BMW 3 Series Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the BMW 3 Series reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Should I buy a second hand 2012 BMW 328i imported from Germany?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Mar 2021

That’s quite low mileage for a 2012 vehicle and, on the surface, suggests that it has led a pretty easy life. but you’d still only buy it if it is presented with a fully-stamped service book to prove that all the critical preventative maintenance has been carried out. These are complex, high performance cars and they won’t tolerate neglect in terms of skipped services.

The major mechanical problems with these cars were found in the engine’s variable valve timing (VANOS) system. Any 'Engine Malfunction' message or 'Check Engine' light in the dashboard could quite easily be caused by a fault in this system. The VANOS arrangement was also the first system to show the effects of poor servicing, so make sure it checks out before you hand over the cash. Fundamentally, though, these cars are not low-maintenance units, so make sure you budget for the necessary ongoing servicing.

Don’t forget, also, that this series of BMW was caught up in the Takata air-bag debacle. So make sure the car has been attended to as part of the global recall and don’t take a chance on any car with no proof of this air-bag replacement being carried out.

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STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY: Australian car owners in danger!

STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY: Australian car owners in danger!

12 May 2020 · by Tom White

If you own one of these popular late '90s models, stop driving immediately!

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Is your car safe? BMW orders more than 12,000 owners to "stop driving immediately" following new airbag fatality

Is your car safe? BMW orders more than 12,000 owners to "stop driving immediately" following new airbag fatality

7 Nov 2019 · by Andrew Chesterton

BMW has today asked more than 10,000 owners to stop driving immediately following a Takata airbag fatality and another serious injury in Australia.According to the ACCC, the recall impacts around 12, ...

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BMW 328i 2013: Faulty injector

Answered by CarsGuide 10 May 2019

I would only replace the faulty one, unless the others are suspect in which case it’s probably best to replace all of them.

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BMW 3 Series: replacement key cost

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2019
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Is the BMW 335i reliable and a good car?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Dec 2018

With a turbocharged twin-cam six-cylinder, yes the BMW 335i is a great car! The key is to drive the car with an amount of mechanical sympathy, and get it serviced on the dot so it stays a picture of reliability. These are complex luxury cars so don't go in thinking you'll never spend a dollar on it, but they're well-made fast and fun cars.

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Is the BMW 320i front wheel drive or all wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2018

BMW's 3-series models are all rear-wheel drive, with the exception of the X-drive all-wheel-drive model. There are no front-wheel drive BMW 320i models.

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Is the BMW 320i front wheel drive or all wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2018

BMW's 3-series models are all rear-wheel drive, with the exception of the X-drive all-wheel-drive model.

There are no front-wheel drive BMW 320i models.

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How many BMW 335is were made?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Nov 2018

Between 2005 and 2013 more than 3,000,000 E9x-generation 3-Series BMWs were sold, across all engine types and body shapes. As the 335i was available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon body shapes we haven't been able to get an exact production figure for that model spec.

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Is the BMW 320i a good and reliable car?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Nov 2018

BMW's 320i has long been a popular entry-level prestige machine and, with its good looks, build quality, and engineering, it's not hard to see why. European cars often get a reputation for being unreliable when people used to driving basic Japanese cars don't take them for a service or drive them like a farm vehicle. Just like an expensive piece of clothing, or cooking an expensive piece of meat on the BBQ, you need to look after prestige European vehicles more carefully than you do a basic runabout. However, if you do look after them they should be perfectly reliable!

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