2011 BMW 3 Series Reviews from North America

2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0 turbo gasoline

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance22051 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Driver's car, if maintained properly

Faults:

Seats squeaked - fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Contrary to the reliability consensus of BMW, my 335i coupe has been pretty reliable. I love the performance and handling dynamics of the car.

The car isn't the most comfortable one to be in, largely due to the suspension tuned toward sportiness, combined with run-flat tires.

Maintenance is expensive - oil changes twice a year are over $100 each.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2013

2011 BMW 3 Series 328i RWD 3.0L inline 6

Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0L inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance12460 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Beautiful styling, questionable reliability, dangerous throttle response

Faults:

- The run-flat tires appear to be a problem on this car, even the all-season ones that come on models that aren't equipped with the sports package (like mine). You may go to start your car to find one of your tires has deflated for no reason.

- Otherwise, the vehicle has been trouble-free during these 12,000 or so miles.

General Comments:

- Like previous BMW's, the 328i is a beautiful car, inside and out. But I'm afraid it's beginning to show cheapness in many subtle ways. I'm not new to the BMW brand; I have a 530i of the 2001 model year, which I loved so much I bought it when the lease was up.

- What irks me most about this particular car is the transmission/throttle response. Driving this car, there is often such a severe hesitation in engine response when you press the gas, it can be infuriating, make you lose your patience, or possibly cause an accident. At the root of the problem, I believe, is the drive-by-wire (electronic) throttle. I think BMW screwed up the throttle design somehow, and there is some gremlin in the throttle system, which creates the delay in pedal response. Anyhow, it can truly be annoying and make you hate the car.

Throttle response is at the root of driving enjoyment. If a company like BMW is going to market its products as "sports sedans", presumably they would want to make this issue a priority. I have driven all kinds of cars from BMW's to Volvo's to Toyota's to Dodge's, and while virtually every car with an electronic throttle system will exhibit some hesitation or lag, BMW appears to have a severe case on its hands with some of its newer cars. I want to drive the redesigned 2012 model soon to see how it compares, but I find my 2011 absolutely unacceptable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th December, 2012

7th Dec 2012, 21:52

Hey. I am too having issues with my 2011. It's more noticeable when it's cold for me. Have you tried to talk to the dealer? Are you in North America?

8th Dec 2012, 12:20

Yes actually. I called my dealer and very clearly described the problem, and suggested that perhaps the car might need a software update. My impression was they were making every effort not to listen. I finally brought the car in, it stayed at the dealership for an entire day, and when I returned to pick it up, all they said was they drove the car and could not duplicate the problem.

I think they are fully aware of the issue with this car, but don't really have a solution. I have gone on multiple BMW forums and heard many others expressing similar complaints. Generally though, getting ANYTHING done at a BMW dealer requires enormous patience, as while they are always polite, they will bully you into accepting the minimum level of service they can possibly provide. I am in North America.

3rd Feb 2013, 23:13

Are you able to provide an update to the hesitation problem? Is it possibly the HPFP issue?

2011 BMW 3 Series

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

I regret this purchase, and am greatly disappointed

Faults:

This car has been problematic since I got it (brand new!) The computer required re-programing because of erratic idling upon start up, and hesitation when accelerating. Right now it is being serviced for the 8th time, and I am without a car! The battery needed to be replaced because it wasn't powerful enough. I have never owned a car that required as much service as this car has had in the 1 year I have had it.

General Comments:

In my opinion, German engineering is over-rated (my last vehicle was a Volkswagen Jetta - stay away from that too!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th September, 2011

30th Sep 2011, 01:54

If your car is under warranty, the dealer should have provided you with a courtesy or loaner car.

However, I agree with your observations and comments that this generation of 3 series does not seem to be as durable or trouble-free as the previous E46 generation.

3rd Oct 2011, 19:39

3 series what? Do you know one model from the other?

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews