Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Have had several issues in a short time: 1) faulty rear diff. 2) faulty dual mass flywheel. 3) noisy hydraulic lifters. I have not had the car long enough for a fully informed view and all repairs/servicing have been done under warranty/service pack. however, I am impressed at the mpg I am achieving for a 3.0 high performance car.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problem with mecanical reliability but car stereo issue persists, so electrical reliability of entertainment system could be better. Not bad on tyre wear, mpg is decent for performance, manufacturer offers service pack for ł350 which covers servicing costs for 5 years. overall, not bad at all.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

It went back to the dealer 12 times in the first two years and few problems (rattles, loose parts, pieces falling off) were ever fixed.. Mpg not good. cost to drive to and from dealer to get warranty work done was unnecessary expense especially when they did not provide a courtesy car..

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 1/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

I've had some minor problems when switching the engine on, but this is sorted by turning it off then on again. It's going to cost more than ł800 to replace the tyres when that needs doing and my next major service would cost ł500 at bmw or ł240 at a independent bmw specialist.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Many faults car now undrivablelightsdriveline slacktracking to the leftbraking shakesteering shakeelectric windowair conditioningwheel imbalancenoise from final drivecomplete abs traction control failthrottle sharpness. Had to buy a new car was so unreliable.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 1/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Nothing has gone wrong and always drives perfectly. It's a 3 litre petrol manual sports car so you can't expect it to be very low in running costs day to day but reliability is excellent so those running costs are minimal.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Tinny problem in that fog lights mist up. water and lights seems to be a problem for bmw. other than that faultless. 30mpg froma 3ltr petrol is better than a lot of people with 4*4 diesels so I'm happy.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Initial problems with paint and rattles were cured in the first couple of months. Its what I expected as I have run bmw before. still no service required until feb next year.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Broken roof bracket prevented roof operation, otherwise totally reliable. Acceptable fuel consumption given the available performance.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent, beautiful and a joy to drive. It still makes me smile every day even though i've had it for over a year.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Drivetrain reliable, only 1 other problem in 3.5 years. Parts/servicing expensive, but not needed frequently.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

One or two teething problems when new, no problems since. Other than fuel, no costs since.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far. Took advantage of bmw service package which is most cost effective.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

From new, only one minor electrical fault. Acceptable for the type of car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great, very reliable and easily one of the most enjoyable cars I've had.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems to type about. Nothing happened to compare with.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems encountered. Exactly as anticipated.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No faults. Very good for a sports car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very good fun car quality built

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable car, very pleased

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems. Average.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Electrical problems

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

FABULOUS MOTORCAR

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5