Reliability of the BMW 3 Series

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which BMW models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used BMW 3 Series.

In the statistics for 2021, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2020 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the BMW 3 Series.

BMW 3 Series Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2020 calendar year

EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018
14,1 10,7 8,5 7,0 4,2 3,3 2,2 1,1

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
18,2 14,7 9,7 7,8 6 3,4 1,6 1,7

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Fuse and relay box (2010)

Source: ADAC

owner  BMW 3-Series owners’ reviews

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

Check the vehicle’s history

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Recent 3 Series Recalls

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08. 07. 2022

The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications. This may lead to an … .

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09. 10. 2021

The vehicles affected may have been fitted with Takata non-azide driver inflator (NADI) gas generators in which inadequate sealing on the … .

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10. 07. 2021

The abdominal strap (safety-belt buckle) may not have been correctly screwed. This could affect the restraining capacity of the safety-belt and … .

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