BMW Reliability

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According to Consumer Reports, most new vehicles are manufactured to high quality standards and will easily reach the 100,000-mile mark. Under normal driving circumstances and with the proper care, a high-quality used car is an excellent long-term investment. In fact, the Department of Transportation notes that the average age of cars on the road today is 11 years. That’s great news if you want to bring a touch of luxury to your everyday driving experience without breaking your budget.

If you want to experience the perfectly-balanced ride of a BMW on your Staten Island commute, it makes sense to ask how long do BMW vehicles last. Even if you’ve found a CPO 3 Series model you love, are BMW models good cars 10 years down the line? Below, we’ll look at BMW reliability ratings from dependability experts like Consumer Reports and J.D. Power so you can decide for yourself!

Is a BMW a Good Car?

If you’re considering a used BMW, there’s one thing you need to know: how long do BMW vehicles last compared to other brands? The brand is known for its precise manufacturing standards, but is BMW a good car when you drive one around Manhattan every day for a decade? Fortunately, BMW reliability ratings from multiple agencies corroborate that sterling reputation:

  • Consumer Reports — In the 2020 rankings, every BMW in the lineup scored above average. The brand overall is ranked eighth, and the most-reliable BMW vehicles are the i3 electric vehicle and the X6 midsize SUV.
  • Consumer Reports — A 2018 reliability study tested over 500,000 vehicles to determine which models had the least issues as they racked up miles. Overall BMW reliability ranked above luxury competitors like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Lincoln, and Acura.
  • J.D. Power — A 2019 study measured the frequency of mechanical problems experienced by owners of 3-year-old vehicles over a 12-month period. BMW reliability ranked above average in this study as well.
  • iSeeCars — The BMW M6 was ranked among the top 10 Longest-Lasting Sports Cars by iSeeCars — with some M6 models in the study lasting over 200,000 miles!

Tips for Making Your BMW Last Longer

How many miles do BMW vehicles last with proper care? If you drive your car regularly and keep up with your model’s recommended service intervals, you can drive your BMW for many years to come! Before you purchase, keep in mind the following tips to maximize used BMW reliability:

  • Stay up-to-date on routine maintenance. Recommended maintenance schedules are designed to help you catch problems early and prevent damage. Learn more about your dashboard lights, check your owner’s manual, or call the BMW of Brooklyn service team for more info!
  • Only use genuine BMW replacement parts. OEM parts are manufactured to BMW factory specifications, so they’re essentially identical to your car’s original parts. Unlike aftermarket parts, you can be certain that OEM parts will fit perfectly and will never damage surrounding parts.
  • Perform your own inspections between scheduled service intervals. This way, you’ll catch warning signs before problems have a chance to grow.
  • Regularly wax and clean your BMW exterior. This will help prevent chipping, salt damage, and rust. Waxing can protect your car’s paint surface from rust and scratches. Regular interior cleaning will keep your upholstery in good shape longer, and leather conditioners will protect leather seats from scratches.

Find Your BMW for Sale in Brooklyn

If you have further questions on BMW reliability, service schedules, or warranty programs, contact the team at BMW of Brooklyn. We’re happy to help you choose a pre-owned or new BMW from our inventory that fits your budget and Queens driving needs. Fill out an online financing application today to get started! Also be sure to learn more about BMW ConnectedDrive with our team.

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