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BMW 3-Series reliability - how does it compare?

mkaresh2010-08-18 18:13:46 +0000 #1
TrueDelta reports absolute stats like "trips to the shop" that make the differences between cars much clearer. Results are updated four times a year, to closely track cars as they age.

There's plenty of discussion about how the reliability of a BMW compares to a Japanese competitor. But there aren't any good numbers out there to enable a precise comparison. This research is now providing them. BMW 3-Series owners have been especially active; only the Honda Accord is better represented in the panel.

Participants simply report repairs the month after they occur on a one-page survey. When there are no repairs, they simply report an approximate odometer reading four times a year, at the end of each quarter.

To encourage participation, panel members will receive full access to the results for free.

For the details, and to sign up to help:

Vehicle reliability research: www.truedelta.com/reliability.php
Stinger2010-08-18 18:30:01 +0000 #2
Industry standard on this topic is JD Power. Here is what they say thus far on the 2007 3-series.

JD Power profile for 3-series: www.jdpower.com/autos/BMW/3%20Series/2007 .
BMW_TT2010-08-18 19:01:40 +0000 #3
"In the rear, LED taillights are unique to the Coupe. They extend into the trunklid and are split in two sections." - J.D. Powers (carconnection)

I didn't know our taillights were LED.
TTG2010-08-18 19:15:26 +0000 #4
I am sorry but Japanese cars are way ahead of BMW as far as reliability is concerned, no matter how you look at it.
Revlis2010-08-18 19:53:38 +0000 #5
Nice Subtle Spamming though...

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Oh and yeah there are LEDs in our taillights, the horizontal bars and the the third brake light are all LEDs.
HyperM32010-08-18 20:19:19 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Revlis

Nice Subtle Spamming though...

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Oh and yeah there are LEDs in our taillights, the horizontal bars and the the third brake light are all LEDs.

Wonder if we can use the LUX 4.0 back there too.
Babe2010-08-18 21:11:03 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by TTG

I am sorry but Japanese cars are way ahead of BMW as far as reliability is concerned, no matter how you look at it.

I had a 2007 Lexus IS350 and it was in the shop so much they bought it back for quality control to go over..

all manufactures have their ups and downs...
mkaresh2010-08-18 18:35:39 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Stinger

Industry standard on this topic is JD Power. Here is what they say thus far on the 2007 3-series.

JD Power profile for 3-series: www.jdpower.com/autos/BMW/3%20Series/2007 .

JD Power only updates their results once a year, and the general public only gets dots. TrueDelta updates four times a year, and will provide as much detail as the sample size permits.

The 2007 is also looking good so far in my results. But the 2006 looked just as good at the same time point, but has worsened over the past six months or so.

The value of prompt quarterly updates is that any such changes become apparent more quickly. Do you want to know how reliable a car was up to a year ago, when it was a year younger, or how reliable it has been recently?

And, as someone else commented, you can get a lemon with any car.
purplewidow2010-08-18 20:15:31 +0000 #9
great i have every option 8k and zero problems, squeaks, rattles...not one single issue i love this car it rocks stock and the mod potential is just crazy!!!!!
billgti2010-08-18 20:29:12 +0000 #10
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Originally Posted by BMW_TT

"In the rear, LED taillights are unique to the Coupe. They extend into the trunklid and are split in two sections." - J.D. Powers (carconnection)

I didn't know our taillights were LED.

only the horitzontal light bars on the coupe are LED. on the sedan, the bars are regular bulbs.
msimon182010-08-18 19:33:15 +0000 #11
I do not think most folks buy BMW's for reliability........ at least it is usually not one of the top factors in the choice. Performance and being on the cutting edge of technology incorportaed into the vehicles is, I think, what most second and third time buyers are looking for.
Biemdreamer2010-08-18 22:09:19 +0000 #12
My car previous to my 328 was very very reliable....and very boring to drive!! (Honda Accord) - even after some mods!

Couldn't be happier with my driving experience and so far no quality issues - - though it won't surprise me when they happen....I sort of expect them to occur - great if they don't!

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