2012 BMW 3 Series

  • Type: Sedan
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2012 BMW 3 Series Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Premium Car of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.
Compact Premium Car
#5 BMW 3 Series

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 BMW 3 Series after 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • Quality of the interior materials

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 BMW 3 Series during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Comfort of the 2nd row seats
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space
  • The vehicle's navigation system

Performance Specs

MPG City

17 - 23


25 - 34


230 - 320


6 speed, Manual, 8 speed, Automatic w/Manual Shift


Gas I6, Turbocharged Gas I4, Turbocharged Gas I6


All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 BMW 3 Series Review

It's one thing to create a vehicle. It's quite another thing to create a category. Today the BMW 328i Sedan continues to define the segment with razor-sharp lines 240 horses and a 4-cylinder engine that adds even more power and to its agility. The close spacing gear ratio in the optional 8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission enables maximum use of the optimum rev range significantly lowering fuel consumption and enhancing shift comfort. The optional onboard navigation system controlled via iDrive uses GPS satellites a digital map and where available Real Time Traffic Information to guide you to your destination. Unlike traditional stereo systems Logic7 routes two-channel stereo sound through a seven-channel playback matrix to create 360-degree Surround Sound. Enjoy added safety security and convenience with BMW Assist services. With BMW Assist you have a direct connection to the BMW Assist Response Center any time day or night. If you're in an accident need roadside assistance or have a customer service question just push a button from within your vehicle to speak with a response specialist. Park Distance Control uses sensors located in the rear bumper to measure exactly how far you are from other vehicles and unseen objects when parking. Using built-in sensors to continually monitor multiple variables our Dynamic Stability Control system can detect and more importantly help correct the loss of wheel traction immediately. Proof that time shapes everything. Including an icon. The 2013 BMW 3 Series Sedan.

J.D. Power Award Winner

Performance Award Winner

Awarded to the models with the highest owner ratings for design and performance after the first 90 days of ownership
2012 BMW 3 Series JD Power Award Winner
2012 BMW 3 Series

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