BMW - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Compare BMW models

The following chart shows the BMW models that have had the most problems reported. Note that a model on the top of the list may simply indicate that it is a popular model rather than a problematic car. For example, over the years, BMW has sold far more 328 model cars than the 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  328
2,342
  X5
2,229
  325
2,017
  330
1,145
  Z4
1,135
  3 Series
1,089
  335
1,048
  X3
996
  530
744
  750
665
  323
556
  5 Series
546
  528
546
  525
467
  M3
411
  535
355
  745
332
  Z3
257
  740
219
  540
219
  550
215
  545
163
  7 Series
158
  135
144
  X6
124
  M5
88
  650
85
  318
77
  645
57
  760
46
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
13
  850
11
  Z8
7
  735
3
  840
2

Number of problems reported for all models of BMW built from year 1996 to 2018.

Owners of BMW cars have reported a total of 18,547 problems across all BMW models built from year 1996 to 2018. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all BMW models, is 805.3. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,737 problems).

Table 2. Number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 BMW
115
  1997 BMW
273
  1998 BMW
283
  1999 BMW
390
  2000 BMW
837
  2001 BMW
937
  2002 BMW
812
  2003 BMW
1,316
  2004 BMW
1,749
  2005 BMW
988
  2006 BMW
2,737
  2007 BMW
2,040
  2008 BMW
1,691
  2009 BMW
835
  2010 BMW
560
  2011 BMW
1,363
  2012 BMW
585
  2013 BMW
572
  2014 BMW
195
  2015 BMW
105
  2016 BMW
67
  2017 BMW
46
  2018 BMW
25

Common problems of BMW Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported across all models of BMW cars. The number one most common problem of BMW cars is related to the vehicle's air bags, with 4,104 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,276 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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