2001 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8 petrol from North America
Like a mistress: pretty but high maintenance
We have owned 3 other BMW's, and it is always the same story: after 50,000 miles, pretty much EVERYTHING starts failing. Yes, the basic motor and transmission will go 200,000 miles... but everything else -- the electrical system, the sunroof, the struts, the radiator, the electric window lifts -- will fail between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. You will hear lots of glowing reports about the 3-series, both here, and in the trade magazines. Be forewarned: the folks who "love" BMW's usually don't have to PAY for them!
If you want handling AND affordability, buy a Lexus.
Lovely interior and brilliant seats.
Horribly expensive to own and maintain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th March, 2011
20th May 2011, 01:02
I couldn't agree more. Bimmers are the most overhyped, overrated, overpriced cars on the road. Perhaps it's a German thing; there are not too many German cars that are not very expensive maintenance nightmares. The technology is just not as great as claimed.
I have had 3 sets of front brake pads, 2 rear, 2 rotors, all 4 window regulators broken multiple times, broken rear coil springs, idler and tensioner pulley bearing failures, leaking shocks and struts, water pump, heater valve, AC problems, broken interior and exterior trim pieces, headlight lens leaks and frosting over, poor fuel mileage, failed $250 key fobs, emblems that lose the finish paint on it.
All this with less than 65,000 miles.
I already see that the cooling system problems (water pump, overflow tank, thermostat housing, hose inlet/outlet are next due to crappy plastic parts). I'm going to cut my losses and get rid of it before I'm broke and have a junk heap on my hands.
10th May 2013, 00:31
Let me add, failed camshaft sensors, leaking valve cover gasket, intake hose split open, Vanos seals, exhaust leak, etc. All this after a mere 71000 miles. I will never buy another one, ever. This one is worth very little.
22nd Jan 2015, 23:14
I bought my 2008 328xi in 2010 with 30,000 miles. It currently has 140,000+ miles on it. I have done all the service/maintenance myself since 50,000 miles. This has consisted of a computer reset at about 45,000 miles (under warranty).
Also, the original spark plugs and coil-packs were replaced at 135,000 miles by me.
Other than those two minor issues, there have literally been no other issues with the vehicle at all. It has been extremely reliable and inexpensive to own, operate and maintain.