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I've been thinkingabout a 2010 or 2011 BMW 335d. Performance and MPG seem to be top notch, but I'm not finding much information regarding reliability. Even the TrueDelta site does not specifically call out the 335D in it's reliability section....it appears that everything is lumped under the 335 category. Does anyone have reliability informtion on these years? What are the most common problem areas and how difficult is it to perform routine maintenance. I'm a fairly competent DIY'er. Thanks a bunch.

Priorities: Powertrain performance / Fuel economy / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: US $ 23000

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Response from mkaresh

6:24 pm December 31, 2015

Sorry we don't break them out. I would break them out if we had more of them signed up.

A general rule-of-thumb with recent European cars is that they're usually fairly reliable for the first six years (i.e. the length of a CPO warranty), but after that point (we're there with the 2010s) be prepared to pay or turn a wrench. The flipside of this: people able and willing to do their own repairs can buy one for surprisingly little money, as prices reflect expected repair costs. Do your own work, and you're essentially paying yourself $120/hour, up front (in the depreciated price of the car).

What I'd do, if you haven't already: seek out a forum with a good number of 335d owners, and see what they think of the reliability of the cars and how viable it tends to be to DIY them.


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