definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,950 miles

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2011 BMW M3 engine problems

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2011 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 142016


  • 40,600 miles


While driving my car on the road my engine automatically placed itself on neutral, the steering froze, and the engine turned off. After turning the system off, I turned it back on and drove away normally. Once I approached the a stop light the car did the same thing again but this time it had a cracking-rattling noise coming from the engine. Without any warnings or check engine light, oil light, my car suffered from broken main and rod bearings as stated by the BMW dealer. This has caused a lot of metallic debris throughout the engine causing engine failure.

- Highland, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 112014


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 BMW M3. The contact stated that the engine air intake became filled with water, clogging the hydro lock to the engine. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the vehicle was diagnosed with a clogged hydro lock. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 302014

M3 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
2011 BMW dct M3 engine turns off by it self while driving through intersection. Transmission goes into neutral. "N" pops up on the center cockpit. Steering wheel lock. Brakes work. Had to maintain foot on brakes. Have to push "engine start" button. Car starts up again. Engine stalling and shutting off is a safety hazard, especially if the car is in motion. Could cause death to end users or other people. Can cause property damages as well. This has happen twice within a 8 week period. Most recently on Nov 26,2014 approximately 430pm BMW "auto start stop function" ruled out because the led light above the button is lit, function is disable.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 162014

M3 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I was driving in queens mid town tunnel, suddenly my engine stalled and the car would not start again. It was a two lane tunnel, my car was blocking one lane of traffic. Called nypd to have the car towed to a safe location. According to the dealer of park ave BMW. They think its a engine failure.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 102014

M3 8-cyl

  • 35,150 miles
Ticking noise in the engine gradually got louder. Oil warning that it was low on oil. Added oil, still said it was low, then said it was too much. Then said it was low (particles from bearings were clogged in oil sensor giving false reading). Finally parked car when noise was so great that I thought it was going to blow up. Rod bears disintegrated on cylinders 2 and 5. had to replace the engine.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

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