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.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

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. Agility, steering, acceleration, fuel economy, powertrain, fit and finish. Rear seat, some controls, cup holders.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (320 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (265 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (230 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 (414 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"$2000 repair of something causing one or more of the cylinders not to function."

Jayson F., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Drive belt tensioner was broken. Drive belt was also worn"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Lost the Serpentine Belt, at night, while out of town on a trip - a Saturday night. Luckily I was able to locate a Mobile Mechanic on Sunday that was able to replace the Belt after I sourced the part."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I just don't like the performance. Stalls, check engine light, rapid tire ware, $1800.00 routine service charge, gas gauge malfunction"

F P., GA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Serpentine belt loose. Belt, pulley, & tensioner replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The rubber gasket that dampens vibrations around a rotating shaft at the front of the engine deteriorated and caused the power steering and alternator belts to slip resulting in their replacement. Total Cost: $1100"

Ronald W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Tensioner pulley failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket failure lead to lost vacuum pressure and failure of belt tensioner and valve cover"

Phil K., OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"On hot day I was unable to fill the petrol tank."

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"pump keeps shutting off"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Certain gas pumps just don't get along with the filler neck"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"this has been a problem since day 1 and is very annoying. must juggle pump to fill tank. varies from service station to service station"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Cam Position sensor went bad. Car wouldn't start. Replaced by dealer."

Ryan O., IN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"needed to replace essentric shaft sensor"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"a module failed which caused the engine to have reduced engine power"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Check engine light has come on twice and had to be repaired under warranty at the dealer. Issues were said to be sensor or software related"

Tim T., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"It took a couple of trips to dealer to diagnose the problem and second time they had it for over a week and it was expensive. Seems as this car gets older it has more and more problems and they are all very expensive to fix. When Working the car is amazing and fun to drive."

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I lost an FRM. Guessing it died due to a low battery and extended crank at low voltage"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"BMW Dealership in Manhattan, NY, charged $450 to 'fix' what it said was faulty programming and to diagnose failing coils/plugs. Now there is a new problem with either the fuel pump or the computer monitor for the fuel pump."

Mike H., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Computer parts had to be replaced at cost of close to $3000 and they had the car in the shop 4 days"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The sensor for variable valve timing called an "eccentric valve sensor""

John F., GA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The check engine light stays on most of the time. The repair shop says the notification has to do with the diesel urea exhaust fluid tank level indicator. Mechanic says it's a very expensive repair and he's looking for ways to address the problem economically"

Ronald W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Engine knock or ping

"I think I got some bad gas on a long trip which caused some of my ignition coils to fail. When the ignition coil fails on a cylinder, it feels like the engine is missing (miss firing). So far I've had to replace three coils over a period of 6 weeks and may have to replace more as they fail."

Lynne W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"5 service engine soon warnings in past two years variably blamed on faulty fuel injectors, gloplugs, carbon buildup, faulty bluetec egr system, etc. costing 5000$ + and incalculable inconvenience and time."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Replaced coils and spark plugs"

Anonymous, AR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The timing rod was loose and knock the engine really bad. Had to tow the car to the dealer for fixing as it was part of a recall by BMW"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"noise when shifting turned out to be motor mounts needed replacing"

James B., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine mounts were a recall of the VANOS system attached to engine. Took about 2 months for the parts to come in"

M L., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car would not start at all. I had it towed to dealer. Engine ground strap was rusted and broken."

Anonymous, VT (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The driver side mount cracked after a pothole incident."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I was surprised to learn that I had damaged the engine mounts sometime in the past and it had caused unusual wear and tear on the tires, which also needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"A part of spark plugs issue was the resulting fuel odor inside the car every time it was driven. THIS was also 3 weeks in getting resolved - dealership adjusted the billing hours"

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"hard to find leak happened multiple times. very expensive and time consuming to resolve."

Donald C., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pan and head gasket leaks."

Nick S., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"oil pan leak per dealer service but no visible oil leak; required adding quart of oil between oil changes about once every 15,000 miles"

Jayson F., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Vale cover gasket and oil pan gasket both needed replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The dealership has repaired oil leaks twice. Both were repaired under warranty (I paid more than $4500 for an extended warranty from BMW)."

Joan V., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple gasket leaks on engine at less than 100000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket leak."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"oil pan gasket leak"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Routine maintenance depicted a oil leak around the head gasket. Replaced gasket."

Fred K., OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"After my warranty expired, I used a reputable oil change store to change my oil. I did not know at the time that the oil cap is also replaced when the oil is changed, however, a non-OEM cap was used. After time the cap cracked and leaked onto the main engine belt which eventually caused the feeling of slipping or lurching. When I finally brought it in, my mechanic told me that the belt was fraying and that I would have suffered engine damage if the belt broke."

Lynne W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil cooler leaked, needed replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket developed slow leak"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"it started dripping (a drop every few days) about 2 months ago - just like every other BMW seems to do"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"Oil pan gasket developed a leak, that while minor in nature (less than quart over 10k miles), the location of leak caused to accumulate in areas under the car that could possibly cause long term issues. I am planning keep the car for at least another 4-5 years, I had the leak repaired at cost of $2,000."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Gasket on oil pan leaking, replaced gasket."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan had to be resealed. This never caused me an actual on-the-road problems, but I consider it significant because the repair cost was approximately $1100."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Several lubricant leaks which have been costly to repair."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Did not realize there was a problem until the mechanic pointed it out when the suspension was evaluated"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It seems the head gasket and oil pan gaskets needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket failed, very expensive repair. Valve cover gasket failed, also expensive repair."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"oil pan gasket failed - very expensive repair; valve cover gasket failed, expensive repair"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car has had chronic oil leaks that neither BMW nor an independent service station can pinpoint or fix."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Costly to repair - over $1,200 labour"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover had to be repaired which cause the leaks"‿resolved few months ago"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There are multiple minor leaks from a few spots, but I'm not losing enough oil to warrant spending over $1000 to repair the leaks. I only lose about a quart every few months."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover developed a small crack which caused oil tp drop on exhaust manifold and it was hard to find. $800 dollars later it got fixed after the $ 1300 coil repair."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A gasket in the oil reservoir was found leaking. This was an expensive replacement, but "routine". At 77,000 miles, it would seem this non-moving part should not fail."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve leak"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"I also had to replace the oil filter stack(mount). Starts leaking at about 70K miles. It also happened on my other BMW which we got rid of. Again - 1970's american car problems. The other BMW (got rid of) also had leaky oil pan."

Glenn M., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Virtually every oil seal, including valve cover, oil filter gasket/seal, engine oil pan all needed to be replaced over about a 6 month period, at a very high cost. I've since learned that this is a common flaw in most all BMWs by the time they hit 65 - 75,000 miles and it's caused by aluminum bolts that are standard. The time, and therefore the cost, to repair them is very high and I don't think there's any excuse in cars priced as BMWs are to have this ongoing, well-known problem in model after model."

Connie B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Seal/gaskets - oil pan and oil filler - cheap parts but a big expense for labour"

Anonymous, MB (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was no actual leak. But the Princeton, NJ, BMW dealership recommended that I get a leaking oil filter housing gasket replaced to _prevent_ an oil leak that they said could cause catastrophic engine failure. The repair consisted of replacing said gasket, a cheap piece of plastic/rubber engineered to fail and generate fat 'repair' fees for dealerships."

Mike H., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"After driving to work, particularly after heavy acceleration, there was a burning oil smell, and I sometimes saw a little smoke come from the front of the car. I was spooked after the turbo manifold blew off and decided to sell it."

Edward E., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"In order to fix the one of the oil leaks (lower oil pan), the engine had to be disconnected from the transmission which ended up costing a lot of money. I did not know that BMWs were well-known leakers until fixing this leak. I also drove it on two 1000-mile trips with the leak and was told that it was quite dangerous."

Lynne W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil filter housing gasket leak. Gasket replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Multiple oil leaks simultaneously. According to the independent repair shop this is typical for BMWs with this mileage."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The oil gauge went first then the oil pan gasket needed to be replaced and was expensive. Bad design as it is on TOP causing oil to drip all over the engine & it could seize. Mine didn't do that and I only drove it home and back to the dealership when I could afford the repair."

Jerri G., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Second time I've had to replace the valve gasket cover."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket failed for the second time in 4 years. Both times it was replaced by a BMW dealer."

Gregory P., GA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket"

Anonymous, SK (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket had to be replaced at a cost of almost $2000"

Anonymous, HI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil filter housing gasket failed at 40K miles"

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Front differential leak"

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil filter housing gasket and oil pan gasket both perished rather early"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car began leaking oil from the valve cover before the warantee was up but the dealer said it was not leaking then the first time we had the car in for service after the warantee expired the dealer said there is an oil leak that needs to be fixed right away"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"oil level light kept going on, even after adding oil. had bad seal"

Jeffre F., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Cracked gasket in oil filter housing. Cost $1000 to fix"

John E., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil leaks in two areas in last two months: Oil Housing Unit - $18 dollar gasket - $425 in labor. Valve Gasket leaking oil - $550 repair; part cost minimal - all labor"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Needed replacement of valve cover gasket as well as oil pan cover gasket. Both were leaking considerably"

Anonymous, FL (2011 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)

"Diesel emissions system on this cars is prone to failure and expensive to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Don't know details, covered under extended warranty."

Anonymous, LA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Intake manifold and intake valve area heavy buildup of sludge required a crushed walnut shell blasting/cleanup."

Anita H., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"issue with the diesel specific emission controls, check engine light kept coming on and dealer kept replacing parts"

Lee W., AL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Excessive carbon buildup in the intake manifold"

Michael H., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine light resulted in discovery of carbon buildup. Intake manifold was cleaned via walnut shell blasting"

Anonymous, LA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Failure of a pump in the urea tank, requiring a complete replacement of urea tank system. Dealer kept car for more than 2 weeks. All fixed under warranty. Free loaner car provided"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Spring in EGR failed. Took three visits to dealer to ID problem"

J Y., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Diesel emissions fluid tank needed to be replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Please see previous comments under emission control sensors."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Emmisions systems that use DEF seem to not do well in city driving. They require longer extended highway miles. This causes clogged SRC, Fuel injector issues, and out of line repair expenses. That said, the caris a joy to drive, I'm dissatisfied with the Diesel engine."

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Failed State SMOG check marginally for EVAP system leak. Dealer after charging $211 for diagnostics believe that it is the tank vent valve and DMTL pump. But it was a small leak so reset computer and tried again - passed."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"The diesel exhaust fluid system is a continual problem. It quits working (replaced under extended warranty), then works, then quits working. It plugs up and does not allow the addition of the DEF."

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Urea tank temp sensor failed requiring replacement of the total tank and accessories. BMW covered the repair with an extended warranty at an estimated cost of $3000 plus Repair was totally successful but dealer warned it was likely to fail again."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Diesel exhaust tank fluid dumped to to transfer tanks valve failure. BMW repaired due to being a recalled system."

Anonymous, AL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Many problems for years. Sensors, carbon. Build up, urea injection"

Carmen C., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Sensors on"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced the entire SCR tank (urea tank) because of a failed temperature sensor. Cost $1,800. After I got it back it leaked urea and it cost $656 more to replace the supply (pump) for the urea system"

Douglas M., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"SCR tank / internal sensor failure resulted in requirement to replace SCR (Urea) tank"

Christopher Q., AL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel cap

"BMW tells me that the "check engine light" comes on because for my fuel cap. Same thing for six years. Have never had this problem with any other car"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Engine sputtered and came to a halt with check engine light. Dealer replaced fuel pump but engine was misfiring. Replaced all six injectors."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It was a fuel rail malfunction that would cause the car to go into limp mode and force a shut down and re-start to get it to work again."

Joseph R., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"ENGINE WAS "SKIPPING" WHILE RUNNING AND HAD FAULTY IGNITION SYSTEM AND SPARK PLUGS"

Steven B., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to replace the ignition coils"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All 6 injectors were replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Repeated failure, fuel injectors"

Dennis D., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"bad fuelinjectors"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Errors related to injectors and carbon buildup. Hard for mechanics to diagnose and parts were very expensive. Each injector was $600 plus labor."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Had to have (1) Injector replaced"

Jim W., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"All of the fuel injectors had to be replaced. BMW finally extended the warranty on the injectors and refunded the cost of replacing them"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Not sure how to describe this but parts that interact with the spark plugs went bad"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel injectors failed. Covered under an extended warranty on the injectors"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Engine sputtered and stopped. Dealer found fault in fuel pump and replaced pump."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Both Fuel pumps and a sensor has to be changed and it took 1 week"

Daniel B., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"had to replace fuel pump and fuel tank, possibly due to bad/contaminated gas, this spring. Gas station insurance company is paying for it... so not necessarily BMW's fault... but no one else was unable to start their car at the pump!"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"fuel pump failed. Replaced under warranty"

Billy C., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Low pressure valve converter went out and caused engine malfunction"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"In the past 12 months the car has been serviced for problems with the high pressure fuel pump valve, the fuel pump itself, engine bushings and realignment and wheel balance issues."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"On 4th fuel pump in 45000 miles. Failed 3 times in traffic. a death trap. cant get rid of it."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"High pressure fuel pump failed. It had to be replaced. The failure prevented vehicle from accelerating and resulted in poor performance, sluggish acceleration and engine fault warning light."

Toni Q., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced the fuel filter and pump twice"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Warranty work -- fuel sensor & fuel tank had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to drive 200 miles at under 65 mph"

William F., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"It was actually the sensor that controls the urea that treats the exhaust emissions"

Hugh G., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"MAF sensor needed replacing"

J H., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Excessive carbon buildup in the intake manifold"

Michael H., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"CHECK ENGINE LIGHT REQ 3 DEALER VISITS TO FIX"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"I have had multiple problems with the emissions system. A few years back a sensor built into the fuel tank required the replacement of the whole tank. Last year the car failed four consecutive smog tests, required many hours of my time, great frustration, and finally after multiple trips and complaints to the dealership service department did someone care enough to take ownership of the problem and keep the car until it was resolved. This included the failure of multiple different emissions devices and sensors. They had the car for about three weeks, and fortunately gave me a loaner car for the duration. I love the performance and handling and features of the car, but would not buy it again due to poor reliability."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Failure of a temp sensor that was replaced two years ago."

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine came on and I took it to repair shop and was told that a leak sensor was not working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Air intake hose worn and needed to be replaced. It came with the o2 sensor which may have been bad as well"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The DEF sensor failed. Only way to fix it was to replace entire DEF container because it was engineered as one unit. Labor was $700 and parts another $1400. Seriously, why would any car builder do that!? That's like a home builder making the refrigerator an integral part of the floor."

Thomas H., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The NOX sensor(s) went bad. Dealer replaced both under Certified Pre-Owned Warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Senors fail on several occasions Very Expensive to repair when on 2 senors need replacing. But the BMW Dealer recommending to replace all senors with parts & labor of over $ 1000.00. In hind sight I shouldn't have purchased this vehilce. To expensive to maintain proper maintence of this Car"

George S., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor related to diesel emission was faulty"

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Within one month after I take it in to be fixed, the "check engine light" comes on. This has been the history for six years now. I have been told that this sensor is "overly sensitive""

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

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

Alternator

"The alternator output is not sufficient to keep the battery charged when the car is only driven around town. BMW knows this and will not install alternators with sufficient output"

Larre B., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery failed load test and required replacement. Given the age of the battery, this is to be expected. However, the cost of the battery was $213 which I thought was high."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It shut down after I turned the car off and wouldn't come back on"

Kelli R., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive)
Battery cables

"Negative battery cable had a sensor in it that failed and the replacement cost was $270 which I thought was high."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"the coil is integral to each spark plug. After two (of six) had failed, at a cost of ~$375 per, the dealer recommended replacing the remaining four (for another ~$950, since most of the price was labor, which mostly involved access to the plugs and thus was about the same whether one or 6 were being replaced),"

Thomas S., SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Acceleration with load on made car sputter, jerk, shake"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It is a six cylinder car with individual coil packs for each cylinder/spark plug. One failed making the car run rough but it was driveable."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"2 or more of the coils were bad and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to have 2 engine coils replaced in a couple of weeks over the winter"

David P., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"1 ignition coil failed, was fixed, and then another ignition coil failed and all were finally replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The coil on spark plug #2 finally failed completely and required replacement, out of warranty, All six were replaced as a precaution and the car has never run this good since new"

Larre B., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One ignition coil was bad, all 6 were replaced and it was covered under warranty"

Scott D., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All part of Varo cam problem"

Doug K., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One coil was defective and was replaced. BMW recommended replacing all the coils and spark plugs, but we declined to replace them. Two weeks later another coil failed and we ended up replacing the rest of the coils and all spark plugs at that time"

Gretchen F., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"performance fell off when excellerating. BMW repaired, said cylinder coil was bad"

Karl S., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"at 49500 two coils went back, as a precaution all six were changed. warranty on coil related issues extended to 10 years"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"engine missing had to replace spark plugs and coils"

Gregory Z., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine developed a stumble/hesitation. One coil replaced under warrantee, corrected the issue"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"car was sputtering a little when accelerator was pressed down"

Sean M., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One coil needed to be replaced"

Mike K., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine not running properly particularly when accelerating. One coil bad but had all replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"It had a bad coil replaced all car runs great"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Coil stopped working on one of the cylinders"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced coils on all six cylinders due to misfiring. Apparently a manufacturing defect with original coils (COP - coil-over-plug)."

John M., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced all 6 ignition coils after one failed because I was on a trip"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dealer wanted to replace all coils and plugs but independent just said we needed one coil. Dealership dishonest"

Karen G., NV (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bad coil caused engine miss. Recommended to replace all six at same time"

Richard S., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One coil went bad but I had to replace all of the coils since BMW had changed the design. By changing the design they were fixing an engineering defect that should have been fixed via recall"

Reidy B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The 6 ignition coils were all replaced with coils from Delphi following the failure of one of the original coils"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car had Bosch coils that were defective"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Theee of the 6 coils failed, just after the 50,000 mile warranty passed. The dealership would do nothing to help me for a,reduced fee. It cost me several hundred dollars to have my mechanic make the repair"

Robert S., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"engine 'missing/lurching' at 45-50 mph. mechanic replaced ignition coil under warranty"

Jeffre F., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine running rough, intermittently. CarMax failed to diagnose this correctly, charged me for fixing it--but it wasn't fixed. BMW dealer service correctly diagnosed problem, charged an amazing amount of money to fix it. (Also replaced plugs.)"

John E., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Required replacement of. 2 ignition coils"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Distributor or rotor failure

"The engine ran rough, like it was missing"

Anonymous, KS (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Had to replace all 6v six injector coils in last 12 months"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel injector malfunctioned creating a hesitation in acceleration. Replaced and repair success."

Eric T., WI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"ignition coil failure in two separate incidents"

Christopher D., BC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Intermittent misfire, replaced ignition modules under warranty"

Mark P., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The engine started running rough and the dealer had to replace parts. Works fine now"

Eric T., WI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Experienced rough running when started after driving on trip for about 2 hours. Discontinued trip, was able to return to Phoenix. Dealer determined cause to be improper installation of fuel injector or ignition coil, due to dirt. Dealer replaced ignition coils under extended warranty"

David G., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Ignition sensor was going out, causing starting problems. Was told it could lead to engine quitting while underway"

Thomas L., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Ignition electronic component was shock circuit during raining condition causing engine to stall while driving"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMWs 3 L in-line six cylinder TwinTurbo engine (the N54) has a very finicky ignition system. I have replaced the spark plugs, and the coil packs in this engine attempting to solve a misfire. The next step that I'm going to take to attempt to fix my misfire issue is having the intake Plenum on the vehicle media blasted with ground walnut shells (expecting to pay $350 at a private shop). The purchase of this vehicle has required hours of online research, followed by hours of under the hood time"

Nick-Jess M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine harness

"The throttle actuator stopped functioning correctly. Fortunately, I had an extended warrantee because it would have cost over $2500 US. This took several days to repair, since the insurance company insisted on after market parts that had to be shipped into the dealership."

Robert W., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Caused by ignition coil failure"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Spark plugs need to be replace at 40K miles ! 4 year old car"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had an issue when the engine light came on. It wouldn't accelerate as usual. Took to dealer and had all coil wires replaced as three were bad so why not replace all. Cost about $1800. Thought it was a little early for my wires to have failed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car was running rough and losing power. Dealer replaced all plugs and coils under extended warranty. Seemed to fix problem"

Jerome F., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"had to replace spark plugs"

Gregory Z., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A coil to one plug had a problem. All coils and plugs were replaced under warranty by a BMW dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine began to miss or "Ëœskip' under acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"a cylinder engine coil failure"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failure in spark plugs caused $2,100 in repair bills and took 3 weeks to complete at dealership"

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C stopped working, would not cool the first time I used it after the winter. Took it into dealer, diagnosed it a compressor failure. Cost to repair was $3500, covered by my 3rd party insurance"

Ajay J., AB (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"No cooling, replaced compressor"

Larry L., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"No cool air from AC unit. $3400 later it was repaired. Diapointed consumer reports recommend this model and advised me to not buy the extended warranty. Only the second time a recommended item had problems. So CR will still be my go to choice when making major purchases."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"COMKPRESSOR STOPPED WORKING AND AC WOULDN'T WORK"

Paul R., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failure to cool"

Carol F., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"One of the 2 temperature controls did not work when the car was certified"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Climate control not modulating AC blower fan speed based on control, or automatically based on temperature like it used to do"

Frederick P., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"I understand that this problem is now subject to recall but to date (04-26-18) a fix has not been offered. My cost to repair was aprox. $800, which should be reimbursed once a fix is determined."

Thomas H., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fan stopped working. It was covered by a recall and repair. BMW USA provided a nice loaner car due to extra time in the dealer's shop."

Gary Z., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Air conditioner stopped working. Fixed. Still waiting for recall repairs."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The blower motor when on high speeds makes a rumbling noise. Recently there has been a notice go out that there is a recall on the blower motors. But that involves taking it to the BMW dealer. After I bought the car used at a Volvo dealer in Round Rock, Texas, I took the car to the BMW dealer in New Orleans, (Metairie) Louisiana where I had about the worst customer service you will find anywhere. There are two open recalls on this car...becasue I'm not comfortable with my relationship with the local dealer."

Paul N., LA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"vehicle brought in 3 times for squeeky fan. third time, dealer replaced fan motor"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Blower motor wiring replaced by recall."

Brian C., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"We had a repair done once already on this matter. The climate system was cycling erratically, randomly giving out hot and warm air. We took it in to the dealer and they found that a circuit board was melted, wires were melted and the fan motor was on it's way out as well. They did a full repair. 12 months later, a recall comes out from BMW on the exact parts in question. Fortunately, we were able to obtain a refund for the work - however, they have acknowledged that the fix they did does not actually fix the issue and at this time, BMW does not have a fix for this recall. We were told that it is a potential fire hazard and to keep tabs on it. That is unacceptable."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Blower fan bearings made a lot of noise"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Melted. Recall"

Bianca B., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Condenser

"It was likely a ding from a rock or road debri that caused a significant leak the top of the condenser. It was very small but wouldn't hold refrigerant. The condenser is not really protected well behind the grill"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to have it replaced. Under warranty it was no charge"

Michael B., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Several years ago had problem with air conditioner and am having same problem again. It does not cool the car down."

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"hard to believe a car with a reputation like BMW cannot put it out without a 2K failure in under 60k miles - had to rip out the entire dash board"

Bianca B., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The process to fix this inherent problem required extensive dismantling of the dash. The cost was around 3000.00"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Was leaking, required an expensive replacement."

Paul S., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"At 72000 miles the entire dash had to be ripped out to repair the evaporator."

Bianca B., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Evaporator was leaking and needed to be replaced. It cost $2500"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Evaporator leak caused $2600 warranty repair"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The evaporator piping connection is a known issue with this vehicle. A slow refrigerant leak developed. We were told it would cost us $4,000 to repair it. We complained to BMW and the price was reduced to $400"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Second time I had to replace the evaporator in the four years I've owned it"

W P., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater blew cold air."

Faye M., OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Hot/cold dial on dashboard occasionally stops working. Dealership is unable to reproduce and fix"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"Coolant leak from neat the thermostat"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There was no cooling and Heating. After repair, cooling system worked but still no heating"

Anonymous, BC (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC wasn't cooling very effectively. Leak was discovered during routine service and issue resolved. Thank goodness it was covered by the new car warranty!"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I bought the car in the winter in Minnesota so I didn't realize the air condition didn't work. I took the car into the dealership and they repaired it under warranty"

Jane K., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The cooling became less efficient, and was due to refrigerant leak"

D S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This has been a recurring issue since I've purchased the car; I've had it "repaired" 3 times and each time after a short while the AC stops working again"

Jacob L., WI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"loses coolant somewhere behind the dash board requiring compete removal"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"poor cooling system have had to charge refrigerant a few times"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The antifreeze system reserve tank (which was plastic) had to be completely replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The a/c would not get cold so I took the car to an independent repair shop and they charged the a/c with some freon. It cost me about $150. The repair shop did not see any major leaks but said there must have been some sort of leak, otherwise it would have not been hot air coming out"

Anonymous, KS (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The AC system lost its freon last year and we had to have it recharged"

Anonymous, IN (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

"air leak was caused because of a failed weather strip on the driver's side door."

Jim F., VT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There was a leak from the windshield water tank."

Abdelhalim B., QC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Convertible top will leak around the top of the front windows when going through a hard rain or even when washing the car."

Nelson M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leaking into doors and then going onto the floor. Seals in door drainage broken. Repaired twice in less than 1 year"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was a leak in one of the headlight washer systems. My wife had to go back to BMW twice for them to find it. They covered it under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"seals around windshield dried and cracking. lets water in . must wash by hand. poor gaskets and weather stripping. NOT a well made car."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The radiator reservoir plastic part failed and had to be replaced. This was after the plastic ends of the aluminum radiator failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Drive belt cut a water hose problem not fixed yet"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Can't keep antifreeze/water in it."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaks around bottom of passenger door sometimes"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Some water drip from convertible top through driver side A pillar"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leak around weather stripping on front passenger door and vapor barrier. Flooded front passenger seat after parked for a week"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"driver's side weather strip on the door seal failed"

Jim F., VT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"passenger door window was not sealing properly making it noisey on the highway"

Anonymous, AR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The moisture barrier in 3 of 4 doors has failed and water seeps in the interior and soaks the floor. The interior smells musty as a result. This has been an issue for 3 years and I received a $2000 quote from BMW dealer to replace the moisture barriers and dry out the interior of the car. This issue was not covered by my BMW purchased extended warranty. I live in Seattle area so there's plenty of opportunity for rain to seep into the interior."

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"generally poor quality does not last as long as US made autos."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front and back windshield stripping had cracked and chipped off, and inside door handle plastic parts start to have air bubble."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water was leaking through the door because the seal in the sound-proofing failed"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sun roof rattles due to loose weather-stripping"

David B., ME (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dry rot. I drive about 8000 miles per year. Car parked outside"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The rattle seems to come from the drivers window. BUT, when the top is retracted, there is NO rattle, thus leading me to think the issue is in the top."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fan makes a metal sound when air conditioner or blower is on."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rattles coming from driver side door and headliner above driver"

Patrick B., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This car can not handle even the smallest of road imperfections. The sound this car makes when it hits a small uneven patch of road is terrifying. I suspect it is the low profile run flat tires, All in all this is a terrible car"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle in the dash to the left of the steering wheel. The dealership fixed 95% of the problem, but on certain roads I will hear a rattle"

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"More of rubbing noise in left rear wheel upon turning"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"Brakes squeaked after dealer did brake job on all 4 wheels but fixed the problem by cleaning the pads"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"dashboard squeaks and noisy speedometer"

Anonymous, AR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car has made squeaking sounds since I got it. BMW dealer has tried to fix multiple times and finally gave up, saying "This car has a stiff frame and just does that. " Unacceptable for a car this expensive. Will not buy another BMW"

Walker H., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Some squeaking noise appeared while driving at low speed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"The belt needed replacement according to numerous blogs; the problem appears unique to the diesel version only"

Andre F., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Car was very tight when we bought it. In the first year everything started to loosen up and rattle. Dealer said it was normal. Not for the price we payed"

Evan T., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"strange squeak sound when at a stop, but not, supposedly the brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rattle from dashboard, hard to place exact source, but appears to come from behind air vents or dash display"

Amer K., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to have convertible hard top adjusted at dealership"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I have a hard top convertible and there are a few squeaks and rattles associated with it"

Anonymous, IN (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Dealer repair left off a piece inside engine compartment. Took a while to find problem, but now OK"

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"hard top convertible, within the first year the seals did not fit very good"

Evan T., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front windshield had loud air leak at speed."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"a 4 year old car with less then 50K miles develops cooler leak. Cost me nearly $500 to repair. Unheard off !"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"lost all coolant due to a leak, luckily in a parking lot. did not overheat."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Cracked coolant hose at 140,000 km, then found crack in water pump as well. Second time water pump had to be replaced"

Greg W., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Cooling fan

"Fan sometimes does not turn off even after running more than one hour. The car has to be turned off and on several times to get it stopped. Dealer can't seem to resolve the problem despite three attempts over two years"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Car had to have the engine cooling fan replaced, do to a bad relay."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Overheating

"received an engine overheat warning. required a new water pump"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car overheated because the water pump failed. This is quite common apparently in the 3 Series. The thermostat also had to be replaced. Expensive repair; though not as much as the gasket replacements. $485"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radiator

"damage by broken water pump"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Sensor switch went bad. under warranty"

Dan S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Radiator leaking antifreeze, somewhat slower leak, had to replace"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"damage by water pump"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Thermostat was stuck open, which created a lower Temperature for the diesel engine. Also after this was fixed, had a antifreeze leak external to the engine. plastic part was to blame."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Overheating with use of ac, found thermostat bad"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Thermostat was replaced as a precaution at the same time I replaced the water pump (which was the point of failure)"

J S., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Water pump failed while driving causing engine to go into limp mode. Turned off car and then let cool. Turned on engine and was able to continue to garage"

Bao N., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"BMW 3 Series has a history of water pumps going out prematurely"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It failed around 62,000 miles while driving. It cost approximately $700 to replace at a non-bmw repair shop."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump stopped functioning on a highway which caused the car to slow to about 5 miles an hour. \Very dangerous situation. I got the car to the side of the road where it stopped operating altogether. Had the water pump replaced, it worked for a day and then died. Not sure if this was the fault of the pump or the installation. They said it was the pump."

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 4.0-L V8)

"It just stop working ('went into limp mode' while in transit. Limp in to nearest BMW dealer (~3 miles). Expired warrant; very $$ repair; gave me a loner ."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This was the first year that BMW used an electric water pump and appears to be a common problem as it fails without warning and the vehicle overheats. Once the vehicle overheats, the computer puts it into limp mode where the vehicle can barely move except slowly roll. This mode is to prevent engine damage. I took a 2 hour drive from home (highway), and the water pump failed. I was stranded and due to the vehicle being un-drivable, it had to be towed home. I did the repair myself which cost $400 dollars for parts (I replaced thermostat because it was nearly due for replacement and I had to take it out to remove the pump anyways, so that is included in the price)."

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It's called a coolant pump that's powered by electric instead of a belt. CR did not indicate this was a problem when I researched the vehicle. Item was covered under CPO but would have cost about $1,600 if not covered"

M L., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Day after picking up car from transmission replacement, water pump failed"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"When driving on a New Years day trip,the engine d Started to overheat and we pulled over and it auto shut down. We made it back home after one more shut down and had it towed to the dealer. We did have certified but would have been in big trouble on"

Jeffrey K., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car slowed down and had to stop while it cooled down to protect engine. Dealer replaced water pump under warranty. No further problems"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The water pump failed and caused overheating. Engine went into "limp home" mode and didn't cause additional damage. I've had 5 BMW 3-series cars, and I've never had one go 100k+ miles w/o replacing a water pump"

Marshall M., AL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed at 54000 miles. $1200 repair"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed when car was just over 4 years old with just over 50000 miles. Left me and my baby girl stranded on the side of the freeway on a long trip"

Walker H., WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Electrically assisted water pump failed abruptly, causing the engine to overheat. This resulted in the car being towed to the dealership, and diagnosed and repaired"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The engine cooling came on and I had the water pump fixed in a day."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump suddenly failed making the car unusable. The repair was very expensive and difficult to find a garage willing to to the work. Most said it was an extremely difficult part to replace."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump broke while driving on a freeway, causing its belt to jam. The same belt drives the alternator so that the car's electrical system failed and the car lost all power."

Joshua A., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"water pump failed engine overheated"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump failure. Car towed."

Anonymous, NH (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Radiator fan ran on high speed while outside temp was 20 degrees, after only driving 2 miles. Cost to replace was roughly $1300 for electric water pump and thermostat replacement, happened 3 months after extended CPO warranty expired"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failed and needed to be replaced under CPO warranty for $50"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Electric water pump failed causing intermittent over heating. $600 including parts and labor, repaired under an extended warranty"

Michael M., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed at 60,948 while driving at 65 mph on a mild day in May 2017. Car was 5 years and 1 month in service at time of failure. Replacement and Labor was $1,267"

J S., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It was described to me on a BMW website that the estimated lifecycle of the electronic water pump was between 60 and 100,000 miles. When my car had 60,050 miles the water pump failed. It required it towed to a shop, followed by a $1380 repair for the water pump. I am very grateful for the aftermarket warranty that I purchased for this vehicle that covered 36,000 miles, or three years, and I paid $3500 for the warranty. This warranty covered all but a $100 deductible, and the cost of a new ther"

Nick-Jess M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Cylinder head gasket was replaced under BMW extended emissions warranty (CPO expired)."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Major engine repair, basically had to overhaul entire top end of the motor and had to replace the engine computer. Many return visits due to service engine light from this problem"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Multiple dealer visits, spanning months, to fix problem. All covered under warranty, but too way too long to fix"

Michelle D., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This car was part of the recall to fix the bolts holding the VANOS valve timing system in the engine"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Engine started stalling. Oil was dripping and then the burnt oil smell going into the cabin. Almost suffocated. 1,400 dollars later, it was fixed"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"cyclinder misfiring, known problem with bmw's at 60,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Car had a recall repair on a gear. When taken apart, 2 of the four gear bolts were loose and one was missing into the engine. Missing bolt meant that the gear had to be replaced. Car was in the shop for a full 7 days"

John C., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"part of engine that physically controls the intake of fuel became clogged and caused the engine light to go on. BMW had to replace several expensive parts over several days to get it fixed"

Michael P., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"This wasn't a full rebuild but would have been an $8000 repair to replace a balancing mechanism that is internal to the engine. BMW did not issue a recall for this but I found an old service bulletin on line and when I asked the dealer about it they agreed to fix it under warranty."

Reidy B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"At 33000 miles the original engine experienced a main crank bearing failure. This contaminated the oil system and destroyed turbocharger and intercooler. I purchased an Alpha aftermarket warranty and they replaced the engine with a used short block after months of negotiation. The 2nd engine experienced a rod bearing failure within 500 miles and the engine had to be replaced again, taking over 3 months of negotiation and finding another used engine. Due to the car sitting and several swaps,"

C E., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"At 147,000 km knocking noise started, dealer said engine had to be replaced. BMW Canada refused to replace engine, or even give a deal on replacing it - dealer wanted $30,000 to replace it. Car never went more than 16,000 km between oil changes, was carefully driven I was astonished that engine would fail so soon. Independent mechanics have since told me that N55 engines suffer a lot of connecting rod bearing failures, but not usually at such low mileage"

Greg W., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Check engine light came on...was leaking some oil...did not affect performance or driveability of car"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve covers were warped"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"2k to repair a head gasket on a car with 50k miles - are they kidding - was that a dealer that wasn't reputable - will never buy a bmw again..."

Bianca B., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Problem was a leaking gasket. I was told the engines run at such high temps that the gaskets failure earlier. It's an expensive repair"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car was leaking oil. At first, BMW replaced a filter but that didn't stop the leak. They discovered a broken head gasket. It was a $4000 repair! I won't buy another BMW again"

Gretchen F., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil leaking and gasket replaced. Not cheap"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"The cylinder head warped. It was ruined and so was the head gasket."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaky head gasket at 70K miles. I had another 3 series that we got rid of - same prob at exactly same mileage. Apparently 70K is common for this car. Completely unacceptable - these are problems that we used to have on 1970's american cars. I hear the oil pans also have a tendency to leak."

Glenn M., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine blew at 85000 miles. BMW offered a good neighbor discount of 20% off a new engine ($12-15000). I had a rebuilt engine put in ($7000). A definitive reason could not be established. Assumed it was due to a poor quality air filter at last oil change (I went to a large franchise for last scheduled oil change) but no way to prove what the issue really was."

E E., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dealership replaced a leaking head gasket and did so insufficiently. It ended up leaking again and caused the car to be undriveable. We had to return the car for them to repair it properly."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Failure of bolts in the variable timing system, prior to a recall which repaired free"

Robert B., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This was a recall for the VANOS variable valve timing. Car was losing power dramatically. Repair done under warranty"

Jerome F., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Varo cam failed and had to be replace which effected computer , coils needed to be replaced, engine was surging when cold"

Doug K., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Was a recall issue that failed on the road. BMW fixed it free of charge"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Warranty factory recall"

Mike K., MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The cam self-adjusting mechanism failed. The result was a loss of power. The repair was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"They said they needed to do about $1000 worth of work related to these issues"

Anonymous, CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Check engine light came on due to a boost leak in the charge pipe which is made of plastic. Replaced the charge pipe and problem was fixed. Age of plastic part caused the failure."

Paul B., NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Presssure converter tube had failed and was replaced under warranty. No problems driving the car"

Byron M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Turbocharger came loose and produced major exhaust leak last year. This year, a bolt on the assembly came loose and caused major exhaust leak"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"warranty covered exhaust VANOS"

R S., MO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump failure"

Anonymous, MB (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo failed at 49000 miles and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Some kind of turbo manifold cracked and blew off the engine at highway speed, causing damage and causing the car to go into limp mode."

Edward E., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Original turbocharger on the car never operated correctly due to a known failure in the waste gate that keeps it from closing all the way. This was discovered after the turbo was destroyed by the blown engine. New turbo installed in the car now and it runs better than it ever has"

C E., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This is a dual turbo engine and one of the turbochargers failed - thought to be a minor problem and ended up having to replace it"

Anonymous, AR (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

Display screen freezes up

"Did not report to dealer yet. Display freezes and then resets itself"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"display screen fades to black when it is warm inside the car. common bmw problem."

Billy C., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"when cabin is hot, radio screen is black until the cabin cools down. This is mentioned in the owners manual even for new BMW cars. very irritating."

Billy C., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Would not communicate with my I phone 5s"

Martin W., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This is a horrible system. It has no idea how to navigate from point A to point B. The annual updates are ridiculously expensive especially when you can buy a good GPS inexpensively or use your smart phone. This is a waste of money and I never use it"

Al S., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The Bluetooth pairing problem had occurred intermittently until it stopped altogether. The BMW technicians identified that the Communications Box or Comm Box had failed. Given the historic problem, they installed a new Comm Box for free for which I was thankful. It has worked fine since."

Edward P., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Phone goes through cycles of not being able to pair or music stops playing or navigation stops working. Hard to pin-down what exactly the cause is but it happens with a variety of phones."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car's bluetooth won't recognize the phone, so we can not make hands free calls through the car's speakers."

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bluetooth module replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I have been unable to pair my phone with car since my last dealer visit, BUT my phone used to be paired with the car. I forget what the problem was on the last visit, but they did some reprogramming and I think that disabled the Bluetooth. When I hav"

Edward P., VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The in-car electronics are poorly designed and work intermittently. The GPS is outdated and almost useless"

Tyler J., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I cannot get my phone to pair with the audio system"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The initial set up is a bear."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Difficulty pairing iPhone"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Unable to pair my contacts. Able to pair several different phones for use, but could not use voice commands"

Arthur L., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i)
Radio

"Radio made lounge buzzing sound when off & on. The dealer replaced the radio"

Jean M., MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It would have very poor reception of stations, I would restart the car ( sometimes more then once) to reset the radio to work normally"

Anthony L., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"In both my 2011 BMW's the radio was shorted. 1 was in warranty and BMW replaced it the other out of warranty and will cost $1000. Dealer technician informed that the BMW were having these problems. But BMW does not accept"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Radio shorts out. $1000 in repairs. Dealer admits BMW having problems but BMW does not"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Buzz coming through the sound system. It took two trips to the dealer and several days to diagnose the problem. I was given a loaner and there was no cost to me other than inconvenience"

Peter S., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All audio freezes and high pitched sound comes from the trunk area"

Anonymous, HI (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"AM/FM stopped working completely."

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Lost satellite radio icon, took to dealer to restore"

Vincent C., WV (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"BMW no longer supports software updates on the factory installed driver's assistance. I can't update the navigation."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Basically the same problem as previous comments."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

"Speaker in the driver's door is intermittent. You have to turn the music up real loud to get the speaker to work, and then you can turn it down."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"only front speakers work well...rear speakers never good"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"has on and off short. have to whack door panel to make it work"

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The voice recognition is horrible. It announces back to me words that are nowhere near anything I said. Meanwhile, I can say the same words to my Android phone with no problem."

Paul N., LA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The voice command in the car has never worked from day 1. You say call home the car responds calling Dave. You say cancel then you say call Dave the car responds calling home. This is the worst car we have ever owned! I could go on for days about"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It would ask to repeat command often"

Anthony L., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Unpredictable responses"

Alan M., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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)

"Car had extended 6 year factory warranty. 6 months after warranty expired the ABS went out and cost me $3,000 to repair. Otherwise except for normal wear and tear vehicle has been basically flawless."

Alwyn H., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All four original wheel speed sensors failed, and two of them failed twice - six sensors replaced in total. When a speed sensor fails, ABS and cruise control are inoperative, and a number of warning lights (check engine, tire pressure, ABS, other brake system lights) are on until the sensor is replaced. I have never had a problem with the ABS in any of the four other cars I have owned since 1989 that had ABS"

Thomas S., SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Faulty Sensor.."

Anonymous, PR (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor failure which affected cruise control, traction stability control, & anti-lock brake systems"

Chris A., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Warning lights came on and the car had to be taken into the dealer twice before it was corrected. Sensors that went out"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The sensors that were part of the ABS were damaged. This was the second time in 2 years it occurred. Caused ABS to shut down, braking at times was an odd experience until repaired under warranty"

Kendrick V., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The left rear sensor ring on axel failed, entire rear axel had to be replaced for the sensor ring replacement."

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"ABS speed sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bad rear sensor"

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Calipers

"Right front caliper was stuck causing uneven and premature wear on the rotors"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"replace pads and rotors"

Anonymous, DE (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Scheduled maintenance. Replaced front brakes and calipers"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I purchased this vehicle in March 2014, and it still had the original front and back brakes. The brakes just finally wore down. I didn't experience any braking problems; the dealership noted the brake pads had worn down and would create problems if not replaced soon. I went ahead and had the front pads, rotors and sensors all replaced in May 2020."

Anonymous, IN (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear brake pads worn down into rotor."

Jim B., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

"the linkage became too loose which did not apply the parking brake firmly enough"

Anonymous, WI (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Just (April 2018) started making noise in the rear brakes with braking. Took it in tom BMW and they said the breaks were not good, it took $650 ton repair."

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car was BMW Certified PreOwned from BMW. I paid a premium in order to receive the extended CPO warranty, however the min. requirements to pass a CPO check is laughable. Brakes can never be bad enough to fail CPO and be replaced by BMW prior to sale"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A cable broke and caused pre-mature failure"

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"as brakes come to complete stop, engine begins racing causing vibration through drivetrain"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"High amount of dark rust on rotors and other visible brake areas. Braking performance was unaffected"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"warped front rotors - required replacement"

Wendell H., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced front rotors only"

Anonymous, ME (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"needed new rotors and pads at 19000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rotors were warped and needed to be machined back to smooth"

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Scored rotors right rear"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rotors (warped) need to be addressed. Very expensive to fix, was not covered under warranty maintenance, but should be"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed new rotors and pads on all 4 wheels. Normal wear"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front Rotor Warped. Caused pulsation in the peddle when applying the brakes. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaking

"As before"

Anonymous, MN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Brakes squeak after I release the parking brake and begin to drive-away"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Related to broken cable"

Anonymous, KY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

Body control module

"A lateral motion sensor associated with the main computer of the car failed. This sent the systems for abs and cruise control off line while driving. Also it disabled the traction control systems. Replaced and repaired under warranty"

Denise E., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The sensor is causing the seatbelts to lock. On very hot days, the seatbelts function normally. Otherwise, the locking mechanism for safety (pre-crash) locks the belts."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Clock

"Clock display locked in 24 hour mode. Neither I nor the service personnel can change it back to a 12 hr mode."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Sensor failure which affected cruise control, traction stability control, & anti-lock brake systems"

Chris A., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"right turn signal failure waring came up on the vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Halo light (Angel Eye light) burned out"

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"both rear trunk mounted lights have failed"

Martin I., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"driving lights no longer functioned, dealer reprogrammed"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"like $300 to replace a parking light"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure)
Headlights

"One of the headlights needed replacing. Due to the fact that it was a tracking headlight it was very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"entire headlight assembly went out, including daytime running lights on passenger side of car. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Apparently my battery went bad after 3.5 years. After a jump start and letting the car idle for 20 minutes I drove home. At 75 MPH on the freeway the headlights started flickering on and off. Car had to be towed"

Mark V., CO (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Drivers-side adaptive headlights fell out of vertical positioning motor joint. Headlight points lower than passenger side. Somewhat common problem based on internet forums. Confirmed with disassembly. Not totally fixable without replacement light"

Frederick P., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"One head lamp out, required replacement of entire unit - very expensive."

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace lamp and led halo rings. Also, driver headlight has condensation, but at $1300 to replace one housing unit I'll live with it."

Keith P., TN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Low beam stop working They had to reprogram it, works well now Was on the exrended warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's seat adjustment controls would randomly activate, causing the seat to move forward and/or back"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Trunk lighting assembly failed--dealer reported the light fixture had melted. Suggests excessive cost-cutting by BMW. (More evidence: There was also a major electrical wiring recall, unrelated to the trunk lamp, for the E90 series/3 Series BMW.)"

Mark P., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Drivers visor light just kept falling out of pocket. Dealer replaced but than the passenger light keeps on falling out"

Floyd C., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"I only drive the car 3 or 4 times a month and the battery was NOT being charged by the altenator due to lack of vehicle use. A solar vehicle battery charger solved the issue. This problem does not occur in a vehicle being used a few time per week"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 4.0-L V8)

"We bought the car with a multi thoUSnd dollar "convenience Package" one of the key selling points was that you do not need a key or fob to open or lock the car. When you approach the car and pull on the handle the car will unlock and change all of"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Doesn't always work, supposed to be able to touch the door handle to engage, lock or unlock, the doors. It doesn't recognize that the key is present, inside the car, when it is"

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Total failure of electrical system Covered by recall"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Comfort Access programming did not correctly all the time with the programmed remote control. As a result, it did not automatically adjust the seat or mirrors automatically when using the corresponding remote"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"The fourth pressure monitor failed last year (other three previously replaced under warranty)"

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I received a notice that it needs to be replaced due to indicating a problem that didn't exist"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive)
Warning lights

"Mixce chewed wiring over rear fender causing check engine light to display. Independent shop disgnosed and repaired wiring and gave me chewed section showing bare metal causing short."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"oil change, wiper fluid, low, engine trouble. The tech clears them and they come back on in a day or two."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Brake pad warning light came on. Had itr checked, there was no problem. has not happened again"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Warning display was malfunctioning and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers stop in wrong position"

Anonymous, MI (2011 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

Alignment

"Already explained in previous"

William G., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"After winter and potholes car needs alignment every spring"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had the alignment work done by the local BMW dealer after the ball joint replacement. the work was not done correctly and it resulted in wearing out the rear tires. The dealer redid the alignment and charged me for it again."

Anonymous, VT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Ball joints

"I had to replace driver side front ball joint, front lower control arm, two front link kits and two front tie rods."

Abdelhalim B., QC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Bushings

"Front control arm bushings needed to be replaced. Consider to be a wear item."

David G., AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Thrust arm bushings started leaking grease"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced by Dealer during 90,000 mile service visit."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"noisy front end"

Joseph S., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"bad power steering fluid leak - a hose had to be replaced that was hard to get to (lots of labor). Repair was about $600."

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Car was vibrating. I had the front lower forward control arms replaced."

Anonymous, VT (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Diagnosed by mechanic as wear and tear. Noticed some vibration when driving"

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"aLTHOGH THE WEAR AND TEAR OVER THE LIFE OF THESE SHOCKS COULD BE SEEN AS NORMAL OVER ITS LIFETIME. I THINK THE EXPENSIVE REPAIRS AT BMW DEALERS ARE OUTRAGIOUS. MY WIFE WANTED THIS VEHICLE I DIDN'T THIMK IT WAS A WISE DECISION ON MY PART. I WOULD NEVER BUY THIS EXPENSIVE LEMON!"

George S., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dealer said front struts were leaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear shocks soften over the years of use. Replacing the rear shocks solved the problem"

S N., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Although the car handled fine, the dealership advised me that the McPherson struts needed to be replaced. This would have cost $2500, but, happily, they were covered by the extended warranty I had purchased for the car"

M P., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"the welded mount for rear suspension broke, they replaced suspension arms and the mount was re-welded. They found a mild oil leak at that time and repaired it as well. Cost was about $2000 for each repair. Actually $400 more but they gave us a break as we do a lot of business there."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Springs wore out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Developed abnormal noises with turning"

Steven B., MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Leaking power steering fluid that resulted in the hose and well needing to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Steering shaft coupling joints (universal joints) failed which resulted in extremely difficult steering. (Basically, it steered harder than a 1961 full-size Dodge with manual steering.) Repair made by dealer on an emergency basis resulted in "day one" steering performance"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"right front was worn out and needed to be replaced"

David D., ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"I bought this vehicle with 25600 miles and as a Certified Vehicle with the claim everything had been checked out. When i took it in for scheduled maintenance at 30000 miles the rear tires where heavily worn on the inside edge. Shortly later i had to"

William G., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Rear wheel bearing failure causing horrific screech sound. Had to immediately resolve to make car driveable."

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"In 2018 the left rear wheel bearing and in 2019 the right rear wheel bearing developed a high pitch whine. After driving with the whine for several weeks, I took the car the dealership where the problem wheel bearing was replaced in a single visit."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Erosion/decay of front and rear window seals"

Laurence B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The rubber trim on the top of the wind shield is deteriorating and a rate faster than I would expect. It's is pealing and cracking. Dealer says it is not a warranty issue and offered $1000 repair. My 14 year old VW has the same trim with no deterio"

John C., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Trim at the top of the windshield was crumbling and falling apart. It was not leaking yet. I had the trim replaced by the dealership"

John V., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear window rubber moldings at the bottom of the window had to be replaced twice because the became unglued"

Angel H., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Trim molding on the windshield was chipped and cracked. Dealership repaired under warranty. Apparently a common issue"

Christopher C., NC (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The black rubber seal around the windshield started cracking and little pieces have been breaking off. BMW dealer recommends waiting until the windshield needs replacing before replacing the seal. Because, the the repair will require the windshield glass to be removed and there’s a good chance the glass will get damaged in the process. Windscreen seal looks terrible and wife is not happy about it. This is not covered by any recall so we will have to pay."

Anonymous, AE (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rubber weather seals on front and rear windows severely deteriorated by 5 years"

Laurence B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"All of the slide controls for the air vents that move the vents up and down and side to side have fallen off. Can’t be put back on. $300 per vent to replace entire vent. Cup holder doesn’t pop out when pushed. Another $300 to replace."

Nelson M., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"driver seat rail cover broke. front speaker cover cracked"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The piece next to the passenger seat and under the door came loose and had to be replaced"

Frank R., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Trim around the engine start button keeps coming loose and popping up every time the button is pressed"

Jon C., MD (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The plastic pieces that cover the seat lever etc. fall off...BMW has not gotten right yet"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series)

"Panel below driver's side door becomes detached"

Anonymous, TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rear bumper fading and cracking"

Judy L., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint is coming off various spots on the body such as door edges and back of upper trunk"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Paint cracked on right rear door. Dealer refused to repair."

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"not a good paint job."

Billy C., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Clear coat pain on the front bumper started peeling in two spots on the front bumper. The paint peeling has expanded around these two areas. Paint shop thinks this was a bad paint job. I think it may have been caused by stones hitting the bumper on the highway."

Anonymous, AE (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"paint peels on front plastic valence panel if struck by stones. Dealers have refused to fix, even within warranty"

Wallace E., BC (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust appearing in spots"

Jamie B., NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"The convertible top started leaking about 4 years ago. I’ve taken it to the dealer several times but they refuse to fix the problem."

Joan V., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"A trim piece covering the hinge on top went missing for the second time. Cost to repair was $400. I feel BMW has faulty engineering and should replace this part for free."

Reuben T., FL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Top right bolt would not automatically connect without several attempts and much noise. Required additional lubrication from BMW and adjustment"

Keith S., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"was not opening and closing properly. repaired under warranty"

Mike M., PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sudden problem when parts of the complex automatic retraction system failed due to a snapped cable. It functioned when I jury-rigged it, but a roof trim piece - part of the retraction system had broken. Replacement was necessary."

Anonymous, (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It leaks when it rains. BMW refused to fix the problem under warranty."

Joan V., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Glass defects

"Windshield easily scratched and pitted¿first year"

Laurence B., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Just would not cool"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Trunk latch barely works when weather is cold, below about 40-45F. I have to press the inside release to get the trunk to close when it is below 40. Below 30 I have great difficulty getting it to close without repeated efforts."

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 4.0-L V8)

"Latch cable in drivers door failed. Replaced shortly after purchasing"

Anonymous, NS (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof drains plugged and overflowed into hidden battery compartment. $4200.00 repair cost to replace battery, cables and unplug sunroof drains. No reasonable explanation for this to happen."

Michael G., CT (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Safety defect: repeated failure of trunk to latch in freezing weather, thus allowing exhaust gasses to enter the car and constant warning chimes: FOUR return visits for dealer to address, despite a TSB for this problem. Absurd treatment by BMW"

Mark P., TX (2011 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"rear window would not go down"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Passenger window would not stay closed. Opened automatically when tried to close."

Anonymous, HI (2011 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Shifter would not engage D/S mode"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Manual DS system wouldn't downshift. Being repaired now. Repair expensive ($1000+)"

Anonymous, NY (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"We were complaining about the transmission making a whining sound from the day we bought the car and we were told there was nothing wrong with it then as usual after the car was out of warantee the dealer told us the hydraulic pump in the trans. needs to be replaced. liars!"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Transmission computer is fussy and needs to be reset often"

Tyler J., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Transition from stopped to motion sometimes lags for 2-3 seconds"

D S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"While I have taken the Car to our BMW Dealership they do not feel there is anything wrong with the way the transmission shifts. I find the car's transmission stay unusually long for each shift unless I am accelerating. Any slow acceleration accentuates the slowness in the shifting of gears"

Anonymous, PA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Reset the computer to try to fix the drive time lag. Did not fix"

D S., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"gasket"

Mike W., CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both gaskets failed on torque converter/transmission. Caused vacuum leaks. Cost over $4000 to repair."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"It was actually a minor transmission leak but because of the difficult installation the engine mount had to be disconnected to change the transmission oil pan gasket. This ran up the labor cost tremendously."

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"Seals between engine and transmission and torque converter. Fixed $4500 later."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"After the repair by the BMW dealer, we have had intermittent transmission oil on the garage floor. When we go back to dealer, they indicate they cannot find any leaks"

Anonymous, IN (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission was surging and was repaired by dealer even though the warranty had expired"

Anonymous, NY (2011 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

Differential

"Excessive noisy bearings in rear differential"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"During regular service technician detected a noise in the differential, resulting in replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The O ring seals began to leak. New seals were replaced and paid for by the owner. It was very expensive but necessary."

Richard H., OH (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced because of a noise coming from the rear end of the car"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series)
Driveshaft or axle

"Wheel bearing went out"

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear bearing worn and vibrating"

Michael H., BC (2011 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"The climate system on the car stopped working completely. There was no power to the system controller in the cabin and it would not heat or cool the vehicle."

Blaine H., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)