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Old 06-23-2013, 12:04 PM
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328i reliability?

Hey everyone, this is my first post so please forgive me if I do something wrong.

I'm looking at cars and really like the 328i sedan. I'm concerned about the reliability and if its really as bad as I'm reading on some of these forums. Things like the water pumps failing and what not. I really don't want to spend thousands every year for repairs. My parents 2003 Honda odyssey has been a complete nightmare when it comes to reliability and I don't want to go through that.

Any input from you guys would be great.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:07 PM
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328i reliability?

I drive an e90 2011 328xi, I've got almost 10k miles and I've never had a problem, but that's not a surprise considering I haven't driven it that much. Someone with more miles can give you a better idea
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:19 PM
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You're not doomed with the 328i.. Most of the problems I have read about on this forum have to do with the turbo cars.. (335i) The 328 definitely has its weak spots.. Water pump has been an issue with almost every BMW that I can remember. The 328i is about as reliable as BMWs come.. As with any brand its a luck of the draw thing.. Some will be great an never have an issue... Some will seem like they are constantly falling apart. My 540i that I had was the most unreliable car I had ever owned.. However, the other 3 BMWs that I have had, including my current 328i have been great. You have to realize that the forums represent a very small percentage of all owners.. Most people don't get on the forum to rave about how reliable their car is.. That's why it may seem flooded with issues.. In reality BMWs are not that problematic. That being said, repairs can get pricey depending where you get them done. try to avoid the dealerships. If you find a 328 you like have a ppi done and buy it. Good luck!
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:22 PM
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You have to realize that the forums represent a very small percentage of all owners.. Most people don't get on the forum to rave about how reliable their car is.. That's why it may seem flooded with issues.. In reality BMWs are not that problematic. That being said, repairs can get pricey depending where you get them done. try to avoid the dealerships. If you find a 328 you like have a ppi done and buy it. Good luck!
that's a good point, if people have problems the first place they go to is here or their dealership.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:28 PM
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Other than water pump & thermostat 328i is pretty reliable. I forgot to mention window regulator is another problem to look out for.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:33 PM
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Is the water pump something that I can replace myself? Window regulators don't bother me much. I just don't want to be spending thousands every year for repairs like my parents honda.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:55 PM
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Is the water pump something that I can replace myself? Window regulators don't bother me much. I just don't want to be spending thousands every year for repairs like my parents honda.
Well, Hondas have a pretty strong reputation for dependability too, don't they?

Any car can be good or bad, but our 2009 328ix hasn't needed anything but oil changes, filter changes and tire pressure checks.
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:11 PM
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Well, Hondas have a pretty strong reputation for dependability too, don't they?

Any car can be good or bad, but our 2009 328ix hasn't needed anything but oil changes, filter changes and tire pressure checks.
Not this Honda. At 70k miles it had A/C compressor failure, hvac vent failure, blower motor failure, both window motors failed, o2 sensors replaced and major suspension failure. And the battery only lasts for 2 years at the most. Surely a BMW would be more reliable.

Any year of 328i to avoid? I hear they did some cost cutting for 2011. Things like stereo and what not. (I work for Kicker so this won't be a problem).
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Common repairs that can be surprisingly expensive: leaking valve cover or oil filter gasket. Lots of labor involved.
The automatics have had a common component failure; I forget what it's called. YOu can do a search here.
Some early production cars had noisy valve lifters.
Water pump failure is common, and can lead to overheating and engine damage if you're not attentive.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:27 PM
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The 2009 328i is probably going to be one of the most reliable BMWs. No turbo issues and a few years into the model run to work out kinks. The LCI refresh in 2009 (slight body style tweaks) make it a much better looking car as well.

It's similar to our 2002 330i we have had for over 10 years and is approaching 130k miles. Yes the cooling parts were biodegradable and the gasket replacements were an annoyance. Just changed the valve cover gasket on my son-in-laws Corolla in the driveway for about $15 ..... if only BMW were that simple!
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Find one with low miles, the water pump is expensive and last about as long as previous generations, BUT, it's not cheap and there isn't a high performance replacement for it [yet].
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The 2009 328i is probably going to be one of the most reliable BMWs. No turbo issues and a few years into the model run to work out kinks. The LCI refresh in 2009 (slight body style tweaks) make it a much better looking car as well.

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Agreed, and precisely why I sought out a 2009 328.



As I said in another thread on this topic, if you are set on buying a BMW and reliability is your #1 concern, go with the 328. For additional peace of mind, maybe go with a 2009 or 2010 CPO...you'll have 2-3 years of warranty and that should be enough time to determine how reliable your car is without being over exposed to high repair costs.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:30 PM
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Would a 2010 or 2011 be just a good?
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There was some decontenting in 2010 and early 2011 (cheaper sound system comes to mind) to be aware of.

If your budget swings a 2011 Al Bundy's CPO comment is good or maybe just lease a new F30 and stay under warranty and maintenance .... if you run the numbers your monthly cost may be near what owning and repairing an older 328i will cost you.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:01 PM
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There was some decontenting in 2010 and early 2011 (cheaper sound system comes to mind) to be aware of.

If your budget swings a 2011 Al Bundy's CPO comment is good or maybe just lease a new F30 and stay under warranty and maintenance .... if you run the numbers your monthly cost may be near what owning and repairing an older 328i will cost you.
The 2011 model returned to the earlier higher quality hifi. It also has refined suspension tuning and IMO is noticeably smoother over bumps than earlier models.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:08 PM
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There was some decontenting in 2010 and early 2011 (cheaper sound system comes to mind) to be aware of.

If your budget swings a 2011 Al Bundy's CPO comment is good or maybe just lease a new F30 and stay under warranty and maintenance .... if you run the numbers your monthly cost may be near what owning and repairing an older 328i will cost you.
Yeah I'm wanting to keep this car for several years, I don't drive a lot but I want something nice for weekends. I need to look around some more. I'm not sure I really want the I drive system or not.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:11 PM
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The 2011 model returned to the earlier higher quality hifi. It also has refined suspension tuning and IMO is noticeably smoother over bumps than earlier models.
Really? That's good to know. Not sure I'm going to keep stock speakers anyway.
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The 2011 model returned to the earlier higher quality hifi. It also has refined suspension tuning and IMO is noticeably smoother over bumps than earlier models.
Yes, but this was a running change for 2011. I think cars built after 10/2010 had the better audio on the base sound system. Beware of 2011 models built before that. Of course, if the car is equipped with the Harman Kardon sound system, there are no worries about the cheaper sound system.

2011 was the last year model of the E90, and many people considered it to be the best of the series. Mechanically, the car had become very reliable. None of the 2010-2011 decontenting affected the car mechanically. Outside of the sound system, other decontenting measures were: interior ash tray deleted (replaced with eyeglass container), underhood insulation deleted, seatback netting deleted, and a few other items.

Also on the 2011 models, leather seats and 17" wheels became a no-cost option (Value Package).

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Re: 328i reliability?

I have about 86k miles on my 07 328i. The only thing that has ever had to be replaced on it was the water pump and the was as 81k miles. It cost me $1100 and only $350 of the was labor. I had the thermostat changed at the same time just so I would not have to spend another grand a week later. But other than that one time it has been an amazing machine.

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:43 AM
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Anybody ever have problems with the iDrive system going out like Lexus has problems with theirs?

Also, what's a good mileage range? A 2009 would be about 5 years old at this point.
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I have 19,000 plus miles on my 2011 328i and have not had a single issue with that car,I still have the warranty on the car and when it runs out I will purchase the BMW extended vehicle protection,it is well worth it.I love my car,"The ultimate Driving Machine"...
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I have a 2011 it was a leftover I bought in march of 2012. Mine has the hifi sound system. I currently have 31k on it and haven't had any problems, except for a radio glitch. Hasn't even used any oil.
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Would it be stupid to buy a 2009 in January of 2014? Is it to old at that point to be reliable with ~40k miles?
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