Hey you. Come over here. I got a secret, yeah you, come on over, I got a secret for you. Come here closer, do you want to know what the most reliable 3-series BMW is? I’m gonna share that with you right now. Okay everybody, we’re gonna review my top picks for most reliable 3-series BMWs today that money can buy. Now generally as a rule let’s get to this, there’s certain things you want to avoid for sure without even talking about specific models to buy, certain things you want to avoid in the 3-series marketplace, v8 motors, SMG transmissions, DCT transmissions, all wheel drive systems, turbos, those are all things that add complexity to an engine and unfortunately a lot of the modern F30 and F80 engines have numbers of features and as a result the F30 and F80 cars ,they’re still fairly new, so it’s kind of hard to judge them right now, but they themselves may have a lot of issues as time goes on, so as a rule I’m not saying don’t buy the F30 and F80 series of 3-series. That’s the newest stuff. Basically what I am saying though, if you’re going to buy them, make sure you get the latest and the greatest, then hopefully you have some warranty, you’re satisfied with the service history, and that overall the miles are reasonable, after all these are the latest from the brand and they can’t all be bad. It’s just that time will tell which ones are weaker than other ones. So as a rule if you want the later cars, don’t necessarily feel free to shy away from them, I’m just going to give you what I know as the most reliable three series BMWs. Now let’s go on another thing that you want to be watching out for, our transmissions. So you’ve got to understand that BMW has used different variations General Motors or ZF transmissions along the way. ZF is the primary used transmissions throughout the series, they still use them today in many or more capacities, as an example the new m5, but they use ZF transmissions way back in lauded the 3-series cars in the 80’s, 90’s, and such and you’ve got to understand that they are actually very robust. So as a rule they shift well, they work well, and if well-maintained, are very, very reliable. That being said an automatic transmission is not a bad choice in busy cities and stop-and-go traffic, but at the end of the day a manual transmission is always the more sporting touch, as well there’s less moving parts, so likely you’re gonna have less issues in the long run with a manual gearbox. It’s just generally more fun that way, so before we get into our list of the top five choices that I have for you, you make sure that you hit the subscribe button of the channel. Don’t forget the notification bell so you know when the next great video comes up as well as like and I’d love to hear your comments down below. So let’s get moving, the first choice of most reliable, we’ll start with the oldest most reliable 3-series BMW goes to the e36 325i, and that is equipped with a manual gearbox, so that run would be in the 1991 to 1995 years, and was actually a very sporting car in its day. Still to this day it has a very spunky engine with a hundred and eighty nine horsepower in a manual gearbox, this car was guaranteed to provide lots of fun. Now some of you guys might ask what about the 328 that came later, well no the 328 was actually a different engine type, and actually had issues with high sulfur content, would tend to eat away on the NICUs aligners that you found in the 328 cars and because of that NICUs all started eating away from high sulfur content back in those earlier years, that’s why I would primarily recommend a 325. It was relatively bulletproof and you didn’t have those issues, it was actually a different generation of engine than the 328, and I would be more than satisfied with a hundred and eighty nine horsepower provided. So my second choice goes to the e46 330i, 330CI, or even better the 330 ZHP which is the the extra performance oriented car that they actually BMW bumped up the power a wee bit, and added a whole bunch of track rated suspension bits and pieces, as well or some cosmetics like spoiler up grades and things, but in essence it was an upgraded 330ci and the zhp package was a really, really nice performance version. That being said, we’re really essentially talking about reliability and the 330 had the 3 liter inline 6 engine that was more or less the same as what you found in the 325 of the same generation, which was the m54 motor that shared the same bore as the 325, but had an increased stroke over the 325, and therefore created a wee bit more power up from the 189 you had. Now it had 225 horsepower. So my third choice in terms of top reliability for three series BMWs goes to the e46 325i, as you can tell, but the XI you’ll notice the XI on there, that’s the all-wheel-drive version I would probably be without that unless you really need the all-wheel drive or CI or any of those variations of the 325, which also uses the basic engine architecture that you found in the 330 and it’s the m54. The reason I say this is the most reliable, is because it’s the tried and true, the silky smooth inline 6 engine that BMW is so well known for, in this guys in the 325 in the e46 variation, it produces a hundred and eighty nine horsepower again, same from you would find in a e36, but again just in a slightly newer skin, but that 325 engine was one of the most reliable BMWs ever produced, and when you coupled that with a manual gearbox, there was almost nothing you needed to worry about, other than standard maintenance. Yeah you could still have water pump, so you could have leaky valve cover gaskets, I mean those aren’t necessarily uncommon tasks for any BMW, but really that was about all you had to worry about, everything else was pretty basic, the car was fun to drive, and it just kept on going, and they had such a strong reputation, and were very, very popular for many many years. So my fourth favorite and most reliable 3-series BMW, again that silky smooth inline 6, goes to the e90 328i, this time the 325 is actually still a great engine, but because the 328 now uses the same engine setup as the basic 330, which is the m52 engine, and it has been vastly improved upon over the previous 328, it’s actually based on the previous generation 330 in the e46, the new n52 has proven to be far more reliable than the previous 328 engine. It’s as good as anything the 325s or the 330s from the 46, and this time it produced about 231 horsepower and about 200 foot-pounds of torque, and again there’s a common theme here, straight-6 engine by BMW, buttery smooth, super reliable. And so the fifth choice for the most reliable 3-series BMW goes to the e90 330i, that shares the same n52 engine as you find in the 328, the difference is some slight fine-tuning. This engine of course N52 as a rule took advantage of some upgrades from exhaust tuning, DME tuning, as well as intake manifold is upgraded from the previous generations of 330, and 325. That’s how they extracted more power, but now the 330 in the 90 produced up to 268 horsepower, and they produce these cars in 2005 to about 2013, so that would to me would be the most, the newest version, of a reliable silky smooth inline six BMW that money can buy, with performance in mind of course. Don’t forget after that BMW all of a sudden started adopting turbochargers and went with smaller engines, as you saw a previous review idea of a newer 330, it actually had a turbocharged inline-4, again yet to be verified or proven how reliable they are, time will tell, so that’s my top 5 most reliable BMWs, the common theme here, you have to understand everybody, is they were all inline sixes. That truly is BMWs benchmark engine series. So hope everybody enjoyed that video, please make sure if you haven’t already subscribed, make sure you d,o as well don’t forget to check the most unreliable 3-series BMW, a previous video I just recently posted. Don’t forget to check that one out, so if you don’t want one of these cars, just make sure you don’t fall into the trap of one of those other cars, unless you’re prepared to spend the cash. So thanks again everybody for coming out. I’m glad you watched the video, I hope to see on the next one, and we’ll see you real soon everybody. Bye bye.