Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW 2 Series coupe?
The 2 Series Coupe has a sporty mein, and its owners will probably have used them enthusiastically. Check the exhaust for any tell-tale signs of blue or black smoke, and listen for any rattling noises from the top of the engine. Check the history carefully, and make sure services and oil changes have been carried out on time. Check the bodywork for scuffs and the alloy wheels for any signs of kerb damage.
What are the most common problems with a used BMW 2 Series coupe?
So far, reported issues with the 2 Series are remarkably few. Check for any trouble with a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF), especially on the diesel cars that might have been used for short, city journeys. Otherwise, there have been a few reports of interior trim creaking and some issues with the plastic flaps in the boot working loose, but nothing seemingly large enough to worry about. The engines and mechanicals are well known from other BMW models, and their reputation is good. Parts will be freely available at most dealers and with some specialist independents, too.
Is a used BMW 2 Series coupe reliable?
It seems it is. In one of our most recent reliability surveys, the 2 Series came second in the Coupes class, with a brilliant score of just over 90%. Less than 13% of the cars featured had a problem, and half of those were fixed in a week, with most being minor and no charges therefore being incurred. BMW as a brand don’t always fare as well as you might think in our surveys, but in this most recent one they finished a credible 21st out of 32 manufacturers.