Many people think of the 3 Series as the quintessential sport sedan. The smooth and quick 328i is a delight to drive, with a refined powertrain, agile handling and a firm, yet supple and controlled ride. Fit and finish are excellent, but the cabin is snug. A stronger engine improves acceleration and still manages good fuel economy, but seat revisions reduced comfort.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"I have steerable headlights. The gimbles break and the headlights need to be replaced for $1700 each and it is not covered by warranty"

Paul C., MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Inconsistent error warning about adaptive (turning) headlights"

Mark J., TX (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Adaptive headlights got stuck in one position. Motor failure. Was intermittent took some time to isolate"

Anonymous, PA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The "movable" headlights stopped moving and pointed down only; it was very dangerous to drive at night. The happened twice: June, 2013 and July, 2014. Not covered by extended warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Unsure)

"Adaptive headlights (swivel and move up/down) had to be replaced three times. Dealer blamed driving on potholes. I think a design defect. Covered under warranty, thankfully"

Kumar S., NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Parking light bulb went out, which caused the main light not to work. $100 to replace the parking light bulb"

Anonymous, WI (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Daytime running light stopped working but headlight still works"

Anonymous, AB (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The warning that a headlight needed replacement is constantly on; mechanic hasn't been able to repair it; one of the headlights is now working but does not track as it is supposed to"

Anonymous, CT (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"If you hit a pothole hard, your adaptive headlight will pop out of it's joint 100% of the time. This has happened to my car FOUR times in less than 90,000 miles. Cost to repair headlamp accessory = $1800"

Kara-Vinny P., CO (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Right taillight LEDs failed and I had to replace the whole unit"

Anonymous, IL (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both rear turn signals have failed, requiring complete rear taillight assembly replacement. Over $400 per light"

Patrick C., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"left rear tailight inoperative"

Michael F., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Right LCD tail light became inoperative,"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear passenger-side LED turn indicator circuit board burned out, apparently not covered under any warranty. Paid $864 out of pocket for this repair (plus new part)"

Anonymous, WA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"left turn signal needed replacing; chose to replace both left and right turn signals"

Anonymous, MN (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Tail light assmebly had to be replaced. Rear directional light on passenger side"

Anonymous, HI (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replacement of LED tail lights. Covered under warranty as result of Technical Service Bulletin"

Enrique B., MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent failure of rear LED turn signal, may be wiring related. Problem comes and goes. Replacement of wiring and LED unit is ridiculously expensive ($700) so waiting until it completely fails"

Anonymous, MD (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Tail light has multiple LEDs. I had 2 which were not functioning causing the blinker/signal to flash rapidly. The entire lamp had to be replaced because the individual LEDs cannot be serviced apparently"

Anonymous, MI (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Right rear taillight assembly. Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One break light went out and a warning code came up, but it was confusing. Had to take car to a mechanic to decider"

John W., OH (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Housing for tailights failed. Had to replace entire taillight housing"

Anonymous, NY (2010 BMW 3 Series)

"Unable to lock or unlock passenger door with keyless entry fob. Part was discontinued and dealer was not aware of bulletin that BMW issued two years ago. My car was in the shop for two weeks while they figured it out"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The ignition seemed to stay on at times which caused the battery to go dead twice"

Lee B., WA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor malfunctioned. Upon leaving dealer from routine service, multiple warning lights and audible warnings triggered. Took 3 days to isolate a failed module in a six sensor harness"

Anonymous, PA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"warning light comes on often when driving at 55 mph or more"

Bill R., MD (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Different warning lights kept appearing at different times. and could not be turned off"

D S., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"right rear led break light shorted out at 20k miles. took 3 trips to dealer to get fixed"

Chris M., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"They pop on and off at will. The light indicating I'm running on a "run flat" tire and I wasn't. Check engine light comes on and goes off. I hate the run flat tires; I prefer a real spare"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"These were intermittent and likely related to larger problem with failing modules"

Anonymous, CT (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear wiper arm rusted solid after 3.5 yrs. of car use, causing burnout of rear wiper motor as well. Entire assembly needed replacement. After 6 month. wiper arm failed again. clearly a design fault. BMW contacted; indifferent!"

Anthony H., ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Body control module

"Bought car used from reputable dealer late September 2016. Electronics went nuts after two months' ownership. Car has been into a very, very good independent shop three times for extended period. Techs spent many hours of their own time trying to diagnose. Turned out (we think) to have been two modules going haywire separately and confusing the main module. Problem seems solved now--cost to me totaled $2000"

Anonymous, CT (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Emissions coil replaced twice"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW fix of diesel emission system. non-recall"

Debbie C., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Urea injection system failed"

Anonymous, IL (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

""Service Engine Soon" light comes on repeatedly. Check by mechanic shows some problem with fuel system, diesel exhaust fluid injection system or EGR. Repeated repairs provide a temporary fix but the light come on again and it has been like this for a"

Anonymous, NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The EGR valve failed and was replaced by BMW because they extended the standard warranty to cover this part for 10 years"

Anonymous, MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"1. low pressure fuel sensor 2. ignition coil 3.fuel injector"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"pump for urea diesel exhaust odor control malfunctioned"

Edward B., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Fuel tank internal hardware failed and catalytic converter's failed within a two week"

Joe C., NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The 335d emission system and urea injection system is experimental and prone to failure"

Anonymous, GA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The vehicle is a BMW335d diesel. On the EGR Cooler there is a flap that can shut of the exhaust gas to the EGR Valve. The flap is opened by a vacuum actuator and is closed by a spring return that uses a coil spring. The $0.50 return spring snapped so the flap would no longer close when the vacuum actuator deactivates.. The (crappy) design is such that the spring cannot simply be replaced - you need to buy the whole EGR Cooler which is an $800-$1000 part plus labour to fix"

Steven L., ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The fuel cap is very sensitive. It has caused the check engine light to go on. I made an appointment to get the car serviced at BMW dealer. Turns out nothing was wrong -- it was just the gas cap. Months later check engine light on again. I stopped by the dealership to see if they could just check and let me know what was needed so I could make an appointment. Not possible, I had to make an appointment to get this checked"

Anonymous, VT (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Unsure)
Fuel injection system

"Intake manifold carbon'ed up, required complete dis assembly, cleaning, replacement of the engine computer and all of the injectors"

Patrick C., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The injectors failed and had to be replaced"

Peter B., WA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"it failed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"engine "chuggles" (runs very rough)"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace all 6 fuel injectors and 1 coil"

Anonymous, OK (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"it failed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump just stopped working - I was driving 70mph on the freeway - car just died. Twice the car has just stopped on the freeway, the other time was for a blow out on a run flat - yes I said on a "run flat.""

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"Fuel pump feed line in the tank failed. The tank had to be replaced due to the lines being an integral part of the tank. Shortly there after the codes for failed catalytic converter's which hade to be replaced about two weeks later"

Joe C., NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Tough start. Fuel pump and controller were replaced but the real problem was the glow plug"

Anonymous, DC (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sensors became carboned up, which prevented the car from passing the state-required emissions test because the in-car computer wouldn't reset. The problem was eventually (after three months) resolved"

Robert W., OH (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Problems listed under Emissions could also be used by faulty sensors"

Anonymous, NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Faulty eccentric shaft sensor, an emission control component inside the engine"

K S., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"It did not get very cold and it took many trips back to fix it and I think it is not fully fixed to this day. My car is a mechanical dream and an electrical nightmare"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)
Blower (fan) motor

"Motor was malfunctioning and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Condenser

"Qiut blowing cold air. Had to replace condenser which cost $1500"

Mark H., NV (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"Replacing the evaporator is an expensive fix, because they have to pull the entire dashboard out to access the part. This happened on my 2004 BMW as well. I had to pay out of pocket for that one. The extended warranty covered it for my 2010. For"

Anonymous, FL (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace evaporator because of refrigerant leaks"

James J., OH (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"very expensive repair - need to remove dashboard to access evaporator"

Anonymous, MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Need a new evaporator, air conditioner doesn't work"

Anonymous, IL (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaking. Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Thermostat control to both Front seats failed, so that both seats only heat on full power; correcting the problem requires disassembly of both seats, repair cost ??CAN$2000"

Anthony H., ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC was not cooling"

Anonymous, HI (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"No sign of any leak places and no indication of a leak; no oil stains or dirt on any of the connections or components. System passed all checks. I bought this vehicle used and do not think the system was functioning to start with. I've had the system"

Anonymous, MI (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Tried recharging refrigerant, but tracers put in the refrigerant indicated that the culprit was the evaporator"

James J., OH (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A hose has a leak so the a/c isn't working - the hose itself is only a $400 part but it's under the dashboard so it is going to cost $2000 for labor to replace it"

Sharon S., UT (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Developed leak in high pressure line"

Paul A., SC (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Three times the car gave me a master warning light that I had to stop, not drive the car and turn everything off as the car had a major electrical failure It always seemed to start with the brakes"

Paul C., MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor in right rear wheel failed"

Stephen B., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"ABS Sensor failed in left front wheel"

Anonymous, FL (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"ABS Sensor had to be replaced. The other problems were due for maintenance"

Michael C., NS (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"The rotors warped"

Anonymous, MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to replace 2 rotors"

D L., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had warped front rotors at 60K miles. Brakes had never been worked on, not even new brake pads, which were still OK. I'm an easy driver...no hard braking. So, how did this happen?"

Anonymous, WI (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"i barely drive the vehicle and the rotors and brakes were totally worn....very expensive to repair"

Anonymous, DE (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Worn and due to be replaced"

Michael C., NS (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW advised pulsation/vibration was from a flaw due to residue buildup on the rotors from the brake pads. Break pads & rotors were replaced prematurely to correct flaw. Not very happy about it :("

Michael T., NJ (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"wear"

Anonymous, GA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace rotors front and rear"

Anonymous, NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Replaced intake manifold and valve cover gasket Performed carbon cleaning of valves. Cause. : The DDE fuel injector zero-mass adaption was not calibrating correctly. Cost $2,294.27"

Anonymous, CT (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Main computer failed causing instrument cluster to read incorrectly and required replacement"

Anonymous, NE (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple cylinder failures that occur when starting up this car when cold. Typically then idles very low and get a warning "engine malfunction, reduced engine output." During this state, engine power is drastically reduced and will clear up after the car warms up AND the car is turned off and re-started. Can be dangerous on the road"

Kara-Vinny P., CO (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"replaced eccentric shaft sensor in 9/2014 required new valve cover gasket. replaced oil filter housing gasket 3/2015"

Ken P., VA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"valve cover gasket leak"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil Pan gasket required replacement and oil drain plug required Helicoil to prevent leak"

John K., NJ (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Valve cover gasket leaks into Spark plug wells causing the coil on 1 cylinder to fail"

Anonymous, OK (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"oil gasket leak"

Brenda H., CO (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket failed at around 80,000 miles. combined cost was around $2100. However, upon my pressing the service advisor, BMW covered the cost of valve cover gasket"

Anonymous, MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"needed a new valve cover gasket"

Philip C., GA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The harmonic balancer pulley is prone to fail"

Anonymous, GA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD rejects good discs Main electronic problem was multiple defective anti-lock wheel sensors sending warnings to the car control panel. Required 3 service appointments before correction"

Robert W., FL (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"When playing audio books, it looses track of what track I am listening too when I turn the CD player off or the car off. Sometimes it just keeps skipping; sometimes it starts in a random place on the CD"

Jon S., MN (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"froze. 3 days later working fine"

Charles M., NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"goes blank cannot see what station is on"

Howard D., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"About 30% of the time, the audio system does not "see" my Ipod that is plugged into it, so I cannot use it"

Jon S., MN (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Again as explained previous question. 2010 3 Series Bluetooth is not programmable to my Galaxy S4 phone. Concerned after market upgrade may cause other issues with vehicles electronics"

Harry S., PA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radio

"lose split screen. sometimes screen goes blank"

Howard D., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"2010 BMW Blue Tooth only pairs to Iphone 4 and not programmable to my current Samsung Galaxy S4. BMW basic radio system very "basic". Exploring after market to solve both issues and ad backup camera"

Harry S., PA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The sound system emitted a constant humming noise requiring complete radio replacement"

Scott S., PA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

"Terrible standard stereo system. front speaker cracks and makes noise"

Philip C., GA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The 335d is currently in the shop with the head removed due to carbon buildup. The head has been sent to a machine shop where it will be dipped for cleaning. It is being covered under CPO warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Car was running hard, dealer diagnosed and fixed the problem as car was under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Massive carbon build up at about 65K miles. Have had 3 other diesel cars and NEVER had this problem before. Dealer charges over $3,000 to decarbon the cylinder head"

Anonymous, WI (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Two Version 7 fuel injectors were faulty at 83,000 km in my 335i - a known problem which is a no charge fix by BMW NA in the USA, but not in Canada. It cost me $3,500 to replace all 6 injectors with Version 11's!"

Mat A., ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"starting to leak and dealer recommended the head gasket be replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The gasket wore out and was replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaking"

Anonymous, NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"turbo charger needed to be replaced, 60K milage"

Anonymous, TN (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery warning message. Had to replace battery at 5 yrs, 65000 miles which is understandable. It cost $500 though, which isnt"

Mark H., NV (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The battery was 7 years old so I'm not surprised that it needed replacement. But I was surprised with the 2 hour labour charge of C$319 as well as the 90AH battery cost of C$242. It's in the trunk and is easy to access"

Mat A., ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"Coils caused mis-firing engine. Replaced under warranty - and there was a TSB"

Anonymous, IN (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the coil packs went out. I cost a small fortune to have it replaced"

James R., CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"First coil went and had to replace all 6 and six spark plugs at a cost of $1,100"

Anonymous, NS (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Cylinder 5 misfire. Replaced spark plugs, cylinder 5 coil and still can't stop misfire"

Anonymous, OK (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Time related"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Need special equipment to align properly - not local shops"

Peter H., OR (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Two different sets of bushings needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A mechanic has said I must replace the bushings on the front controller arms. I will have this done"

Anonymous, CT (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Front right shock was completely blown at 45,000. Had to replace both. Shock had fluid leaking from it"

Peter H., OR (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"both front struts failed at 85000 miles. repair cost was $1700 at dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had to replace entire front rack and pinion"

C W., GA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"I mentioned all in the previous section"

Saldinger G., TX (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water leaks from convertible top"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The sun roof & windshield seals were getting old & deteriorated by the sun thus the leaks & there was a leak under the mats from the seals leaking"

Saldinger G., TX (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"convertible roof leaks when it rains. Dealer charged a fortune but it did not really fix it"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Steering wheel rattle which they have tried to fix and keeps on coming back"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"The car is a BMW335d and is seven years old. I monitor the engine using and OBD code reader and an app called Dash Command. I had experienced failure of one glow plug and was getting intermittent failure information on a second glow plug. The engine coolant was only reaching 65-75C and on this particular car the thermostat should open at 88 so the car runs at 88-91C. In cold Canadian winters, when the engine does not reach its full temperature the glow plugs stay on longer than they should which"

Steven L., ON (2010 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"water pump failed while traveling causing overheating"

Paul H., MT (2010 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"air vent adjuster broke (2!). Plastic worn out"

Anonymous, CA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had quite a bit of problems with interior trim falling off"

Anonymous, FL (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Shifting to a higher/taller gear slowly got herky-jerky; this was apparently a result of a gradual loss of transmission fluid over 2-3 months. Was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"I had a vibration that was not cured by new tires. The dealer replaced the drive shaft and differential on the first visit. Both were covered under the BMW extended warranty I purchased"

Anonymous, MD (2010 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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Recalls
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 19 2019
A loss of electrical power can cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2009 328i and 328xi, 2009-2011 335d, 2008-2012 M3 Coupe and M3 Convertible, and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. The connection of the positive battery cable at the fuse box terminal may degrade, resulting in an intermittent loss of electrical power.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace and secure the positive battery cable connector, free of charge. The recall began August 14, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall is an expansion of a previous recall, number 18V-314.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V472000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16641
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES
May 14 2018
A loss of electrical power to the vehicle can cause the vehicle to unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2010-2011 BMW 335d vehicles with diesel engines. The connection of the positive battery cable at the fuse box terminal may degrade over time, possibly resulting in an intermittent loss of electrical power.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on June 29, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V314000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6591
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:CRANKCASE (PCV)
Oct 30 2017
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notification by the end of October 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V683000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 740561
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Oct 25 2017
Wiring that overheats could cause the electrical connectors to melt, and increase the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is unattended.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles. The wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connectors, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V676000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 702965
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 05 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. The recall began March 9, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V071000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 840000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Apr 10 2014
If the bolts loosen or break the engine may have reduced power or stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline 6 cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition. The recall began on September 24, 2014. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V176000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 156137
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Feb 07 2013
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. In February 2013, BMW recalled 504,545 vehicles. In July 2013, BMW informed the agency that it was adding 1-Series, 3-Series, and Z4 vehicles, representing an additional 12,094 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V044000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 516791
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Aug 10 2012
This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
Summary:
This recall involves aftermarket parts sold by Valeo. Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
What should you do:
Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall began on August 22, 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12E029000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 585
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