Has BMW reliability truly improved?

Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by TekDragon, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. TekDragon

    TekDragon Guest

    I've always been a big fan of the BMW look and feel, but my friends and family always dismissed my respect for BMW as being faulty because BMW's are simply TOO unreliable. Engine failures, costly repairs, poor performance after a few years, etc.

    I lack the search button so I could not go back and look, so i'm asking this here:

    Can you guys give me links to either statistics or educated opinions proving to me that BMW's reliability has improved?

    I'd love to make the 5 series my next purchase :)
     
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  2. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan

    Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan OT Supporter

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    i didn't know they were very unreliable. i know the M3 had problems and the early 745's did with the iDrive and such, but i thought overall they were reliable. :dunno:
     
  3. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    New 5er has had multiple issues with i-Drive and the new adaptive steering. If you're looking into a new BMW I would suggest you limit the amount of technical gadgets. They seem to be the bulk of the recent issues.
     
  4. TekDragon

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    Besides all the fancy new gadgets, how is their basic engine systems?
     
  5. Jajibaji

    Jajibaji Remember, the enemy's gate is down.

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    i bought an e36 m3 secondhand and drove it for about four years, and never had a problem with the engine, that was rock solid. however, the electronics of the car were a mess. i had sensor's going off all the time when nothing was wrong. nothing really major, but a pain nonetheless. i'd agree with the post about limiting the tech gadgets, you'll probably be happier in the end.

    if you are in the market for a new bimmer, i'd suggest leasing, as all scheduled maintenance is covered for the first couple of years, and you'll be out of the lease before anything major happens on your watch.
     
  6. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    Very solid.
     
  7. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    bmw reliability ? oxymoron! There's a reson you see so many 2002 bmw's used at lots, these days... Next year it'll be 2003's. There's a trend.
     
  8. RaginBajin

    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    I don't have a problem with the I-drive system at all. I think a lot of the bugs were fixed in MY2005. I don't know too much about the adaptive steering, since I don't have it on my car.

    If you are interested in the new e60's then I would check out forums.e60.net
    There are tons of people on there with new e60's that can tell you more about the adaptive steering issue and if it has been fixed or not.
     
  9. RaginBajin

    RaginBajin Have you punched a donkey today?

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    You sure that it isn't because the lease's would be up on 2002's and people would want to jump in on the 2005 or now 2006's. Makes sense to me since most leases are 36 month leases.
     
  10. davequick

    davequick New Member

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    My wife will NEVER buy a BMW again.

    1) In 1996 I had a 1996 328is - had it towed to dealership 3 times in two months for "check engine" light. No fault in computer found at dealership, no courtesy car, no more 1996 BMW 328is for me.

    2) We decided to chance a 2002 BMW 525iA in 2001 and had an engine failure on the highway in 2002. 2 hours for AAA to show up, BMW customer care would not request a patrol car or taxi for wife and kid - thought it would be "ok to just have the three of you (my son was 2 and in a full on child seat that needs three point harness, etc.) to jump in with the driver. Huh? Called dealership to find out status of car next morning.... "we'll get to it when we can"... 3 days later (no loaner... luckily we had 3 cars at the time)... Fault = wiring harness corroded... service advisor says "it just happens on these cars".

    Wow... great customer service. NOT.

    Our local Mercedes dealer has been a pleasure and we've bought two new cars from them in the past four years. (2001 C-240 6 speed manual, 2005 E-320cdi diesel).

    -dq
     
  11. yo vanilla

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    LOL, no :rofl: . its because they all came of a 3 year lease. but when i worked at a bmw dealership, we called them bmtroublu's because we pushed alot of them into the shop.
     
  12. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    According to Consumer Reports, Audi is the only European marque with above-average reliability currently.
     
  13. TekDragon

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    Hmm.. guess i'll look to another brand. What's the point of a high performance car if it's sitting on the side of the road?
     
  14. P07r0457

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    Answer : Infiniti G35. nuff said.
     
  15. Fire Sauce

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    WRX :o

    That's the only Jap car I would ever own.

    I would consider looking at Audi's. The new Jags are proving to be very reliable, Road and Track has an XJ8 in their long term fleet and it garnered a lot of praise.

    The XJ8L is fucking hotness.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    first of all, NO.

    secondly, isn't subaru australian?
     
  17. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    :wtf: Your credibility in this forum just died miserably.
     
  18. Branislav

    Branislav orly?

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    amen
     
  19. Branislav

    Branislav orly?

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    wow, gtfo out of driven.
     
  20. Branislav

    Branislav orly?

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    and stop giving the guy oppinions, you are a moron!!!
     
  21. yo vanilla

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    LOL own3d by paul hogan
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    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    That's funny. I have a 2002 BMW 325i sport manual parked next to my M in my garage :mamoru:
     
  25. jinushaun

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    Germans + electronics = lose

    That's where most of the reliability issues/annoyances come from. :(
     

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