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Old 06-26-2015, 10:36 PM
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2008 328 unreliable according to True Delta

I was interested in one but it says 84 out of 100 2008 328 i's needed repairs.... they had an average of 70k miles i believe... the one I'm looking at is close to that... this scares me

http://www.truedelta.com/car-reliability.php#

There's a chart here... 44% of probs with the engine... 5% transmission

http://www.truedelta.com/BMW-3-Series/problems-13/2008


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Old 06-27-2015, 04:12 AM
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I was interested in one but it says 84 out of 100 2008 328 i's needed repairs.... they had an average of 70k miles i believe... the one I'm looking at is close to that... this scares me

http://www.truedelta.com/car-reliability.php#

There's a chart here... 44% of probs with the engine... 5% transmission

http://www.truedelta.com/BMW-3-Series/problems-13/2008


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Frightening! Few cars have that sort of record. Imagine, repairs before 70,000 miles.

That is no engineering. That is low quality, unlike what they tell you when the salesman offers you his car.

I would not buy this car. Or if you are in love with it, find one that has had no repairs before 70,000 miles.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:30 AM
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We all know it s unreliable

We still buy it over lexus

We are trully nuts
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:48 AM
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We all know it s unreliable

We still buy it over lexus

We are trully nuts
Yea but I was under the impression that the 328 was the most reliable than all the bmw's, much more so than the 335... 328 is supposed to be rather problem free no?

So that's why it was weird to see those numbers because I picked the 328 because it was known to be reliable out of all the BMW's!

Some of the numbers on that site were contributed by Bimmerfest members btw...
If you scroll all the way down you can read the descriptions of issues they had... http://www.truedelta.com/BMW-3-Series/problems-13/2008

Also i am aware that people reporting things on these sites are more likely to have problems with them and therefore report them...but the ones that few problems are probably not at sites like that and probably not contributing any data cause ... so that may skew it too. Hard to say...

but it does make me nervous. I was thinking about the Acura TSX too... which is slower, V$... (there's no V6 around me).... but it scores very high on that reliability chart thing....

The one I'm looking is the 4dr RWD Sedan (Sulev) with 60k miles and costs $14k from BMW of Beverly Hills...

This is the probs reported with that exact model and make.. holy shiet


2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008 Delay in throttle response when accelerating from a complete stop; while driving under 30 mph, stepped on the gas but the car didn't accelerate even though the engine revved all the way up. Warning light came on; happened twice within 20 minutes.
Aug 2008 down shift not in sync with throttle response; car does not glide smoothly to a complete stop
BMW 3-Series in Arizona, United States
Apr 2013 - Jan 2015
Jun 2013 US $400 Main battery replacement. A recall item was taken care of during this visit.
Aug 2013 Left rear window regulator failure . . . guess the Jeep Liberty regulator problem followed me to the 328!
Sep 2013 Idler pulley replaced
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2011
Aug 2010 Power Mirror memory module failed. Motor and controller replaced; computer reprogrammed.
BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2012 - May 2013
Oct 2012 leaking valve cover gasket
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2013
Feb 2013 US $300 TPMS replaced
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2015
Feb 2014 US $4250 Just routine service rattle new battery
Mar 2015 heater blower motor no start, replace battery
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
Sep 2013 US $400 Combination Brake, ABS, and DTC lights come on & car drives poorly until I manually disable system.
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Jan 2015
Jul 2013 US $50 Car failed to shift to sport mode. Shift assembly and wire harness replaced. Bent sliders broken. Known issue. Cup holders jammed
Oct 2014 Shift interlock solenoid failed.
Jan 2015 Rear window regulators failed on both LHS and RHS.
BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2015
Mar 2014 US $50 Replaced thermostat
May 2015 Replace ignition coils
BMW 3-Series in Oregon, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2015
Aug 2011 Replaced dim radio display Replaced noisy lifters Seat Belt sticky - replaced
BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
Sep 2010 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011 Reprogrammed transmission to improve shifting at low speeds Knocking sound from lifters
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Jun 2008 - Feb 2013
Aug 2010 Had the ticking noise coming from the lifters that many people with the N52 have. Dealer replaced lifters and sound hasn't returned.
Aug 2011 Air Conditioner wasn't blowing out cold air. Dealer found leaky hose and replaced air conditioner components. Full functionality restored. Trunk release actuator stopped working and trunk would not open. Dealer replaced trunk release pad and functionality restored.
Nov 2012 US $2800 AC evaporator developed a leak. Dash needed to be removed in order to replace.
BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2014
Mar 2011 Power door lock failed
Nov 2013 Problem w/ wiring caused failure of car. Quit running and would not restart. Was covered under recall.
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2011
Jul 2008 Window sun shade replaced.
Dec 2008 Replaced rear side window sun screen.
Mar 2009 Replaced driver door mid-range speaker.
Sep 2010 US $1200 New TCU module installed. New battery installed.
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2014
Jan 2011 Noisy lifters. Replaced.
Nov 2011 Brakes replaced
Mar 2012 continued to have ticking noise. Dealer replaced HEAD. Subsequently, check engine light came on, and they replaced some injector.
Jul 2013 US $200 Ac not blowing very cold. Recharged.
Nov 2013 Check engine light came on repeatedly. Some pulley needed replacement as well as belt. Sensor replaced. Battery replaced.
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2015
Jan 2010 Replaced mirror housing. Driver's side mirror kept adjusting itself to full downward position.
Dec 2010 Stereo made buzzing sound, and intermittently did not work. Dealer replaced a connector and did something to the software.
Apr 2011 Steering vector electronic device went bad. They replaced the device under warranty.
Sep 2011 AC condensor developed mildew. They applied some treatment they said would work. The smell went away for a while, but has since come back a little.
Apr 2013 US $450 Tensioner and pulley broke; replaced, and also replaced belt.
Jun 2013 Front control arm bushings were bad. Replaced them. Now car rides like new again.
Sep 2014 Airbag and seatbelt warning lights were active.

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Old 06-27-2015, 08:51 AM
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We still buy it over lexus
I was or am considering a used Lexus IS250 as well (used with lots of miles) and from googling, it has LOTS and LOTS of problems with carbon build up and idling/stalling at red lights.... shaking at red lights... that makes me nervous too.. unacceptable!


Look at all the topics about the IS250 stalling.idling at redl lights at ClubLexus....there's like 50 topics about this issue! https://www.google.com/search?q=lexu...w=1920&bih=902

Lexus not reliable either!

That's what scared me away from the IS250; I don't want my car stalling, shaking at a red light... not acceptable, especially for a luxury brand

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Old 06-27-2015, 09:30 AM
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Also, does anyone have an idea how one would go about doing an inspection on a used car at the dealer?

I know a good indie shop... but i doubt the dealer would let me take the car out to the indie shop for a test?

and i doubt the mechanic would have time to go to the dealer....

how does this work?
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:22 PM
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:45 PM
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Also, does anyone have an idea how one would go about doing an inspection on a used car at the dealer?

I know a good indie shop... but i doubt the dealer would let me take the car out to the indie shop for a test?

and i doubt the mechanic would have time to go to the dealer....

how does this work?

Whizzikers....doubt consumes you.

Dude! Stop wasting time. Get a Honda, and be done with it!
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Pick a manufacturer / make that does not start with or contain a 'B.'

Be safe (no pun intended.)

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Also, does anyone have an idea how one would go about doing an inspection on a used car at the dealer?

I know a good indie shop... but i doubt the dealer would let me take the car out to the indie shop for a test?

and i doubt the mechanic would have time to go to the dealer....

how does this work?
Any dealer that won't let you get an independent inspection isn't worth dealing with. Also, don't worry so much about what "might" happen and live a little. If you like the car buy it and enjoy it. I am on my 4th BMW since 2008 and not one has had to go to the shop for a single issue.
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I would not even buy a car...any car if I were you. What would happen if you got a nail in the tire or God forbid your muffler bearing went out. The thought of changing out the winter air in your tires every spring would probably drive you crazy. Heaven forbid the flux capacity goes south....dealer nightmare on those. I think the mass transit is probably your best route....might make a few friends along the way that could take you car shopping in the future when you finally realize that sh*t happens. Are you really tthis neurotic? Hell Jack nicholson has less issues than you in "As good as it gets".
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Also, does anyone have an idea how one would go about doing an inspection on a used car at the dealer?

I know a good indie shop... but i doubt the dealer would let me take the car out to the indie shop for a test?

and i doubt the mechanic would have time to go to the dealer....

how does this work?
How does it work?
You ask to have the car inspected at your expense.
If they give you grief ask them to issue a 5 year warranty.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:42 AM
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I was interested in one but it says 84 out of 100 2008 328 i's needed repairs.... they had an average of 70k miles i believe... the one I'm looking at is close to that... this scares me

http://www.truedelta.com/car-reliability.php#

There's a chart here... 44% of probs with the engine... 5% transmission

http://www.truedelta.com/BMW-3-Series/problems-13/2008


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Water pump is the main issue on the 328i. I think you'll be fine, they're great cars. Buy it and enjoy it!
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AFAIK that was fixed by the 2008 model year, mostly seen on the 325i and 330i.
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So Bentley is OUT then

Bugatti is OUT too
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Bugatti is OUT too
And for low budget's I guess Buick is out too
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Berkeley, Bertone, Blackhawk, Bricklin & Bristol are off the list as well.
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