BMW 3 Series - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

BMW 3 Series owners have reported a total of 1,124 problems for their cars built in the 17 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the BMW 3 Series. The 2006 BMW 3 Series cars have the most problems reported (272 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for BMW 3 Series

  Common problems of BMW 3 Series

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for BMW 3 Series cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (260 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (147 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of BMW 3 Series

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
260
  Electrical System
147
  Exterior Lighting
101
  Engine And Engine Cooling
96
  Power Train
63
  Structure
60
  Equipment
53
  Steering
47
  Latches/locks/linkage
42
  Other Fuel System
34
   
  Visibility
30
  Seat Belt
30
  Service Brakes
27
  Seats
26
  Tire
24
  Vehicle Speed Control
22
  Suspension
19
  Wheel
14
  Gasoline Fuel System
14
  Electronic Stability Control
9
  Parking Brake
2
  Air Brake
1
  Unknown Or Other
1
  Diesel Fuel System
1
  Child Seat
1


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