not connected properly at the factory. 
Jan 2016

8000 mi
The door locks were intermittently not functioning, causing the doors not to unlock from inside the vehicle. The actuators were replaced under warranty. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2017
Jan 2014

4000 mi
Rattle/vibration noise emitting from engine compartment or inside of dashboard. Goes away after 15-20 minutes so dealer often gives me a "can not replicate" and sends my car home 
Nov 2014

10000 mi
Had to add 3qts oil in 10k miles, requested to look into further Having continual rattle problems, referred to service bulletin but again shop could not replicate 
Dec 2014

11000 mi
Not sure 
Dec 2015

18000 mi
Door lock actuator on passenger side failed resulting in slow unlocking (or not unlocking at all) 
Aug 2016

22900 mi
Turbo chargepipe cracked, causing stalling and rough driving (and no boost). Replaced it and works fine. Also had error light come on on dash and notification on the display saying stop immediately 
Mar 2017

27000 mi
Drivetrain malfunction 5x since Jan 1. A few "could not replicate", all my plugs replaced, had an ignition coil replaced... also just remembered I had a fuel pump service bulletin so they replaced that this year as well. After one of the "could not replicate" episodes, took a few days for them to look at the car, was driving home, happened again. Car was there for 9 or 10 days. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2015 - Sep 2016
Aug 2016

67100 mi

US $10
Tail lights assemblies falling off. Holding tabs are broken through wear and tear. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2021
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Dealer advised me car had a Software update. 
Aug 2014

25700 mi
R&R sensor. It showed that it had an error twice when the DLR was performing yearly service. They replaced sensor as preventative measure. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Feb 2016 - Jul 2018
Jun 2016

42000 mi
Charge pipe broke 
Nov 2016

48500 mi
Oil housing leak 
BMW 3-Series in Germany
Jul 2012 - Sep 2015
Sep 2012

1860 mi
Blower motor sucked in a leaf and was making a "piece of paper in a fan blade" sound when using recirculating air. Dealer took it apart and took out the leaf. 
Oct 2012

2480 mi
Another leaf was sucked into the blower motor. The dealer wouldn't tell me why it happened again, but I looked it up and it's because the microfilter is located AFTER the blower motor. They took the leaf out again. The aluminum trim on the dashboard made squeaking and rattling sounds while driving. The dealer took it apart and put felt or something under it to try to silence the sounds. The navigation display screen housing also made rattling sounds. Left rear brake light was missing a bolt that attached it to the trunk lid. It had finally came loose, being attached with only one of the bolts, after a couple months of opening and closing the trunk. Dealer installed the bolt. 
Nov 2012

2480 mi
Many parts of the interior began making plastic-like squeaks and rattles, including the drivers door panel, navigation screen, audio control panel, center console, and all the plastic vents during driving or hitting bumps. 
Jun 2014

21080 mi
Vibration through dashboard when AC turned on. Dealer refused to fix and BMW refused to fix, stating that it is normal. A loud droning vibration from a luxury car is not normal. They probably didn't want to pay for taking the dash apart. 
Jul 2015

29340 mi
Car makes clunking sound from front left wheel when going over rough surfaces. Feels like something is loose. Replaced power steering rack and problem came back in 2 weeks. Dealer says its "normal" and nothing they can do about it. 
Sep 2015

30380 mi
Engine makes flapping sound that can be heard in the interior when fully warmed up. Technician says it doesn't sound right but can't figure out what it is. Today the car started very rough as if there was a misfire, but no warning light. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2017
Jun 2016

42000 mi
Charge pipe blew off and fell apart. The car went into limp mode suddenly on the highway. The part was replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2016

48000 mi
The exhaust valve on the muffler would open and close randomly while driving making a loud screeching sound. I had to take it back to the dealer several times before they would believe me. I had several videos too. Replaced entire exhaust. Front and backup cameras stopped working. iDrive still not working right. It has difficulty switching between Nav and Bluetooth. Screen will occasionally blank out. Randomly will not pull bluetooth song information from phone. All phones have problem, obviously a car issue. Dealer could not keep car started after they had it for 2 weeks. Took them another week to replace injectors, plugs, and coils. Ended up draining the gas tank. Runs now but not as well as before. Idle is rough at cold when it wasn't b4. 
Apr 2017

49000 mi
iDrive still not working right 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2015
Dec 2013

16000 mi
Blower motor made extremely loud noise when turned on. Blower replaced Trunk taillight fell off Taillight that was replaced caused fault on computer diognistic in car 
Feb 2014

18700 mi
Car got wet on rear driver side passenger floor from rain, puddles, or car wash. Entire "vapor seal" had to be replaced, car kept for water testing after allowing new seals to dry. 
May 2014

22000 mi
The trunk taillight on the opposite side of previous repair fell out. Has to do with weak clips that break over time when the trunk is closed. So now both sides have been replaced and time will tell if it is a design flaw that repeats. 
Jul 2015

40800 mi
Car started driving poorly and computer said to drive moderately that drivetrain unstable. Scary. I was on a long trip so he drove it for another four hours. Dealer had to replace something with the ignition. No issues beyond that 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Oct 2017
Aug 2015

45000 mi
Insulation on sunroof unglued. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2014

7000 mi

US $90
My fuel was on "Reserve" and the range showed that I still had 41 miles. My car stopped and a message showed up on iDrive - "Drive train malfunction". Dealership said the car was out of gas. So the message was confusing to say the least. 
Mar 2016

17000 mi
My car stopped right in the middle of the street and I got a message on the console that said Drive Train Malfunction. I turned off the ignition and turned it back on and my car functioned normally and I drove it to the dealer. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2018
Nov 2013

12000 mi
Odd noise from exhaust when starting and as the transmission shifts at low speeds. 
Nov 2014

24000 mi

US $45
The air conditioning smelled foul once again. Somewhat like vinegar. This is the second time. Both times they simply cleaned the system and this time replace the micro-filter. First time, no charge. This time $45. 
Mar 2015

30000 mi
Drivetrain warning appeared on the navigation display and went off within 10 seconds. Did not reappear. Service center could not find the problem. While diagnosing other issue, service center determined there was a problem with the high pressure fuel rail and replaced same. 
Sep 2015

36000 mi
Horn began to change it's sound/pitch while in use. Dealer found both horns faulty and replaced same. Drivetrain malfunction warning light on yet AGAIN! Car would jerk and hesitate. Replaced high pressure fuel rail sensor. Second time they replaced it. You will see in my next report it recurred again! Drivetrain malfunction light came on again and the car would jerk and hesitate. 3rd time this car has been in for the same issue. This time they replaced the harness to the fuel rail pressure sensor. Also did a "puma" case with BMW HQ. 
Oct 2016

52700 mi
Door lock failed. 
Dec 2016

55000 mi
Passenger seat intermittently fails to move forward or aft when the switch is moved. Could not be replicated by dealer. Door lock fails to unlock when handle is pulled twice from inside. This happened to both front doors eventually and I had two separate trips to get them replaced. 
Oct 2017

65275 mi

US $68
Passenger seat fails to move forward or back - AGAIN. First time I took it in to the dealer, they could not duplicate. This time it had totally failed. They found seat motor was functioning correctly but that the seat frame was jamming. They replaced the front seat frame which had to be completely disassembled to access boys holding seat frame to body. Exhaust makes rattling noise at all times. 
BMW 3-Series in Kentucky, United States
Feb 2016 - Oct 2017
Jan 2017

32500 mi

US $180
Battery cell failure causing error codes and messages to be displayed ("Moveable Top Fixation") 
May 2017

35200 mi

US $35
Rubber line connecting fuel cap to chassis tore; replaced 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2016
Mar 2013

1000 mi
Oil pressure lights came on 10 minutes after getting the car brand new Faulty oil pressure regulator valve 
Mar 2014

15000 mi
The gas door assembly was faulty and would not close 
Oct 2014

23200 mi
faulty 12v outlet 
Jun 2015

30000 mi
Engine would rev slightly on it's own and then die at idle. 
Apr 2016

36500 mi
Turbo was shutting down, dealer replaced faulty cooling fan 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2012 - Apr 2015
Feb 2014

21000 mi
Both horns (low frequency and high frequency) froze and ruptured. Needed replacing. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2017 - Sep 2018
Feb 2018

54560 mi

C $1000
Transmission cooler/heat exchanger failed resulting in no heat in cold weather. 
BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

28000 mi
Intermittent squeaking noise coming from suspension. Not fixed on "completion". 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

11000 mi
Oil level warning came on, I added 2 quarts of oil and warning still said "oil level below minimum, add 1 quart immediately. Dealership said was 2 quarts low, and to bring it in if happens again, not to add oil. Oil level low again. Blue smoke noted from exhaust occasionally since last visit. Took car in, was told at end of day problem with turbo system, was going to be repaired. 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2017 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

64000 mi
Traction control would intervene while crossing train trucks/ uneven road at low speeds <30mph. Believe they replaced sensor and all good. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2013 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015 2nd gear was grinding on occasion. Transmission was replaced under warranty. After replacement, the grind is gone, but now there is a vibration in 2nd gear under acceleration which will require another look. 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2014

18300 mi
Software upgrade, engine compartment water drain replacement 
Jan 2016

15000 mi
Exhaust rattling due to bad valve on muffler. Replaced at no chasrge under warranty 
Dec 2016

69000 mi
Hood latch replacement 
BMW 3-Series in Belgium
Aug 2012 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

620 mi

€550
Exhaust flap spring broke 
BMW 3-Series in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2013 - Jul 2018
Oct 2017

69000 mi

US $778
"Drivetrain malfunction" warning light. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

22000 mi
Service bulletin was followed. A/C had frozen up on a 160 mile road trip in 90 degree weather. This is the first issue we have experienced in the car since new. 
BMW 3-Series in New Zealand
Apr 2013 - Aug 2015
Nov 2014

16120 mi
Clunk in front suspension diagnosed as faulty tie rod end. Took 2 weeks to obtain replacement part from Germany 
BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

20000 mi
Bad fuel injector on cylinder 1. Replaced 
BMW 3-Series in Arizona, United States
Dec 2015 - Nov 2018
May 2018

84000 mi

US $298
Replacement of left and right low beam headlight bulbs 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

53000 mi

US $300
Check engine light on dash. Repair facility diagnosed & replaced defective thermostat. 
Jan 2018

82000 mi
Check engine light on dash. Repair facility diagnosed & replaced defective thermostat. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2020
Apr 2016

37300 mi
Rattling door lock pins. Dealer installed sound deadening. Peeling trim on several pieces - dealer replaced parts. 
Jun 2016

39000 mi
Non-functional BMW Telematics module for BMW Assist. 
Sep 2016

42000 mi
Engine randomly stalling. Replaced MAF. Symptoms came back within ten miles. Replaced intake housing. Fixed. 
Mar 2017

45410 mi
Rattles in doors. Dealer found coins in ventilation ducts and removed them 
Sep 2018

58000 mi

US $210
Replaced battery 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

26000 mi
Rear passenger window would only go up/down in centimeter increments. Door pins/locks would rattle around on passenger and driver doors (used the most of the 4 doors). 
BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2017
Jul 2016

50000 mi
Dash was slightly loose on the drivers side. Had to be better attached. 
BMW 3-Series in Oklahoma, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2017
Dec 2015

37000 mi

US $1000
Stalling at a stop, unrelated to BMW's start/stop system--check engine on. Required full reprogramming/update to electrical system. In addition, the intercooler was inop and replaced--expense to owner. Vehicle still under factory warranty. 
Jul 2017

70000 mi

US $1500
Thermostat failure 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
Jan 2015

27000 mi
A/c odor issue. Rattles by front left and right rear speakers 
Oct 2015

40800 mi
Rattle due to trim on door lock 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

80000 mi

US $1200
Hairline fracture on radiator 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2018
Jun 2014

25000 mi
Windshield fluid motor burned out. Replaced with new unit at BMW dealer. 
May 2018

53000 mi

US $450
Needed new rotors and brake pads for the front. 
BMW 3-Series in Arizona, United States
Oct 2016 - Nov 2017
Oct 2017

38000 mi
Turbo oil line leak 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2015
Aug 2013 fuel pump clogged 
BMW 3-Series in Arizona, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

28000 mi
Fuel filler cap / fuel tank cracked / broken / torn off 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2016
Aug 2013

8000 mi
fuel fill valve was broken, so car always thought it was full of gas when pumping gas. had to manually fill. car came this way 
BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

4000 mi
seat airbag sensor replaced under warranty. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Jan 2018
Jan 2013

4500 mi
The rear license plate frame attach point plastic insert didn't grip the screw as it should. Had them replace the insert with a new one. While in for that had the software flashed to the newest version. 
Feb 2013

5700 mi
The tire warning light was coming on when the OAT was 35f and lower. I had checked the tire pressures and all were at 32 psi. Found out that this is a common problem and it was corrected by inflating the tires to 36 psi. No more warnings. 
Oct 2014

22000 mi
Drivers door mid-range or tweeter had a slight resonance with frequencies of female voices. Dealer ran audio test, could not duplicate. Disassembled door panel and tightened everything. Have not seen problem since. 
Jan 2018

70000 mi
Second set of front pads and rotors in 70K mi. Happy I purchased extended maintenance. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Oct 2013
Sep 2013

7000 mi
replaced rear driver'side window weather stripping 
BMW 3-Series in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Jan 2013 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

12400 mi
Strange sound on the A/C they change the turbines. 
May 2015

14040 mi

$1320
The left door melt near the door lock. They do not honor the fender2fender warranty. And didn't care about their material quality. 
BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2016

88000 mi

US $750
passenger side door lock motor switch had to be replaced. 
Sep 2017

107000 mi

US $850
Wheel cracked, and both wheel and tire needed to be replaced. A curb, I think. But didn't notice anything until a flat tire 200 miles later in the middle of Idaho. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

6000 mi
passive resistant system passive restraint system 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2012 - Feb 2016
May 2013

8600 mi
Powered seats not functioning 
Sep 2013

15000 mi
Seat Motor Ceased to function 
Aug 2015

37000 mi
Failed sensor caused air conditioner to malfunction. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2016 - Apr 2017
Feb 2016

26040 mi
Crack in leatherette on driver's seat When repairing the cracked seat, the dealer's sub-contractor forgot to reset the airbag sensor. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Sep 2015 - Aug 2019
Dec 2016

32000 mi
CEL on. Diagnostics compelled thermostat replacement 
Nov 2017

39000 mi

US $600
Front Pads replaced 
Jul 2019

49000 mi

US $2500
main computer was accidently reprogrammed by owner while attempting diagnostics 
BMW 3-Series in Maryland, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2018
Jul 2016

42200 mi
Driver door trim ripped, assumed from rubbing when getting in and out. Dealer would not replace. Terrible smell from AC after sitting overnight. Will eventually go away, but city driving means I'm exposed to it most of the time (assume whatever it is burns off) Software needed update 
BMW 3-Series in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2015
Jun 2015

28000 mi
Check Engine light turned on. Faulty Fuel Leak sensor needed to be replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
Oct 2014

29800 mi
Windshield washer system 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2017 combox replacement 
BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

43200 mi
Fan causing engine hesitation when engine idling. Rattle from panel near obd port. Lunges forward when put into park. Squeak noise when entering car with parking brake engaged. 
Jan 2017

44300 mi
Passenger door lock slow to open on first attempt when cold. 
Aug 2017

50000 mi
Problem with Connected Drive Services. Car PCM reprogrammed Problem with Connected Drive service. 
Feb 2018

55000 mi

US $1100
Vacuum pump for braking system failed causing oil to leak from engine and dripping on catalytic converter causing smoke. Had to have car towed in. 
BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
Mar 2021

37000 mi

US $80
Front passenger side door lock actuator failed. Replaced the actuator myself 
BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

5000 mi
One fuel injector stuck open causing rough idle and stalling. Dealer replaced injector and changed oil. ECU showed no codes, so it took several days to diagnose. 
Mar 2014

10000 mi
Drivetrain Malfunction warning. Firmware update applied to fix issue. 
Jul 2015

23300 mi
VANOS intake sensor needed to be replaced. 
May 2016

36000 mi
bad passenger side wheel bearing. 
BMW 3-Series in Idaho, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
May 2016

46300 mi
Door locks were not working correctly, and would not always unlock. TSB for blower motor to add screen to prevent debris from entering the motor. 
Jan 2017

US $50
Issue with reverse during cold weather, systems were re-coded with updated software. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2016
Feb 2016

29700 mi
Warning of service due for brakes was incorrect. Software update required. 
BMW 3-Series in Ohio, United States
Dec 2016 - Dec 2017
Aug 2016

41100 mi
Driver front side parking light bulb was replaced. 
May 2017

51000 mi

US $115
Foglight trim pieces were discolored. They were replaced. Replaced brake pads on all four wheels, brake pad wear sensors, and rotated tires. 
BMW 3-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2014

30000 mi
Left parking light needed to be replaced after 6 months. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2013 - Apr 2016
Nov 2014

23000 mi
Drive train error, car felt sluggish and light came on. Called service through on board system and they set up a loaner car and took it in for service the next morning. 
Jan 2015

24700 mi
Parking lamp malfunction error on dash. Car didn't run any differently. Scheduled service 
Jan 2016

27700 mi
squeeking sound from dash area, they said something was in the small dash storage compartment. After a few days the sound came back, will return to have it fixed. It happens when driving on uneven road surfaces. 
Feb 2016

42400 mi
squeeking near dash 
BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2016
Mar 2013

7000 mi
Left with accessories on..battery died. Discovered battery defective...replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

47000 mi
Front passenger door lock would sometimes get stuck and not unlock, trapping the person inside. Door actuator was replaced. 
Oct 2017

50000 mi
Roof rails had air bubbles and were replaced. They do not come painted from the factory so the parts were ordered and painted at the dealer body shop. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
Jan 2014

15000 mi
Hood release wouldn't work so couldn't get the hood open. 
BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
Sep 2016 - Sep 2016
Sep 2016

31000 mi
Blower fan was replaced for second time. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Dec 2014 - Aug 2015
Jan 2015

32000 mi
Numerous camera malfunctions, collision warning malfunction, blind spot warning malfunctions 
Mar 2015

35000 mi
Camera malfunctions, side and rear. Steering wheel heat intermittent, it has not worked several times after turning it on, in the last 3 months. 
Jun 2015

41000 mi
automatic service request for rear brake pads not working apparently, car sent request for service and so did I 10+ times. Dealer never responded, I then called after waiting 2 weeks. Vibration continues at 55-65 MPH, this is a continuing problem. 
Aug 2015

41000 mi
Service request malfunctioned, did not contact dealer when service was required, dealer did not know why and did not peruse a cause for the failure. I traded the vehicle at another dealer. 
BMW 3-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
Aug 2013

3000 mi
Rear brake light cover was loose. Interior bracket that help cover tight was faulty and broke. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016
Aug 2013

7000 mi
Horn did not work 
Jun 2014

13000 mi
Passenger seat power controls stopped working 
Nov 2016

43100 mi
Parking light malfunction Turbo waste gate failure 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2014
Apr 2014

11500 mi
Dashboard completely blacked out. No turn signals, no wipers, etc. 
BMW 3-Series in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2016 - Sep 2018
Jun 2017

58000 mi

US $50
Thermostat sensor failed. It was replaced under a manufacturer program. Oil pan gasket was discoverd leaking during a trip to replace faulty thermostat. Oil pan gasket was replaced under CPO warranty. I paid $50 deductable 
Aug 2018

78000 mi
Front thrust arms bushings diagnosed as torn and leaking (control arms) Dealer estimate $684 
BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2012 - Dec 2013
Oct 2013

12900 mi
Drivetrain malfunction. Changes solenoid 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Mar 2016 - Sep 2018
May 2016

37600 mi
The blower sounded like something was stuck in it. Dealer cleaned it out. I noticed on my wheels the clear coat is starting to flake off. BMW said I would have had to had the Tire and Wheel protection. 
Aug 2016

42300 mi
#3 cylinder fuel injector went bad, leaked fuel into cylinder, cause misfires and ultimately car would not run. Fuel injector replaced. 
Sep 2016

44000 mi
Check engine light came on - code for catalytic converter. Leaking fuel injector also fouled the catalytic converter. Converter replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2016

46600 mi
The Velcro pads on the bottom of the drivers floor mat had peeled off. Found out they were covered under warranty, so both front floor mats were replaced. 
Oct 2017

60500 mi

US $135
The brake warning lights came on. I replaced the rotors, pads and wear sensors. My driver's side reverse light was out. I switched the bulbs and found out it was not due to a bulb. My car was rear ended in July, so I first took it to the body shop that repaired it. They found a short, but told me to take my car to the dealer. The dealer found the wiring issue; said the body shop caused it. They fixed the wiring. Also said my parking light bulbs were bad. I replaced those myself. 
Sep 2018

77000 mi
The ambient lighting in my doors had gone out. Dealer cleared a code, and my ambient lighting is back on. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2017 - Nov 2017
Aug 2017

49000 mi

US $50
Oil leak on turbo oil line. If the car wasn't under the CPO warranty the dealer said the bill would have been $2500 The driver's door would not open when the door handle was pulled. (The door is supposed to unlock on the first pull). I have to unlock the doors with the button on the dash to get out. The dealer said that this was a common problem and replaced the actuator under my CPO warranty. He said that without the warranty the cost would have been over $500. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

77000 mi
O2 sensor failed (pre-cat), sensor replaced 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2019
May 2015

16000 mi
Faulty factory coding caused cessation of electrical power to a front parking light. Resolved by re-coding programming. 
Jul 2015

17000 mi
parking lot warning light on, bulb changed 
Nov 2015

18500 mi
Taillight popped out partly. 
Mar 2016

21000 mi
Front parking light warning on, bulb ok, bulb changed and warning corrected. Took more than ten minutes. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2013 - Sep 2015
Jul 2014

16740 mi
Adaptive headlights on low beam not adjusting 
Jul 2015

30380 mi
Weather stripping on driers door was torn and replaced under warrenty 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

16000 mi
Takata air bag replacement 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

18000 mi
Updated to newer ECM software to correct a throttle hesitation. 
Dec 2017

19000 mi
Rear seat back latch was not securing seat back. Replaced under warranty. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Apr 2016
Mar 2015

20000 mi
bad battery - excess discharge warning 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2014

3080 mi
Significant amounts of condensed water from A/C coming into both drivers and passengers footwell 
Dec 2015

13020 mi
A moaning noise would occur when turning to the right. 
Aug 2016

17360 mi
A moaning noise, previously repaired, would occur when turning to the right. Minor roof leak in heavy rain. 
Nov 2016

18900 mi
Roof rattled and weather stripping was coming off The convenience access system failed 
Jan 2017

19840 mi

C $1400
Leaking on the top of both passenger and drivers door. This is an ongoing problem and is still not repaired. Roof is misaligned due to previous repair attempt for roof rattle and weatherstripping. Repaired roof and leaks 
Jan 2018

24180 mi

C $8200
Roof is leaking above drivers and passenger doors 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
Apr 2017

26500 mi

US $2400
Had to replace the fuel injectors 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2016
Nov 2015

32900 mi
AC not cold 
BMW 3-Series in Missouri, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2016
Jan 2015

26700 mi
Warning message "Increased Battery Discharge" 
Jan 2016

19200 mi
received increased battery discharge warning. battery replaced under warranty/ squeak in steering wheel when turning. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2016
Jul 2013

16000 mi
One of the rear speakers had a noise distortion. After not getting a satisfactory result at West Gerrman BMW in Fort Washington, PA, I took my car to Thompson BMW in Doylestown, PA, and the speaker was replaced. 
May 2016

41700 mi
Comfort access was not working, Could not open doors, unless I pressed the button on the key fob. 
Nov 2016

45600 mi

US $926
Water pump failure 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2013 - Apr 2017
Jan 2016

27620 mi
Low coolant light on. Turns out a cap was stripped during previous maintenance work and slow leak developed. Seat belt extender would not push forward seat belt. Arm was replaced. 
Jul 2016

26040 mi
Driver seat belt doesn't extend consistently. Seat belt slips off. 
Aug 2016

26440 mi
Jerky gear shifts at low speeds. Driver seat belt doesn't extend consistently. Seat belt slips off. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

7416 mi
Coolant low light on. Dealer topped up coolant and pressure tested system for leaks. None found. 
Sep 2017

26040 mi
The right side headlight washer jet cover failed to close after use. Broken spring. Replaced part and touched up cover. 
Mar 2018

28520 mi

C $910
Oil filter housing leaking oil. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

32000 mi
ignition coil failed; blew fuse to all coils 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Sep 2013 - Apr 2015
Oct 2014

16300 mi
Undiagnosed limp mode. Dealer had car for 3 weeks and could not repair. Car seems to run fine, enters limp mode at high rpm. Some solenoid had failed in the exhaust system.  Turns out they damaged a brake line which caused a drop in brake fluid pressure triggering limp mode. Fluid wasn't gushing out, it just wasn't maintaining pressure when the brakes were applied. Replaced line. 
BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2016
Jul 2014

6300 mi
Engine had rod knock. New engine installed. 
Oct 2015

11000 mi
Unknown check engine light. Reduced power. Ended up removing Dinan software. Car still not running smoothly but no codes. 
May 2016

11000 mi
Check engine light never resolved. Just periodically reset it, after a while it would come back on. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jan 2016 - Mar 2018
Mar 2016

28000 mi
Vanos sensor was leaking; sensor replacement involved removing the valve cover and replacing numerous gaskets as well Diagnostic tank module had to be replaced 
Mar 2018

45500 mi
Belt tensioner bearing was failing; dealer replaced belt and tensioner under CPO warranty 
BMW 3-Series in Arizona, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

35000 mi

US $50
Broken head bolt, oil leaking. 

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2012.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Singapore
May 2013 - Mar 2018
Jul 2013

3800 mi
Air conditioner was loud at higher fan speed The metal base of the driver and front passenger seats have oxidized (rust) 
Jul 2016

33880 mi
The Air conditioner would intermittently not work in the first 15-20 seconds after starting up the car 
Dec 2016

39060 mi
Squeaking sound from the steering wheel. Sent to the dealer for repair but after collecting the car, the sound is still there. 
Mar 2018

49600 mi

$500
Car could not start due to brake pump issue. ABS sensor also did not work 

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