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 X5 model cars than the 840 model.

Table 1. Compare BMW models

BMW Model Number of Problems
  X5
2,141
  328
2,118
  325
1,998
  330
1,131
  Z4
1,097
  3 Series
1,068
  335
1,019
  X3
940
  530
725
  750
640
  323
554
  5 Series
543
  528
515
  525
464
  M3
403
  535
330
  745
323
  Z3
252
  540
212
  740
211
  550
203
  545
158
  7 Series
156
  135
126
  X6
118
  M5
86
  650
81
  318
77
  645
54
  760
45
  320
21
  M6
15
  128
12
  850
11
  Z8
6
  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 17,858 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 775.3. Cars from BMW's 2006 model year have the most problems reported (2,699 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 BMW
114
  1997 BMW
269
  1998 BMW
283
  1999 BMW
389
  2000 BMW
831
  2001 BMW
921
  2002 BMW
804
  2003 BMW
1,292
  2004 BMW
1,727
  2005 BMW
970
  2006 BMW
2,699
  2007 BMW
1,952
  2008 BMW
1,606
  2009 BMW
776
  2010 BMW
517
  2011 BMW
1,250
  2012 BMW
540
  2013 BMW
513
  2014 BMW
184
  2015 BMW
88
  2016 BMW
57
  2017 BMW
42
  2018 BMW
8

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 4,027 problems reported. The second most common BMW car problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (2,116 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of BMW vehicles



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