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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 10 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.
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.
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.

Owner Reports

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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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001.
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

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.

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Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (230 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (265 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (320 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.

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)

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

Kelli R., IL (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Unsure)
Coil

“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)

“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)

“The engine ran rough, like it was missing”

Anonymous, KS (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)

“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)

“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)

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)

“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)

“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 injection system

“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)

“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

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)
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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“Drive belt tensioner was broken. Drive belt was also worn”

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

“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

“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

“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)

“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

“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 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)

“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 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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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

“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)
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

“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)

“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)

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

“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)

“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

“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)

“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

“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)

“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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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

“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)
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)

“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

“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)
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)

“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)

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

“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)
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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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 Unsure)

“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)

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)

“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)

“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

“Sensor switch went bad. under warranty”

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

“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)

“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)

“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)

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)

“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)

“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)

“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 Unsure)
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)

“Lost satellite radio icon, took to dealer to restore”

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

“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)

“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)

“Scheduled maintenance. Replaced front brakes and calipers”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 BMW 3 Series 328i 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)

“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)

“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 Unsure 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)

“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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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 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)

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

“Already explained in previous”

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

“Developed abnormal noises with turning”

Steven B., MA (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)
Shocks or struts

“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)

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

“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)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Just would not cool”

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

“Latch cable in drivers door failed. Replaced shortly after purchasing”

Anonymous, NS (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)

“rear window would not go down”

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

“Windshield easily scratched and pitted¿first year”

Laurence B., CA (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

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)

“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)
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)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“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)
Differential

“Excessive noisy bearings in rear differential”

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure 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)

“Needed to be replaced because of a noise coming from the rear end of the car”

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)
Stability control (ESC)

“DTC/DSC sensor became defective however malfunction comes and goes. I do not believe the BMW service personnel really know the cause of the problem”

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“had to replace the entire exhaust system due to service error”

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

“Diesel particulate filter failed”

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

“Failure occurred while under warranty”

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

“Replaced at no cost under warrenty”

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

“Replaced under warranty at no cost”

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Couldn't select reverse, transmission replaced”

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

“Complete failure of transmission following several months of subtle problems. Had transmission checked by dealer, found no problems but then transmission failed. Had it replaced. The regular warranty covered the repair. I have had MANY problems with”

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

“Our BMW all wheel drive seems to drive like the brake is on. There is a low humming sound in the drive train, and when you let off the gas, the car seems to slow quickly, it does not coast. Loaner vehicle have been AWD, and they don't drive in the same manner”

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