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BMW 3 Series Reliability

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An UK ever-present, owners still have plenty of good things to say about the 3 Series but cracks are starting to appear since its 9th place Driver Power debut in 2013. Now in 51st place, that’s still a good showing but a big drop. As you’d expect, performance and handling are still rated highly, while it’s also proving reliable and cost-effective to run. However, practicality comes in for harsh criticism, as does seat comfort, and drivers are still finding BMW’s iDrive infotainment system slightly counter-intuitive. 

Overall average:

07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

stylish convertible however as it was 1 of the first models produced have had saftey recall for fuel injectors faulty clutch that was replaced, a niggle of a rattle repaired but now back, not much but as my first BMW convertible fabric roof,and . was replaced free of charge by BMW ,I am wary of any problem however since the first BMW I have had 2 further fabric roof convertibles with no problems. However there was a problem with the engine that took a couple of days to solve as the problem was intermittent and I had to stand my ground with the de.alerOverall the car is stylish and solid but feel overpriced and have lost a great deal of depreciation in the 32 months we have had this car and is a really long car longer than the tourer! Our fault but were seduced by the styling however prefer the soft top versions.

57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It broke down on delivery from new - replaced fuel injectors, Clutch replaced under warranty as warped! Continual engine management issues with multiple parts replaced - all solved for a month or so and then re appear, but a different unit fails. Injectors, ignition modules, ecu, software remapped to newer version etc etc. So dissapointed, my 1st BMW and it's rubbish. Problems well documented agoungt owners with 2.0 Petrol engine 3 series, buy BMW wont admit it - it gets fixed everytime but just delays the inevitable. Dont even think about using it in the snow either. I feel sorry for who ever owns it privately in the future. Thank heavens I will replace it this year. I own my own TVR and it's far more reliable than this BMW has been!

2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Piezo injectors have failed and been replaced more than once, high pressure fuel pump failed and replaced, I-drive controller worn out and replaced, headlamp washer assembly broke and replaced. minor plastic trim (luggage net anchors, sun visor clip) keep disintegrating. Very low. very frugal on fuel for the size of engine. bmw condition-based service intervals keep costs down. but had to make a contribution last time towards injector/coil replacement and have paid for a comprehensive warranty extension as I am not confident these will last. Very quick when revved, otherwise feels quite docile. tractable from low speeds in high gears around town - can pull away in third gear from walking speed.

04-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Love my BMW. Though the car is great, the BMW dealership and the people you have to deal with when things go wrong is the worst experience ever. I have a mechanic work on my car and never deal with BMW directly because they are the worst people ever and they take advantage of their customers when problems arise. You can take your car in for an oil change and be given a list that is a complete fabrication on what else they recommend you replace. They like to rip off their customers and make it difficult to keep buying BMW's because of their terrible customer service. If my mechanic retires, I will sell all my BMW's and go elsewhere even though they are a gorgeous drive.

03-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

At first I would not have ever purchased a BMW, ironically because of the badge. However this 330d is a superbly build car, and very well engineered. Some of the main dealer parts prices are a bit high, but then there's always GSF & EuroCarParts if you really get stuck.
Driving it really is a dream, the handling and dynamics do make me feel connected to the car and able to feel what is happening, and with enough power from the 3 litre diesel unit for it still to be a bit of fun.
Having driven to the south of France easily and without a problem and having been around the Nurburgring in it it really is the best compromise between sensible saloon and sports that can be made.

2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only issue was with a cracked alloy which is a recognised fault with the 19" run flats that the car is issued with, caused a slow puncture while we were abroad. this was after a service when the fault was pointed out but the repercussions of it weren't! see below. On the plus side, servicing every 2 years.bad side 1 service cost ł450 and tyres x4 for ł400 each. replacement alloys x 4 for ł500 (offset by selling new replacements from bmw for ł800 and a voucher for ł200 against my next service as compensation for their oversight in not warning me of the possible dangers of the cracked alloy, when they knew I was going abroad with it shortly afterwards.).

02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

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