The BMW M3 takes top place in the "Auto Bild" endurance test.


The BMW M3 takes top place in the "Auto Bild" endurance test.

SIMPLY THE BEST.The BMW M3 takes top place in the "Auto Bild" endurance test.

In the gruelling endurance test of over 100,000 kilometres carried out by the magazine "Auto Bild", the BMW M3 Sedan achieved the top score – zero faults and an overall grade A plus. This makes the M automobile the best among the almost 200 endurance test cars ever to be tested by "Auto Bild".

BMW M3 Sedan: Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 10.1-10.0 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 231-227 (WLTP)

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"Placing first shows that we can deliver long-term quality. It is especially great that independent, professional experts have confirmed this with extensive tests."
Gerhard Kurz, Head of Corporate Quality BMW AG


For two years, the BMW M3 had to prove that it could perform convincingly both every day and under special test conditions. Every breakdown and every fault were meticulously recorded and included in the overall assessment. The general condition of the car was also assessed after 100,000 kilometres by independent testers from the DEKRA testing company. In addition to the external assessment, the endurance saloon was disassembled into its individual parts, which were examined for wear and tear. The components were cleaned, tested, and measured. The result of the final assessment is that it doesn't get any better than this.

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Dismantled BMW M3 with the team of mechanics

The tested BMW M3 with the dismantling team

BMW M3 Sedan

All fluids must be removed before disassembly.

Rear axle of a BMW M3 Sedan

Rear axle of the BMW M3 with further chassis components.

Six second and third-year apprentices from the Dingolfing plant took on the task of dismantling the BMW M3 Sedan, which was driven by "Auto Bild" from October 2021 to November 2023. Working together with a master craftsman, the "Auto Bild" editors and a DEKRA expert, they dismantled the BMW M3 Sedan into its individual parts over three days.

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The conclusion of the "Auto Bild" editors on the BMW M3 in general is that it is "the essence of driving pleasure. Sometimes it’s a loud beast. Definitely a hot love, for some it’s a real beauty, for some it’s a drug and ultimately it’s an A+ in our reliability list." None of the almost 200 cars of the past 30 years mastered the endurance test quite so flawlessly and healthily. Despite its crystal-clear, highly dynamic M origin, the BMW M3 saloon is also suitable for long journeys. It is also rust-resistant, wear-resistant, and superbly finished down to the last detail.

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Franciscus van Meel in front of a BMW M3

Franciscus van Meel.

"We see driving pleasure not just as a snapshot in time, but as a promise that we uphold throughout the entire service life of our high-performance vehicles through continuous sportiness and reliability."
Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH
Peter Weber in front of a BMW i4.

Peter Weber.

"The car is an absolute icon and has many fans in our team. The test result is a great motivation for all of us and shows that our clear focus on precision and top quality is paying off."
Peter Weber, Head of BMW Group Plant Munich, where the BMW M3 Sedan is built


The German motoring magazine Auto Bild has been published weekly since 1986 and is Europe's largest motoring magazine. Various service articles, including the 100,000 kilometre endurance test, are an important part of the magazine. With these, Auto Bild aims to provide a practical decision-making aid for all car drivers. In addition, the magazine, together with the weekly magazine "Bild am Sonntag", presents the ""Das Goldene Lenkrad" award once a year in various categories to outstanding new cars. Chosen by a jury of Auto Bild readers and experts, the BMW M3 Competition Touring won in the "Sports Car" category in 2023.

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BMW M3 Sedan: Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 10.1-10.0 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 231-227 (WLTP)

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