Used BMW 3-Series Convertible (2007 - 2013) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 25 Jan 2010
The 3-Series Convertible is undoubtedly one of the most desirable models in the BMW line-up. It combines effortless elegance with everyday practicality and an exciting drive - in fact it is one of the finest drop-tops on sale today.

4.5 out of 5



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The 3-Series saloon has a five-star Euro NCAP rating and, although the Convertible hasn’t been tested separately, it would be expected to perform similarly. The list of safety equipment is impressive. In addition to ABS, seatbelt pre-tensioners and driver, passenger and side airbags, it gets a list of high-tech features covered under the DSC+ name. These include stability control, brake pre-tensioning, cornering brake control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution and hill start assistance.

Security-wise, there’s an immobiliser and a Thatcham Category 1-rated alarm, as well as a glove box that locks with the remote central locking (to keep it secure when the roof is down).

4.5 out of 5


BMW is renowned for its quality, and this generation of 3-Series is no exception. It’s so far proving to be exceptionally reliable with no major problems. The Convertible feels precisely built and there’s good attention to detail throughout the car.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


No problems reported.


No problems reported.