Take care of your BMW and she’ll take care of you

3-Series | January 8th, 2015 by 9
1995 1999 BMW M3 E36 coupe 01 750x500

I’ve already written several articles on BMWBLOG and someone of you might have noticed by now that I own an E36 BMW. I talk about it …

I’ve already written several articles on BMWBLOG and someone of you might have noticed by now that I own an E36 BMW. I talk about it a lot, much to everyone’s dismay, I’d imagine. I can’t help it, I love my car. She’s old, tired and has a million (237,xxx) miles but she has never stopped kicking, despite all of the hardship she’s been through. But that’s not why I’m here, talking to you kind folk. I’m talking about BMW reliability.

I’ve read quite a few articles and heard many people claim that BMWs are unreliable, undependable cars just because they’re German. This is an unfair assessment from people who’ve owned too many Volkswagens. BMWs are not unreliable. In fact, BMW straight-six engines are some of the strongest, longest lasting engines out there. They’re practically bulletproof.

1998 BMW 328i1 750x322

Now despite my profound love for my car, I have no misconceptions about it. The E36 is not among the best of BMWs. But the old girl has been through quite a lot; insane NJ snowstorms, driven through two hurricanes, been hit my other cars while parked, and has been driven by a hooligan (Me) for the past seven years and still runs beautifully. Sure only one of the four doors is fully functional (lock, window and handle) and the traction control no longer works, but the lovely M52, straight-six still runs as smooth as the day it was built.

1995 1999 BMW M3 E36 coupe 01 750x318

All it takes to keep BMWs running well is maintenance. That may seem like a simple concept, but it’s something that is overlooked far too often. By maintenance, I mean oil changes, gasket replacement and overall just keeping up with any issues that may arise. Again, this may sound simple but it’s amazing how many people claim BMWs are unreliable because a valve cover gasket goes bad.

BMWs, like all German cars, require meticulous taking care of because they’re built with a meticulous attention to detail. So to have a car made with the kind of engineering, or over-engineering, that BMWs are made with, then you’re going to have to keep up with it. BMWs aren’t unreliable, they only require a specific amount of attention that only a true car enthusiast can provide. Will they be as carefree, maintenance-wise, as a Toyota? No, but that’s the point. BMWs need to be taken care of, but they’re worth it.

9 responses to “Take care of your BMW and she’ll take care of you”

  1. CDspeed says:

    I’ve heard that too, people claiming BMWs are unreliable, but I’ve never had a problem that would turn me off of the brand. I’ve had service from BMW dealers that was very poor, but I can’t blame the brand for the actions of a franchised dealer.

  2. CDspeed says:

    I’ve heard that too, people claiming BMWs are unreliable, but I’ve never had a problem that would turn me off of the brand. I’ve had service from BMW dealers that was very poor, but I can’t blame the brand for the actions of a franchised dealer.

  3. Mike Vella says:

    Eh, you hear that about all the German brands. I heard that since I bought my first VW.
    Like you said, if you keep up with the maintenance (and find a mechanic/shop/dealer you trust well) they’ll keep running great.
    One thing I will say is that for anyone buying any car new, if you’re not happy with your service adviser at the dealer and you can do business elsewhere, don’t think twice to move. They are supposed to be your advocate when even the most little things go south.

  4. The Sharpe Collection BMW says:

    Keeping good care of any car in general is something that is easily overlooked. When we certify our pre owned BMWs that are brought in we make sure that they have been properly taken care of. http://www.sharpebmw.com/certified-inventory/index.htm

  5. ohtilob says:

    it’s good to see this truth written. when people ask me if bmws are expensive to fix, I say: “not if they don’t break!” my e36 323ic is about to roll over 300k miles. it has only had to pull over once, at 213k miles, for a broken radiator. it has required maintenance, but no other major repairs, not even a clutch. I’ve only changed the oil when the service interval indicator says to, not before.

  6. Mike says:

    Hey Peeps! Question??……does a 2008 328 original suspension fit a 2003 330!? please advice thank you!!

  7. Mike says:

    Hey Peeps! Question??……does a 2008 328 original suspension fit a 2003 330!? please advice thank you!!

  8. Justin says:

    Sure only one of the four doors is fully functional just only the lock and gas fill

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